Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Christmas Budget


I love that my life is as predictable as the coming of the morning sun. Expected patterns of daily life give me such a feeling of well being. My husband calling to me to bring him the Christmas List, the first step in a well known dance.


"Now we're on a budget this year, you know." begins my husband."You can't get everything these kids want on this list. One item PER child and spouse, and THAT'S IT!" And off to the store we go....



May I tell you that I have not once, not ever never, done the Christmas shopping for our family. I am the designated cart pusher for the man who buys everything on the list and then some. "Oh, lets get gift cards for the neighbor children to go with the gifts I have already bought them." "The Shop Vac? Well, I noticed Joe doesn't have one. How about those comforter sets for each of the girls?"

 
Oh how I desperately love this husband of mine who has given me the family of my pillow dreams so long ago. He wants nothing for himself but the love of his family and smiles aplenty on Christmas morning, budget busters, every one.

17 comments:

vivian said...

Your hubbys a gem Elizabeth and how lucky he is to have you in his life. Your afghan turned out beautifully. makes me want one! lol.. everything I see in blogland makes me want something!!
I hope youre shopping is done and that you are enjoying this precious season!
xoxo
vivian

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Ha! It's usually the opposite in my house, Elizabeth. I get the gifts and then my husband will come in and say, "I got this for --". I say "I already got -- something!" and like yours he says, "Well, -- needs one of these". I should just wait to buy the gifts until I know he's done! : )

Kim K. said...

Your afghan is gorgeous. I love the color combination. How nice that your husband enjoys Christmas shopping. This year, my husband has been busy working on a few "secret" projects in our garage when Josie is in bed at night. He's helping Santa out. I love the magic of Christmas for a six year old!!

Christmas hugs!

Patti M said...

My sweet hubby's thing is to wrap the presents but he doesn't just wrap them, he wraps them in boxes way too big for the item...he's been known to put tools inside to fool you with the weight....a box in a box in a box has been done...he's quite mischievous ...your afghan, Elizabeth, is stunning!

LBP said...

Boy are you lucky!!! My hubby loves Christmas but if I left it up to him to buy gifts, no one would get anything!! He HATES to shop! I love the colors in your afghan. Making a afghan is on my list for 2013. I have only made baby ones and never a full size. I will be checking out that blog for crocheting ideas!

Blessings

Linda

Cindy said...

My husband hates to shop, I even buy my own gifts sometimes. It always amazes me to learn that some husband actually do it. Though I must say, he has made some great gifts in the past.
Your afgan is so pretty. I like visiting Attic 24 also.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Love the afghan, Elizabeth! Gifts are not my husband's strong point but he quickly grabs any crying baby to comfort them! ♥

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

That's so nice your husband likes Christmas shopping :) Mine doesn't mind too much either :) Now wrapping is another story! lol.... I like wrapping so I'm always volunteering to do that :) Your afghan is soo pretty!! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! xo Holly

Diane Mars said...

My hubby does not like to do the shopping but he sure does love to cook, and he is always whipping up a Wonderful Meal for us. Happy Holidays Sweetie~ HUgs, Diane

chris mckinley said...

Aren't husbands funny? Mr. Math tends to get a little carried away too!! It is fun though!

chris

craftyles said...

The afghan is so pretty , E. You're lucky to have a Hubby who participates in shopping. Lucky to have all your shopping done.

Sharon Calvert said...

Regarding Attic 24: I stumbled across her blog only recently; DID YOU SEE THAT WREATH? Fabulous! And I just have to tell you how happy I was to see you return to your blog; you bring sunshine and smiles to my day. Thank you so much, and Merry Christmas to you and yours...

VintageBettys said...

Hello Elizabeth,
I love ...love your afghan...I started making squares years ago but I still haven't put it together yet....I hate to admit it, but I haven't went shopping at all yet.....

Pieceful Bits said...

Love your afghan! Merry Christmas! Julie

Anonymous said...

Your website inspires me and takes me back to the simpler days of my youth. I too could hardly wait for the first snow and all that it brought. I now know how to put all of those bits of cards and tags and Christmas' gone by in a wonderful garland that will be cherished by each generation. Thanks for your generosity in sharing your wit and your talent. I look forward to each post. Thank you so much.

dana said...

I loved this post!!! Thanks for sharing this! It sounds so familiar here. :) dana

the original smart girl said...

Love the pink crocheted afghan. Could you please tell me what yarn you used?
Sherry