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Consider This As My 2 Week Notice

Dear Family,


[tweetthis]As of this hour, Christmas is just 2 weeks away. This is my 2 week’s notice.[/tweetthis]



As of this hour, Christmas is just 2 weeks away. To you three, my dearly loved children, I know this still seems like an eternity of waiting. To my amazing husband, yes, it really is only 2 weeks away…hint, hint.

The next few days, you will see me doing many activities in and around our nicely decorated home. I will be baking several dozen Christmas cookies for teachers gifts, cookie exchanges, neighbors and friends. You may not eat these finished products. You may not lick the mixer, the bowl or the drops that may have splattered into the counter tops. Yes, I love you too. But seriously, no.

I will be making a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meal list. Just because you never had this dish prepared before does not mean it isn’t worth trying. Can you imagine if your birthday was celebrated the same exact way every year? I think Jesus us perfectly content with us changing things up a bit.

And to my kids, I purchased two stickings for mommy and daddy this year. We decided we have been really good and Santa should share a bit of love with us in this way this Christmas too. Do not move our stockings. They make me smile. Yes, I love you too. Don’t move mommy’s stockings.

The reason I prepare these things is so that we can welcome Jesus into our traditions and into our home each year. I get so excited when I think of what God is doing in each of your lives. I love you and I can’t wait to celebrate Jesus’ birthday as a family in a few short weeks.

But seriously, no more climbing the Christmas Tree. You have been warned.

Just consider this as my 2 week notice.


Love you,



About the Author Bethany

Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!

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Anita Ojeda says December 11, 2014

You make me laugh! Your kids are climbing your Christmas tree! I need to see video of this ;). And I love your manifesto that Jesus enjoys a variety of celebrations–amen! I’m stealing that one when my kids (now in their 20s) insist that we have the same thing we had last year and the year before because somewhere along the way it became ‘a tradition’ (beware, ‘tradition building’ can take as little as happening once 😉 ). Thank you for the chuckles!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Oh Anita – trust me…you do not want a video of our crazy lives! This was a fun post to write, finding humor in the very things that tend to turn my mommy world spinning. Writing does that for me – offering release and a new perspective. Thanks for jumping right in!

Julie Lefebure says December 11, 2014

How precious is this, Bethany! Thank you for sharing this lovely note to your family with us. And I particularly like your “two week’s notice.” Climbing the Christmas tree? That made me laugh out loud. Sounds like you have a lively bunch, friend! Merry Christmas to you and your family. It’s a joy to be your neighbor at FMF!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Right back at you Julie! I like the way you used the word lively…oh yes, we are very lively in deed! Thank you for interacting with me!

Tara says December 11, 2014

Woo Hoo! It’s working. What a fun post! Too funny that your boys are climbing your tree.

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Thank you so much Tara for commenting! Oh how I love the quirks technology brings sometime!

Paula says December 12, 2014

Yes, I am positive that Jesus is happy with anyway that we celebrate his birthday!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Right on Paula!!! Thank you!!

Sarah Travis says December 12, 2014

I LOVE THIS!!!!! Thank you for sharing light and laughter today Bethany 🙂

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Thanks Sarah!! I love seeing your comments friend!

Somer says December 12, 2014

i loved this little punchy playful note. 🙂 your house sounds very fun! 🙂

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    So er…fun, sometines. Nonstop energy, always! Thanks for joining in the conversation!

Colleen Mitchell says December 12, 2014

Precious. As the mom of five boys, I so get this. “Yes, I love you. Don’t touch mommy’s stockings.” Solidarity, sister.

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Colleen- Oh yes! Moms with boys need to stick together! Thanks for coming by!

Jackie Masek says December 12, 2014

This is hilarious. Good luck with that and the kids.

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Thanks Jackie! Stop by anytime!

Deborah says December 12, 2014

This is just so stinking cute! You’re just saying what the rest of us want to–with wit. Love it. What a blessing to look forward to Christ’s Day!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Thanks Deborah! Sometimes, mommy just needs to get it out! Thanks for commenting friend!

Susan Shipe says December 12, 2014

Bethany, you crack me up! We own property in Mims and will be checking on it in Feb/Mar, I just may have to look you up and have a cuppa with you!!!! xo

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Susan – That would be so much fun! I’d love to sip and chat with you!

charlotte says December 12, 2014

Had a right giggle at this!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Glad I brought after for you! Anytime!

Melanie Pickett says December 12, 2014

I need a nap after reading your to-do post. 😉 But it reminded me I’ve got lots to do, including putting up the tree…a fun task my son and I will take care of. I’ve pared down on some activities over the years and don’t bake nearly the volume I used to. I instead gave myself a break by focusing on preparing the favorites (frosted banana bars, candied popcorn (commonly referred to as “Christmas crack”) and a few things I share with neighbors. We will be having Christmas Eve and Day here so let the list making begin!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    I laughed (and even googled Christmas crack)! Too funny…might even try making this! Thanks!

~Karrilee~ says December 12, 2014

Two weeks… can you believe it? Just Breathe!!!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Great and needed advice! Ha!! Thanks!!

CeeCee James says December 12, 2014

Awww Merry Christmas!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Thanks!! Merry Christmas to you too!

Tiffany says December 12, 2014

Oh, you’re post made me smile – right after my heart dropped at the realization that I only have two weeks!! I haven’t decorated, shopped, or hung a stocking – I’ve been focusing on more of the heart stuff, (and procrastinating) but tonight, the tree goes up! My husband and I always do stockings for each other too – so fun. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Blessings, FMF neighbor.

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    This is the first year hubby and I are doing stockings! I’m excited! 🙂

Laura says December 12, 2014

Sweet….this made me smile!

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Thanks Laura!! Love to see your comments on here friend!!

Sandra says December 12, 2014

Beautiful letter!!!! There are many things to do before Christmas come, but may God give us the opportunity to enjoy this time with our love ones

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    Agreed! Stop the rush to enjoy the hush. Thanks for entering into the conversation!

KC says December 13, 2014

Two weeks!! Oh, my where did the time go? I did finally get the tree decorated so in my book I am ahead of the game. Good luck keeping yours off the tree for the next couple of weeks.

    Bethany says December 13, 2014

    You sound like you are doing great KC! Have a merry Christmas friend!

Theres Just One Mommy says January 4, 2015

Such a cute post! (Did they move your stockings more than a few times?)

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

    Bethany says January 5, 2015

    We did have an amazing CHRISTMAS and believe it or not our stockings were never moved! Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

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