The LeBaron Bunch, kinda like The Brady Bunch only BeTTeR

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. but the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Season of Gratitude

simplify your holidays




I love this season....the wonderful Holiday Season. Not the cold so much, but the effervescent feelings of nostalgia it brings.....school beginning, my birthday, my anniversary, Halloween, the birth of my first son, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the birth of my 2nd son....so so many wonderful memories and feelings are flooding over. The thing with this season, though, is that it can so easily become a season of wanting and needing and having-to-have instead of a feeling of gratitude.

The two don't exist at the same time...being without and being with. Just like hot and cold or faith and fear. It's the cup is half full/ half empty concept. So my goal is to minimize and simplify Christmas, and be more grateful for what I have. By minimize I mean cut the wish lists shorter & do more hand made things...they mean soo so much more (...so I guess that's not really simplifying too much). But I think it will give a greater sense of satisfaction. Here's a great link with some great ideas, and Just Organize Yourself has lotsa great prep ideas. Here's another great link!!!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm gonna try focusing on my blessings, and I'm gonna start by writing 10 things that I'm grateful for every week. So here goes:


1~ My family.

2~ Freshly ground wheat.

3~ A wheat grinder.

4~ Homemade Wheat Bread right outta the oven.

5~ When lost things are found (I really hope I can find my lost camara soon, hint, hint).

6~ The sound of scissors cutting fabric. (Oh Yeah!! A project is about to begin.)

7~ The sound of a sewing machine.

8~ A good, deep conversation.

9~ Finding children's handiwork...their names or pic drawn in my notebooks. Not on my walls or furniture.

10~ Finding the perfect quote.

4 comments:

Milana said...

I love reading your posts! You are adorable and bring a smile to my face when I read up on your cute family. It is so hard to find balance during holidays, but so important! Last year my friend and I simplified our Christmas's by sticking to three gifts: 1. a need, 2. a want 3. and a treasure. And then one thing from Santa. It really made things more simple when shopping and kept me focused on buying for a specific reason and not just "because"! Anyway, goodluck! I am looking for a service project to do with my little family on Christmas Eve...have any ideas?

Brett and Tiffany said...

What a great post! I love your friend's comment about 3 gifts...need, want, treasure! Might have to try it!

laceeJ said...

wow! You're awesome! HOw often do you make bread? I made it once a week a few months back, but then I got burned out :( DO you get in those cycles of getting burned out ever? I would be surprised if you do.

The Wright Family said...

Andrea, wow I miss you! I love reading your blog and seeing where you and yours are and what you're up to. Congrats on the Marathon. You are awesome. Being thankful for our blessings is part of His blessings... you are wonderful! Have a great day! :D

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