A Christmas Eve post


I really wish I had something substantial to share. The only thing I’m thinking about right now is the next thing I have to do. Honestly, blogging is not on my to-do list. I should not be sitting here, but I am because I have missed blogging the last couple of days. It’s just something that makes me happy. And I am in need of some happy-time.

We’ve been doing a little traveling, spending time with extended family, eating, laughing, crying, and having fun with the people we love most in the world. We’ve been home a full two days, and my kids are officially sick of being around each other. Reasons Excuses I’m offering for them: They’re a little tired from all the going back and forth, Benjamin is a little on edge because of the medicine he is having to take right now to help control his asthma (pray for him, won’t you?), we had a late breakfast so I forgot to serve them lunch–low blood sugar. Take your pick. If I have to mediate one more dispute…well, I’ll just have to mediate one more dispute. Uh-oh, here it comes. I just heard Noah say, “I’m telling on you.” I think I’m going to just turn on the t.v. It’s full of powerful, dark magic that lulls my children by the hour. Plus, one of the networks is about to start running A Christmas Story non-stop for the next 24 hours. Our kids have never seen it, so that ought to hold them long enough for me to get dinner on the table. But, alas, Karl says, “NO! You can’t reward them with t.v. after they’ve been so ugly to each other.”

But what about my sanity?!

Its existence is questionable to begin with, so my question is moot. Well, here’s to living with some principles…

You can get yours here.

Seriously, though, I want to wish all you readers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! You guys are the best. Pouring myself out here on the blog, your encouraging comments and emails, and getting to know several of you (for real), add up to make me very happy.

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13 thoughts on “A Christmas Eve post

  1. I know what you mean sister… Brian had to work today and I tried to cook, etc and get the older kids ready to go to a service with grandparents… so the kids were ‘at each other’ more today… glad to know others out there have those same moments! Have a wonderful day tomorrow!!

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  2. Christmas is a time for tired mommies and fussy children…I have learned this along the way and try to somehow accomodate for that…still, it is very busy and trying at times! Thankfully God’s grace does cover all of that,too! My little ones needs lots of grace right now!Love you, Leslie! Have a Merry Christmas!LOVE those mugs!

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  3. I too am sick of the referee role. If I had a nickel for every time I said “Please leave your brother ALONE. ALREADY.” I will pray for your Benjamin as I too have a Benjamin…

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  4. You crack me up!!! Merry Christmas to you!!!!! We’re going to be coming through around the 1st of Jan, heading to TX to see my parents! Will ya’ll be around?? : )

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  5. I hate rewarding kids for poor behavior, but sometimes, when I know they are over tired, over stimulated, over excited, or just over “it” I say, “I love you and I know you don’t mean to act this way. I’m going to give you grace.” In our house, it’s usually a turning point toward better behavior – I said usually, not always ๐Ÿ™‚ I frequently point out the difference between “getting away with something” and “getting grace” from mom.

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  6. I wrote a really long comment and then it was accidentally deleted….it took a couple of days to recooperate from that :)I hope your Benjamin is better! I took asthma medicine *once* several years ago and after trying to remove my own skin and pluck out my eyelashes, I decided it might not be for me.My girls informed me on Christmas Day that on Christmas Eve, they had eaten pop-tarts, yogurt, and a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.I guess I was a tad busy?You…and your blog….have truly been a blessing to me over this last year. Encouragement, kindness, wisdom…..I do wish you lived closer!Prayers for a wonderful week as we finish up our breaks. Blessings Leslie!Oh, and your new template looks great, but where is your blog roll? I use it for myself sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. I appreciate your sweet words, Kim. I’m slowly getting my sidebar put back together. The blogroll will be up there again.

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  8. I popped over to read about your Christmas, and boy can I relate to this post. This is where I am today. The little ones are tired of being here, even new toys have lost their power to occupy them, and I refuse to give in to the great television babysitter, which I normally do. Nap time is coming soon. And poor Benjamin, I know that medication can make them bounce off the walls. I will pray for him. I am glad to hear that you Christmas was lovely though. Very glad.

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