Christmas “Hangover”

Anyone else know what I’m talking about? Leaving for work the next day, your house a wreck, feeling puffy from all the food and sweets, money spent, and wondering what all just happened…

This year, there was a happiness, a fullness, a contentment. More than years past. I still feel “hungover”, but happily so. A messy house that I’ll tackle one thing at a time. A puffy face and tummy that I’ll treat well over the next couple weeks. A warm heart that has been ever so loved on.

My favorite part of this Christmas? Was the engagement and care from my family to my significant other. The man joining us was embraced and treated well. This is a gift neither one of us could ever buy. Rather receive thankfully.

Today, I’m tired. Six Christmases later, I’m tired and thankful. I used to feel sad and frustrated in the scheduling of my divorced parents and, now, my own kids and future step kids separate Christmases. Now, I embrace and am just so thankful they are all alive, willing, and close enough to schedule one in. This year, I let few memories go undocumented. This is not my norm. But, I wanted the world to see how thankful I am for my family and the new one I have coming early next year….

I’ve had all kinds of hangovers (emotional, physical, spiritual). But, this one I can say was 100% worth it. Now, on to the new year and new chapters in so many ways.

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A Few of My Favorite Things…

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I just spent the day at the river and had the best chile relleno ever for dinner. Today was a great day filled with so many of my favorite things that I thought I’d finish it off with another……writing.

These are a few of my favorite things:

  • sunshine
  • thunderstorms
  • clouds
  • bedtime
  • my morning quiet time
  • a good devotional
  • chile rellenos
  • freshly baked chocolate chip cookies
  • vanilla lattes
  • cuddles on the couch
  • my toes in the sand
  • this blog
  • a man who worships
  • a man who prays
  • honest conversation
  • a pedicure
  • belly laughs
  • empathy
  • children laughing
  • praise music

When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply need to remember these things. And, these days. ❤