A Peek at Our Week {Of shopping in the city, dealing with stress, and sweet kitties}

Well y’all, it’s been one of those weeks where things got crazy.  That tends to happen around Christmastime, doesn’t it?  It even seems to happen when we try our best to keep things calm in our home.   December brings many activities and gatherings with it.  Tonight as I fill out my calendar and make my to-do list for the week, I feel a bit overwhelmed by the approaching week.  However, I’m going to do my best to keep myself calm and joyful as we approach Christmas.

One way I’m battling the stress is finding time for me.  I’m having to limit my caffeine, so I’m getting very into drinking tea here lately.  I especially love Honey Vanilla Chamomile in the evening.  But when I need a sweet treat, I steep a cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride.  It really tastes like a sugar cookie!  I grab a book and sit for a while and try to think about something besides all of the Christmas to-do(s).

I am also finding time to craft here and there.  Blog here and there.  Spend time outside.  Watch TV with the family. Ride the indoor bicycle.  In a nutshell, I’m allowing myself some space to do things that bring joy to me while I’m also making sure Christmas this & that’s get finished.

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When we moved back to Louisiana, we moved back to the small towns where my husband and I spent our childhoods.  This means that we are an hour and a half(ish) away from the city – which means we are also that far away from shopping (and our regular doctors or specialists).  Dave and I grew up having to go the city to do big shopping trips, and we had even less stores than what is available now here in these small towns.  And now our family is making trips to the city for “big” shopping.

And y’all, I am spoiled by living in cities for 15 years! There are perks to living in the country and there are perks to living in the city.  City life is much more conducive to shopping.  It can be hard to do all of your shopping in one day, especially around the holidays, when you have to travel over an hour to get the shopping done. (And boy, am I thankful for online shopping which didn’t exist in the 80’s when we were kids!  It helps make small town shopping easier, for sure!) But then I think about the pioneers who traveled by wagon and stayed away a few days for their big shopping trips, and I suppose I don’t have a lot to complain about, do I?

So we did some Christmas shopping this week.  Twice.  And Dave and I still need to finish up.  I’m ready to be finished with Christmas shopping!  🙂

And I realize how I have no room to complain.  I get to shop for Christmas gifts for my family.  I get to drive and spend time playing music games in the vehicle with the kids.  I get see Christmas lights and enjoy time with my family.

And then I remember what this is all really about.  We celebrate Christmas to remember the birth of our Savior.  And that just centers me again.  I’m thankful for time to remember the Savior who came to save us from our sin.

Happy New Week!  I’ll see you this week!

This past week:

I shared ten and ten from our week.

And over on the other blog tonight, I’ll be sharing our kitty cats and their cuteness which can totally make me smile when I’m stressed.  (As of publishing time, I still had to write that post, but it’s coming soon!)

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