Counting My Blessings Instead Of My Presents



pictures, frames, family

The best gift ever from my husband. He gathered photos of the kids and family a filled these awesome frames. THEN he immediately put it up for me.

I don’t like sharing what I or my family received for Christmas, or what we had for Christmas dinner, because I feel so blessed. I don’t want it to sound like bragging, and I feel so bad for those that have a bad Christmas because they can’t provide for their family or don’t have a family.

side board, buffet, antique furniture, heirlooms

This was my grandmothers buffet and I adore decorating it. I think of her every time I look at it. This and the matching China Cabinet were wedding gifts to her and my grandfather.

While we had a very blessed Christmas I’m so proud that my family gave from the heart. Not just to each other but to many in need. None of the gifts I received were expensive but they were all heartfelt and it made me feel good inside to receive them, I will say though that living in the North with -40 degree weather at times, everyone should have a winter coat. Mine, because of weight loss was about 3 sizes too big and was no longer keeping me warm. I’m thrilled to have received a winter coat that fits me well.

china cabinet, antique, heirloom

This was my grandmother’s china cabinet and some of the pieces decorating it were her’s too. I’ve mixed a few of mine in there include my precious Sock Monkey my boy gave me.

The kids had a very Merry Christmas because my husband and I started shopping last year during clearance sales. Our Christmas dinner took us 3 months to save for and buying a bit here and there and it was totally worth it. Celebrations for us take a lot of saving and sacrafice. My husband worked extra hours and jobs to provide for our family and I couldn’t be prouder of him.


Added to this my husband kicked me out of the kitchen and made all of Christmas dinner.

Kołaczki, cookies, pastry

Kołaczki cookies my grandmother made every year. She made nut, pineapple and apricot. My husband made pineapple, cherry, apple, and cream cheese. These pastry cookies are delicious and we look forward to them every year.

Most of all this Christmas I am extremely thankful for the health of my son Quinn. I don’t like to share his issues a lot because I do not want to violate his privacy. The boy is sick a lot, he has a heart problem and during a routine check a few weeks ago the doctor found suspicious moles. The child is 12 and has been through so much. Monday I had to take him in and have these moles removed, and he had to have stitches put in his tummy and back. Then he received his immunizations. My boy didn’t shed one tear, he didn’t fight  the doctors who were doing their jobs and I couldn’t be more proud of him. We found out that the moles were non cancerous and THAT was the best gift I could have ever received.

fiesta, fiestaware, dishes, dining

While this isn’t the tradition holiday table, this is how I set mine. Lots of color and Fiesta ware. Fiesta in honor of my Grandmother who instilled so much into our traditions.

I would rather count my blessings than count my presents under the tree. So I would like to share of few of my blessings from this year and hope you will share some of yours too.

1. My 12 year old is all fixed up and happily playing in his room. While he’s making a lot of noise and it’s a bit annoying I’m thankful for that noise.
2. My 17 year old got his license and a job. He’s working hard and saving as much as he can for college.
3. My husband is handy around the house and while he is a lot of bluster, he’s also a lot of love. He drops whatever he’s doing to help whoever needs him.
4. My daughter is on her last semester of college and will be graduating with a degree in fashion design. She is living her dream and is already planning on how she is going to put her degree to work, while marketing herself differently from others.
5. My son in law to be is kind, patient, and a hardworker. He takes good care of my daughter and treats her well.
6. My husband while not a Slov or Hungarian has taken on my family’s traditions and baked our treasured family recipe for Kołaczki Cookies. He lovingly made our pastries and makes sure my kids say their prayers with respect.
7. We have a warm home to live in, that although has needed many repairs, my husband has done them himself. To most it’s just your average house to us it’s home. Nothing warms my heart more than when my daughter visits and sniffs the air and says “I love the smell of home”.
8. My parents live next door to us and are the most loving and forgiving people I know. My family isn’t always on their best behavior but my parents are still there to love us. They also never question it when I need  help picking up the kids or when I need a hand with something.
9. I have a brother who loves me and is kind to me and helps me put things into perspective. When my temper gets the best of me and when I think the worst of myself he’s there to help me pick up the pieces.
10. I’m thankful to have been born in this country. A country that allows me to believe in God and friends and family that help reinforce my beliefs.



1 comment for “Counting My Blessings Instead Of My Presents

  1. Jennifer Heintz
    December 28, 2014 at 11:37 am

    My, you do have much to be thankful for, and thank you for sharing it. At our house, my husband and I do not exchange gifts, as we prefer to give what we can to our daughter, her children, and close friends. There is no extravangance, but we choose gifts that are also heartfelt. We have also instructed those people that we do not want gifts from them. This makes for a great Christmas for us.

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