I am sitting on the couch next to the fire. It has been a busy day, full of activity. My son had his first trumpet concert tonight. I was a proud, proud momma sitting in the crowd filled with families. He's getting so much older - it's exciting and startling. I marveled at his composure, at his ability, at his interaction with the other kids. I bought shoes for him this week- in the men's section. I'm having trouble comprehending that. When did my little boy turn into a man-child. It's wonderful to see him becoming and growing.
I miss writing this post. In fact, most Thursdays, I still make a list. I just don't make time to post it. I suppose it's a shame. I don't really know about that. But, I know for me there is something powerful about typing up a thankful list. I am not sure why it makes me pause more to reflect on my thankfulness but it does.
So, here I sit, with a quiet house, a fire glowing, lights on the tree shining and a thankful heart.
Today, I am thankful for:
1. Realizing my limits. I have not done everything that I did last year for the holidays.
I digress, I did not get around to shipping 2 packages until today- the last day of priority mail shipping guaranteed for Christmas delivery. You know what I found? Nothing. Not one person in line. Did I get lucky or what? Blessed, I tell ya.
2. Sales. My mom is the queen of finding a good deal. She tops most in this regard. Today, she discovered our Disney store had everything in the store 50% off. That was incredible.
3. Confidence. I"m watching my nervous child bloom with confidence. It is a beautiful thing.
4. Being able to let go. I do not understand some people. I never will. I am thankful that I can let it go.
5. Music... specifically seeing my son play his trumpet.
6. Christmas Cards. I love getting cards. I just love them so much.
7. The uncertainty of the future. With all of the talk about the Mayan calendar, I have been reminded that we don't have any idea what each day holds. I am thankful for the surprises of the day- both good and bad. I am thankful I don't know what is coming next.
8. My husband's dedication. He works for Amazon. He's been putting in long hours. I mean, 6 days a week and the kind of days that start when the sun hasn't risen and end when the sun has been set. He works hard. I am thankful for his job and mostly, how hard he works.
There's more, so much more, to say but the warmth of the fire is making me very sleepy. I mean, I can't prop my eyes open while I type tired.
I'm headed to bed, with visions of Christmas morning dancing through my head.
Take time to be thankful. You will be glad you did.