If we sat down for coffee

Hello my dear friends.

Can you believe it’s Friday again already?

I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for our coffee date.

If we sat down for coffee I would be chomping at the bit to tell you all about my new website. I would tell you I was so nervous to move to WordPress I literally wanted to throw up and still do some moments when I look at the complexity of the Dashboard. I would also tell you that I really, really, really hope people find the new site reader friendly, inviting and that it makes them want to Subscribe. Then I would tell you that I have so many goals and plans for 2012 that I can’t wait to unfold. I’m going to open up more about my past, my life, my love story.

I would tell you that I love the design more than I could ever have anticipated and that I just want to spend all day staring at it.

Then I would tell you in the midst of the move to WordPress and the re-design, my hubby and I still have home projects going on.

I would tell you how we stayed up till 2am one night to finish insulating the garage ourselves, only to have the drywallers no show the next morning. UGH! Then I would tell you how loud and inconvenient it has been, but I can’t wait to show you all the before and after pictures of our home.

I would tell you how this little one is getting so big. My baby is my toddler now, how did that happen?

I would tell you that his laughter is contagious and his smile gets him out of trouble quite a bit. I’m smiling as I write this because I can think of a handful of times those dimples have rescued him. hehe

What a little trouble maker.

But I would tell you how much my heart swells as I watch my children grow and how I want to cry when I see them play together, read stories to each other, or even hold hands while walking around the house.

I would tell you how amazing it has been to watch Katelyn take the initiative to pray on her own instead of repeating after her Daddy and I. And how each time she prays, Brayden folds his hands and tries to repeat after her.

Oh my goodness, I almost forgot to tell you that I found my Three Sister’s Jewelry necklace. It’s my favorite and it’s the first giveaway I’ve ever won! It’s been lost at my in-laws for the last 2 months after my daughter played with it and lost it. It was found in a very random spot at our Circle family Christmas celebration!! yay!!

I would also tell you how the hustle and bustle, craziness and business of the holiday season has left me feeling more stressed, than jolly at times.

Isn’t this the season to feel relaxed?

Aren’t my kids supposed to be extra well behaved because Gelf, our Elf, is telling Santa all about whether they are naughty or nice?

I feel like the last few weeks have been spent exhausting the word, “no.”

I’ve heard the words, “Gimmie that,” “Buy that for me.” or, “I want that.” from my children more than I have all year. I feel like they have this expectancy that’s come out of nowhere and no matter how much I reiterate to them how this is the season to be giving to others, they want everything for themselves.

This makes my heart sad. I know they are young, but I can’t help but wonder if as a mom I’m not doing a good enough job teaching them about giving to others and being selfless.

I guess these are lessons I’m still learning as an adult, hard to expect my 3 1/2 and 2 year old to fully understand it.

I almost didn’t take them to see Santa this year.

In the past I’ve taken them just so I can have the picture. Something to treasure, to laugh over.

But this year I was worried that taking them would only create a bigger, “I want” monster.

But Katelyn asked, so I took them.

They were on their best behavior. Katelyn asked for a robot (not sure where that came from) and my sweet boy cried.

Then they told Santa, “Merry Christmas,” and just like that we were on our way.

I would tell you that I was glad I decided to take them.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and pictures like these will make me laugh for years to come.

I would also give you a big hug and tell you how much I appreciate you, and that you take time out of your busy day to spend time with me. That means more to me than you’ll ever know. It makes my heart swell!

Then I would ask you if you wanted to make this a weekly thing? You know, have coffee every week?

I would love it if you’d say, Yes.

Then I would ask you about your week and how you’re doing. How is your heart doing this holiday season?

Love you friend!

Till our next Coffee Date.

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