The previous post made me twitch, even in my cranky state. So here, as promised, is a list of things I’m thankful for.

— The kids Christmas program last night went off beautifully. My 10 year old son was terribly nervous ahead of time over having a large part, but when it came down to it, he was rock solid and did great. All the other kids did well too, including my 4 year old who sang LOUDLY and got to wear a gift box on her head during part of the performance. All in all, delightful.

–Eldest’s plane just arrived in Taiwan! (Hopefully she was on it — her previous flight was delayed 2 hours and they only had 50 min to make the connection in Tokyo.) Here’s where she’ll be for Christmas!

— I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. (Most of the errands I have today are food-related.)

— My sore throat feels minor today, like allergy scratchiness, not a full blown cold. Time for lots of tea!

–Hubby is home today, unexpectedly. I think he only has to work one day this week.

— Christmas is coming!! And I know some really good secrets.

Sleep is a very good thing. So is Christmas.

I am off to tackle my day!


  1. I am thankful for family.

    (I can never tell when your posts were written…)

  2. Isn’t it just so great to be a mum at this time of year! The kids are getting itchy and we know exactly what is round the corner in a few days time. We know there is something they want and it will keep them amused for at least 5 mins, but we just have to get through these last few days!
    I love Christmas secrets as a mum. Merry Christmas

  3. I teared up for you… I can truly say that I wouldn’t be able to keep it together. Not for lack of trying, because your words said it all ‘you don’t want to be crying, when their eyes are so full of joy’. I will remember that when MY eldest (10 years old now) goes on her adventures… Thank you for such a warming story.

    I will pray for your family that I don’t know, but it isn’t by coincidence that you were where you could touch ME.

  4. Sometimes we just need those cranky days, but oddly enough I find that when I announce that I’m cranky, I seem to get less so. I seem to head more to pragmatic and then gradually to normal.
    Have a blessed Holiday with you and yours (even the one so far away)
    Heather BT