Merry Christmas!

I’m going to veer away from session posts for just this once and get personal. It probably won’t be the last time, but I hope you’ll allow me this one time to talk about family life for a moment. 🙂

This has been such a great year for me. I’ve had some great times with my family and friends and this year has shown me just how blessed I truly am. I couldn’t ask for more in my life than I’ve already been given. As I sit here, listening to Christmas tunes and basking in the glow of our beautiful tree, I can’t imagine life getting any better. Yes, there are things in my life that aren’t perfect, but what’s the saying, “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all”? That’s very much how I’m feeling at the moment.

A couple of days ago, we celebrated Christmas with my Dad and step-mom (in between church services and my brother’s work schedule). We didn’t have much time to spend together, so instead of spending precious moments cooking and cleaning, we opted for pizza for dinner. It was the absolute best! Just getting to enjoy each other’s company and not having to stress about food and clean up was better than I could have ever imagined. When it came time to open gifts, Ian, our oldest played Santa and handed out all the gifts except for the two largest gifts. The very largest gift was for our boys from Grandad and MeMe (Dad and Leslie, my step-mom), and it was a trampoline. Their faces were priceless. The other large gift was for me. Earlier this Fall, Leslie told me that my dad was working and making me a gift that had to do with his family history. I couldn’t begin to imagine what Dad could have been working on, so it sort of slipped my mind. Fast forward to present day, opening gifts. I opened my gift and was greeted with a beautiful family message board for our home.

My beautiful heirloom family message board

But this one has massive amounts of history. Originally, this was a window that came from the house where my dad was born. This particular house was a place that was very special to my late grandmother, Mamaw. This piece is that much more special to me because my Mamaw and I were very close, so I feel like I have a little piece of her when I look at this beautiful creation. I can’t begin to imagine the amount of time my dad put into this. When Dad was telling me the story about the window, I managed to keep my emotions in check, but ever since, anytime I think about it, I become a blubbering mess. I know this will be something that will be cherished in our home for years and years to come and will surely become a family heirloom. I absolutely love it.

So now, it’s almost Christmas. Time to create precious memories with those we hold most dear. This time of year gets a bit hectic for us; we have a very large family and have multiple functions to attend just in next few days. So for me, sometimes, I get caught up in the shuffle and hustle and bustle and forget to just enjoy the time I get to spend with my family. This year, I’m making it a point to just stop and be present in the moment. I hope you will do the same.

christ-port_002-copyFrom my family to yours, have a very blessed Christmas and happy New Year!

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