Thursday, December 10, 2015

Daybook Entry: December 10th, 2015

Outside my window ...  it is dark!

I am thinking ... that I love these early morning hours, when it’s just me and the quiet.  It’s the time when I pull out God’s Word and do some indepth study, when I can collect my thoughts for the day and prepare myself for it.

I am thankful ... for friends and family, far and near that are adding a little holiday magic to my Christmas this year!

I am stitching ...  a Christmas present for my husband!  Shhhhh!   Don't tell him!

I am going ...  to start setting goals and making plans for 2016.

I am wondering ... what’s in those packages under the Christmas tree that I’ve been given strict instructions not to open until Christmas!   Now, just who would have put such restrictions on me opening ‘MY’ Christmas presents!!!!!  You know who you are!!!!!

I am reading ... Christmas cards that are coming in by mail and personal delivery!

I am seeing … our Christmas tree in these early hours of the morning.  All the lights are off in the living room where the tree (and I) are … and the lights on the tree are showing off.  They are casting mini spotlights on the ornaments that we’ve been collecting since we’ve been married.  There are even a couple from my husband's childhood on there!  There’s the ‘Santa’ we purchased the first year we were married and the ornaments that the children made as they were growing up.  There’s the homemade ornaments we made for those years when there just wasn’t money to buy ‘store bought’ ones  (These are so precious to me!).   You’ll also find the ornaments we purchased for our children for each of their first Christmas’.   Yes, there are a lot of memories on our Christmas tree; it’s like taking a walk down memory lane each year when it’s time to put it up.  These things hold a special place in my heart.

I am hearing … our rooster crowing!  It seems I’m not the only one up early this morning!

I am hoping ... to make some precious Christmas memories with two of my grandbabies this year!  They are coming to spend Christmas with grandmommie and granddaddy!!!  Yippee!!!!  (Their mommie and daddy are coming too!)

I am learning ... that you can take just about any pantry related situation to the Working Pantry Facebook group and they will most likely have an answer!

In my garden ... it’s resting!

In my kitchen … there is a long list of holiday baking to be done!

One of my favorite things ...  planning Christmas activities for my grandchildren.

Around the house … the stockings are hung for the two of my grandchildren that are coming to visit!

A picture to share ...  This picture needs a bit of explanation: The mail brought me a package from Australia this week from Annabel over at The Bluebirds are Nesting! I was so excited and was ready to tear into it so I flipped it over on the back to open, when what to my wondering eyes should I see but these words .... 1. Open envelope.... 2. pop parcels under tree and ... 3. No peeking!  

Welllllll, if you know me, you’ll know that I am just a big kid at heart when it comes to Christmas and that this is a form of Christmas torture for me. But, since she was so explicit in her instructions I am trying to be good … and here’s proof!


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  1. My mom used to always send us home with an extra gift. WHY? Because we had no children and she just had to be fair! LOL It would drive me nuts to not be able to open it. I totally understand your angst.
    I am in the process of coming up with new ideas for 2016 as well. I don't make resolutions - I set goals.
    Just starting to get into Christmas baking too.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Love your posts.


    1. Hehehehe ... glad you understand my Christmas angst!

  2. I just ran across this site and love it. How would I begin reading at the very beginning. Where is the link for your first post?

    1. Jeannie Morris, Click on the Blog Archive drop down box on the side bar to find the first post. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement and welcome to the A Working Pantry family!

  3. Oh how special Patsy!!! You will love Annabels gifts. She does such special things! Mimi xxx

  4. :) I love how you mention no names and Mimi still knows it's me!
    I'm so glad your Grandchildren are coming for Christmas. Also I can't wait to see what you are making your husband. It is a good thing having presents under the tree! Xxx

    1. Annabel, your sweet reputation proceeds you, even across the waters!

  5. All the wonderful memories you will give your grandchildren, We have 7 beautiful, wonderful blessings ages 3-17 and I am so in love with all of them. Anyone that does not have grandchildren yet I can say it is so different.I have felt a much easier time with my grandchildren because all I really have to do is love them and support my children.


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