Wake Up Wednesday: 12.4

Good morning! I hope everyone was able to enjoy some time with family or friends over the last few days. We loved seeing our family and friends, but we are tuckered out from all the traveling; we also had baptism on Sunday in the midst our many family Christmas’. We have not been home much, and with a new baby being passed around, she got to the point where Mom is where she wanted to be. BUT…. all in all, we had a great year – lots to be thankful for.

I got to spend Christmas morning exactly how I like it too – on my couch, with coffee in hand, watching the Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade. It was just better this year because I got to enjoy it with a little girl who I hope to share the love of Disney with one day.

On another note, today is the last Wednesday of the year! Can you believe it?! I can’t. The year went so quickly!

So today and for the rest of the year, I will be 1. not eating (say what?!) since I ate enough food for an extra month in the last 5 days – at least sweets anyway, and 2. will be reflecting hard on my year, and what I’d like to accomplish in the new one around the corner. What are some of your best memories this year?

Back to work I go today, and I can already tell it will be a multiple-cups-of-coffee kind of day. So let’s get to it!


Song of the Week:

Simply Complicated

Demi Lovato

I’m thankful for…:

I am thankful for so many people, places, things, experiences, and memories. I am forever thankful for my family, friends, and even my enemies. About ten years ago, I made a switch between materials vs. memories. I like to gift that way as well. Life is so short and I just want to appreciate it. I want to get everything out of life that it has to offer.

Bible Verse of the Week:

My greatest accomplishment of the year was…:

I have accomplished many little things this year, and some I would have never thought possible. I have so much more that I didn’t accomplish that I had planned, but I found out quickly what my priorities were when I got pregnant and had a baby.

BABY – SLEEP – FOOD – SLEEP

My greatest accomplishment besides delivering my child was sticking to my blog and not fading out. I do not think I have ever stuck to something I had once started for the New Year for an entire year without losing interest. And that’s how I know I love something I guess. That’s how I know it was important to me. Funny – all those exercise and weight loss goals over the years must not have been too important huh? There were a few weeks I didn’t post, but every now and then, you need to step back and take a break (and that’s with anything in life).

Quote of the Week:

Bringing this one back! It is a good one for the upcoming year!

My greatest lesson was…:

I learned so many things this year and particularly in the last 3 months. As you all know, Eric and I brought our first child into the world, and we have, yes, learned so much, but also know, that we have A LOT left to learn. But I have taken so much away from the last three months.

When she became my world, my social life changed a lot (not saying that is a bad thing). I just found that there was so much more to life than I had ever thought possible. You know that lyric, “you find out who your friends are”? I learned who my true friends were – the ones who wanted to be with or around me knowing that I would either 1. bring my little girl along, or 2. have her at home if they were coming over. I learned how important it is to take care of someone who is oh so dependent on you for survival, and how a bond is quickly formed (it’s like she knows who’s here to feed her and who just wants to play – Dad).

But most importantly, I learned that even though children do not come with instructions or owners manuals, I know what’s best for my child because I live with her everyday. I have learned her cries and know the difference between hungry and tired. I have learned that it doesn’t matter if you ask or not, people will always give you advice on how to parent and what to do for your child – just smile and say “maybe I’ll consider that”. I have learned that it’s okay not to pass her off when she is crying because the likelihood of someone else helping her isn’t all that great when all she wants is her mommy. I have simply learned a lot, but what I like most about what I have learned, is that it is more than okay to say no because I am the mom – she is my responsibility.


That’s what I have for you today. Take some time to reflect the year behind us and prepare the one before us. Make some goals even if it’s simple; life is boring if you have nothing to work towards. See you next year!

Hannah

Wake Up Wednesday: 12.3

Good morning everyone! We officially have less than a week until Christmas – are you ready? I’m ready for my favorite church service of the year and to share it with my daughter and husband. I’m ready for time with my family and friends. I’m ready to thank God for this year and start strong in another. 

My favorite thing to do on Christmas morning is to simply sit on my couch with my favorite coffee cup full of Joe and look out my window. And watch the Walt Disney Magical Christmas Day Parade of course!

