Like I said, I love Christmas! But, I have to admit the busyness of Christmas can stress this mama out sometimes. So, throw in a trip to Africa right smack dab in the middle of everything and the stress increases just a bit. We will be gone Dec.15-21, so I am really feeling the pressure to have everything done by the 15th.
Tomorrow is December 1st and we don't have our tree up yet. We did pick it out and tag it at a Christmas tree farm, but we have yet to pick it up. I don't think we realized when we picked it out before Thanksgiving how hard it was going to be to find a spare hour to go pick it up. We have taken our Christmas card pics, but have not designed or purchased them. I am having doubts that we will get these out before we leave.
Ok, so what could make things even crazier than preparing for Christmas and a trip to Africa to meet our daughter? We are having a huge garage sale this weekend!!! We planned this a couple of months ago, before we had a court date. We are still trying to raise money for our second trip to Ethiopia, so we are having a garage sale this Saturday to try to raise some funds.
Thankfully, we have not had to do all of the planning and preparing by ourselves. Let's face it, that would be impossible. Many friends have donated their things and for that we are so thankful. We have awesome friends! Friends who let Justin borrow their vehicles to haul stuff, friends who give up their evenings to help us load and unload, friends who rented their storage building for an extra month just so we could use it, friends who gave up their one break a week from their kids to help sort and price. I love our friends!!!
If you are local and would like to donate your stuff or your time to help us, please let us know. If you don't want to donate, but want to shop, please come. We have a ton of stuff! The garage sale is this Sat. Dec.3rd at the ULM BCM.
If you are not local, but would like to contribute to our adoption, you are in luck. As if life isn't crazy enough, we are also planning another fundraiser, which I hope to be able to post about soon. You will have a chance to buy some awesome gifts from Ethiopia, so stay tuned.
So, as busy as we are, we are still taking the moments we have to enjoy this season with our precious boys.
Tis the season for hot cocoa with gingerbread marshmallows and whip cream. Yummy!!