I know by now everyone has heard about the horrific tragedy that took place in CT on Friday. My heart has been breaking as I pulled my kiddos a little bit closer to my side this weekend. I found myself noticing the little things that I normally take for granted. A few more hugs and “I love you’s” were given as we spent the weekend together! To lose a child in such a way is beyond my comprehension. We can’t even imagine the pain and agony the parents and families are feeling right now. My hope and prayer is that they will know that there are so many other families and communities lifting them up in prayer right now.
We did talk about it with out kids and explained some of what happened, so we could pray together as a family for the community in Newtown. Their eyes were wide with concern as they struggled to understand why someone would do such a thing. There is nothing we can do physically to prevent these things from happening, but we can hold tight to the fact that we are loved by an almighty Father in Heaven who loves us and has a plan, even when we can’t comprehend how something like this fits into that plan. Life on earth is fragile and fleeting. Take time each day to enjoy your families, to find joy in the midst of trials, and to love a little bit more. I know I will!!!
This holiday season we have been trying a new holiday tradition. We wanted to do more things as a family, and in light of the recent events, I believe it is a tradition that we will be doing again. We have 12 days of Christmas planned for our kids. They were excited when we told them about it…mainly because they thought it was 12 days of gifts for them.
BUT…it is so much more than just gifts. We are also just doing things together or helping others. The first night we sat down and worked on Christmas cards. A little fact about me…I am a little OCD when it comes to things like that. I like things done a certain way, and I like that way to be perfect. But I also have gotten behind in things this year and knew I could use the help. This year we did the cards as a family. Are the snowmen colored perfectly? Are the pieces cut just right? No, but do you know what??? I am actually ok with that. It was a fun night of just being together.
Another thing we are doing together is baking cookies and fudge and sending them to our family. This fudge is so easy to make…and to eat:-) My kids love to help me pour the ingredients in the pan.
Kids are also awesome candy cane crushers btw…and spoon cleaners:-)
**GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED**
I have another fun and exciting giveaway for you today. Tasha from In Flair Form Design Co. is giving away a set of Thirty-One products. You will receive three sizes of cute and useful totes (all in fun, holiday-themed patterns), plus a red rosette hair clip! The prize is worth $99 and includes:
- Large Utility Tote in Gifts For All print with Polar Bear Icon and embroidery that reads “Beary Merry” ($45 retail value)
- Medium Utility Tote in Snowmuchfun print with embroidery that reads “Let it Snow!” ($37 retail value)
- Littles Carry-All Caddy in Gifts For All print ($12 retail value)- Flat Rosette Clip in Red ($5 retail value)
We are Thirty-One Independent Sales Consultants – so, people can have home/book/online paties and place orders for Thirty-One products through us. What sets us apart from other Thirty-One Consultants, however, is our Bridal and Baby Shower “Fun”draisers. I work with the bride-to-be or mother-to-be (the Hostess) to compile a Wish List of Thirty-One products they would like to receive as gifts from their shower or party guests. I then turn their Wishlist into an online gift registry allowing the guests to shop online. Then, once the guest shopping is done, I help the Hostess pick out her Hostess Rewards earned from the guest sales AND donate 50% of In Flair Form’s personal profit to her for purchasing additional product – so it’s like a fundraiser for her wedding or pregnancy.”
Tasha sent me a large utility tote and a thermal warmer to try out. The utility tote is great for keeping in the back of your van/car for grocery shopping. It fits perfectly in the back of my van. We have been using it to bring in the groceries each time. I love only having one bag to carry instead of 10 small ones. And the thermal tote, well, I can’t say because my daughter laid claim to it as soon as she saw it. She has been taking it to school every day:-) It is safe to say that it works great!
Don’t forget to enter to win a mini iPad HERE!!!!
Need more fudge recipes for your holiday trays this year?
Maybe one of these would be just perfect for you…
*Inside BruCrew Life was provided with a large utility tote and a thermal tote. All opinions are my own.