But here at A Grace Full Life, I like to make you feel a little better about your life.
It really is the least I can do for you. Let me paint a picture.
Soak it in.
At 8 pm on Christmas Eve, our refrigerator decided that he… I say HE because a woman would never have done this to me on a holiday…… was taking a nap.
A dirt nap.
The above is our cooler.
On the patio.
With our freezer food in it.
On Christmas Day.
For the first time ever, I was grateful for the sub-zero temps.
I literally started crying on Christmas Eve while putting away dishes and getting the cookies ready for Santa.
Thank goodness my parents were here for so many reasons but definitely for talking me off the proverbial ledge.
And for putting things in perspective.
My kids were healthy.
My parents made it to Illinois safely from Tennessee.
We HAD food to put into that cooler on the patio.
And we will forever talk about the Christmas Eve the refrigerator died.
That and the image of my hubs shoveling the driveway Christmas morning in his leg lamp pajama bottoms, Griswold Family Christmas tee shirt, boots and ear flaps.
It was like God was giving me a wake-up smack in the face.
Life is good.
So stop your whining.
And tell Mike to get dressed before doing outside chores.
Nobody needs to see that.
Can you believe it is almost 2014?
I think I have started a blog post with that statement every end of December since 2010.
Well, not the 2014 part.
I am going to tell you a secret: the older you get?
THE FASTER IT GOES.
Pass it on.
No one tells you that little gem until you are in the thick of it.
Have children and it goes even faster.
My oldest is only five months from being a freshman in high school.
WASN’T SHE JUST WATCHING ELMO???
Here are my personal favorites when it comes to projects I created in 2013.
Not as many choices as in years past.
Because I was busy mastering my craft and writing my novel.
But it sounded much more glamorous than “watching the Ellen show while eating Jello”.
My pictures will get better in 2013.
Because I discovered the “BOOST” button on Picasa.
The chevron pillows that I “made” were one of my faves and they are still going!
I actually went and made seven more over the course of 2013, I loved them so much!
Painting our front door this gorgeous green was one of my all-time favorite things I have done to our home.
It adds that pop that was missing with our old boring burgundy door.
I have looked at this through three seasons now and it makes the house look so much happier from outside, even in dreary winter.
My almost freshman loves to decorate like her momma.
Which can be a good or a bad thing at times.
She gets excited about creating a space that is her own.
I have had to spend a lot more money on paint and bedding than I would have wanted to.
It’s all good.
It is staying this way until 2018.
It was a fun and very colorful year here on the blog.
Maybe next year will be more neutral.