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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around my house.

I was sick for the past week.  So, our Thanksgiving was very quiet. I was supposed to make the stuffing for our family get together. Since we didn't get to attend, I decided to use all the ingredients I purchased for the stuffing. I made the stuffing on Saturday night.  So Greg and I have been having stuffing and gravy with Costco's rotisserie chicken and ...loving it.

Yesterday when I felt better, I rummaged through our boxes and found the Christmas tree and decorations.  I have a confession to make.  For the past two years, I didn't set up our tree.  We were in transition and living in a temporary place.  It had been very hard on me as I loved our previous home.  The photo above was taken there with the tree in front of the fireplace.

Well, I realized something.  This same Christmas tree looks very lovely in our small condo.  We may not have a fireplace and lots of room, but it's kind of cozy and warm.

I've been playing Christmas carols and getting into the spirit of the season.  And I'm feeling much better.

I had to include this photo of my niece Kristin with her hubby Kevin and baby Kenzie.  Aren't they the cutest?  I just wish I could be there in person to pinch those cheeks of little Kenzie!

I'm heading back to work tomorrow.  I've missed those kids but it's been good to have a little break.

Keep counting those every day blessings ...

#599 A quiet Thanksgiving
#600 Time with Greg
#601 Finally feeling better
#602 Phone conversations with family in Florida
#603 Time for rest and plenty of naps
#604 Watching movies in bed
#605 Seeing "The Magic of Belle Island" with Morgan Freeman (I enjoyed it)
#606 Unpacking my Christmas tree
#607 Listening to Christmas carols
#608 Unpacking my favorite Christmas books I love to reread this time of year
#609 Enjoying the beautiful Phoenix weather
#610 Hearing a great sermon by a missionary to Thailand
#611 Appreciating good health


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Sorry to hear that you were under the weather. But glad to know you're feeling better and I'm glad you had the chance to put up the Christmas tree. Christmas is in your heart!!! I always enjoy the pics you share especially your niece's baby...so adorable!!! Take care sister and I'm sure the kids missed
    you too!!! God bless and protect you!!!

  2. So sorry to hear that you've been sick. Am so glad that you are feeling so much better to return to work tomorrow. I like to think to bloom where I'm planted wherever that might be. Have a great week and don't overdo. Hugs.

  3. Glad you're feeling better now, Debbie. It's always a drag to be sick and so great to feel well again. Really makes you appreciate your health so much more. I plan to put up our tree in a day or so and I always look forward to it. I think it always helps to put up a tree regardless of circumstances we might be going through. Yours is very pretty.

  4. First, you niece could be your daughter,she looks so much like you. Such a cute family!

    And, your tree in your condo looks wonderful. It looks like such a warm and inviting place.

    Blessings and glad you are feeling better!

  5. Your tree is lovely and cozy. I'm glad if you're feeling better. Thankful for your friendship! Have a blessed walk to Bethlehem, sister.


  6. Love your tree. I am just starting to think about decorating.

  7. Good morning, Debbie,

    Your tree is beautiful and just as lovely as in your former home. Warm and inviting. :)

    Happy to hear you are feeling better! We love stuffing here and think it one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner.

    So nice stopping by to visit, sweet friend!

  8. This warms my heart...I remember telling you how I had to push through in our temporary place..well we are still in our temporary place and if it hadn't have been for Benjamin I too wouldn't have decorated...as I pushed in God was faithful to heal. I have to say, I still stop and cry at times missing my house, and I still have to remind myself to be happy in our temporary place...but the lessons and love He has poured out on me through this process is really more precious than gold.

    Enjoy your tree...it is beautiful...so glad you feel better!

  9. Debbie - Sorry to hear you were sick; but I am glad you are feeling better. Your tree and condo look very cozy.
    Have a good week. - Marsha

  10. Glad your feeling better Debbie. I caught some kind of yucky stomach bug in New Mexico and will be glad to begin feeling better myself. Your tree and home look warm, cozy and beautiful. Kenzie and her parents look just darling! Enjoy your week!

  11. Your tree is beautiful! Hubby and I are considering selling our home and buying a condo next year. Haven't decided for sure yet though.

    Glad you are feeling better.

  12. Beautiful tree, Debbie! I'm sorry you missed out on the big family shindig, but I'm glad you're enjoying some yummy stuffing and gravy :)
    Praying for you this week and hope you bounce back quickly!
    Hugs from VA,

  13. Hi Debbie, Your tree is pretty! Sorry you were sick. I hope you have a nice week at school. Hugs from Texas!

  14. Love your tree and your condo--so glad you are feeling better!

  15. I'm so sorry you've been sick, but thankful you are feeling better. I love Costco's chicken! Your tree is beautiful! Have a blessed week.


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