Every year, throughout December, I try to hold my hands up against the forward propulsion of time like someone trying to hold a door shut against an intruder. I want it to slow down because the few weeks before Christmas are filled with some of the most beautiful sights, magical moments, and joyful times with the people that mean the most to you. Your house is is decorated with lights and gifts and your proximity to cookies and other sweet treats is usually no more than a few feet. It’s just the best time filled with such anticipation! And then, you wake up on the 25th, experience the grand finale, and then, for me at least, everything deflates and goes back to normal. And January can just be so boring.
So, I am soaking in these last few days before it’s all over 🙂 Let’s take a look back at how fun and wonderful our Christmas month has been.
To begin, I flew to Texas to watch my best friend from high school and college get married and be her bridesmaid! Haley and I took many unusually angled selfies that day. Here is a good one!
Because I was back in my home town area, my Mom came to the wedding to hang out with me a bit!
🙂 It was fun to be able to see her for awhile! She’s so pretty.
The animals have been enjoying the cozy decorations. I’ve been taking time to take some good photographs of Sam while he’s still active and healthy but he’s getting older so I am cherishing moments like these.
Rob and I have been having fun together.
I’m so happy to say that since my last post, my back has continued to get better and better. I almost can’t believe it. I started back Crossfitting slowly and only a few times a week at the start of December. Since that time, I’ve been really focusing on taking it slow and just enjoying being back in that element with my friends. It’s been so amazing!! I feel like me again. I’ve been able to just enjoy this month because I’m not struggling with constant pain anymore. I am so thankful and to Him be the Glory of all of it! Perspective is an incredible thing, and mine has certainly changed. It’s easy to get caught up in wanting this or that (especially during Christmas!) but ultimately, what I want most out of this life, is for my husband and I to be healthy. We are so blessed.
For you reader, I hope two things for you for Christmas:
1. Never lose sight of what is most important to you. Whatever it is, cling tight. Keep it in focus, keep it elevated from all else. Protect its place in your hierarchy of needs.
2. Acknowledge how finite each moment is, and how the next one is not guaranteed. By doing this, your awareness will bring about a fulfillment of thankfulness on a whole new level. Nestle yourself in this, because this is where life is truly lived!!
Merry Christmas to All!!
One of the Christmas trees at the Huntsville Tinsel Trail 🙂