25 Days of Christmas Day A very special Christmas craft

1201122303Jesus, thank you for my family, my spiritual healing and the love you have put in my heart for them!

I wish my mother and I had done Christmas crafts together but I am doing them now with my daughters here is the story of  this one is very special Christmas craft.

Our eldest twinnie daughter is a very special girl, you see as reaction to stress and pressure, really any strong emotion, she has resorted to self harm as a stress reliever/reaction. It began in seventh grade with the death of her beloved grandma and continued until her Junior High school year. We learned of this in seventh grade and began to work with a psychologist to help her over come her perfectionism, her low self-esteem and learn some better coping skills. She is very bright but her ADHD does get in her way and her learning difficulties don’t always help, and frankly we have been known to be a little too hard and critical; not deliberately,  but just coming on too strong for her. We; the three of us, have worked to help her, and us, see the world differently. You see you can’t  change just one person you all change and when the parents change the family changes. God in his great goodness made this a fact, positive change begets positive change!

Here is the story of this special Christmas tree graft:

1039My hubby and the girls went to Frankenmuth and always go to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, it is a Christmas tradition. This year I stayed home doing projects, but the girls and Greg always go. I asked them to get some miniature x-mas lights and ornaments. A little history: Last our eldest twinnie daughter had a white small fakey X-mas tree in her locker, she brought it home, gave it to me and jokingly said: “Here mom a start to your x-mas tree collection”; I saved it knowing what I was going to do with it; so when they left to go to Frankenmuth and get those things I asked for, our eldest twinnie daughter just thought I was going to start my x-mas tree crafts, which I am, but this one is special.

Our eldest twinnie daughter and I spent a few hours doing Christmas crafts. She finds such joy in Christmas that this year I thought I would surprise her with a Christmas tree of her own.  Last year when pressure from life would get to her, she would sit in the dark and look at our tree, now she has her very own to look at and with ornaments with all the family’s name on them she has our positive love as well.

 

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

2 Comments

  1. localsugarhawaii

    What a beautiful way you’ve found to create memories and traditions for your daughters, ones that will keep them as they make their way through life.

    I made it my silly little goal to stop by to follow and say “hey” to every mom on the Bloggy Mom December link up. It’s a bit insane but I’m glad to have discovered many a sweet blog. We are such an amazing resource, we moms.

    If you’d like we’re gathering for An Aloha Affair , a sweet sharing of joy and a meaningful sort of growing together. Come grow with us.

    Happy New Year to You and Yours.
    xo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: