As busy as the past month has been and will continue to be, I’ve been really enjoying making Christmas decor, crafts and baking! That being said, I’ve also been sleeping less, so am a bit groggy in the mornings with so much to keep me busy each day that I find I can’t finish all the other projects I have to do. What’s a busy Mommy to do? 🙂 Well, first thing I decided was to follow something my hubby suggested – to do one thing at a time! Sounds simple enough yet how many women know how to stop multi-tasking and just do One.Thing.At.A.Time? I struggle with that always, but I’m getting better at focusing by keeping this advice in mind. I find when I’m at work especially, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed if there’s too much going on at once, but if I take the time to set one task before me and purposely not think about the rest I am way more productive and less stressed out in the end. Yay! Thanks, Sweetie! You’re awesome! Anyhoo, so far I’ve sewn some homemade mini stockings for my kids, and just finished a charming Christmas sign/hanger. You can use the hanger for whatever you want, but since we don’t have a mantle it also makes a nice place to hang stockings! Bonus! 😉
Also, my youngest wanted to make cookies today so we made some yummy chocolate ones – they were supposed to be cut out cookies but the recipe was terrible for rolling so we made due and I formed them into balls, then flattened with a fork. Oh well! They still taste good. :p
I need to make sure that tomorrow I don’t get distracted by other cool ideas and buckle down to finish more important projects lol!
Today I went out to my local thrift store and donated some clothes, a few odds and ends and an extra Christmas tree which we were not using, and I thought someone could make good use of this time of year. I went to the MCC Thrift Store on Watt, a place I truly admire as they are completely volunteer run, and their prices are true thrift shop pricing. And all funds raised go to help those in need, not to line their pockets (something that other well-known thrift stores do). Every time I donate something, whether it’s big or small, I feel good knowing that someone in the community will be able to put it to good use, and they won’t have to spend their last penny buying it. I’ve been in dire straights in the past, so I know what it’s like, but really, how hard is it to take a quick look through our things and give away all that we have lying around? There are so many people in need, people we see everyday when dropping off our kids at school, going to the office, or grocery shopping, and these people are truly hurting. And to top it all off, a lot of people are hurting even more because they don’t have anyone to fall back on. No one is there to help carry their load when they get sick or injured, or just need some love. No one, except God that is, who many people do not even acknowledge or are aware that He’s real. I have come to realize that whenever we’re in need, the Lord comes through for us. And this is the time of year when things get even more tight budget-wise, so it’s nice to know we have our Creator looking out for us. I try to remember to pray often, not that He needs us to tell Him what we need, but even just to remind myself that He Provides. There is truly nothing more amazing than knowing His Love, and what better time of year to walk in this truth, than at Christmas? The time of year where we reflect on the birth of Christ, our Saviour, who came into the world that we would have hope. How many people do you know who need hope right now? A miracle? I have a few friends going through cancer treatments right now, who I know need hope, something to hang onto, and I’m praying for them too. And trust me, prayer helps. I hope that you will take the time to give from your heart this season, whether in the form of donations to your local thrift store, or charity, or by helping out a friend through prayer or otherwise. There are so many ways to show God’s Love this season, and any time of year, so God Bless you as you embark on this journey and help to spread love!