If you've been here a while you will know that is was our VERY FIRST Christmas that neither Doug nor I were working retail. In many ways it felt like our very FIRST Christmas together ever.
In all of our years of marriage we have never had more than a few hours to cram Christmas into and to have days upon days upon days this year was a blessing that I can't even begin to describe. In Christmases past Doug would have maybe ONE weekend between Christmas and Thanksgiving in which we could "do" Christmas. And on that weekend he was usually so tired that we laid low and spent time at home. It's a tough and lonely way to spend the season, especially with small children but never knew any differently. Most Christmases (and Thanksgivings too) we spent alone because Doug would have to work the day before and the day after so there was no way to travel to see family. We would rarely make Christmas dinner because Doug would have a couple of short hours to enjoy the day and I didn't want to spend it cooking.
In Christmases past we wouldn't do parades and dinners and hours of cookie baking. There just wasn't time or energy to do this as a family.
We were spoiled with time together and Christmas doings. Doug and I shopped together!
I believe that at some point in your life you should be a waiter/waitress and work retail. It gives you a whole other perspective that just can't get otherwise.
But I am praying that we have seen the last of those roles. The way the world is going it's getting harder and harder to find a job that respects the institution of family and all that entails. We feel so blessed with Doug's new job that on a regular basis we ask each other if this is real life...this new life is still so bizarre to us that I sometimes vaguely fear that I will wake up to find that it's all a dream.
So for now I will just give thanks, for Doug having a great job, for a husband who works hard for his family, for healthy boys, a marriage that is rock solid and for a life that is better than I could have ever dreamed for.
I can't wait to see what 2013 holds, can you?