Saturday, November 28, 2015

A 3a.m. Post-Thanksgiving Blog Post

I started off this week feeling down because of the ongoing turmoil we all know is happening in our country and abroad. It's caused me, the stoic Virgo, to be quite weepy this week also because of some private things. Mr. Lovebird's been such a support, and I love him for that. 

I felt so torn as I looked at Nia trying her best to stay up until almost midnight to help me trim our tree with her eyes at half-mast in a stupor of happiness. Relishing her innocence vs. what was going on inside of me and how I know this season is such a very hard time weighed heavily on me. 

Now more than ever I am thankful for my family, their health and my faith. I don't know what I'd do without any of them, but I do know that I am grateful and pray that I will never be complacent. I also know it just can't be about my 4 and no more. I may be called to live out the Great Commission but all of us are called in some way to pour into others. Imagine if we all took on that challenge? And not just for those who looked like or believed like us. 

We have so much power and we don't even know it most of the time. 

Financial expert Suze Orman has always expressed her mantra of "people first and then money" and while it's within the context of financial health I think it is applicable to social priorities as well. 

I'm so over amassing things, and I'd tailor Suze's mantra to reflect my value of "experiences over things." Yesterday morning we visited with dear friends we hadn't seen in a while followed by picking out a tree at the same farm we visited last year and as we passed the filled up parking lots of the mall and stores in our area I felt complete with our version of Black Friday. 

Is this time of year hard for you? If you have kids, how do you balance remaining upbeat, reflecting their happiness vs. inner turmoil you may be feeling?