5 Things



I shared our Christmas cards from the past just last week and right this minute I’m feeling like Kevin in Home Alone.  At this minute, I’m not exactly sure my cards are going to make it in time this year!  I thought the company I ordered from would print, add the postage, and ship directly.  But, I was wrong.  Do you guys know of any companies that do it this way to save the step of mailing to me and then me shipping out?  I know it won’t help me one bit this year but I’m already thinking of a new strategy for 2021.


I know most of us are deep in our list of Christmas movies right now so you might not be able to watch this now but remember it in January.  Disney Plus has a new movie called, Safety, that’s so very good.  My kids watched it with their sitter on Friday night and they liked it so much they had me watch it with them on Saturday.  I laughed AND I cried!  


My round-up of favorites this past Friday was all sweaters and tops from Walmart.  The top on the left was my absolute FAVORITE…comes in lots of colors and has the cutest puff sleeves.  I do recommend sizing up.  Middle sweater and sweater on the right.  ๐Ÿ™‚


This past weekend I did that thing where I made sure all my kids’ Christmas gifts looked even.  Every year without fail EVEN WHEN I’M MAKING A LIST, I manage to have one kid who has way less than the others.  I’m frantically ordering a few small things right now to ensure everyone is even!  And I remember being a kid and my mom doing this.  I didn’t understand at the time why it was so important to her but I get it now!


I don’t know if I’ve ever gotten more questions or comments on an outfit before from the earrings to the  pullover to the leggings to the bracelets to the boots, you guys were fans.  Lots of you asked if I’d do this more often, just share what I’m wearing that day and I’m committed!  Now some days you might see me in an old ratty shirt and leggings BUT I’ll give you a peek!

We had a great weekend and did lots of Christmas movie watching with the fireplace going and all the twinkling lights.  I’m not complaining but I did keep thinking back to what our typical weekends look like leading up to Christmas and they’re much busier.  No Christmas parade this year, no Christmas program at preschool, no big Christmas parties where all the parents attend.  It’s very different and I know from your messages where you are looks even more different than how things look here in Texas.  I read this devotion earlier this week and it was such a great reminder that God isn’t surprised by anything that has happened in 2020. And he won’t be surprised by what our 2021 looks like.  God knows what the future holds and if we ask, He’ll give us just the strength we need to face any challenges that arise.  Praying for your week, friends!


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  1. 12.14.20
    Julie C. said:

    I'm pretty sure Shutterfly will mail out your cards for you. I didn't do this, but I'm thinking I saw something like this when I was ordering my cards this year. If it makes you feel any better, I don't think my people will receive our card before Christmas either ๐Ÿ™ Next year I will make sure to get our pics taken A LOT earlier!!!!

  2. 12.14.20
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I agree with everybody. That last outfit is DARLING. YOU ARE DARLING.

  3. 12.14.20
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    Love this!!! These 5 things posts are a favorite of mine!! Good luck this week!

  4. 12.14.20
    Jennifer said:

    I Just got our cards out. Everything was delayed this year. I ended up printing them at Staples because none of the big name companies were able to ship in time. I donโ€™t think there is a company that ships them for you. However, minted has a address service where you set up a spreadsheet and you can send to all or some of your contacts. They then print the cards and stuff them for you. However they mail it to you and then you have to mail them out yourself.

  5. 12.14.20
    Ann said:

    Good morning. We have always done 3 gifts (to represent the 3 Wise Men) and one Santa gift. Some years they werenโ€™t necessarily financially even depending on their needs/wants, but everything always looked even, and I wasnโ€™t killing myself to make sure I was spending the same amount. They are spending time counting presents to see who got more. Plus it helps keep down the present overload, Grandparents do that! LOL
    And to take it further, I donโ€™t put their names on boxes. Some years I used a code or different colored paper for each person.

  6. 12.14.20
    Tboedie said:

    Minted will do it! Iโ€™ve used them each year and they do an excellent job! Merry Christmas to you & your family. Love your blog!

  7. 12.14.20
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Eeeeeeeks! It's crunch time!! I need two more weeks!!

  8. 12.14.20
    Nipa said:

    photoaffections will add postage address and mail for you directly. Bonus it saves the addresses so you only need to change the ones that have moved for the next year ๐Ÿ™‚ Also great quality and they always have some sort of sale running.

  9. 12.14.20
    Nipa said:

    Photo Affections will stamp, address and mail your cards directly. It always saves your addresses for the following year so you only need to change for the families that have moved. Quick and easy. Saved me so much time this year.

  10. 12.14.20
    Monica in Pinehurst NC said:

    New Year cards!!! You have plenty of time!

  11. 12.14.20
    Elizabeth said:

    Shutterfly will address and stamp them for you! I always have them address them for me but mail them myself! Iโ€™ve never had a problem so far so can imagine it would be a problem with them mailing them!

  12. 12.14.20
    Joanne said:

    I sure hope you mail them out anyway when they do arrive. I know I'd rather receive a late card than no card.. life is too short to stress deadlines like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 12.15.20
    Natalie said:

    Simply to Impress will stamp & ship for you! I have used them for years – they are great quality and also ship super fast (even this year!)

  14. 12.15.20
    Unknown said:

    The devotional….๐Ÿ˜ thank you. I needed it.

  15. 12.15.20
    Unknown said:

    The devotional….๐Ÿ˜ thank you. I needed it.