one more Christmas recap.

I'm a little slow on the post Christmas recovery.  I apologize.  I was so blessed with an amazing amount of business this last year that I am STILL catching up on orders that were placed before Christmas.  2012 will hopefully find me doing things a little differently and in a way that will not burn me out...we shall see.  The bottom line is that I am blown away by all God has done for me.  If we could sit down and share a coffee I would tell you all about it...it's the kind of story that deserves that kind of intimacy.  But if you need some encouragement...please email me.  I would be happy to take some time to share a little with you. :)

But for right now....can you stand one more Christmas recap?  If for no other reason than when I publish my blog it will be included. :)
The first thing we did Christmas morning was light some candles and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus!  The boys love this tradition and it helps us to keep the focus first thing.  :)  
Moses was estatic with each and every gift...as you can tell from his reaction to a $1 coloring book. :) At one point during the day Uncle B asked him if he had a good Christmas and Moses replied "I will be thankful for what I got", with a smile on his face.  I will say, that with all the well thought out gifts the boys got...their favorite things?  $1 whoopie cushions. 
 We opened stockings and then tore into our traditional Christmas morning monkey bread.  Always a well received treat...Aaron kept telling every one "WE HAD DONUTS FOR BREAKFAST!!!". 
These two are the best.  I am thankful for really wonderful boys who are kind and are overall really good kids. :) It was a great Christmas.  But can I say?  I'm glad it's over.  It's so nice to see Doug more than 45 minutes in a day and it will be so great to go shopping without having to be a defensive shopper! :)  On to new things...
And this is something very new...something that I have been working on for some time and praying about for even longer.  My prints have done really well...I have been so blessed and I am so thankful for the boost in both my confidence and my business.  My plan is to, one at a time, "adopt" a family that is in the process of adopting a child, create a piece of art for them and give it to them to sell prints of to raise money for their adoption.  I haven't worked out all the details of it all yet but it is something I am praying for God to bless.  Just a little way to give back and show my thanks for the skill and blessings God has given to me.  Above is the very first in this series for a family I go to church with.  I'm not sure how I will go about finding the next family but I'm sure God does. :) 
Here's one of the pre-Christmas orders that I just finished up...it's become so popular that I have made a "made to order" listing in my shop. :)
And Christmas is officially gone in our house.  I took down all the things from many walls in my house, filled in the holes and touched up the paint.  The results are a crisp, clean and fresh mantle.  Made complete with a fun pom-pom garland.

We are ready for the new year...for Aaron's 3rd birthday, for a trip to New Jersey, a trip to Florida and plans for a garden this spring...some fun things that will get us through the next few weeks of bleary, gray winter. :)

I'm also working with Blogher and Best Buy to review and giveaway some really FUN fitness products.  It's going to be FUN! :)

Is there something you would like to see me try, share or conquer in the craft and sewing world?  Let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do! :)

Happy day to you friends!  
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