Cruisin' to Christmas

My wonderful husband reminded me today that God gave me a gift, and I'm not using it. I've been blown away by some of the things that were said to me during (and following) the Love Bomb. I got on tonight to write again ... and I had ignored a lovely, touching, heartfelt comment someone left me over a month ago. I really need to get on a bit of a "schedule" of writing, even when I don't feel like I have anything to say!

We spent Thanksgiving in an unconventional way - at my parents' house AND with my in-laws! I am so blessed! Tim and I have not one, but two amazing families! I can't tell you how much it warms my heart that we can all get together and enjoy one another's company. I know they say opposite attract, and that may be true, and while building a relationship around that isn't impossible - there is just something comforting about having similar backgrounds! We have plenty of differences to celebrate, but when it comes to some of the "big stuff" that it is easy to fight about (especially when kiddos come along) ... we pretty much had the same foundation to build on.

Tree given to us by Tim's parents (I added the ribbon)

And now we're speeding toward Christmas, which is in a mere two weeks. I love Christmas! I enjoy the lights, the music, the smells of baking, cool temperatures (hey, we live in Texas!) and warm beverages. But most of all I truly love celebrating the arrival of the life that paid for mine. And I think this year, after losing Lil Bit, I'm starting to understand, just a little, what a sacrifice that really was. I'm so thankful. Around Thanksgiving I started thinking to myself what I was thankful for - and the list just keeps growing. When you think you've had a hard year, just look around.

Last time I wrote, we were down to one car. We recently rectified that! Its surprising how quickly you can save up for something when you've been practicing better stewardship. A little over a week ago we found that we had saved up AND stumbled across the perfect vehicle for us! God had his hand in it before we even knew actually. So, in a little wholesale lot near our house, there was a dark green, 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser. We went to take a look, and found it to be in immaculate condition! These things are known for just going and going and going. After a few days of thinking (there is a down side, bad gas mileage!) and praying, I withdrew some cash. Boy, it sure is scary holding enough cash to purchase a vehicle in your hands! We made the seller an offer, and he said "Plus TTL, so $____ total" and that just happened to be the cash we had in hand. Tim had asked me to withdraw a little more, but for some reason I had taken out less - totally a God thing that it worked out (AND we spent less than we could have!).

The Beast!

And lastly - I've kept up with Couch to 5K! I'm nearing the end of Week 8 ... and Week 9 is the last week! I'm a runner! A few weeks ago I did get my new shoes. I really like them! We went to a local shop where they videoed me on the treadmill for a few minutes, and went back in slow motion to see what my weaknesses were. That kinda led us in picking a shoe, then I ran a bit in the new shoes to see if it helped correct my slight over-protenating ... and it did! Wow, I'm really a runner! Thank you Couch to 5K!

I ended up getting Saucony Guide-5s, really enjoying them!
I hope you'll take some time in the next few weeks to remember Christ, get to know Him better, and just soak in this season, this day ... a pause in the typical holiday rush. Nothing says I love you like some quality time (especially if it is spent baking ... I'm really going to miss my siblings "Coocee" tradition this year!).