i know that part of the reason for less stress is that pat and i were intentional going into this christmas with spending. we sat down at the beginning of january (right after christmas last year) and talked it through. made the budget for this year. and cut EVERYTHING back. BIGTIME. it's making me think through what i buy a LOT more...there is little to NO impulse buying because every dollar counts (if you know pat, you know this ;-)) i had no idea what a difference it would make in my day to day life for this month! the expectations have been laid. the kids know there will be a lot less. and we are ALL ok with it!
besides that, though, none of this peace makes sense. i should be stressed bigtime. things are going to be changing around here pretty significantly in the near future. and, beyond that, things have just been HARD and it's taking all i have to be the wife and mom i need to be. i'm not trying to be secretive (if you've been around here for ANY period of time, you know i'm open to a fault!) but i can't share more right now. but just know that God's peace is REAL. and it truly surpasses ALL understanding. i don't know why He's chosen to fill me with peace and joy this season and not others. but He has. and i'm so so thankful.
what's your favorite christmas season tradition?