The children are very excited about tomorrow and because of their excitement they've lost their minds and their listening skills have all but vanished. Drew and I got into a bit of a loud "misunderstanding" this afternoon, and Nora is upstairs crying about Santa.
All is well here.
But it is Christmas Eve, and it is a very special time of year. I love Christmas and I love what it means to different people. I love listening to Christmas stories; stories that often renew hope and joy.
And sometimes this time of year can be painful. We all have times in our lives when we struggle. Times that are heavy and burdensome, lonely and sad.
To you I would like to say, hold on. Things will get better - it might not be right away, but it will get better.
Over the years Christmas time has been different things to me. One year it was a season of excitement when I met my future husband, and one year it was loss when my partner died.
The next Christmas season I became a mother for the first time. Every year is different and new. But Christmas is a season of hope. Hope for everyone, and hope will always get you through.
Christmas to me this year is fun. I love seeing the children excited and happy. Anxious for the wonder that will come in the morning. Christmas this year is a good feeling in my chest when I think about family and dear friends. Christmas is always about good food, that's no surprise.
Christmas is about the birth of my Savior and the gratitude I feel for the blessings I have in my life. For the love I feel from the Lord, and how I know he cares and understands me better then anyone else. I know prayer is heard. Not always answered the way I would like, but always the way I need. Christmas reminds me of what matters most, which is different for everyone. But I think that's why its so special.
Christmas is hope.
|Nora's Christmas PJ's were sold as a package labelled size 4. |
And that's exactly what the top was. The bottoms on the
other hand were a size 8. Thanks Superstore!
I am grateful for men and women away from their families tonight and during the holidays serving our country and communities in the military, EMS, fire and police services. Thank you.
I am grateful to live in a country that allows me the freedom to worship and celebrate how I want.
I am grateful for Family and Friends.