It's September. 
It is the ninth month of a twelve month year. 
Summer has just barely ended. 
Do you want to know what I'm seeing in the stores?! 

-- gasp! -- CHRISTMAS STUFF!!!

I have a pretty consistant routine each year, and it starts when I see Santa Claus waltz in front of the Macy's store at the end of the parade - He brings in the Christmas season! 
Last year, I really struggled to get into the Christmas spirit. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade came and went. I saw Santa but I felt more like the Grinch and the holidays - and almost everyone else - could shove it. In retrospect, I might have {definitely} needed to read my bible more and visit a tanning bed for some Vitamin D. 
I remember it already being December. I was sitting in McDonald's on my laptop sulking about all the Christmas decor that I couldn't have and the fact that we didn't have our own place to put a tree and over-decorate with tinsel and lights. We were still living with the in-laws at the time and had no idea that we were a week away from moving into our apartment! I'd like to quickly add that they were very kind and generous in letting us live with them. 

So there I was drinking my tenth refill of sweet tea and having my self-indulgent pity party when I saw this awesome Christmas video from T-Mobile on YouTube. Suddenly I got a grip, and OH MAN, I was ready for Christmas! In less than four minutes I had made a complete 180', I was joyful and excited. I wouldn't dare to actually give the credit to YouTube. I can only imagine that this is the part of the story where God decided that it was time to show my husband some kindness and snap me out of my slump. 

{I am thankful to God that He is so gracious and merciful and does not merely sit and wait on me to come to my senses on my own.}

Like I said in the beginning, it's only September.
The stores are ready for Christmas.
And this year:

It hit me Sunday night! It hit me hard and I was forced to make a new Pinterest board! I don't know if it's the weather, or if it's the fact that we're in our own apartment. Or maybe it's the fact that I've been introduced to Pinterest this year, (lol) but I can't wait to celebrate the birth of our Savior with my family. I can't wait to start traditions, watch our favorite Christmas movies, make an advent calendar, and so many other things to just enjoy our time together! 

My question for everyone is this: 
What is your favorite Christmas tradition, or what is a cool one that you've thought about starting?  

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In the spring, I "stumbled upon" a blog by the name of  Women Living Well. It is written by a Christian lady by the name of Courtney. She is a wife, a mom, a homeschooler, a bible study leader, a blogger and I'm sure much more. 

When I say I stumbled upon this blog, I want to make it very clear that I don't actually believe my seemingly random internet searches really deserve the credit; I'm a firm believer that God is Sovereign over the biggest and smallest things - including Google searches.

Where am I going with this? You'll see.

The Lord's timing is quite perfect. Quite often I unwind by sitting in front of the computer and looking up whatever pops in my head: potty training, bread recipes, mom hairstyles, bible studies, GPS trackers for toddlers, sewing pattern, etc. You get the point! So there I was Google-ing and blog-hopping, and I found this Proverbs 31 Bible Study through another blogger I follow. It started that Monday. (I blogged about it when I first started it.) It was nearly 3 months long, and really such a blessing to me and hopefully that spreads to my family. I have so much to say about the study, but I will wait for a future post to elaborate much more!

I hope my excitement is more contagious than just plain weird. :) There are two things that are coming up soon that I wanted to share with you:

First, there is a new bible study starting September 17th on Colossians. You can find it RIGHT HERE!! on the sister site, Good Morning Girls.

Second, I couldn't sleep last night so browsing that Women Living Well site, I came across a series starting this Monday on marriage. I've always cringed at the thought of marriage seminars or marital counseling because, in my mind, I've always linked that with couples who are crashing, burning and throwing their fine china across the room. But I don't think that is the case! Courtney is teaming up with a few other Christian-wife bloggers and it looks like it will be very good. You can find more info on this RIGHT HERE!!

And before I forget, ALL of these resources are FREE. I don't know about you, but that was a big deal to me! :)

OK, I am done with my bible study show-and-tell. I just really wanted to share these with everyone!