I love this season....the wonderful Holiday Season. Not the cold so much, but the effervescent feelings of nostalgia it brings.....school beginning, my birthday, my anniversary, Halloween, the birth of my first son, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the birth of my 2nd son....so so many wonderful memories and feelings are flooding over. The thing with this season, though, is that it can so easily become a season of wanting and needing and having-to-have instead of a feeling of gratitude.
The two don't exist at the same time...being without and being with. Just like hot and cold or faith and fear. It's the cup is half full/ half empty concept. So my goal is to minimize and simplify Christmas, and be more grateful for what I have. By minimize I mean cut the wish lists shorter & do more hand made things...they mean soo so much more (...so I guess that's not really simplifying too much). But I think it will give a greater sense of satisfaction. Here's a great link with some great ideas, and Just Organize Yourself has lotsa great prep ideas. Here's another great link!!!
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm gonna try focusing on my blessings, and I'm gonna start by writing 10 things that I'm grateful for every week. So here goes:
1~ My family.
2~ Freshly ground wheat.
3~ A wheat grinder.
4~ Homemade Wheat Bread right outta the oven.
5~ When lost things are found (I really hope I can find my lost camara soon, hint, hint).
6~ The sound of scissors cutting fabric. (Oh Yeah!! A project is about to begin.)
7~ The sound of a sewing machine.
8~ A good, deep conversation.
9~ Finding children's handiwork...their names or pic drawn in my notebooks. Not on my walls or furniture.
10~ Finding the perfect quote.