Today will undoubtedly be a full day . . in more ways than one. For all the preparation, we often still find ourselves caught off guard.
In all her beauty. And her mess.
Somehow we imagine she wasn't invited to this feast. Or at least got the memo to dress her best and behave.
Highly recommended, should be required, reading in preparation for this day.
I have often told my kids the best thing to do with family is love them. I need to remind myself of this constantly, but especially around the holidays.
The holidays are an interesting mix of anticipation and disappointment.
Joy and sorrow.
Laughter and stress.
This beautiful tender ache.
Our souls hurt and flourish in the being of this place and all its mortals. Friends, sisters, mothers, brothers, fathers, and all of these.
The sin-sick abides with the God image. One moment brilliant with reflection. The next blackened by the deceiver.
War all around. Yet so many blind. Ignorant.
I will laugh. I will cry. I will war.
I will love.
I will give thanks.
We're out of town with family, but I'll be back soon to share my thanks-giving. Enjoy your families and keep counting!
Thirty Days of Thanks is a challenge I make to myself each year to countdown to the holidays by giving thanks every day . . thanks for one thing the first day, two the second, three the third, all the way to giving thanks for thirty things on the thirtieth day. If you'd like to read more about why I do it or want to join me, click here.
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