As far as Joe on Christmas Day, I will have plenty of cups between now and then. Let’s start with today. Grab your Joe and let’s go!


Song of the Week:

O Come, All Ye Faithful

-Pentatonix

Hallelujah has always and will always be one of my favorite songs. But for this Christmas season, I decided to showcase another one of my favorites. This song brings so much joy to my Christmas season. I look forward to singing it at church each year.

What is your favorite Christmas goodie?:

My grandmother makes these cookies called Lady Fingers. They are like a shortbread cookie with cinnamon and sugar over the top. They pair perfectly with an afternoon cup of coffee. I, however, eat them at all times of the day with my coffee. 

What are some of your favorite goodies? There are so many to choose from!

Bible Verse of the Week:

If your house were covered in lights would they be all white, multi-colored, or Griswold style?:

I love how nice a house looks when it has all white lights lining the roof line of the house. My husband and I have very opposite taste in terms of this question. Last year we decided to pay a little more for LED lights that you can switch from white to multi via an app on your phone. I know that sounds a little ridiculous, but we both got what we wanted. 

If you had to live in a gingerbread house that you built during the holiday season, what candy would you use to make it?:

Honestly, I would use all of the candy I don’t like to eat, or I wouldn’t have a house to live in after the first few days. I’d maybe consider black licorice, Peeps, Smarties, and Bottle Caps candy. 

If I didn’t have to worry about my waistline and whether or not I’d have a home after a few days, I’d use Reese (anything), Sour Patch Kids, and 100 Grand bars. 

Quote of the Week:

If you could take a Christmas trip to any location, where would you go? 

I have always thought I would like to spend the holidays in the mountains or at a lodge (maybe one that celebrates Christmas as a large event) somewhere with snow. You know, like the ones on the Hallmark Channel? Ha. I have actually wanted to do this ever since I was a kid, but I don’t know if I’d want to do this in lieu of spending the holidays with my family. So maybe I would need to pick the weekend before or after Christmas to do this. 


That’s all I have for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas filled with love, joy, and faith. Merry Christmas from my family to all of yours. 

Han

P.S. — 1 More Wake Up Wednesday until this year is over. Should I find something else to do with my free time, start a new series of writing, or keep up the Wednesday Wake Up’s? What do you think?

Wake Up Wednesday: 12.2

Good morning everyone. This week already marks the middle of December. There are 2 weeks until Christmas, and I thought this was going to be the year that I completed my shopping early. PSYCH! I have always been a last minute shopper. I would much rather spend time with people than money on gifts they “might” like. 

This next week will be a challenging one for me so coffee will be a must-have drink in the morning and maybe even the afternoons. Grab your drink and let’s start this morning the right way. 


Song of the Week:

Sixteen

-Thomas Rhett

This song brings me back to the good ole days when we couldn’t wait for this, that, and the other thing – couldn’t wait to be in high school, to get our license, to graduate, turn 21 etc. Now I wish I would have embraced those years a little bit more and taken a deep breath to capture what will never be again. 

Who do you seek most for advice?:

I ask my mother for advice on just about every decision I make. I have never been good with making decisions for fear of making the wrong one. It’s as if I am scared of the consequences either way. I am one of those people who have to write out a pros and cons list, and sometimes my mom’s opinion weighs very heavily on how I make such decisions. 

She is always very honest with me; I love that she keeps me level-headed. I have been a realist since I can remember (I probably get that from her). I do not have an impulse bone in my body. But I help my friends with their decision-making with no problem. Tell me how that works!

Bible Verse of the Week:


I can think of numerous times in my life where I can pin-point only something that could have happened because of my God. He is sooooo good.

What is one subscription you don’t want to live without?:

Ask me this 3 years ago, I would have said Netflix, but today I say Amazon Prime. I try to shop local as much as possible, but sometimes when you live in the middle of no where and you need something you won’t have time to drive an hour or more to get to before the end of the week, it is just easier to order it online. I may or may not have an addiction to Amazon Prime. 

