25 (Christmas) things

1.  I love Christmas.

2.  So much so, that it pains me to experience it, as I know it’s over for another year.

3.  I love it all–Jesus, music, wrapping paper (do you follow me on Instagram??), divinity & fudge…the whole nine.

4.  I love what it’s meaning to me as an adult–celebrating traditions with my little ones & accepting grace to want less.

5.  During this time, I’m equal parts NUTSO & family focused.

6.  It’s funny, speaking of nutso, when I talked about our holiday schedule lately, some of you were very concerned for me and the time we have with our family.

7.  Sweet, silly friends.  I’m way too fractious to let myself get too busy, I promise.

8.  Plus, I’m just one of those have-way-too-many-irons-in-the-fire-at-one-time-kind-of-gal.

9.  My wise & newly beloved e-friend, Edie, told me that we are the same…and for us it’s less about balance, and more about renewal.

10.  What in the world?  Divine words right there.

11.  I love Edie.

12.  I love her kitchen, her Christmas, her schooling.

13.  Mostly, though, I love her grace-filled heart.

14.  Back to renewal, I’m spending much time on the go, but I totally let myself crash.

15.  Like right now, Matt has both kids upstairs playing (gasp!) video games while I sit on this very sofa and blog and watch Bones.

16.  Dr. Brennan is the FUNNIEST person I’ve ever encountered.

17.  TV person, I mean.

18.  This post isn’t really about Christmas, is it?

19.  Here we go:  I haven’t even photographed our mantel, y’all.

20.  The house has been too we’re-cleaning-out-for-the-end-of-the-world-mess.

21.  It’s looking better now.

22.  Maybe good enough for me to take pictures of the mantel.

23.  And the wreaths, and the dining room, and the kitchen.

24.  You know, the whole house tour.

25.  Or, I’ll probably take my good friend’s advice and curl up with a cup of coffee and a book and call it a day.

P.S.  I hope you each are having the merriest Christmas season with your loved ones.  I am thinking of you each at this time every year, and I have a special video planned for you in the next few days.  Hope you can make it.

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9 Responses to 25 (Christmas) things

  1. Linda@Coastal Charm December 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!


  2. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline December 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Ruth in NZ December 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas – Christmas Greetings from New Zealand. Thanks for your input into my year, and all the best for the homeschooling, business, family, ministry and LIFE in the year ahead. Keep Christ at the centre and keep encouraging us to do the same!

  4. meike December 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Shaunna, I feel so lucky that I found you and your blog this year – it truly changed my life. And I mean not just slightly, it gave my life a completely new direction and I’ve not been as happy and content and balanced as I am right now in a very long time. So I guess what I’m trying to do here is send a big THANK YOU your way. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and an amazing 2013!

  5. Marjorie S. December 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Relax and enjoy the season. Technically Christmas is not a day, but a season that starts on Christmas Eve and runs for 12 days! The three wise men didn’t show up on the 25th! I wish as a nation we still celebrated more that way, enjoying the anticipation of Advent, the preparation, the waiting with bated breath for our King’s arrival and then reveling in the glory that is Christmastide. Have a fabulous holiday!

  6. edie wadsworth December 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Well, it’s official! I’ve added you to my List of Things that must be done in 2013—hug and squeal in person with Shaunna!!! It’s a serious love fest when I add you to the New Year’s Resolution’s List. You are such a doll baby and I’m praying that the Lord will relocate you to Bean Station. I think of you so often and pray that your Christmas is full of hope and joy and renewal. You are loved, my dear!
    Thank you for such kind words that make me all verklempt and teary eyed.
    Love you,

  7. Diane December 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas as well. I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year…What will next year bring!!!! :)

  8. Kaaren December 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Wishing you and yours the very best for the New Year and hoping your Christmas is bright.

  9. Caroline December 23, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    I wish you and your family a lovely Christmas & best wishes for 2013. I look forward to following your inspirational blogs.

    Caroline x

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