Today I was in need of a journal. I have a collection of notebooks that I've written in throughout my many years. I pulled a pretty one off the shelf. It was one I had written in for several months back in 2008. It had many blank pages in the back of it and I wanted to see if it would work for my current needs. I read through my 2008 writings. They were from September through December of that year. It was fun to see what I was doing, what my dreams were as well as my feelings.
One thing I wrote about was the stress we went through during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had made the comment that it seems as if every year it is stressful at this time. The stress comes from a variety of sources.
Another thing I had written was my strong desire for peace in the home. I wanted peace and organization as well as joy in my home.
I know it is unrealistic to expect those things to occur constantly. There are times when my home feels like utter chaos. I have noticed over the past 4 years though, that peace, organization and joy occur more often. I don't feel some of the stress that I felt 4 years ago. Some of this may be due to the fact that we have continued to live in the same home. Where as before, we seemed to be moving every 2 years. I think over time I have fallen into a good routine to keep the home running relatively smoothly. (We still have chaos though!)
The picture above shows the three handtowels I made for my mother and gave to her this spring. They are hanging in her bathroom. The towels were $1 each at Walmart. The embroidery thread I had on hand and I purchased the trim at JoAnns. The designs are an Anita Goodesign and it is from the "Spring Curls" collection. Making up some hand towels like this but in Christmas designs is my homemade gift-giving plan.
Love and Blessings,