Quote of the Week:

Every single one of us has gone through and continues to go through our own events that make us who we are; they break us and reshape us. But that rebuilding is when we allow the light to shine because just like Humpty Dumpty, there is no way we can piece ourselves back to the way it was before. 

 Will you still celebrate your birthday when you get older?:

I will ABSOLUTELY celebrate my birthday each and every year regardless of who is by my side each year. Every year I have a birthday, I thank God for allowing me another year. There are so many people that don’t make it to even half the years I have lived. Each year is a blessing and a reason to celebrate. It is the day you were brought into the world. 


That is all I have for you this week. Make sure you get all of your Christmas shopping done; it will be here before we know it. 

Han

Wake Up Wednesday: 12.1

Holy buckets! Guys it’s December – the month of Christmas, the last month of the year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving; I know I have a lot to be thankful for not just this year, but all the time. I truly have a beautiful life.

Alright, we have a lot to make up for last week. We had a babe under the weather and all she wanted was snuggles. So good thing that is one of my favorite hobbies.

Grab your coffee and let’s get this Hump Day going!


Song of the Week:

O Holy Night/ Silent Night

-Caleb & Kelsey

This month, unless there is a crazy awesome new song that comes out, I will be bringing you some of my favorite Christmas music.

This duo is great, and they have many other worship songs etc. Tis the season everyone, get your Christmas music jam on!

What can people count on you for?:

Usually some sort of snack or food. I love to try new recipes. Most of the time, I make a dessert because like I said in a prior post, I have a mouth of sweet teeth. My mind tells me I should have dessert with every meal.

Bible Verse of the Week:

It’s a dark world. Be the light. 

Matthew 5:14

This piggy-backs on my quote below. Be the light in someones day; hell, be the light in your own day. Get up, and do something (the smallest of things) that will put a smile on your face and even someone else’s.

It is the season of giving, and there is a lot to give – even if it’s just a smile.

What restores your faith in humanity?:

When I see community members taking time out of their busy schedules to do something nice for others. This could be as simple as holding the door, making goodies and passing them along, or even stopping by to say hello.

It reassures me that there are good people in this world that have a positive impact on our communities.

Quote of the Week:

This seems to be one of the most depressing times of year for some people. May it be a first Christmas without a loved one, or trauma that was brought about in this time of year. Or even if you hated some of your family “traditions” and you didn’t want to partake anymore. Or you aren’t where you want to be with your life right now.

Regardless, be kind to others; you do not know what someone might be going through. Be someone to look up to – the light in someones day. Ask someone how they are doing and genuinely care about their answer. Ask someone if they are happy. That is utmost important in our society today. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or make, how many degrees you have, or if you have found the love of your life. Be you, your best self, and do what you have to do to make yourself happy.

Do you think smiles are contagious?:

No doubt about it. I bet if you genuinely smiled at 10 people today, a good percentage of them would notice and kindly return it.

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I have added some ideas for stocking stuffers that might make your shopping a little easier.

Stocking-stuffers for gals ideas:

-Book: Girl Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis

-Chapstick – Burt’s Bees Pomegranate

-$5-$10 giftcard to her favorite coffee place

-Her favorite coffee grounds

-Duh- Reese’s Christmas Trees (at least that’s the chocolate I want in mine)

-Ornament for the 2018 year

-Bath/shower bombs

-Adult coloring book & Colors

Stocking-stuffers for guys ideas:

-Small pocket flashlight

-Roll of quarters for pool at the bar (this would make my husband pretty darn happy)

-Socks and/or underwear (I don’t know about the men in your life, but mine doesn’t buy his own underwear and hasn’t since we have been together.)

-Sleeve of golf balls

-Portable phone charger

-Ornament for the 2018 year

-Beard oil or fun aftershave

-Jigs or ice fishing gear- (I would get my husband this, because he thinks he’s a pro ice-fisherman now.)

There are so many more that I could add to this list, but I thought I’d leave some ideas for you.


That’s all I have for today! I hope you all enjoy your week; Christmas will be here before we know it.

Han