i do NOT like to shop
i do not enjoy spending unnecessary money
i do not want more plastic and battery-operated toys
i do not enjoy crowds in stores
i have not gone shopping since Halloween. not at all. not even for milk.
My husband is my shopping hero.
i will not be sucked into this holiday feeding frenzy
i will make our gifts
i buy will a few things online
i will celebrate!
we can stay away from singing santas and instead string popcorn soon
and eat together by candlelight
and roast marshmallows in the firepit
we can snuggle with blankets and read books on the couch
instead of waiting outside for hours to get into the right stores
because it really is about relationships
our relationship with God (not to be confused with "religion")
and our relationships with others
not the stuff
As Thanksgiving fast approaches, I am so THANKFUL for my little home,
my husband who goes shopping for the basics, lets me take naps, and makes me sit and rest while we watch movies,
and my wonderful parents and Papaw who live in town and help homeschool, babysit, talk about anything and everything, play cards once or twice a week
and the four children who are crazy little monkeys & make me laugh all the time
and my sisters, so sweet and genuine-- real people, not stepford-esque at all
my friends who encourage and help, step forward and back as need be, come to laugh and tell stories, play games, bring coffee
and a God who loves me for who I am, when no one else gets me
who forgives me when i screw up, and opens doors for us to walk through,
and reveals His truths in amazing ways
Yes, it's going to be a good season.