Wow! Has it been several weeks already? It seems like time is flying. As in, next week is Thanksgiving and then comes Christmas and, oh no, I am not ready for the Christmas festivities!
So in full disclosure, I must share that we have had about ten days of sickness at my house. No one was sick for ten consecutive days…it was a three day virus type of thing..it just took its sweet time working its way through our household! And on the two off days in the middle when I thought we were all well, we totally visited with friends and family. Thankfully, none of them got any germs.
If this is possible, it was the most wonderful kind of sickness you can have…fever and aches only. Which translates into seclusion from the outside world for almost ten days and time to clean out your spice drawer and write at least one Christmas play.
(Explanation: The Petrey children have done a Christmas Eve play for the last I-don’t-know-how-many years. It is less than eleven years, but possibly as many as nine…my memory fails me.)
I love, love, LOVE to work with the kids on this play and it brings me such joy to work with them throughout the holidays to perfect our play each year!
So while the rest of the holiday world is baking, I am working on a few little plays. I had to fill my holiday time with something! Ha!
So now we do two different Christmas plays – one with more music and less talking (for Mamaw’s Friday Lunch group) and another with a plot for our Christmas Eve play (since Petreys tend to love all things dramatic…ALL THINGS DRAMATIC.)
So I have the “Less-Talking” play finished and choreographed.
And yes, we might do the wave and have a kick line.
And that might just tickle me pink. I love me some drama.
And I love these little Petreys.
In addition to sickness, my sister, mom and I had a joint yardsale during which I profited a hefty $42.50 which reminded me why it is always better to consign your clothes and donate everything else. Yard sales are NOT WORTH IT. Unless you are the shopper.
Which leads me to the sister part of this blog (actually the sister part is two-fold). First my sister, with whom we had the yard sale is a busy beaver these days. She will finish her bachelor’s of nursing in December which means she has been in school all this year and working full-time and has been an incredible mother to this little lady who we all love and adore. So while she wanted to contribute to the yard sale, she did not have time to price all of her things.
So Sister left all her things with Mama and me to price on Friday night before the yard sale and so we basically priced things by type. We had a $1.00 basket of clothes, a $2.00 basket of clothes, men’s clothing was priced by type and so forth and so on.
So mid-morning, Sister joined us at the yard sale (she had had some spend the night company on Friday night also…she is like SUPER WOMAN!). And she casually asked, “Oh I see that you sold my purses…” Then she asked how much I had sold them for and I cheerfully told her that we sold them for $3 each.
She looked at me and said, “Even my Kate Spade purses.”
Here is where I must make a confession that a purse is a purse is a purse to me. So I said, hesitantly, “Yeees?”
And in her defense she just continued sipping her coffee and went quietly inside.
Now I know that a Kate Spade purse is worth more than the ones you get at Walmart and next time Sister will probably not trust me to price her items.
The other sister component of this post (is this my longest blog post ever?) is that I am so excited to be a part of a Secret Sister gift exchange! I saw a friend’s post about doing one and I thought oh that sounds like fun. And I woke up the next morning thinking about it and thought, “If there is room for me to still do it, I am going to…this will be fun!”
And the more I thought about it, I have always loved the idea of Secret Sisters. I used to attend church with my aunt and grandmother and see the table of Secret Sister gifts on the back table as I entered the church. I remember thinking, I wish I was old enough and attended this church regularly so that I could participate in this gift exchange.
So I signed up for the Secret Sister gift exchange and am on a mission to find the gift for my secret sister!
It works like the chain letters of old, but instead of having bad luck if you didn’t copy and mail the letter out to four thousand people in three days, this one is totally voluntary and involves sending gifts instead of the strange items like the one time that I remember sending a person a pair of orange underwear the size of a large pizza. (I even asked my mom about it last night and she cannot remember why we did that either but that it seemed like fun at the time!)
And if Mama let me do it as a child, you can rest assured that it was safe and appropriate. But now, we scratch our heads as to why we would have done such a thing.
This time of year, even as it quickly approaches, makes me thankful my mama and sister and all of the memories we have made together…even the ones where we cannot remember why we did what we did…but at least we did it together. And thankful for the forgiveness for the sharing of germs or selling of purses.
That’s my prayer for you this morning…that you can see the blessings in your life and thank the Lord for them.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1
And if any of you are interested in being part of the Secret Sister exchange, send me a message!