2013 – First Post

Hello 2013.

Hello blog.

It’s been a while.

I got a letter from Compassion that my sponsored child will be graduating from the program this year. I am very sad.

I am happy that she has made it thus far. She’s going to college and on the right track… she seemed to have a bit of a burden to provide for her family once she graduates though. They give an option for us to stay in touch if we mutually want to… and I am pretty sure she will want to. I hope she will…

Took the kiddos to Disneyland over Christmas break. Did a bunch of other activities as well… like the USS Hornet in Alameda.

IMG_1072

They liked it. AJ kept on pushing all the buttons and I had to carry him down most of the steep stairs… although, towards the end, he wanted to do it “All by myself.”

I’ve been thinking about my One Word for 2013 for the past few days and I am leaning towards Embrace. Or Enough. Embrase will remind me to live in the moment and to embrace whatever is in front of me at that moment. Enough will remind me that I have enough. That I am enough. That God gives me enough. I am still really liking this way of doing resolutions.

2012’s One Word was humility. Boy, I learned a lot of lessons about that. Mostly about how sinful I am. I scare my kids with my anger sometimes. I scare myself too. I am on step 10 in al-anon so I’m trying promptly admit it when I am wrong. First pick-up from school in 2013 started with, “I’m sorry for… do you forgive me?” Of course, my Christian forgave me without hesitation. Children have such big hearts. No bitterness. No resentment.

Christmas season was a little bit insane for my etsy shop. I totally did not expect that. I raised almost $1000 for Compassion. I shall be better prepared this year!

 

 

Yay!

This past Monday, I participated in a craft event at work and I raised over 300 dollars for Compassion! I am so excited. I have to do the final calculations but yeah… I am super duper excited.

I thought about doing a jewelry party at my house this year for the holidays but I didn’t get my act together fast enough so… I may do one in time for V day or something. =)

I took down a lot of orders and I have to make all the stuff now so… I’ll be signing off now. =) Here is one picture of some of my stuff…

Holiday craft fair

I participated in a craft fair for my old old department and made about $150 to donate to children through Compassion. Yay! It was great to see old faces and reconnect with people.

The day started out terribly. I got there late and had the worst time finding parking. And it was raining. Everything went wrong. I tried to unload things from my car but I couldn’t get it and it was just horrible. I felt so bad, I almost left. When I got to the room, there was a table at the corner, almost covered by everyone else around it. I was like, “Is that my table?” The lady next to me kindly offered to scoot her table over. I left my things to move my car… but on the elevator ride down, I seriously contemplated whether I wanted to do this or not… I mean, I had to take PTO and sit there all day. Then I remembered that I was not there for myself to have a good time. I decided to do it, even thought I was having a crappy day. From that moment on, everything went kind of smoothly. The parking guy let me park the car in the lot, at a space that wasn’t really a designated spot. It was super duper nice of him. Did I mention it was raining? I took it as a sign that I had decided on the right path.

After I parked the car and got back up to the room, I felt much better and started my set up. I don’t know why the set up always takes so long. Anyway, I saw my old boss and others… it was really great. It lasted about four hours and the time flew by. I chatted with the customers and told everyone that the profits were donated to charity. I had forgotten to bring my little sign and also a mirror but it all worked out.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great New Year’s Day and New Year’s eve.