Hope this finds everyone having a wonderful Christmas season.... I know I am! I felt the need this year to keep it simple, plan ahead, and get it all done early. As of today, I am totally finished shopping, wrapping, and decorating. I've never been this organized, and I have to say, it has really made this time of year more fun. Almost all the gifts I bought are in a particular theme, which has made it so creative. I have not agonized this year over the "perfect gift" but instead, bought what I liked, with the person in mind, and moved on from there. Simple, easy, stress free.
Now speaking of gifts... I told you all a few posts ago, that I would share my Tiffany moment with you... so here we go...
Back in the summer, I went to the beach with a group of girls that I hang with. We all frequent the same beach, about an hour from where we all live, where a friend has a beach house she rents out. This particular week, we all had kids and husbands in tow. Fun, but... well... we all decided to plan a girl's weekend for the end of October... no kids, no husbands.
About two weeks before the weekend, is when we found out that Scott's cancer was back. At this point, I considered canceling, but decided just to show up if I could. As I shared before, this was really hard news to take. This is the time which I was Googling every minute of everyday, spending time on the phone, and in the library. I had massive headaches everyday as well. Scott knew this was stressing me out, but that's just life sometimes. He insisted I go to the beach, and not Google or read anything about cancer while I was there. I went, planning to come home after two days. I felt bad leaving him.
Well... once I was at the beach, it was SO relaxing, and beautiful, and fun. On the third day, I knew I should head home, but as sunset was imminent, and I was sitting in my beach chair with sand between my toes, sans headache, I called Scott from my cell, and told him I was staying until Sunday... was that okay???? "Sure" he said, but deep down, I knew he wanted me HOME.
An hour or so later, I got a text from my oldest daughter, that said, "Why is there a blue Tiffany bag hanging from the light in the breakfast room?"
WHAT??????? I read this text to my friends, and we had no idea what to make of it. I didn't dare mention it to Scott, because if there really was a bag there, he would kill my daughter for telling me!
I stewed about this all evening and night and into the next day. I felt TERRIBLE that I didn't go home as planned, especially since there was obviously a gift waiting for me.
So Sunday afternoon, I walked in to a perfectly clean house, lunch ready and waiting, and a Tiffany bag hanging right over the table. I "acted" surprised... and let me tell you, I'm a terrible actor.
The bag was empty!!! Well... it had a card inside with a clue to the blue box... like a scavenger hunt. From that box, was another clue, to another blue box. I know he really wanted to show me how much he appreciated all the support. SO sweet!
Later, I of course had to admit that I knew about the bag. He said, "I know... I told Meagan to text you that, just so you'd worry about it all night!" Can you even believe that???? I knew he wanted me home :).
Inside the first box was a sterling silver band, that had I Love You printed all the way around. The second box had the matching bracelet. I wear them both every, single day. Simple, elegant, perfect!
One of my goals during this whole ordeal, has been to de-stress Scott's life as much as possible. Last night was perfect. He came home to cajun bean soup in the crock pot, an open bottle of red wine, (Dr. orders...did I mention Scott loves his new Dr ;), candles lit, and music playing... it was wonderful.
Take time this season to be intentional...if you don't, the season will pass you by, and you'll wonder where the magic went. In our family, we are all getting together on Thursday nights throughout the holidays, and having game night. I have also planned a Christmas Tea for my daughters, granddaughter, and mom. I am even going to decorate cookies, something I usually decide is too much trouble, and too messy. This year, I feel free to do this, because I am not stressed.
Now finish up your shopping, keep it simple, and enjoy...