Sunday, December 18, 2005

Merry Christmas

Another year almost over. It's not been an easy one for me, but there has always been a silver lining peeking out from behind every cloud. It's been another year of three children, less income then before the baby, more bills then before and the stress of how do I take care of it all. But everytime that I have found myself overwhelmed with the troubles in my life I stop and think of the people who haven't even had the luxuries I have this year. At least I have a roof over my head, my family pictures, and every other luxury in my home unlike those who lost it all in Katrina. And most importantly I have my family here with me and healthy unlike many who lost their family member in all the disasters and in the war this year. Looking back I have a lot to be thankful for. So once again I thank God for all that he has given and allowed me to enjoy.

I would say that God has answered my prayers this morning too. I was in tears to my husband a week ago because I wasn't sure how we would be able to give our children a Christmas this year. So I started gathering up old things around the house like books, an exercise bike, some old tools and put them on eBay. We sold enough to buy each of the boys a couple gently used, but really nice and fun gifts with that. That was going to be Christmas for our boys (except for grandparents), that was until my neighbor with her big heart came forward and asked if she could go buy gifts for the kids and stuff their stockings for me. I don't know what I would have done with out her this year. She has never hesitated to watch my children for me when I really needed help.

Then I found out that my best friend has finally made plans and is moving up here this summer. God knows how much I have needed her around. Especially over the last year or two. I can't wait till she gets here.

It's been a rough year, but it's ending on a good note. Here is wishing all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Phil said...

Great post and picture!

I've done the same thing with eBay... Sold a lot of stuff I just didn't need anymore.

We all need to take a little time and be thankful for what we have. I'm trying to teach my kids that, but it's hard for them because they are so full of "I want this" and "I want that!"

Merry Christmas to you and your family too! Have a great holiday week.

Bre said...

Merry Christmas Amy! I'm so glad everything worked out for you guys! And what a kind and thoughtful neighbor you have, I'm sure she gets just as much joy or more out of giving the boys a gift, as they do recieving them. =)

stebbijo said...

Merry Christmas to you as well AMY.

I am thankful that in my daily struggles here, I do not have the burden of providing for little children. How difficult it must be.

Being thankful for a roof in Idaho is too close to home. That is all some of us have. Katrina has victims but there are other victims of distress as well that receive no help once they become homeless. We have been victims of crime twice and we just have to pick it up and keep chugging.

I am glad you will have a friend to hang out with you and I wish her luck.

As for me -- I a m old enough and wize enough to know when I have had my fill of struggles. My Christmas may be late, but it will come when we are out of this state.

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