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As I sit here holding you

I remember another baby blue

As I sit here tickling you

I remember another giggle

As I look back on those days

I remember the deep, un-ending grief

As I flip through picture books

I’m surprised at what I forgot

Those days are not all that define me

Those days are not my whole life

With each passing day and hour

My grief morphs with each breath

My grief is not the oppression it once was

Now it’s a vague murmur in the background

Which leaps up from time to time

To remind me that one or two are missing

I have my joy back

I have my peace back

My arms are not empty anymore

Truely, God is good

In times bad

and

In times good

 

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Welcome, 2012!!

The new year as rolled over, and as we change out our calenders, update our files and put away our party fun, I’m sure some of us are also reflecting.

Reflecting on last year, (which was just yesterday), reflecting on this year. Many of us make resolutions, and most of us has tossed them to the side before January is even over. So I challenge you, those of you who’ve made some promise to yourself, that this year…you’ll stick to at least one resolution. I’ve made plenty of them, but I’ll consider a success if just one lasts until December 31, 2012. I know I know…life gets in the way, right?  Well you bet it does, but we can still accomplish so much, when a mind is set to it. So get to settin!

I can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for my family and I. I ask you to join us on our journey, by following along via my blog, or facebook page. Both of which I aim to keep up with more often!

In His Hands,

Peggy

 

John 14:1-3

 1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

I wasn’t going to…but here it is – 2012 Goals!

I wasn’t going to join the Goal club, but I in the end, couldn’t resist writing out a few of my 2012 goals.

In no particular order:

1. Blog/write more frequently

2. Be more active and become fit

3. Organize our home so that everything has a place

4. Make, follow and stick to a budget

5. Work on loving Christs way, starting at home with my family

6. Study my Bible daily

7. Make a dent in our debt

8. Making my Scentsy business pay for itself and then some

9. Keep up on Jeremiah’s scrapbook

10. Make great memories!

Some of those are frivolous, some are not. Every list should have some fun, frivolous type ‘To Dos’ on it!!!

What is on your list?!

In His Hands,

Peggy

PS. I thought of a few more!

Take more photographs

Take my camera with me everywhere

Make something from my pinterest weekly!

A New Year, A New Outlook

Last year this time, I was praying that 2011 would be a calmer year, less stressful on me and my loved ones.

The loss of my Dad blew that right out of the water. With his passing, it’s been a rough year. I haven’t blogged much about him, but I miss him just as much as I miss my son.

 

So for 2012?

I’m just going to say bring it on.

Batten down the hatches.

Hold on for dear life.

Que sera sera.

The Lord will strengthen me and mine.

We’ve got a few things on the horizon for 2012 that promise to make it another long and rough year. But we will make it, just as we’ve survived the past two years. By the grace of God!

We’re blessed even through our losses, but sometimes I’d like to skip the loss, thankyouvermuch!

I’ll be blogging more often, I hope! I have plans for our home and family, things that are worthy to share!

I’m looking forward to a new year! What are your thoughts about 2011 and the coming 2012??

In His Hands,

Peggy

Simple Traditions

During this time of year, we all give more thought to the traditions that are passed down to the next generations. My family is no different. Some of ours are simple and slightly odd (maybe) but they are fun:

Helping Grandma decorate her tree and making candy or cookies

Go look at Christmas lights

Buy an ornament for the youngest

Make a fun egg omelet for Christmas morning, and whomever gets the walnut is the first to open gifts

 

And some new ones:

Gingerbread houses

Town Square lighting

Christmas at The Heights (our church has an amazingly fun and great celebration!)

Cookie Exchange

 

But in all of that, the most important thing is this…

Quality time with those we love.

No matter what the traditions are, or where they take us, we spend time with family and loved ones. To me, that is the whole point of this season. The hospitality, the generosity, the warm and fuzzy feelings we all get. The memories are what I remember from growing up, not the gifts.

What are your family traditions? Have you started any new ones after getting married, and having children? Please share them, I might just incorporate them next year!

 

In His Hands,

Peggy

Being A Mom

Means:

Sleepless nights

Endless diaper changes

Spit up perfume

Having your heart walk around on the outside of your body

Juggling 101 things at once

Being the Boo Boo kisser, nose wiper extraordinaire and the biggest fan.

I wouldn’t miss this for anything.  Children grow so fast, that it’s mind blowing! Hurry up and get those pictures, parents…these moments do not last long.

After losing Mickey, every moment with J is treasured, mentally stored away and usually documented with pictures and video. I think J will think Mommy’s face is a camera lens!!!

Enjoy your children, even the moments when you want to pull your hair out, and can’t figure out what’s wrong…being a parent is a gift not to be taken advantage of or shrugged away.

Enjoy this holiday season with your families and children. Take those small moments to hug and kiss those you love. It’s those memories that’ll last, not that they got the hottest new toy or game.

In His Hands,

Peggy

In My Arms, and Other Random Stuff!

Thats where J wants to be all the time! Or his Daddy’s. I’m beginning to try to put him down more often. I love my son, and love that he loves to be held by us. That it’s his favorite place to be. Warms my heart! BUT! I need to be able to put him down long enough to do some cleaning. Even if it’s in little spurts of time, I’m good with that!

So be praying for us, that he adjusts well to sleeping on his own sometimes during the day!!!!!!! 😀

 

In other news, I’d really like to just toss everything in my house…in a big dump truck. I have no words to express how frustrated I am with it all! 🙂  I need an organizing show to come help us out, haha!

I love the holiday’s. The smells, sounds, the giving spirit, the weather, the time spent with those you love. Why don’t we carry those feelings throughout the year? Why not?!

 

 

In His Hands,

 

Peggy