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The things I see, hear...the people I talk to, all influence or impact my thoughts. Just saying!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

These days, I can wake up super early, starving, and have to go make some tea and something to eat. It's those hours in the early morning when I wake up and can't go back to sleep...That was the case Wednesday morning, so I started this...only to finish tonight.
(There's a reason there aren't any Christmas presents under the tree. hehe...)
Our Christmas cards came, but sadly we were a bit disappointed that the print job wasn't what we expected. They turned out so much darker and as if the red seeped and spilled into all the other parts of the card. 
 But oh well! We're sending them nevertheless. 

This ^ was what is should have looked like. Snowy:)
For our family gathering, here on this side of the state, we're doing a white elephant gift exchange! Earlier, Peter and I went scouting as to what to get...it's just so hard when there's so many things you'd like to get but have a price limit. Which makes sense 'cause it's way easy to get carried away.
 I had fun wrapping mine. It was like being a kid again!  Cutting paper snowflakes and scrunching up the wrapping! 

I like cookie cutters so I had to tie a snowflake cookie cutter on, as a little extra. 

This basket is filled with some goodies for my family in Spokane. 
 I hope it snows there, by the time we come. A lot! Tomorrow is supposed to snow here in Seattle, but who knows. Last time it was supposed to snow, it didn't.
I have two more days of work left. It will be very interesting to wake up and not have to go to work. One day, another, on and on... It'll be something I haven't done in a long time. Not work. I've been working since I was 15, at times having two jobs of various sorts, so this will be the longest stretch of time of not having to 'go to' a job. 
But soon enough, there will be another kind of job...a very important one in fact;)
And eventually, I'll be back at work a day or two:)

For now, I'll go make myself a cup of hot chocolate and have one of the chocolates Peter brought for me. 


Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Christmas Time

Last night around 9 pm, my sweetie declared he wanted to bake something! He is such a cutie! So while he baked, I started this post... (Later, we had to have tea to try his creation, and I already had some more this morning.)
This year, Peter and I got our Christmas tree the Sunday before thanksgiving. Some might say that's way too early but I say, not at all. I see people getting trees right now, and think it's so late...but hey, who's to say who's right or wrong?!  And anyway, it's not like we skipped over thanksgiving. We had a wonderful one at the Shpak household this year. 
These days, I cherish all the time I get with Peter. I cherish the mornings I can sleep in. I cherish long showers. I cherish the moments we spend together and create memories. And this season has been filled with wonderful moments.
We've gone to cut down a tree for our house. We went up into the mountains where there's snow,  to take a photo for our Christmas card. Peter's nifty with his camera and tripod. We're just waiting to get them in the mail so we can send them out to our families!

I get a kick out of watching Peter try to figure out what his presents are. (He knows. Even if I put the small box in a huge box.)
Our mostly white, silver, and gold, sparkly tree...I like how, if I come home later than Peter, he has already turned on the lights on it and opened the blinds just a tad bit so it can shimmer through. He does that for me. 
Peter put up the lights outside, on a Saturday while I was at work. It's fun driving into the neighborhood and seeing it all lit up.   
Something Christmasy! We went to the Nutcracker on one of the Saturdays I had off. 

Something I appreciate about my husband. He'll go with me to pick out new Christmas ornaments. Or anything, in general. 

I really like our days off together. This Saturday we went to Seattle and had brunch. Visited his sister. Watched the second Hobbit movie later that evening. (I had to close my eyes for all of the spider scenes. Not a fan of spiders. Peter knows...)  
And...we've been listening to Christmas music...(we started that early too;))
I really like the sound of the Instrumental that Future of Forestry has on their Advent Christmas collection. It sounds so magical.  Still love Mariah Carey's, One Child! Peter has a bunch of old and new music, and then there's the endless Pandora stations!
We read a little advent devotional by John Piper. Because really, it's not about the Christmas tree, or the ornaments, or the music, or anything festive and pretty and tasty. It's about Jesus' coming! And the little devotional helps us to focus and talk about that. 
Smells of Christmas. Citrus. Pine. Baked goods. Hot cocoa. 

We like to get cozy. 
It's our time. Soon little Jemma will arrive. Things will be different. Wonderful, but very much different. 
But for now, I get to enjoy this amazing season and Christmas time. And my darling Peter. 

I thank the Lord for all his blessings. For my wonderful husband. And most of all, for his coming... 
This song, by Avalon, says it all...
We Are The Reason

As little children we would dream of Christmas morn
Of all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find
But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives

We are the reason that He gave His life
We were the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live

As the years went by we learned more about gifts
The giving of ourselves and what that means
On a dark and cloudy day a man hung crying in the rain
All because of love
All because of love
I finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my heart to Him (every, every part to Him)
In all that I do every word that I say (that I know, you know I’ll be saying)
I'll be giving my all just for Him, for Him (everything for Him)

And we are the reason that He gave His life
We are the reason that He suffered and died
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give (all that he could give all)(don’t you know that we are the reason)
To show us the reason to live

He is our reason to live
(don’t you know do you know the reason
that he came, oh he came to save us
when he gave his life for us) he suffered and died
To a world (for a world that was lost He gave)that was lost He gave everything (everything that He had He gave)
To show us the reason to live

He gave His life
Don’t know how I could thank Jesus for all that he done all..
He gave His life
He suffered and died for you

I look forward to the celebration with Peter's family before Christmas, Christmas eve service at our church, and going to Spokane on Christmas day. If everything goes smoothly, we'll get to see both sides of the family this year! Makes me happy!