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Over the past year, I have learned a lot about blogging just by being a member of the team over at Home & School Mosaics and Mosaic Reviews, and this year I want to keep growing, adding and expanding even more. One thing I am going to do is to start linking up with my fellow blogger friends more, and so today I am linking up to Heidi over at Heidi’s Head for Three Things Thursday, where you’ll find out three random things about your favorite bloggers.
Three Things for me this week is too easy, as they all pertain to things going on in my life right now that I just haven’t had a chance to share, so let’s go!
1. I still have Christmas up. I know some of you may as well, so don’t feel bad for not having it all down and packed away in boxes yet. I celebrate ALL of the Christmas season, all the way up to Epiphany or Three Kings Day and so my decor doesn’t go back to the attic until January 7th (and 8th, too…it’s a house full of decorations that gets put away and I am slow), but this year I am running a little behind. I started today, but am not in any rush. I love the decorations, they are so peaceful and with the flickering lights it makes for such beautiful photos. I can spend endless amounts of time just sitting with my camera in hand and taking shot after shot of beautiful Christmas decorations, decorations that are more precious to me than any others, probably because of the story they tell. The snowglobes given to me as a child by great-grandmothers, miniature villages started by my grandmother, with a new piece every year for my Hope Chest. The ornaments I made out of stained glass as a child, or anything that was my mom’s paired with the things I have collected over the years from my own children. The ladies who made sure to fill my future home with Christmas memories are all gone, but when my house is decorated for the holidays, they surround me by each item’s presence. My Christmas decorations feel like a hug from those I miss, and I am just not quite ready to box that up yet.
2. My (not so prodigal) son has returned home after being on his own for the past year and a half. A little wiser, a little broker, a little in need of a soft place to land. He has some really, REALLY big life changes coming and because we are family, we are here to assist him and be there for him as he goes through these next life phases. Some of these changes in life will change our family structure, and while I am a little nervous (but not worried because I know God has got this!), I am excited for what the future holds for him and for us all. I have to admit, I am also pretty happy about having him back home, even if it is only temporary and even now as I type this, all three of my children are cooking a meal for us to share before he and I go off to work. The laughter and banter I here taking place downstairs is music to my heart.
3. Work? Yep, work. I took a part-time job at a small retail store back in October. I love it, it gets me out of the house for a few hours, interact with people in person and pads the pockets a little more. It is also a feel-good type of store, with gifts and cards and little old ladies in stylish hats that come in to shop. I liken it to working the Ladies Auxiliary in the gift shop at a hospital. Same type of things, same type of reasons to buy that perfectly worded card or small little something to brighten someone’s day. Birthdays, anniversaries, sure, but births and losses, times of sadness but also times to rejoice. I have never worked in a place where I was either witnessed to or was a witness to someone more than here. Where working in law for ages left my spirit sad, heavy and dusty, this places leaves it feeling happy, bright and lifted. All I have to say for that is, “Thank you, God!” It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, with my realization over the holiday season that being a travel agent is just not for me. That’s right…no more travel agent work for this girl. While I will miss many aspects of it, planning other people’s travel to Disney destinations is not really the right way for me to get my Disney love. I find that I am much happier focusing on writing and photographing all things Disney and so that is what 2014 is going to be all about!
So that’s it for this week. Three things going on in my week you may not have known about me. Remember to follow the link-up to read other bloggers and their three things this week, and be sure to come back next week for a new addition of Three Things Thursday!
Until next time,