December 2016: 100 PLUS bessings of the season, In no particular order!
I realize that this featured blog is more for me, then most readers, so I beg not to bore you.
This whole month has been about friends, family and enjoying spending time with those people I love!!!! I am....incredibly BLESSED!Blessing #1: Kelly !!! Look at this pretty lady who came and spent some time with me early in December. Her son was visiting from Florida and came to spend the day with us.
I became friends with Kelly when I was 20 years old. We worked together for NY state. Here is a picture of us about that age.
Blessing #2 We have been blessed as friends for nearly 27 years.
Blessing #3. Happiness! I am truly a happy women. It reads all across my face.
Blessing #5. My beautiful daughter spending time with her mother and her mother's friend. There was a time when I thought she and I would never get along.
That Sunday I was blessed with two more of my amazing friends.
Blessing #6. Renee. A truly amazing friend who became a friend through marriage. Blessing #7 Yep she married one of my childhood friends and Blessing #8.they live down the street from me.
Blessing #9. She now works with me too!!!!
Blessing #10 Mary! I have know her since college. That was also about 20 something years ago too. She and I lived together when she met her husband Brian. Blessing #11, She introduced me to the LOVE of scrapbooking and blessing #12. one of my besties Tammy. She may even have introduced me to my Blessing #13. Close to my Heart friend Sandy.
I had not expected Mary to show up for the work shop.
Blessing #14. I am blessed by her surprise and Blessing #15 the consistent friendships that these two wonderful ladies have given me. (even continuing to purchase CTMH items when I know their closets are full.)
Blessing # 16 As blessings go, I am pretty happy to say I have been blessed with the ability to craft. Or at least the enjoyment of craft. Here is my gift exchange wreath I made. Not bad if I do say so myself. First time ever.
Blessing #19 Had a few good hair days in December!!!
Blessing #20 and yet another!!!!
Blessing #21 I have such great co-workers to go to an all day training with me in Utica all about the HCBS!!! and look were all smiling. Blessing #22. We are all blessed to have an employer who thinks its important for all of us to continue to learn and grow.
Blessing 25...and more deserts.
Blessing #29. Being able to share (I gave one to Melanie no picture) with friends.
Blessing #30. My cream puff was INCREDIBLE....and blessing #31.it helped to make the conference go by faster.
Blessing #31I was so blessed to arrive home safe and sound.
Blessing #32. I CA all of my appointments that day. It could have been a dangerous driving day, and someone may have been hurt.
Blessing #33. I was fortunate enough to be behind someone with good taillights and a good sense of direction to drive home behind.
Blessing #34. All of my family made it home safe and sound.
Blessing #35 and look who was clearing the drive....
Blessing #36 as I was sitting all snug next to a warm fire, (Blessed for sure).
(These were taken at Christine's house after the Close to my Heart Holiday Party. )
and blessing #39 At least one beautiful sun attempting to shine.
Blessing #46 I held a Ladies night and some of my favorite people showed up. Doreen, Kellie, Mindy Renee and Mary (She got cut off.)
Blessing #48. Good times, great laughs wine and of course food!!!
Blessing #49. Butts!!! No not really. I am blessed with silliness, laughter and fun, I believe Kellie took this picture of her elbow to look like a butt!
Blessing #51. Kellie. I met Kellie this year through Doreen. She is a TRIP. Her humor is contagious.
Blessing #52. I can see!!! For as much as I complain about having to wear my glasses. I am blessed to have them when I need to see. (Which is apparently only about 10% of the time, as I never seem to be wearing them.)
Blessing #53. Employment that I enjoy and new found friends from that employment.
One evening a bunch of us from work met out for dinner at The Copper top restaurant to celebrate the Holidays.Blessing #54. Stacey. I met Stacey at my current job. (I met all these wonderful people at my current job.) She is the sweetest person. Her work presence is calm and direct. I love that when I am a "SPAZ" I know she will have a "method" on how to address any situation,
Blessing #57. Tracey is another work friend. She is a good confider and honest. She'll tell you how it is.
Blessing #61 Good times.
Blessing #62 The Turing Stone Resort and their FREE nights!!! Mark had booked an overnight mid-week for the two of us at the Turning Stone.
