Finding Gifts

Making Christmas

Truth – she gave me a run for my money this weekend.


But in light of the perspective we have all been provided lately by the tragedy in Connecticut, I am thankful for the challenge.


Through the frustration, through feeling overwhelmed, through being unsure of what was really the best way to handle the situation – I was thankful.


Because today I got to help her (although only a little, she did it mostly herself) make her first cake from scratch.


And it was a Yule Log.


And that in itself is an incredible blessing.


And then we had an impromptu opportunity to fill our home with people we love, and from ages 10 to 18 – they built Snoopy gingerbread houses.

Seeing all of their hands work together, I was thankful there was not one for each of them.


We may not win any awards for our projects, but that is okay.


Because some of us chose to just eat the treats anyway.


And so as we reflect on everything that has happened with such great sorrow – it seems the little things of decorating and gingerbread shouldn’t matter.

But in fact, I think the may matter even more now.


Each moment we try to make our homes special for our families, is a gift.

Each moment we take to slow down and be together, is a gift.

Each moment we get to parent our children, even when it is hard, is a gift.


And I am so incredibly thankful

And if you haven’t already, I would love if you stopped by and read the beautiful letters written as gifts at The Greatest Gift Project.

And I am so honored to share that my Toolbox Christmas Tree is being shared today over at FOLK – please stop by.

Many blessings to each of you and your families.

Thank you so much for reading.

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  1. Jeannie S says

    Wow, congratulations, the yule log looks wonderful! Any secrets to getting it to roll without breaking? I hope and pray this Christmas is different for all of us, we should all be changed, hopefully to look a little more like Him.
    Christmas joy to you!

  2. says


    What a beautiful post…so timely and such a wonderful reminder on what is truly important.

    Thank you for blessing me today!

  3. Marla says

    Thank you for the beautiful words and thoughts, Laura. So much sadness ~ but I’m remembering that the Light will always conquer the darkness! Let’s all choose to be a part of the light in whatever way we can. The kiddo’s creations look amazing! Good job!

  4. says

    Well spoken, Laura!

    Today, my 7-year-old woke up with a fever and she had to stay home from school. A week ago I probably would have grumbled that I didn’t have time for her to stay home…too much to do to prepare for Christmas and holiday guests. Today, I welcome her presence at home and am so grateful she is here with me. I am enjoying this opportunity to mother her. :)

    I am heartbroken for the families in Connecticut. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post.

  5. Laura B says

    Such a lovely post Laura. Such a devastating tragedy and my heart goes out to all the families affected. I will be giving my kids an extra tight hug at bedtime tonight.

  6. says

    Because LIFE is a gift and among all the “madness” of the ast weeks, choosing everything right and appropriate, we were called to remember this truth. In a waythat any of us would give 10 years of our lives not to have been reminded…
    She’s too lovely, Laura and just watching her careful and not very certain (but eager) hands made me smile and my heart overflow.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. Andrea says

    I think you are correct…….it’s every thing during each day that matters…life is a gift and while the tragedy in Conn is unthinkable…there are precious lives that are lost each day due to drugs, dv, drunk drivers…….so many precious lives…..we must make every minute count…each minute is precious…..

  8. says

    What a lovely post. I remember making my first cake with my mom. Such precious memories! Every moment is a gift. So happy to come across your blog tonight… it is wonderful! New follower!