It’s the Thought That Counts

I hope this blog post finds you doing well, basking in the Christmas afterglow.  I just wanted to share a little of how mine went.
My husband is an air traffic controller, so he had to work late on Christmas day. In the morning, we had a wonderful time exchanging and opening gifts with our 5 children. This year felt particularly special as my girls are all older and did their own shopping.  They were all very thoughtful in what they gave everyone.  All of my gifts were very thoughtful. Each was something that I truly wanted but probably wouldn’t have gotten for myself. Each were things I hadn’t even mentioned, so for me, that made it all the more special knowing they really considered me and what I like. I won’t bore you with all that I received, but I will tell you about one gift in particular.
We recently de-cluttered our entire home. One item I intended to part with ended up being one that was too difficult to let go. It was a pink suitcase box that was a record player. My aunt bought it for me and she died when I was 10. It had reusable stickers of a home and furniture. I loved it and still have a few old records.
My 14 year old daughter, upon seeing how difficult it was for me to part with my now broken record player, decided to recreate the whole thing for me. She got me a new pink record player and some reusable Melissa & Doug stickers. I thought it was so thoughtful.
We played my old albums, starting with my Christmas With the Smurfs one and more. They all love the record player now and want more records.
I feel so enormously blessed to have such thoughtful children.  Each of them really touched my heart with their gift choices for myself and everyone else.  They make me so very proud to be their mother.  I am enjoying this time we have together, relaxing and not having to run anywhere.  I’m excited to continue on this way for a few more days.
Another blessing that I have received has to do with what recently happened to my youngest son. See the blog post about that here. The taunting images that kept replaying over and over have faded.  I can no longer see it as I did before and the whole event isn’t affecting me as it had before, thank God!  My baby is fine and we can move on happily, trauma free.
So, that’s it for now.  I pray that you and yours are blessed beyond measure and that this new year is your best yet!

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