Finding Gifts

Making Christmas

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

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

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

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

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And it was a Yule Log.

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And that in itself is an incredible blessing.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.