This Holiday Season

It's the time of year where we often count our blessings and reflect on what we are thankful for.  We visit with family, watch Christmas movies, and make New Years resolutions.  With Thanksgiving happening this past Thursday, and Advent beginning this past Sunday, I have been reflecting a lot on all that I am thankful for.  

If you had told me three years ago that I would be engaged and have a son before I turned 24, I would have told you that you were crazy.  Aren't your twenties for having fun, after all?  Since becoming a mother and experiencing such a dramatic transformation of my own lifestyle, I have learned that things can change very quickly... and that being a young mother rocks.  I am reminded daily of how quickly change happens.  I notice that my son stands a little taller, and runs a little faster.  Nothing has been more fulfilling or empowering than having a child.  I don't feel like I am missing out on anything, and I certainly don't feel like I am wasting my twenties.  I feel like I'm taking life by the horns, and I can't wait for all of the future changes still to come.

I have so much to be thankful for; my heart can hardly contain it all.  So I embrace these blessings both literally and figuratively, and I reflect on how I can be better for those that I love -- a better mother, better fiancé, better daughter... Last year around the holidays Jamesie was just beginning to recognize the world around him.  This year he is challenging the world with his whole spirit.  We are going to Vermont this weekend, where Jamesie will see snow -- not for the first time, but still... it will feel like the first time -- and I am so looking forward to seeing his expressions and his joy.  We are spending Christmas in Massachusetts this year with the Marino side of the family.  Christmas is always a magical time, but when you get to spend it surrounded by children -- that's truly something special.

This holiday season I count my blessings, and I try to remind myself to always be thankful for the gifts that God gives, to be less materialistic and more present.  We all experience hardships and challenges and things don't always go as planned (don't I know it).  My sister-in-law reminded me this past weekend that when something goes wrong in our lives, it's best to put our troubles in perspective to whats truly important to us -- our health and our family.  That's what I try to keep in mind always.  God bless.

Only 24 more days until Christmas!