It’s all worth it

I had hoped to get back to blogging more regularly but that just hasn’t happened. I thought things would just start flowing again if I didn’t put any pressure on myself or allow myself to feel bad about the fact that words just don’t find me anymore. Thoughts are there. There are things I want to say but I just can’t seem to put it into words. That hasn’t happened either.

I did have a brief moment things seemed to be getting better. This was close to the start of the Holiday season and I made the decision to focus my good days or sometimes good hours on family. Sometimes I feel like I miss out on so much of what is going on. I just wanted to be a part of things as much as possible.

So that is what I did. There were bad days. Days of tremendous pain, exhaustion, and days I just felt like a zombie. Days I had to veg out and I didn’t accomplish anything outside of washing the dishes. I probably should have paced myself better. That’s something I’m still trying to learn. I tend to go at everything full force and ware my body out. I will probably never learn this lesson. In the end it was all worth it. The pain, the zombie days, all of it.

So with that being said and I know it’s late but I hope all of you had a Merry Christmas and a great start to a New Year!

I wanted to share some of our holiday with you.



My daughter put the beautiful table together and made these festive drinks. We decided to do something different from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I roasted a turkey but instead we had turkey tacos with roasted sweet potatoes, corn and homemade cranberry chipolte sauce.  ( mine were sweet potato and corn)

It was easier for me which made enjoying Thanksgiving with my family easier as well. I think it may be the start of a new tradition.


christmas party 3 (6)

christmas tree6

Your probably wondering what pictures of pepper plants have to do with Christmas. Nothing 🙂 It’s still pretty warm here so I had a bunch of peppers on my plant in December. We go through a lot of salsa and hot sauce in this house so I made several types of homemade salsa and hot sauce.


Left to right. Homemade Tabasco, sweet and smokey hot sauce, red chili salsa, tomato and Serrano salsa, and roasted green chili and sweet Serrano salsa.

Tamales for Christmas Dinner


 I made  7 dozen tamales. Six different types. Red beef, Green Beef, Red and Green chicken, black bean and corn, and green chili corn.

  Christmas presents made along the way

I made this blanket for my sister

Thick and Chunky Andelusion Stitch Blanket

This one unfortunately I didn’t finish before Christmas. I actually just finished knitting it New Years Eve day and I still have to finish putting it together. I’ve been having a terrible time with my hands so I just had to put it down for a while.

Blanket for Gina

This is the Cowboys shelf I made for Greg. The pictures were taken at our first game together.

Cowboys shelf

Christmas Morning

opening stockings 2018

My family will probably hate that I shared this picture because we all look like we just crawled out of bed. Some did. Ha Ha. I saved this picture for last because it is my favorite. This is what it’s all about. Everyone together. Laughing. These are the moments I hold close to my heart.


26 thoughts on “It’s all worth it

  1. This is beautiful. You are beautiful. I was just talking with a friend and realized how I was judging how much I did this last year. I am replacing that with forgiving myself for judging myself as not doing enough. ❤

    Sending you joy and blessings of self-acceptance for the coming year – thank you for your vulnerability and these gorgeous photos.

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  2. Wow you were super busy!but you forgot to mention you were also secret santa for one of our hometown kids! I love my blanket and it was the Christmas hug i needed! Merry Christmas and happy new year! I love you!

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  3. No wonder you had more zombie days ‘than usual’…I mean homemade tamales on top of everything else??? You are a gloriously ‘driven’ lady and I admire you in your discoveries on how to balance the demands of MS with that drive…
    Lovely family, lovely decos and lovely new traditions

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  4. Good to see you back! Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year! It’s all worth it to have zombie days as far as you enjoy the days before! Do take good care of yourself! And hope to read more from you. Oh and those tamales look lovely!

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  5. Love this his Shannon! You have been super busy and I love the fact you had alternative dinners, they sound delicious 😋I’m so glad to see you back blogging, I hope you have a fantastic 2018 – make sure you factor in those rest times! X

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  6. So much respect for you to keep going despite the pain and exhaustion. The blanket is beautiful and I know your sister will really treasure it.
    The greatest blessings are family. I am glad you included the Christmas morning picture. Hoping 2018 will go really well. 🙂

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  7. Sorry you weren’t feeling well over the holidays but I’m glad you were able to recognize your need to rest up and hopefully things will turn around for you soon! MS sucks that’s all I can say about it. On another note, can I come to your house for dinner? Those tamales look amazing! I look forward to reading more of your journey, I will be right there taking it with you!

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