And Life Marches On…


tree! 2016 /


So here we are… December 7. We have begun shopping and planning and decorating and probably stressing just a bit for all that needs to be done in the next several weeks. Me? I’m all done. Except for the wrapping I have every single gift, the house is decorated, the tree is up and I have even gotten in several Christmas movies, much to the chagrin of Mr. Wonderful. He He He

Before you go thinking that I am superwoman I need to let you know that my madness has a reason and that I did stress, I just stressed a little earlier than you. (: See, I LOVE Christmas. I love it all. The mess, madness, gifts, food, drinks, parties, all of it. I didn’t want to miss it. So I got it all done early. Mr. Wonderful’s mom went to be with Jesus in late October so we planned to go to Arizona for Thanksgiving and have an extended stay with family to be able to have some unhurried time to honor her life and her memory. The week after we got home I was scheduled to have my final surgery and my parents were coming so that they could help our family keep functioning while I was down.

Tree! /


So, in light of all that I hunkered down and got everything done. It is by no means perfect and those of you who know me know that I don’t tend to have issues with making things perfect. I just like things to be done and for those around me to feel special. Hence the random Christmas lights strung up in our kid’s rooms instead of the little trees we have done in the past. Festive? Yes! Attractive? No! Do the kids enjoy them? Yes! Points for mom? Yes! Since there are more yes’s than no’s I’m callin it a win.

I think what I am enjoying the most about having everything done is that now that I am in full recovery mode I am not thinking about what I need to do to make this holiday special. I am being given the gift of taking things as they come without all the added stress of everything that needs to take place. And things are happening. Bridger keeps getting the flu over and over again. Papa Freddie got sick as soon as he got here but because things are done, I am present and do not have my mind running in different directions thinking of all the things that I need to do.

Tree 2016!

ok … I did vacuum up the pine needles. I do like things to be clean☺

The greatest gift in all of this? I now have the time to focus on what this season is really all about. I have begun my advent books and I have a whole list of other books lined up to read that I am excited about. My family is here and we get to spend the season enjoying each other. Also the fact that the Dr. decided to suck some fat out of my belly to use to make my boobs look a little more normal was an added bonus. Yes,TMI! But it makes all this pain a little more worth it knowing that in the process I will have somewhat normal looking boobies AND  a flatter belly. Just keepin it real!

Final Surgery 2016/

Have a fabulous day my friends!!

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  1. Sandy Mitts says

    Love you Tiff. Thanks for writing and keeping us up to date. Enjoy your Christmas. What flat chested woman wouldn’t want a flatter tummy and bigger boobs for Christmas? You think?

  2. There’s no one like you and I’m so grateful for your friendship. Love you and your family forever. I’m sorry to hear about losing your mother in law.

    Grace, peace, joy always!

  3. Deborah Lieuallen says

    Thank you for sharing your ups and downs and your positive outlook on how you went through them. YOU are truly an inspiration my dear

  4. Thanks for keeping it real! ❤️

  5. Love you Sweet Friend!
    Thanks for sharing your heart!
    You are Blessed and Perky!

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