Early yesterday evening, I asked my son what he wanted most for Christmas. Fishing, of course, to be sure I had bought what he wanted. Somewhat to my surprise, he said, “Nothing.” ”All I want is a ton of snow, so I can go sledding with Daddy, Molly & M.” I was a bit taken aback, yet not. And all of a sudden, a haphazard mix of emotions effortlessly roiled to the surface. Part of me was sickened that I would ask such a ridiculous question. Part of me was proud that my son’s family means more to him than material things. Part of me was so very grateful to God that he’s developing the character I hope and pray continues. And many more feelings I struggle to pin down correctly.
And in his response, I felt my internal compass return. After many long days and nights working here, I needed that. It has been a very busy couple of months for all of us. And it also let me know that it is time for me to take a much needed break until the new year.
For the next few days, I’ll be putting together cookie trays for our Christmas Eve family party and preparing to decorate gingerbread houses before bed on Christmas Eve. In between all of this, kisses will drop like rain on tiny blonde heads. Any activity will be interrupted to sing along to “The Grinch Song” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Oh, and we’re not allowed to speak when “Carol of the Bells” is on, my son’s favorite. We’ll pen thank you notes to Santa. Carrots will be carefully chosen for the reindeer.
And for you, my friends, my hope is that you will enjoy this time as much as I do. That your days ahead are filled with blessings. That you find happiness in the things that cost nothing. That you find great joy in living.
Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to say that that I’m so grateful for you – for your prayers, inspiration, encouragement, and participation. Truly. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. What I do here is nothing without YOU. Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.
Note: Store match-ups will continue to be posted during the break, as will all routine posts (restaurant, etc.)