As I sit here in the quiet morning before my family gets up, I think about how blessed I am. Sure, I still worry about how I will get everything done...but you know what? Does it really matter? If the dishes get put away today or tomorrow? If the laundry gets fluffed in the dryer AGAIN, or if the floor doesn't get mopped today? It's okay because I am making memories with my family and that is what will be important if that is all that is left.
My life is starting to become more 'normal' again. The last three years have been hard and I have been surviving. I decided this year that is just not good enough. I thought I was living again, but I wasn't, not really. I have so much to be thankful for---my family and friends are amazing and have been there for us the whole time. Things like this usually tear apart a family, but we are sticking together. Don't get me wrong, we have had a fair share of tough times, but we always lean on each other. My first grandchild was born this summer and he is perfect. He was born a little early and it was scary for his mama and him, but everything is perfect now. I have also reconnected with a good friend from high school---many many moons ago---and he is wonderful.
School has been a little difficult this year. Moral is down and the kiddos are somewhat challenging. So what do we do? We boost up moral in our classroom and tried to be positive everyday. Some of the more challenging ones in my class need the most love from me. The other students pick up on my clues so we build a community of people who work hard to build others up. This has not been as easy this year as it has been in years past. I am beginning to see more kindness and caring gestures, even if they are few and far between, and this is cause for celebration! They are learning to be giving and helpful to each other. I gave up the kiddo gift change a few years back and I think it was an awesome decision. We will be giving donated items to our adopted soldier, we will be giving food to the local pantry, we will be giving pj's to the needy kiddos thru scholastic, and we will be giving ornaments to our families that we created. Giving of yourself is so important and needs to be taught to our babies.
What will you be giving of yourself during this Christmas season?