Pieces of Me

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's the MOST WONDERFUL Time of the Year

This time of year is so busy. The busyness of the year usually makes me so excited because I know people are gearing up for Christmas. Of course, many people are trying to get last minute details just perfect for Christmas plans. This year, I have stepped back from the busyness and really tried to focus on my family, friends, and the real meaning of CHRISTmas. I have been reminded of all the blessings in my life.

Last week, one of my best friends was admitted into the hospital for some extreme pain. She had already gone into surgery in November for similar pain and had her life turned upside down. This "extra" trip to the hospital put a kink in her Christmas celebration plans making her life stand still. Life or death decisions had to be made and things were looking very grim.

I must admit that as much as I wanted to continue our Christmas preparations, I put everything completely on hold so that I could focus on her condition.

It was wonderful to go up to the hospital and visit her with our other best friend. Having the three of us together for just a few moments was the best gift I could have ever received this Christmas. I'm sure C and J feel the same way. I am blessed.

C is doing fine. She did have to go into a 2nd surgery. J and I were on pins and needles until we learned of the outcome. Tears of joy streamed from my face when we learned that she was out of surgery and in recovery. It is going to be a spectacular Christmas!

It's hard to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life during this time of year. My daughter is really focused on this season. Every morning we do the Manager countdown. It's good to know she knows the reason for the season, but at the same time, she is still focused on presents and getting. The whining and crying frustrates me beyond reason, but I must remember, she's 4. Each year she grows a little more mature and a lot more independent.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas. Remember to hug your family and friends and take a moment to reflect on the reason we celebrate Christmas ~ that tiny baby in a manger grew up to be our Savior. And PTL for that!

Usually I would jump into scrapping these next pictures, but I just don't have the time right now. I know there are some people though who really are anxious to see Hannah's PreSchool Christmas Program Pictures, so I thought I'd put a little slide show together: