Things have been so crazy around here lately! I haven't even had time to sit down to write. I have read a few of your posts here and there. And I'm really looking forward to catching up on my reading tonight! On Monday of last week I had to go to my endocrinologist (I have Type I Diabetes and I use an insulin pump) in Sanford which is about an hour and 15 minute drive. My appointment was at 3:15. I host our church ladies meeting every December. And it happened to be that same Monday night at 7:00. I thought I would certainly be done at my doctor appointment by 4:00 and I would be home by 5:30 at the latest. That would give me a few minutes to get last minute things done before the ladies arrived. Well, I didn't get through at the doctor until 4:45. And I had to make a quick stop in PetSmart on the way home. It was about 6:15 when I got home and the lady that leads our women's group was already on her way to my house. I know because I got behind her. I was praying...please don't let that be her. But it was. Anyway, we had a good meeting. Next, I had to get ready for my family Christmas get together which was this past Saturday. I have an aunt and two cousins who live in Gastonia and Mt. Holly, my sister lives in Raleigh, and my Daddy lives at the beach. So our house is kind of in the middle and where everybody likes to meet. We had 21 here for lunch, presents for the kids, and then goodies to eat after the presents were opened.
Here are some pictures of the kids opening their presents.
This last one is of Katie opening her cupcake maker from Granddaddy and Nana Teresa.
We had a really nice time. I was exhausted though. After my family left I cleaned up a little and rested a little. It was also my mother-in-law's birthday so we went to eat pizza with her. Then we went to Lowes to get a new thermostat. As I was cleaning for my family to come I noticed that our thermostat was going crazy. Jimmy thought maybe we just needed a new thermostat. But of course it wasn't just that easy. We didn't have heat from Friday until today. Thank the Lord it hasn't been too cold. Sunday night was the coldest but the days have been very nice. Anyway we had to have a new ignighter. Which cost us $120.00 including a service call and labor. UGH! At Jimmy's work he gets 5 paid personal days he can take a year. He hasn't used any of them this year so he got an extra week's pay on Friday, which was very nice. We used some of it for Christmas and some of it to pay bills. After all this happened with the heat I asked Jimmy what are we not doing right? We give our tithes every week. Yesterday I realized that it isn't what we are doing or what we aren't doing but that I should just be thankful that we had that extra week's pay to have the heat fixed. Because without it we sure couldn't have had it fixed. The Lord always knows what we need when we need it.
I'm almost done Christmas shopping. I just have a few things left to get. And our Christmas cards are almost ready to mail. I'm kinda looking forward to the next few days with not much to do. Last year for Christmas my Daddy gave me the Christmas Shoes series of books. I was hoping to have started them before now but maybe tomorrow I can. We'll just have to see. But for right now I'm off to catch up on reading your blogs.