|a Christmas tree with all of the decorations placed on the upper half of the tree|
Hello, my friends! December just flew by. We had the privilege of having our grandchildren come and stay with us over the holidays. The tree in the photo above started out more traditionally decorated, but our toddler granddaughter decided that we had too many ornaments within her reach, so by the time the grandchildren went home, the tree looked like it does in the photo above. I don't imagine Better Homes and Gardens will be wanting to do a photo shoot anytime soon, but I don't care. We made memories, and that is what matters.
Let's jump right in to the Ten Things of Thankful:
1. I'm thankful for the chance to see almost all of my children, and all of my grandchildren, in December. I really love my family.
2. I'm thankful also for extended family and gatherings we had over the holidays.
3. I'm thankful for technology that allows family to stay in touch even when we aren't physically close. Group texts are great!
4. I'm thankful for the chance to see the world through a child's eyes. Two (of many) examples:
- My youngest granddaughter was absolutely enthralled with a musical clock we have, and at the first sound of a note, would ask to be lifted up so she could watch the movement of the clock.
- We visited a local Butterfly Biosphere, and all of the grandchildren were so thrilled to be able to have a butterfly crawl on their finger.
- I shared this on my Thankful Me Facebook page, but I think it deserves repeating: The new year is fast approaching, and with it, thoughts of resolutions. May we take the time to be gentle with ourselves and use resolutions positively—as statements of who we are becoming, not as proof of current failure. My 4-year-old granddaughter got me thinking earlier this week when she told me, “Grandma, you’re so beautiful!” I might have understood her comment if she had been watching me put on makeup or fixing my hair, but she gave me that compliment first thing in the morning, before I had even showered. I took a selfie to see if I could see what she saw. I could choose to see an overweight, overtired, over 55 woman with wrinkles and grey appearing. After all, those are true statements. OR, I could see a woman who—despite her imperfections—has somehow managed to convey love to a little girl, and in the process has become beautiful in the eyes of that granddaughter. As you set goals for 2023, do so from the “You are so beautiful” mindset, because you really are!
Beautiful me, sporting my flannel pjs and bedhead hair
- The same granddaughter, when asked what she wanted to be when she grows up, responded, "I want to be [her name]!" What a great reminder that we should always want to be ourselves!