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Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Christmas In The Glass House

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I type this as Lil Man is wheezing beside me. Having a child with a bad chest cold, combine that with asthma, and to this first-time inexperienced Mom, it scares me a little when he isn't breathing the way that I think he should. We haven't been anywhere or been around anyone since Tuesday, so I'm not really sure where he picked up this bug, unless it was when we were out and about on Tuesday.

The coughing started out small yesterday, and by the end of the day it ended in full blown croup-like sounds where he coughed so hard that he vomited. Thankfully after a restless night he is resting at the moment.

But I wanted to tell you about Christmas this year at our house. Holidays are a difficult time for me - with Thanksgiving being the worst with missing our family. But Christmas is usually a time of joy for us because of Lil Man. So I was super excited this year because Lil Man was beyond excited for Christmas. He enjoyed his Bobo (our elf), and we counted down daily until Christmas arrived.

This year, on Christmas Eve, he and I began baking around 7am. We baked for hours. It was a little more tiring that I thought it would be (ha). But he (and I did too) had such a blast decorating all of the cookies and cupcakes. I knew I was baking way too many, but I was baking for the 'fun' of baking and decorating - not so much for us to eat this much food.



But as we made the plate of goodies for Santa, Lil Man wanted the big platter for the children at home. I was confused. I asked him what children? He said, you know the ones at the houses. I told him we were the only ones here. He said "NO, for Santa to take to all of the children at the houses." Be still my heart, I love how he is so thoughtful of others. He wanted Santa to take the cupcakes and share them with the other kids. 

Then later that day, we cooked our Christmas ham, ate dinner, and then put out our 'reindeer dust' outside. Finally it was early bed for Lil Man. 

But within an hour, he got up 3 different times to see if Santa had come ;) Surprisingly he slept until 6am Christmas day where we woke up to screams of joy of 'He came! He came! Santa came!'. Lil Man was beside himself with excitement. 

 
And what he asked for this year was a 'green tractor'. This is his reaction when he opened it. 

He got tons of gifts from family. We are more than blessed. And my heart swelled as I watched my son enjoy opening gifts, but also sharing gifts.



He seemed equally excited to give us our gifts that he'd picked out for us to open. I got weights, a curling bar, and Godiva chocolate :)


But by afternoon, I was a little emotional with feeling so loved and truly blessed. I spent the day with my family, the three of us, enjoying each other's company. And my heart was full of love knowing how blessed I truly am.

We were able to FaceTime with our families. It of course wasn't the same as if we'd actually been able to see them, but Lil Man enjoyed talking to everyone. He showed them how each toy worked. It was cute. And although it hurts to be so far away, I am truly thankful for technology.

This year, Christmas at the Glass House left me feeling so very blessed and thankful.


I hope you too had a blessed holiday. 


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  1. Glad you had such a nice Christmas. I hope you son's cold gets better, too. Being sick is no fun.

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    1. Thank you... by this afternoon, we've found out he has the flu :(

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  2. I miss having children in the house at Christmas time. It is such a total joy to see their faces as they open their gifts. Your Christmas sounds wonderful ... I hope Lil Man is still enjoying all his new treasures.

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    1. Yes, the time is going by way too fast! He is enjoying all of his new gifts (even as he's sick) :)

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  3. I thought that I loved Christmas when I was a kid, but now that I have had kids, I love it even more. I love seeing their faces when they open their gifts. It looks like your son had a great time. I hope he's feeling better!

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    1. Thank you... unfortunately it's the flu.. ugh.. but hoping he's going to feel better soon. I agree, watching your kids at Christmas is more satisfying that anything I could ever receive myself

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  4. I need to run away from Ice cream LOL! I am glad to you had a great Christmas. I love to see younger children opening their gifts, the smiles are priceless.

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  5. I hope your little man feels a LOT better soon! Sounds like you had a great Christmas. Isn't it wonderful how with Skype and FaceTime we can still connect with our extended families for their Christmas's?

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  6. I wish I could have one of those weights, a curling bar as a gift. Sounds like your family had a great Christmas presents.

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  7. It was so sweet to read about how he wanted to share the treats. That is just adorable! What a special day you all had together.

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  8. Awww sounds like y'all had a fabulous day!!!! I love Christmas now that my princess is old enough to know what's going on!! Its so fun to see how happy she gets :)

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  9. Sounds like me - I got up at 6am to start baking! I had cupcakes frosted by the time everyone woke up. Baking before dawn is calming. ;)

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  10. Good to know you had such a wonderful Christmas. We did too. We celebrated Christmas Eve with my in-laws and the three of us went out on Christmas Day for dinner. My family may be a thousand miles away from us, but still, I feel so blessed.

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  11. Your post reminded me of when my kids were little and winter colds kicked in during the holidays... It's draining but we remember the joy of the holidays too...

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  12. I guess that flu is due to the weather - I have colds right now and I wish to get all better myself - ugh.. I am glad it was such a beautiful Christmas for you and your family :)

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  13. It's nice to know you had a wonderful holiday! Your son looks very happy with the gifts he recieved.

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