A Four-Present Christmas


With no Christmas bonus again this year (it’s been hard times in the oil industry, y’all), a new baby coming, and a wheelchair purchase on the horizon (she grew 7 inches in 18 months), we’re looking at a leaner Christmas than we’re used to having. I spent November in denial, but I also scrimped, saved, and started looking for bargains.
In the past, we’ve had a set dollar amount for each child, one that I tended to blow through every now and again. Last year and this year are different, as I have a tight budget without any flex to it at all. Which is how we got to less than two weeks until Christmas Eve and most of the presents still not bought

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I’m the 40-something-ish wife of my beloved Computer Guy. I’m the adoring and incredibly proud mom of nine children…two saints…seven in training. I’m my brothers’ sister and my parents’ daughter. I’m a devout Catholic, an avid political junkie, able debater, aspiring home-maker, amazing friend, and I make the meanest Chicken Fried Steak you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. I’m a homeschooling guru, a writing addict, a sometimes public-speaker, and an advocate for staying true to the person God created you to be. I can’t live in a house with white walls, sing Billy Joel songs while I wash the dishes, will read anything you put in my hands, and am completely obsessed with rhinestones and cute shoes. I am just like moms the whole world over, and then some.