Dear Santa…

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Christmas Stocking with Lists

Writing a letter to Santa is a tradition we all enjoy. It is so much fun to make a wish list, especially if you are on Santa’s Nice list.

Have you ever wanted to see one of your old letters? I saved all the Christmas lists that my boys have made over the years. They enjoy looking at them each year.

Each year I put the new list in their stocking where Santa can find it. And, there the list remains with the lists from past years.

[Spoiler Alert!] On Christmas morning I take the lists out and the stocking is filled with treats, gifts, and surprises. Over the years it is fun to see the changes in the wanted items on their lists. When they were young they cut out pictures from the the Toys ‘R Us catalog. Next, they progressed to hand-writing their lists. Then they typed them on the computer and printed the list. Now they have Amazon Wish Lists, with links to their wishes. My how list-making has changed.

Is there something you wished for but did not expect to get, but were surprised when you did get it? What was it?

Sand Bucket List Update

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Summer is half over, if you have children in school. How is your Sand Bucket List of things to do this summer filling up? I’ve accomplished a few things on my list.


  • Had lunch with different friends. I so enjoy catching up and seeing how God is working in their lives.
  • Had lunch with my husband, twice! Yea, for me. (Sometimes he thinks he is at the bottom of my list). 
  • Have gone to see my parents every other weekend. Making time for your parents is something we should all do more often. 
  • Read the Hunger Games. Oh, was it good! Then I read Catching Fire, book 2 of the Hunger Games series. Now, I’m waiting for the third book from the library. Also read Calling Invisible Womenby Jeanne Ray.
  • Painted our front door. (Here’s my discussion on painting the door).
  • Had a U.S. map mounted and framed for the hall.
  • Painted our bedroom closet. And went through all the clothes, shoes, and junk in the closet. Gave away many unused items. 
  • Working on a family tree decoration for the hall (also, more on that in future post). 
  • Sewed a couple origami bags I saw on Pinterest. 
  • Decorated my washer and dryer (see  earlier post).
  • Spent time in my craft room getting inspired.
  • Planning a vacation to Colorado for later this month.

 I’ve made a dent in this summer list but, it’s not over yet. Summer is a great time to enjoy every moment with your family and friends.

 What plans to you have for the rest of your summer?

My Sand Bucket List

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Sand Bucket List

You’ve probably heard of a Bucket List. I have a summer to-do list that I call my Sand Bucket List. Each summer, I make a list of things I want to do, see, learn, or visit. 

When the summer is over, I always think, “Where did the summer go and what did I do?” With my Sand Bucket List, I can see all the things that I have done, seen, learned or visited. This reminds me that I’ve accomplished quite a bit. I did NOT waste my summer. 

This  summer my list contains more than twenty specific items. Here are a few of them:

  • Lunch with my husband
  • Go see my parents, often
  • Read Hunger Games
  • Paint the front door
  • Scrapbook photos from 2011
  • Vacation in Colorado
  • Lunch with various friends
  • Make Christmas ornaments
  • Organize and clean the garage
  • Plant flowers
  • Write more blog posts

My list goes on and on, but I won’t bore you with the rest of it. I may not do everything on the entire list, but having a list gives me a place to start and helps me make the most of my summer. You can make the most of your summer by planning now what you’d like to do until school starts for the kids. What is something on your Sand Bucket List?