WARNING: LENGTHY POST
And how is everyone today? Exhausted? Feeling guilty that you had that extra piece of pie lol. I know I am. Did you have a wonderful day with family and friends? Did Santa bring you any book related presents, would love to hear if you want to share. Would love to hear about anything that Santa brought if you want to tell us about.
This weekend was bittersweet for me. It was very hard for me with my Mom not being here and I have to be honest, there were some tears, for different emotions throughout the day. However, I realized as we sat around my mother-in-law's table, how much I had to be thankful for. My husband and I did the blessing before we started eating, which is another story because today I start a HUGE diet after what I ate lol.
I am blessed. The fact that my husband was sitting there and did the first part of the blessing after what happened 2 months ago, his chair could have been empty too. Both my sons were there from out of state and one of their gfs, who I consider my daughter, my other son's gf, who I also consider my daughter, didn't fly in with him and spent Christmas with her parents. And to see the relationship my sons have with each other, I am blessed. Some of you know, but I only have one sibling who is 9 1/2 years older than me and is severely handicapped. My Mom and her were joined at the hip for all of her life and now lives in an assisted living facility and loves it. She was having a very difficult time this weekend but I was so proud of her. She came out to eat with us Saturday night and was at my mil's yesterday. I picked her up and brought her to my house because she wanted me to style her hair and put make up on her to go out. And she had a wonderful time!! So even though it was hard, I know my Mom was looking down and smiling. And then my husband, both boys and Heather (Paul's gf) gave me gifts from the heart that the tears continued until we were done opening presents. My boys tease each other constantly and Mark said to Paul...."Oh great...You had to give her your present first...you knew that she would do this". And I didn't stop having eyes filled with tears until we left the house to go and eat. I am sharing one that was book related below.
So how was your day?
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If you didn’t, what books are you most looking forward to reading (and/or buying) in the new year?
I didn't get any books and/or even an Amazon GC this year, which did and didn't surprise me. My family knows and sees the big 5 shelf bookcase, and shake their heads in disbelief, when I tell them that those are my TBR books, plus the books in my Kindle and Sony EReaders. So this year, I think they realize too, that the big bookcase in my reading room/office (now called "hopefully in my lifetime TBR bookcase) and the little book case that holds my finished reads, that I don't need any more books. But I love it, since they have started to read again, when they come home, they now go to both bookcases to see what they can take.
However, one of the gifts my Paul (the oldest) and the first gift he said I had to open was this:
The picture doesn't do it justice. It is a silver plated bookmark.The heart is raised with pearl in the center and rhinestones around the sides of the heart. There is filigree down both sides and engraved with this saying:
A mother understands what a child does not say.
OK..how many Moms out there are getting that warm and fuzzy feeling? lol
And as to what books I am looking forward to, lol all the ones that sound like I would enjoy!!! lol
December is being hosted by Lady Q from Let Them Read Books
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia of A girl and her books and is now on tour.
According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.”
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