Thankful…I Think

Holiday season is here and we are just a couple of days away from one of the biggest holidays of the year.  Thanksgiving!  I’m excited to spend time with my family and friends.  Though I won’t have any family coming up to visit this year, I’m still very excited.  The thing about the holidays is it can bring about so much joy.  It can also bring about so much stress.  We are in the tail end of November, but my mind is already consumed with Christmas.  Am I going to throw a Christmas party?  What gifts will I get the kids?  What dishes can I try this year?  So many things.   

The thing that is bothering me the most is décor.  Okay, so most of you know that we just bought our first home in MN this summer.  If you didn’t know, well now you know.  Everyone knows that when you move into a house, you want to decorate.  You want to make it feel like a home.  Do all of the things.  Well, there is just one small problem with that.  My wallet does not share my vison for décor.  Anyone else have that problem?  The problem was, I found myself not being in the holiday mood after a while.  It’s amazing how quickly that fizzled out.  I was no longer excited to celebrate anything.  All because I didn’t have the décor I wanted.  I had this vision of what I thought my first year would be in this new house and I was becoming disappointed that my reality wasn’t shaping up to be that way. 

God is so good though.  Let me tell you why.  My house may not have been heavily decorated, but it has been heavily loved.  I have had dinner nights, game nights, coffee dates, play dates, and so many other things since moving into my new home.  I have been able to open up my home to moms for conversation, prayer, and fun.  This is what I wanted.  THIS is what I truly desired.  The kids have tracked mud in the house, grass, and leaves.  It sounds annoying (and it has been), but it’s been the biggest blessing.  I’ve wanted this for so long.  Since we decided that MN was our new home, I have wanted to give my children the space to do these things.  All the décor in the world couldn’t bring me the amount of joy I have found in just owning a home.  

So, if anything this holiday season is teaching me, it’s to be grateful for where I am in life and appreciate the little things because they are really big things.   So, my message to you is, don’t let the holidays stress you out.  Don’t forget what you’ve been blessed with this year. For sure, we have had our hard times this year and I mean really hard, but I cannot neglect the small pockets of happiness which have brought me so much joy.  More than I could have hoped for.  Happy Thanksgiving my friends!