The two of us enjoyed a romantic evening with some gaming, a big meal at the Buffet, and holiday decorations before we headed to the pool for some warm bubbles and a stress free evening.
Blessing #63. Holiday Decorations. I LOVE the lights and the bulbs!!!
Blessing #66 Smiles of happy faces.
Blessing #67 Shelly!!! She is simply the sweetest. She has a HUGE heart and goes beyond her job expectations to help those with limited advocates!!!
Blessing #70...and a desert table!!!
I am so blessed to be a part of the Close to My Heart world. I became a consultant several years ago because I love to CRAFT!!! Despite my poor sales and that I simply keep my status only because of my own addiction to the supplies...I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my TEAM the most!!!
link to my site.
I am so blessed to know each and every one of these AMAZINGLY TALENTED WOMEN!!!
Blessing #73. Kate and Laura. Kate is so supper FUN!!! She makes me laugh, she makes me think, she is a great one to confide in!
Laura is super fun too! She is incredibly tender hearted and kind.
Blessing #77. Sandy!!! The Mama of all us CTMH babies!!! Sandy is the beginning of my CTMH trail and upline to my business. She is not only a business partner, but a trusted, and deer friend.
Blessing #78. AMAZING WOMEN and ONE CRAZY SLEEP OVER FULL OF FOOD< GIFTS< CRAFTS AND FUN!!!!
Blessing #79. Can I not get a great big BLESSING FOR FOOD!!!! Our dinner was delish!
and.;.....adorable little tea cup deserts!!!
After dinner it was soon time for our gift exchange. The annual Holiday Party gift exchange is the one thing we all look forward to every year, It must be homemade and people can STEAL your gift. I had these beautiful ski's for decoration made by Kate first before it was taken a few times.
Blessing #80 More GIFTS!!!!
Blessing #83. Can you guess? Its more Food!! We had a yummy breakfast the following morning of Angle food cake french toast, fruit and sausage, egg, hash brown cheese bake. Oh yeah and how could I forget!!!
Blessing #84...COFFEE!!! in a tiger cup no less!
Blessing #92. More Gifts!!!
Blessing # 93. Turning Stone Casino and resort! Okay...so we have gambled there quite a bit over the years, But look at all the fun we had. We were blessed this evening with these Amazing Gingerbread houses... totally 100% FREE evening was spent at this resort one Thursday.
Blessing # 94. Mark and I had a FREE dinner in the VIP room with complimentary beverages.
Blessing #95.We were both were blessed with an Incredible rock and roll show with great seats too!
(I think I got everyone)
It was a fantastic show!!! I love Robin Zander and Cheep Trick....but best personality on the stage had to be Billy Gibbons...there is a face under all that hair!!!
As the Holidays got closer...even the dogs got into the season.
Blessing #101. Bubbe. My mother in law. I am grateful to her for raising such an amazing son. She has been a wonderful blessing to our family.
Blessing #103. My belief in God! Church service.
After a Jewish Holiday on Christmas Eve, (Does that even make sense to say?) I went to Church. I bought myself a new Bible too for 2017!
Blessing#105. Christmas morning. I simply love Christmas morning. Time with family, gifts, and food. Who can ask for anything more? As I get older and my kids get older too, Christmas morning has not been like it used to be. This Christmas we didn't even start getting excited about the day until afternoon. I think Gavin got up about that time. Since he is the only kid really still at the house and Ben is in Florida. Gavin got the Santa gifts that were under the tree. The one thing he asked for this year! Rock Band!
The dogs got their Holiday gift too! My big gift this year was a Sony music box. Now I can play my music LOUD!
Alexis my only girl and sick on Christmas. She is definitely my daughter...Crazy like that!
Blessing #110. My husband! I have been so blessed to have this incredibly compassionate, supportive and tolerant man as my lifetime partner and soulmate. Each day I am blessed with him in my life.
We have 15 years of marriage on Jan 1st 2017!
So there we have it...all my December blessings all rolled up into one very long BLOG space! Of course I am so very blessed every day with those people I have been fortunate to surround myself with. God has filled my cup to the top! I know I have so many more blessings and my list could go on. As I enter into 2017 I want to remember every moment simply how blessed and grateful I am to the incredible life I am living.
Thanks for sharing in my blessed existence!
Happy Holidays!! Happy New Year and May God Bless you!!!