How is your holiday season going thus far?
For me this year seems quieter. We've enjoyed a number of seasonal activities...the Christmas parade, crafts at the library, special storytimes, iceskating, parties, etc. I musn't forget the adventure of Black Friday! But overall, this year is different...
We are in a new state (which seems to be the one place that IS NOT snowing, by the way. Snow in Colorado? Why would I think that?!?) And "new state" meaning far more than geographical location. Some parts I can talk about, some not.
This is a Christmas away from family and without my mom. God has provided lovely friends, and it fills me with warmth and comfort. New friends so considerate and welcoming...I am blessed. And connecting with longtime friends, where hearts are immediately understood...I am blessed.
As this year wraps up and I consider the numerous changes, upheavals, trials and tragedies that have occurred...I must declare that I am blessed. My children are lively and loving and joyful and healthy and expressive and too wonderful for words! I have grown in my relationship with the Lord and am living a more authentic life. This last year has taught me so much, forced me to mature in some areas, required me to face difficult situations...yet by the grace of God my heart is open. healing. embracing truth. and still willing to learn and grow. By the grace of God.