The gifts have been opened, the mess (mostly) cleaned up, the newness has worn off of the presents and the season, but my heart remains full. We have had such a wonderful time making memories, doing the mundane, getting excited, and just being together. We are blessed with so much. We are healthy, happy, and can openly give thanks to the most amazing God who provides. He provides the little and the big, the exciting and the ordinary, the wonderful and the difficult. I am learning how to give thanks for it all, in the moment.
I have been reading "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are" by Ann Voskamp. I struggle to find the words to adequately express what her writing evokes in me. By the end of chapter 1 I was online ordering copies for women who are important to me. I am learning to revel in the now, no matter what the now entails or what "then" has wrought.