Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 24

Today began the Christmas Transformation at the Snider house.  And boy, does it take a lot of work!  I tend to forget the effort that it takes to get everything decorated.  Can you relate?  In order to begin decorating, I had some much overdue dusting to do.  Then, we had to rearrange the toy room, because that's where the Christmas tree resides.  Not only did we have to rearrange the toy room, but we also had to find some new homes for the toys.  Thankfully, we had some tubs that could serve as toy chests and it gave us an opportunity to select some toys to give away because the boys outgrew them. 

After dusting, rearranging and vacuuming, it was time... to bring down the tree.  My hubby had the mood set with a fire in the fireplace and Christmas music playing in the background.  He got the tree set up, and my boys discovered patches without lights.  Never a good sign when you have a pre-lit tree.  But that gave us the excuse to put off decorating until tomorrow, since it was time for the boys to go to bed anyway.  My hubby was able to fix the light issue, so now we have a beautiful, undecorated tree waiting for the transformation tomorrow. 

Christmas decorating is lots of work, but the outcome is so worth it.  Giving thanks can be like this too.  If you're having a rough day, it can be a lot of work to choose thankfulness.  But taking the time to give thanks is so worth it because it helps you think about things that are true, right, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).  Giving thanks changes your perspective and reminds you that there are blessings all around you... you just might have to take a little time to notice them.  So keep your eyes open for all the blessings and take time to "always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Ephesians 5:20

Tonight, I am thankful for...

1.  My comfy mattress and warm down comforter
2.  Mommy/son date with my seven-year old
3.  Mommy/son lunch with my three-year old at Panera - his choice!
4.  My seven-year old going to the football game with his dad, grandparents, uncle and cousin
5.  Getting started on my photo calendars - the earliest I've ever gotten started!!
6.  The sight of our Christmas tree lit up
7.  The sound of the crackling fire
8.  Christmas deals at Lifeway
9.  Whoopee cushion and the joy it brought my boys
10.  My dishwasher

Here's to 10,000 reasons... Only 7,290 to go...


  1. I am thankful for...
    1. My Buckeyes pulling out a victory over TTUN. Makes the Walter family so happy.
    2. Book shopping with my mom for 2 hours.
    3. The chance to have an anniversary breakfast with my husband without kids!!!!
    4. What God has done in my life and my husband's life over the past 7 years and the chance to reflect and talk about it.
    5. Snow that dusted the ground ALL DAY bringing such a smile our faces.

  2. (1) I am thankful for going to Derby Dinner for breakfast with my daughter and my 2 oldest grandsons, to see a Christmas play.
    (2) I am thankful for going to the football game with my husband,son, son-in-law,and 2 oldest grandsons.
    (3) I am thankful for layers and layers of clothes I wore to the ballgame. I didn't get cold.
    (4) I am thankful I didn"t have to cook today.
    (5) I am thankful for pumpkin spice donuts.YUM Gina

  3. 1) I am thankful for family dinner together before Emma goes back to school
    2) I am thankful for the sweet mother/daughter talk
    3) I am thankful for the warm fire in the fireplace while I watched UofL basketball with my husband.
    4) I am thankful for incredible praise and worship (Saturday night service)
    5) I am thankful for the evidence of the Holy Spirit in so many of our churches!

  4. I am thankful for
    The loving friendships in my life !
    A super warm and fluffy sweatshirt I found in the top of my closet that used to be very tight but now it fits perfect !
    Making messy memories with friends and family ( Graham cracker and candy houses)
    Turkey a la king :-)
    A husband who loves to cook
    The Love Language Book
    Mandarin Tea with honey
    Being appreciated by my husband and daughter
    The faith, strength, perseverance, bravery and intelligence of Abraham Lincoln !

  5. I am thankful for:
    1. safe travels for my son
    2. being asked to watch and give constructive criticism for a drama group
    3. lively discussion in a marriage class at church this morning
    4. Thanksgiving leftovers gone
    5. the past week of fun, food, and fellowship

  6. I am thankful for:
    1. real turkey sliced deli meat.
    2. the chance to get started on Christmas shopping.
    3. my computer savvy neighbor...and his patience with the less savvy types.
    4. stretch particular the kind that is used in my pants.
    5. my husband's devotion to his men's group.

  7. I am thankful for:
    1. my dad making me my favorite breakfast
    2. comfy sweats
    3. a great church service
    4. being productive today and getting lots of homework done
    5. Christmas decorations

  8. 1. New pretty pillows for the living room.
    2. Great morning with all my family.
    3. A great 5 day break.
    4. Watching my girls show kindness to each other.
    5. Being held in my husband's arms and feeling safe and loved.

  9. 1. Coconut milk ice cream :)
    2. Car rides with friends
    3. Easy work days
    4. A full week off of work
    5. Quiet time