Month: November 2018

Blessings and Balance

Blessings and Balance

I was really wanting to get back into a regular schedule with blogging. I planned out all my posts and even wrote a few in advance. But then life happened. Blessings happened. I am blessed to have a wonderful three-month-old baby who requires my almost […]

What Mae is Teaching Me

What Mae is Teaching Me

“So are you able to run yet?” My friend asked me, casually in our conversation together over coffee (and a baby in her ring sling). “Well, I am physically able to run, I just don’t have the time to right now. But you know, it’s […]

Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

Every year Mama does a series of blog posts about Christmas prep and organizing, so I decided to take the idea from her and do a series here as well.

I am actually one of those people who will start listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving (this year I started the day after Halloween!), and we haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, but I would be okay if we did before Thanksgiving. However, I still LOVE Thanksgiving and it is one of my favorite holidays! I just also love Christmas. I am thankful for Christmas!

So far this year I have made a Christmas gift list, bought/made a few gifts, ordered Christmas cards, and made a list for Christmas goodies to make.

Christmas Gifts

I made a spreadsheet with three columns, with the names of everyone we are giving gifts to, a column for the gift, and the final column is for me to check off once I have bought or made it. I got this idea from Mama too!

So far I have listed all the people we would like to get gifts for, and I made a few gifts before Mae was born. I try to collect gifts throughout the year to cut down on buying so much in one month, but I usually only end up with a few, and this year was no different. However, we do budget for gifts every month of the year, so if I don’t buy them early it just builds up so I have more to work with.

I have a list of items I would like to buy for people, but I am waiting until Black Friday/Cyber Monday to see if I can get any deals on them. I will be doing 99% online shopping this year with a baby! If I don’t get any deals, then I can buy them after.

Anything I have ordered so far I’ve had shipped to Mama’s house, because I plan on wrapping all my gifts there (enlisting the help of my crafty sister Leah), and since we plan on spending Christmas at their house, most of the gifts will end up staying there.

Christmas Goodies

Growing up we always set aside 2-3 days to do a massive amount of Christmas baking with our tried and true set of recipes that Mama has gathered over the years. We also usually try one or two new recipes. This is one of my absolute favorite Christmas traditions because we spend all day together, and baking is one of my favorite things to do.

We package all the goodies up in tins and plates and give them to our church family, friends, and several people of service around us, such as the mail lady, our car mechanic, or repair man.

This year I am going to join Mama again for Christmas baking, and this year I have my own list. I have a couple new recipes I’d like to try and I’ll contribute some ingredients. We will make even huger batches and package them all up for our friends and family.

Christmas Cards

One Sunday afternoon we were in nice clothes and Mae was happy, so we went outside and Mama took pictures of our family, so that is what I ended up using for our card.

I ordered them very early (I ordered them a few weeks ago) because we want to send several to friends and family in Romania, and Romanian mail is very unpredictable!

That is all I’ve done so far. What have you done to prepare for Christmas? Or do you begin everything after Thanksgiving?

Baby Weight Gain: An Update on Mae

Baby Weight Gain: An Update on Mae

First of all, thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped and encouraged me so much when I posted “High Goals, Low Expectations.” I just wanted to give you all a quick update on how it is all going. When I found out that Mae […]

Ways You can Help a Missionary Wife

Ways You can Help a Missionary Wife

Being a missionary wife for a year in Romania was one of the best, but also the hardest years of my life. I would not trade the experience for anything, and if it is God’s Will in the future, I will be happy to go […]

Getting Back Into Running

Getting Back Into Running

I am slowly but surely trying to get back into running! I ran while I was pregnant, but the last few weeks I got to where I only ran half a mile at a time, walking in between, because I had contractions every time I ran. Of course, the day before I was induced I ran and ran, trying to have contractions and go into labor, but to no avail 🙂

The first time I ran I did a mile, and my excuse for stopping was that I needed to get a shower in time to feed Mae again, but I’m not sure I could have gone much further. A couple weeks later I tried again, and I did two miles, but not without walking.

My goal for running is to run the Coke 10k in May without walking! I will probably push Mae in her jogging stroller. So I am doing a training plan to build up to running six miles, and my wonderful husband is so supportive and has been babysitting Mae so I can run.

Last week the farthest I ran was two miles, and this week I was able to do 2.5!

I am definitely having to have high goals and low expectations with it all. It is hard to celebrate running 2.5 miles when at one time I ran 26.2, but I just have to remind myself that I am in a different stage in life and it’s okay! Everything reset when Mae was born.

Next week might be a flop and I can’t run. I may only be able to do a mile before I have to stop and walk, but I’m happy I’m able to be out and running again, even if the steps are small.

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Mamas

Mamas

Mamas are amazing people. They do so much for their children. Mamas give little life lessons all the time. At random times, while riding in the car, cooking supper, or cleaning the house, they always offer little bits of advice about boys/dating/marriage, cooking, hospitality, cleaning, […]