Family, Fun, Living

Christmas Blessings

No matter how you celebrate, I hope you had a merry Christmas.  I have tried to sit back, relax, and let things go.  One thing I did this year in order to try to make things simpler was that I bought a little four-foot artificial Christmas tree.  Cinderella has only known going out and buying a real tree every year, so this was a bit of a disappointment to her.  When I brought the tree home and pulled it out of the box, she took one look at it and proclaimed, “It looks horrible.  You ruined Christmas!”

She was right.  It did look horrible.  But, after some fluffing and decorating it didn’t look too bad.  Then I put it on top of the end table and that gave it the illusion that it was bigger than it really was.  Christmas had been salvaged!

Christmas Eve morning, we were blessed with snow.  Cinderella was also blessed with sickness, so I ended up staying home with her Sunday morning.  We did end up going out that evening for a bit of celebrating.

Christmas morning is always stocking time.  There was a bit of confusion this year as Cinderella could not find her stocking.  So, I ended up putting her stocking stuffers in her boots.  It worked.

Christmas day was family time at our house.  We still had some snow on the ground, and it was enough for it to be considered a white Christmas!  It’s been a while since we’ve had one of those.

As always, we had much more food than we needed and probably all ate more than we should.  After we were all stuffed, we exchanged some gifts.  I think everyone had a good time.

But, the most important thing of all is that we were all together.  It didn’t matter how big the tree was, whether or not the table was set perfectly, or that we used paper plates.  The important thing was that we were together.


Grandchildren are the crown of old men, And the glory of sons is their fathers.
Proverbs 17:6

Family, Living, Parenting

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I’m trying to remember that, I really am.

I’m trying to ignore that my stress levels are through the roof, my eating is completely out of control, and I’ve gained a few pounds.

I want to believe that we will find the answers for Cinderella that we’re so desperately looking for.  I want to believe that one day things will be “normal” for us.  A few weeks ago I had completely lost hope.

But now there is a glimmer–a glimmer of hope.  And, after all, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.”


May you accept the greatest gift of all this Christmas season–the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Health, Living, Religion

Reflecting on Hope

As the year comes to a close and we are about to embark on a new year, we often take time to reflect on the past year.  I have only done a little reflecting as there is still time left in the current year–so it seems.  I’m sure the new year will be here before I know it.

I know that I am lighter and stronger than I was this time last year.  I have not lost as much weight as I would have liked, but I feel that the part-time job that I worked for six months was a major derailment to my weight loss and my health.  I am glad to be off that crazy train and back on the road to health and well-being.  Getting stronger was not necessarily a goal or something that I intended; it was something that came about with the training that I’ve done.  It’s a good thing, so I’ll take it.

I spent January and February at the gym and was able to start running again in March.  I ran my first 5K of the year in April and ran a 5K every month except for July this year.  I did the Couch to 5K program again this year, but at a much better athletic ability.  I was able to continue to run until the last few weeks, so I’m spending more time at the gym now instead of outdoors.

My biggest fault in diet are the social gatherings.  I do not have a handle yet on portion control or just saying “no” to those yummy foods that pack on the pounds.  I have made some strides simply because I cannot eat as much as I used to.  This is something I really want to focus on next year.  I would like to go on vacation/holiday without putting on several pounds as well.

This time of year we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  His birth, death, and resurrection gives us hope.  I have hope of eternal life and one day being the person He intended me to be.  Hope of one day being reunited with family and loved ones that are severely missed.  Hope of never having to step on a scale again or log every morsel that goes into my mouth.  Hope of holding babies that I never had the opportunity to hold.  I pray that you too may share in the hope that the Savior brings.


Education, Government, Guns, Homeschool, Parenting, Politics, Religion

My Tweets for December 10, 2013

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Parenting, Religion

Santa: The Big Fat Lie

1914 Santa Claus in japanIn Who needs Santa when you’ve got Jesus? Matt Walsh writes about the awesomeness of Jesus and how he is far superior to Santa.  His post reminded me of our own family history.

As a child, my parents taught me that the worst thing you could do was tell a lie.  At the age of three, I was still an only child; and my parents decided it was time to let me know that Santa was “just pretend.”  My response was to shout at the top of my lungs, “You lied to me!  You lied to me!”  The fact that Santa wasn’t real was not nearly as shocking to me as the fact that my parents had lied to me.

Due to my response, my parents decided to be up front about Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc., not being real.  My sister was always told that they were pretend.  We still put up stockings and my parents still played Santa, but we all knew where everything really was coming from.  I think it made us appreciate our gifts and our parents more knowing that everything was coming from them and not some mysterious fat guy that snuck into our house once a year while we were sleeping.  (Kind of creepy if you think about it.)

We carried on the tradition with our kids.  We always told them Santa was pretend and that we would have fun pretending.  It was nice being honest about it and still just as much fun.  The tough part was getting the kids to keep quiet about it.

The toughest one has been our youngest.  She has quite the imagination.  And even though we have always told her that Santa is pretend, she keeps insisting that he is real!  One of these days she’ll realize that we’ve always told her the truth.

By Lori Camper

Education, Government, Health, Homeschool, Religion

My Tweets for December 6, 2013

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