Taking time for the important things~

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   Posted 12/24/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi to all of my Fibro Family!

This morning I'm frantic and have been that way for several days. As you all know we only have a limited amount of energy each day and I've been borrowing into the future day after day. You all know how that goes. I have been taking things off my "to do" list for Christmas to the point it just breaks my heart. I have a house full of family coming over at 4PM. My house is in shambles, I haven't wrapped one gift, some aren't finished assembling, and I'm to the point of tears from all of this and pain, of course. Plus hubby and I are both on antibiotics for upper respiratory infection.

So, when does the fun start? Well, it starts right now! I decided to sit here at the computer and thank all of you for what you give to me each and every time you leave a message, send me an email or come to visit in the chat rooms. Without you my life would not be near so full or heartwarming. Instead of starting my day frantic it is way more important for me to remember what is truly important. It's the people in my life. The dust will wait, the clutter will get pushed out of the way and the food will get ready, but if I forget you then all of the rest of it isn't important.

Warmest Holiday Hugs,
The three grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. — Alexander Chalmers

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   Posted 12/24/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
This is so true, Chutz.  We get lost in the gifts, cards, and glitter and don't remember the real reason for this season.  Actually, it's love.  We, of course, love our family but loving our friends counts, too, and we all love one another on this forum. 
Chutz, I would bet that no one notices or cares what your house looks like...only you.  They won't even notice because they are coming to see you and have a wonderful family gathering.  I'm glad that you have decided to finally enjoy this time.  You've done plenty for your family and friends so sit back and enjoy the festivities!
It's time for smiles and joy in our lives.  I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas! 
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   Posted 12/24/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Chutzie I was where you are this time last week, minus the cold thankfully. Within five minutes of the first family dragging all their stuff in you couldn't tell what had been cleaned and what hadn't, you still can't. smilewinkgrin My oldest granddaughter still doesn't have her and BFs Christmas card with gift card cause I forgot to send it with them and I've seen them twice since. It will probably just go for diapers anyway, hehehe.
We had a fantastic time last weekend, acknowledged our beloved Michael's absence and went on.
Save your energy, your going to need it tonight and tomorrow.
We finally got a day to ourselves yesterday to do nothing but rest and my body needed it badly cause I had borrowed as far ahead as I could.
Your so right my dear friend and you know as well as I do how important each and every person in our lives is.
I hope you have as great a time with your other family as I did.
Thanks for thanking about us.
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   Posted 12/25/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Taking a break after baking all day. That's the way to look at it, ladies. I heard someone suggest that if you didn't want to scrub the bathroom clean, unscrew the lightbulbs and light a candle! Plus, as Marlee said, no one will know what was clean and what was not once all the people get there. I went to visit an elderly family member last month. Her house was pretty messy. Lots of buildup of dust. And the calendar on the wall had not been changed for 4 years! We were still glad to see them. It didn't matter.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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   Posted 12/25/2009 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chutz,

Wishing you a very merry Christmas. Thinking of you.

Take it slow and easy, go with the flow. You will make it. Allow yourself to relax. Enjoy family.

Thanks for all of your lovely posts. I will send you an email.

Hugs, Karen
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