Dec 252014
 

It’s Christmas day and everything went pretty well! This was probably my most stress free Christmas on record. Normally I am a wreck, think full on tantrums, and I am never ready. However this year I prepared early and decided NOT to spend much money which meant less to wrap, which was a good thing because the few things I did need to wrap hurt my poor aching back.

We have a flu running through the hockey team, the real flu, not the stomach flu and because those hockey players of ours love to share it seems like no one was safe. My dad spent much of the last few days laying down. Today he was feeling like he was going to pass out from simple things, like setting up the tv’s for the kids, which was literally four screws and my dad is like superman, my mom often calls him Hercules because he is this ball of strength and energy who just goes so for him to be laying around and complaining of feeling like he is going to pass out is definitely not normal. Fortunately he was feeling a bit better tonight J However, I laid down this afternoon because I was feeling not right and I woke up shivering and drenched in sweat. So YAY ME I got the flu too!

I had a bath in the middle of the day! On CHRISTMAS! Say what? I know, but when you’re not feeling great why not indulge a bit? Yes, Grace!

So, I am feeling a bit better now that I have got my fever under control so I thought I would say Hi and update y’all since I have been missing for a little bit.

I have had some serious back pain since the end of July and I finally was able to get a CT scan done. I got my results yesterday morning and they weren’t great but they weren’t horrible. Apparently from having babies, being over-weight and having undiagnosed arthritis my lower back, L-5 and S-1 are showing signs of wear and tear and there is quite a bit of inflammation due to arthritis and a flare up. A six month flare up sounds insane BUT it is MUCH better than having a crazy injury that could require surgery. I was getting scared to do things simply because if I was injured I didn’t want to be making things worse. With the mild weather and rain we have been getting I am experiencing extra pain. I was given some exercises to do when I am not in pain and some exercises to not do, which will hopefully be helpful. Could definitely be worse and to have a diagnosis finally deserves a Praise God!

Last but not least, yesterday we lit the Christ candle at the center of our Advent wreaths as we counted down to Christ. I used the Cradle to Cross wreath that has been seen in Ann Voskamp’s Advent videos.

My little Jesse Tree didn’t like me playing with it so I switched up to a pretty awesome fake tree that is lit to hang my free Jesse Tree printables that came with my purchase of The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. I really enjoyed reading this devotional and found it a bit of a challenge to do for 24 days straight as most Bible studies that I do tend to be a 5 day type schedule and then I do separate Bible verses and stuff over the weekends to change it up. Whatever the case, the book is awesome and totally worth it. I decided to use post it notes on the answer pages so that I can reuse the book over and over each Advent and have the fun of looking back at answers from the year before to see where God has worked in my life when it isn’t so completely obvious.

I hope and pray that everyone has had a stress free Christmas and that you have been able to keep the focus on Christ and His coming so that you and me and everyone can be saved!

How was your Christmas and what are you praying for in the new year? Do you have something that you would like me to pray for in your life? Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment by clicking the comment button by the title of this post!

Many prayers to you dear Friends! I pray that we can have a fun and encouraging time getting to know more about each other through our writing and conversations on Twitter! God has definitely blessed me with some amazing people and aside from Jesus, y’all are the greatest gift this year!

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