Thankful Thursday: 3 Gifts Shining

Three Gifts Shining

1. The sun shining on my shoulder, and the comfort and warmth that it gives

sunshine on my shoulder

2. The lights shining brightly on the Hotel Del Coronado at Christmas
Hotel Del at Christmas

3. The fire glowing and shining in our wood stove
wood stove

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Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts striped

Three Gifts Striped

1. A striped candy cane made by the hands of someone I love, my big sister. Every year at Christmas, she would give me a hand-made ornament.  She passed away 10 years a go.  I miss those gifts.  I miss those hands.

Each year, as I hang the ornaments on my tree, I have a quiet moment of reflection as I think about my big sister, and her special gifts, and how much she loved me, and I loved her!

candy cane

2. Cozy socks that keep my feet nice and warm! Oh how I love a new pair of socks.

Because life is just too short for plain white socks!

sock

3. The blinds on my window. Not nearly as meaningful as the candy cane ornament, but certainly practical, and some times practical is good too.

window stripes

Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts red

Three Gifts Red….

A little bear with a red heart from my very best friend ever!

Bear with red heart

A little red heart from my daughter, because “I know you like hearts mom“. She’s right, I do, especially hers!

Red Heart

A red Christmas stocking made by our daughter-in-law, to carry on a family tradition!

Red Christmas Stocking

Overwhelmed by Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, actually it has been looking like Christmas since the day after Halloween!  Not at my house, but everywhere else I go!

No wonder I feel like I’ve fallen desperately behind in getting ready for the Christmas season!  I only have 20 shopping days left before Christmas, and there are 3 birthdays to celebrate between now and then!

The “Christmas Season”.

I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by it, and so I have to step back and reevaluate almost everything I do. Why am I doing it, and who am I doing it for?  I really do want to keep loving this time of year.

And…I want to enjoy it for what it is.  The celebration and the joy of a very special Gift, which in turn affords me the opportunity to share a gift with those I love.

My goal this year is to keep Christmas, simple and focused.  Enjoy the moments, and relax.  Create new memories, and remember the ones from the past.

I can do this!  I will do this!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Birthday Linda!

Happy, Heavenly Birthday to my big sister!

I can only imagine how much she is enjoying her day!  Her love for life was contagious, and her love for people, knew no bounds, especially, her love for her family.  I know, without a doubt, that she would have done anything for me as long as it wasn’t illegal or immoral!

I miss her smile, her laugh and her hugs.  It was because of her enthusiasm for the little things in life, that I am reminded of her often.

This is just a short list of memories of an amazing lady, sister and friend!

  • Temecula – our meeting place when the kids were small
  • Dolphins – we watched them play in the ocean, she was amazed
  • Artichokes – she found this strange thing to be fascinating, and insisted we try it
  • Christmas – I think it was her favorite time of the year.  She loved making it special for others, not just herself
  • Angels – every Christmas, she would make an ornament for me, it was always an angel
  • Thanksgiving – she taught me how to make gravy
  • “Nurse Jones” – together, we pulled my brother out of the dark side of the ICU room when he had a heart attack
  • Sail boats – camping by the ocean, her favorite place to relax
  • Chicken Apple Sausage – she introduced me to this – still one of my favorites

In memory of your special day.  In honor of you.

I love you Linda!