Wednesday, December 2, 2009


It's so awesome that it's December already. I am so looking forward to winter this year. At least in some ways. The last two winters I spent up in Wisconsin, and they were horrible! I've lived in Southern Illinois all my life, and I didn't know that winters could be so horrid. I'm used to the snow falling 5 -10 times a year, and melting in a few days, after you get in some nice sledding. Well, in Wisconsin the snow starts in November and doesn't stop until May. And it hardly melts at all, the entire winter. It's like you never see the ground for 4 months. It was awful! You can't wear anything but boots (high ones) outside or your feet get wet and frozen. And it felt as though spring would never come. In So. IL I'm used to March being the first month of spring. In March it's "In like a lion (winter), out like a lamb (spring)". In WI March is lion all month long, and spring may peek through a little bit in April, but doesn't really come until May. Ugh. I hated WI winters. I am so, so, so thankful that I didn't have to spend one more horrible, awful winter up there!

So, aside from being excited for December because of the milder weather I'll be experiencing this year, I don't really like December anymore. I used to love it, before I got married. Because of Christmas, of course. Christmas was always a wonderful, happy, joyous holiday at our house when I was growing up. A season full of love, family, giving, receiving, and celebration of Christ's birth. My parents are wonderful Christian people, and they did not lie to us about Santa Clause, or even Christ's birth. We knew there was no such person as Santa Clause, and we knew that it was very improbable that Jesus was born in December. But, it was the day set aside to remember his birth, and so that's exactly what we did. We celebrated the fact that Jesus came down from heaven, robed Himself in flesh, and made a way for us to spend eternity with Him. Then, I got married.

I had been aware of people in the Pentecostal/ Apostolic ranks who did not believe in Christmas all my life. In fact, some of them are our closest friends. I never really thought it was a big deal,until I became one of them. Well, at least technically, I suppose I am. My husband got saved in a church where they taught that Christmas is evil incarnate. That it has pagan roots (which it does) and it can never be redeemed into something good. Once an evil, always an evil. Or something like that. We discussed Christmas when we were dating, and I knew that if I married J I would never celebrate Christmas again. Of course, I was so desperately in love that I didn't care. I would have given up most anything, I think, to be with him. And, he's worth it. I'd do it again, probably. Actually, if I had it to do again, I think I might have tried to talk him out of it. He was desperately in love too. No telling what he would have given up. But, it's too late now. I married him, and most of my bargaining powers are gone. He is dead set against Christmas. And, as a believer of the Word of God, I know that I am supposed to obey my husband and let him be the head of our home, making those kinds of decisions. So, I do. But, that doesn't mean I'm not sad about it. I love most things Christmas: the carols, the tree, the decor, the lights, the gifts, the shopping, the food, the family get togethers,etc... Oh well. Looks like I'm not going to get it. I gave it up for J. And he's worth it. Really.

However, I do want to create some sort of excitement for my children to remember. So, I plan to make Thanksgiving be an amazing, wonderful experience full of exciting traditions for our family. I think that we will exchange Thanksgiving presents for sure. It makes perfect sense to me. A way to show our family how thankful we are for them. Also, of course, will be the big family dinner. And, I think, I may do a cornucopia full of little presents for each child, instead of a Christmas stocking. I probably have us each write a list of what we're most thankful for in the past year. We'll play games, and have all kinds of fun, and it will be almost as good as Christmas. Almost.

Okay, an update on project: weight loss. Last night, I pulled out the Wii Fit and weighed myself, and it said that I had lost 12.6 lbs since I last used it in June. Yay!! This morning, I pulled it out again to exercise this time, and it said I had lost 10 lbs. since last night!! I was like what?! If this were true it would mean that I am at my pre-pregnancy weight. I couldn't imagine this being so because I don't look like I did before I was pregnant. My clothes don't fit me from before baby. So, I then weighed on my mom's scale, and it said that I was 40 lbs. heavier than the Wii said!!! That would mean I have gained weight!! So, I don 't know what to believe. I have no idea what my weight is currently. But, I do know that I'm much fatter than I want to be. So, I did have about 5 fruits and veggies today, and I worked up a sweat with Jillian Michael's Wii game. Day one: success!