Life can be crazy and even more so this time of year. I have four small children and Christmas, without a doubt, is their favorite holiday. I took look forward to Christmas morning when they come down the stairs and see all the presents under the tree. These are times I cherish because I know in just a few short years that excitement will fade. As they get older their going to want to sleep in rather than get up to open gifts.
So in preparing for this my husband and I started simple family traditions so our kids have different things to look forward to throughout the month not just opening presents on Christmas morning. We take them to see the local Christmas lights display at the lake, cut down our own Christmas tree, and bake Christmas cookies for Santa. The third is something they all love and I think baking cookies will never get old for them.
Each year I make each child their very own ornament. I started doing this about five years ago because after baby number three came it was hard to find different themed “baby’s first Christmas” ornaments. By no means am I an artist but I try. My kids have come to expect these ornaments every year. It takes time but it’s something they can keep forever unlike the toy they just had to have that gets broken a week later.
I’d also like to think when they’re adults decorating their Christmas tree with their children they’ll think of when they were little. When they see the fragile round ornaments I made with my own two little hands, I hope a smile graces their lips as the rush of memories come back to them. Time goes by top quickly and before you know it today is yesterday and the future is now.
My life has definitely gone in a different direction in this past year. I decided I wanted to become a writer. It’ll be a year in January that I started this journey and it only seems like yesterday. Writing is a big part of my life and I’ve noticed I’ve let some things slip. When the muse hits you have to answer the call and my family has been very understanding of that. The gift of understanding is one they give me daily especially my husband. To have a wife who writes m/m erotic romance can be a little disconcerting for some but not him. He just pats me on the back and says he’s proud of me. Best gift I ever received was him coming into my life.
I truly wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. And I hope on Christmas morning you wake with the people you love surrounding you and that “must have” gift under the tree!
About the Author: AJ Jarrett currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and four children. A lover of M/M romances she has started writing her own stories for others to enjoy. She is currently published through Silver Publishing and her first release Fate’s Second Chance is the first in the Twist of Fates series. When she is not chasing around her kids she can be found sitting on the couch with her trusted laptop giving life to the voices in her head.
Marie thought dying was the worst thing to happen to her, until informed she’s always been a man’s soul trapped in a woman’s body. As Marc, he’s got one shot to set things right–by finding love with his best friend and soul mate–with only a month to do it.
Marie Carter has never felt comfortable in her own body, and it took dying to find out why. Ross, her unlikely guardian angel, informs her that mistakes were made and he needs her help to save her fate, Ross’s wings, and her best friend’s heart.
Six month’s after Marie’s death, Marc arrives with one month to heal Sabrina’s—his sister’s—suffering, and win his soulmate, Shawn. If he fails, Sabrina will never know peace, Ross will be kicked out of heaven, and the love of his life will die from a broken heart. Will that be enough time to heal the wounds a lifetime in the wrong body has caused?
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