Sunday Gratitude

wrapped presents

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Today I am grateful for the opportunity to provide my son with a great Christmas.  I spent a lot of time wrapping gifts today and was able to take in what we did.  It’s nothing fancy, but we did a great job of working together to make sure our son had a memorable Christmas.  Beyond the gifts, we have baked cookies, we have decorated, we have set up the tree together, and we have spent hours reading books together.  I hope those are the moments my child will remember forever—smiling, dancing around the kitchen, laughing, and trying new things.

Today I am grateful to be able to take care of myself in the midst of all of this chaos.  There has been so much preparation over the last few weeks and I am physically exhausted. It was all done with love and joy but it was tiring nonetheless.  I have found a few brief moments nearly every day to relax and enjoy the process and to recharge my batteries.  When we were at the store today picking up a few odds and ends, I found an awesome blanket and some socks for myself—even though I don’t normally buy myself things as self-care, I couldn’t pass it up and I am happy with my purchase.

Today I am grateful for beautiful time spent with family.  We spent Saturday afternoon with my husband’s family and it was a wonderful time.  There was so much genuine laughter and love flowing through the house that I couldn’t help but feel uplifted and warm.  Being able to see generations together is a gift in itself and to see the time so well spent and filled with joy made it such a memorable experience.  Those memories are something I treasure my son having.

Today I am grateful for time spent with friends and seeing how people we have known for a relatively short time can become such an integral part of our lives.  After the afternoon at my in-laws, we spent the evening with our friends.  We exchanged gifts and the kids played together.  I feel like we know each other so well and have trusted each other with some tender details of our lives and in that vulnerability we have become closer.  We have learned to build each other up.  This portion is important to me as well because I have vivid memories as a child of spending time with my parent’s friends, watching them play cards or play the guitar (and all of the kids would sing along), and having fun.  I love being able to do that with my son as well.

Today I am grateful for small steps.  I feel like we still have quite a list of things that need to get done before Wednesday but we have not stopped making progress, no matter how small.  Normally at this point I would just throw in the towel because I would get overwhelmed and then panic the night before and make myself crazy trying to fix everything and finish it.  This year the progress has been steady and I am happy with how things are turning out.  It’s definitely a testament to progress over perfection—it makes all the difference.

Today I am grateful for rest.  I am truly tired this evening so after I share this post, I am going to be calling it an early evening and going to bed.  I am grateful that I have the opportunity to make the decision to call it an early night.  I don’t have to overwhelm myself and push through.  I can give my body the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep.

Today I am grateful that I was able to take the next week off to finish the last minute details of what I need to do.  I look forward to finishing the work and spending the rest of my time off with family.  I’m also grateful to break up the routine of waking up super early and dragging myself out of bed to get ready.  It’s nice to be able to change it up and work at my own pace.

Today I am grateful to realize how truly blessed we are.  We have been able to do so much and to provide so much and I feel the weight of that gift.  It is a wonderful feeling to pause from the chaos of life and observe where you’re at—to truly take account of all of your accomplishments and lessons.  We are often so blinded by what we have to do and what we “should” have at a certain point that we don’t give enough credit for what we have done.  This is a moment of contentment for where things are.  An exhalation of happiness for the realization that we don’t have a specific destination to reach—we have settled in for the journey.

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