Phew... I think I'm still in a turkey coma. I feel like I have been eating ALL WEEK!
But I'm ready to finally take on the next holiday . . . I am SUPER EXCITED for Christmas!!!
I have some really FUN Christmas posts in the queue that I am excited to share!!!
But I wanted to start this season off right by sharing a short video of what Christmas means to me.
I admit I get caught up with the hustle and bustle of December. Wanting the Holidays to be beautiful and perfect in every way. But Christmas isn't about all that STUFF as we all know.
But how easy it is to forget.
This video below has touched my heart! I hope I won't forget the emotions I felt watching it and carry that feeling with me this Christmas season.
One of MY best Christmas memories I've ever had was the year my oldest son was born.
5 weeks before his birth, we had to make a Crazy move from Utah to Idaho. I was 9 months pregnant, and it was in the dead of winter. My heart was heavy, as I didn't want to leave our first home. We had poured so much of our heart and soul into that place. Brett learned how to do trim by experimenting on the walls, and we had so many of our "firsts" in that home with our baby girl.
I cried when I turned off the lights for the last time.
We moved because the economy tanked and Brett was having a hard time finding a job to replace the one he had lost. A job came up in Idaho. I didn't want to move, but under the circumstances felt like I didn't have much of a choice. My parents were good enough to let us live with them until we could get settled, and with a baby coming I needed family.
Pretty much every single item I owned was in storage. Going from a perfect cozy home, to my parents basement of the house I grew up in was not easy.
Our little boy was born just two weeks before Christmas and all I had for my little family was a small room in the basement with a Pack 'n Play in the corner as a crib. No fancy nursery or beautiful crib bedding. I hardly had space for baby clothes. It was just me, my hubby and my sweet two-year-old little girl and a perfect little boy. That Christmas season was one that I TRULY felt the Christmas spirit. I could feel so strongly the love that Christ had for me and also (maybe in a Very TINY way) what Mary must have felt as she held her new baby boy.
Moments like those are rare and don't come often. So I hold them close to my heart.
My sister reminds me often to grab onto those PERFECT moments in life. For a split second all is right and perfect in the world... and in a blink of an eye it disappears.
Life is Life.... but if you look for it, you will see little sparks of perfection among all the real-life stuff. This world is not perfect, it's messy and really... just plain hard.
But there are always bits of happiness and love that keeps us moving forward and brings a lot of happiness!
My wish to you is that we remember that the GREATEST gift ever given was that of Love!
May we all have a wonderful holiday season!
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