I thought I better post some fun Fall pics before Thanksgiving arrives and then the Christmas season is in full swing. We haven’t reigned in the Christmas spirit around here. Julian has his Christmas lights strung up around his room, Christmas carols are the only music being played and plans for the yearly traditions have been fully discussed. I have to say that this year, I too am in the mood for decorations, baking and celebrating the birth of our wonderful savior.
The last two years I endured. After losing Mom I thought I would never be able to face this season of memory and hope with joy or excitement. Everything we did was surrounded with the nostalgia of a grand lady that made it all happen in a memorable and beautiful way. I thank the Lord that time does the great exchange: it doesn’t take away pain or sadness, but it does trade hurt and pain for memories and wonderful flashes of the past and all those days held. Good sweet memories that make me smile and yes, sometimes shed a random tear.
BUT! This year is different. I can’t wait for this upcoming season and almost want Thanksgiving to hurry up. So I must make myself slow down to be very thankful for the abundance that God has given me and my family.
Here are some Fall memories:
I was surprised when Julian came running out of the house in full Cross Country gear for Halloween. He debated on dressing up for Halloween this year and decided he was too old for it. Last minute he decided to participate and I was glad. Jaden was a bank robber and his candy bag was a “money bag” with a big dollar sign. Evely was a princess and wore her dress that she had for Jonathan and Joy’s wedding.
Tom went as Patrick! We found this adult sized costume at a garage sale and I dared him to get it for Light the Night. That is our church’s trunk or treat that we participate in. Needless to say, Patrick was a huge hit with the kids…and a lot of adults too.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.