"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

it's not the end yet. 2010

i'm not going to totally recap twenty-ten for you all, but i'm going to write an end of the year synopsis.  the year two thousand ten for the most part sucked, but christmas day and the christmas season wrapped up the year in a big, (gigantic) red, fancy, fluffy, perfect bow. 

i am a person of simpifity.  a person that easily simplifies.  a person that really dispises materialism and commercialism.  a person that loves logical happenings.  a person that likes happy surprises, but can be horribly disappointed with unhappy surprises.  a person that can shake things off quite easily.  a person that can go with the flow just as easily and happily as going against the current.  a person that deals with life with a smile and a big stick.  ...you get the point?

anyway, we have dealt with a lot of different trials this year.  as christmas was approaching, we were also facing a huge life-changing deal.  it wasn't for sure... so up until dec. 2, we just didn't really know where i life was going to go.  it could be this... or a complete opposite that... that made it hard to plan for christmas at all, until AFTER dec. 2. 
that made a short christmas season for me. 
also, we have the tightest budget that i think we've ever had this year. 
anyway.  enough detail. 

my sister and brother-in-law, we'll call them "auntelcia and uncle jon" came up (from twin falls -south central idaho) to spend some time with our family.  they came up on the 23rd and stayed until the 26th.  i LOVED it! 

i joined a new "fourth day" group that meets on thursday mornings and have made some new friends and been able to get out, starting the second week of dec.  it has been a god-send.  such a blessing.
one of my new friends from fourth day gave us a slew of new-to-us toys and clothes.  i haven't gotten close enough to this group to share any of my burdens with and none of them really know me or my circumstances yet.  there's no way (beside's god's awesomeness) that she could've known that every single one of the gifts she gave us were absolutely in every way perfect for the child intended!  even starboys!!!!

our landlord and lady always bless us with gifts at christmas.  they didn't fail this year.  they were absolutely flawless as well!  it was awesome.
if that wasn't enough.  as we got home from our church's christmas eve service, we found a big black garbage bag full of gifts addressed to each one of us personally, from "a friend".  i don't know who this "friend" was... but the gifts were all so ideal.  each gift for each person was exactly who that person was and it was amazing and beautiful and almost made me cry. 
on top of that all, my mother-in-law and parents definately did their share of giving and surely blessed the socks off of all of us. 

i don't think that gifts can make or break the holiday.  usually i would argue with this next statement that i'm going to be making, but all of those blessings we were surprised with made not just my day, but my whole year!!!  God is so good and his Love endures forever.  His awesomeness never ceases to amaze me!

i hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. 

Try to remember, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."


LouisianaMom said...

Thanks for the update. 2010 was a rough one for us too ... although I don't know the details of your burden know that I am praying for your family from my little corner of the swamp! What an amazing gift we ve all been given in our savior Jesus Christ!

Trenicker said...

you were awesome this year. Love seester!