In the past I have struggled at this time of year. Thankfully, this year has not been as challenging so far despite even more demands. There are still moments of overwhelm or frustration but overall it has been a great start to the season.
Today my husband and I made three batches of meatloaf and (my husband) smoked six game hens. We hosted family lunch. I worked a little. We cleaned. And yet we still had time to sit around and watch the football game and enjoy both lunch and dinner together.
Best of all, both meals were full of laughter and sharing. At dinner my preschooler was singing Christmas songs with adorable mistakes, like "the one-th day of Christmas". The baby, in constant adoration of her big sister, was giggling and "talking" excitedly. And at one point we all had the giggles, including my husband.
I'm so grateful to laugh together. I'm grateful for beautiful family moments like this to cherish. I'm grateful for the love my girls have for each other. I'm grateful for a day of family and great food. I'm grateful to laugh. I'm grateful to be finding ways to take this season in stride. I'm grateful for all the ways my wonderful family helps me find the beauty and support in this season. I'm grateful o hear my girls laugh and to be able to join in.
What brings you joy this season? What makes you laugh? When was the last time you got the giggles?
May today bring light through laughter. May we find the beauty in the season and loving support from the ones we love. Have a beautiful day!