I love this time of year, really I do, but.....if I'm really honest I love Thanksgiving more, much more. During the month of November people make a sincere effort to be more thankful and kind to one another. The family time is a special kind of wonderful. Then... Black Friday hits and it all becomes about shopping and spending and spending. I fall victim every year, the thoughts of "I should really spend more on so-and-so because I bought other so-and-so XY and Z." I hate and I really mean hate that we do this to this season. Lately I have to actively remind myself of the REAL reason for the season, the root word of Christmas. This "holiday" was never ever intended to be about stuff but about it should be Christ centered. I'll do my best to stay off my soapbox, I'm just being honest about the struggle I'm having this year. I feel so much pressure to spend so much money on so many people all the while in the back of my mind I have a running total of the $ we need to start spending on our child for things he or she will need. It's really frustrating, throw in all the extra hormones I have ragging through my body daily and well I'm kinda... irritable. I feel pulled in every direction when I'm just flat out exhausted. So someone please tell me I'm not the only one?