These three smiles are just a few of the many things I am thankful for this holiday season.
It's these smiles that reel me back into reality...and it's these smiles that help me to remember some very important things that my beautiful babes have taught me.
They've taught me to be hopeful about everything in life.
They've taught me to believe in the magic.
They've taught me how to find joy through the good and the bad.
They've taught me to be thankful in all things - even the smallest things.
They've taught me much...
as I reflect on that thought
- being thankful in even the smallest things -
there are many things that I am thankful for this December.
Aside from good health, family & friends, and the other more obvious reasons to be thankful,
there are many other smaller things that I'm thankful for -
little things that cause me to close my eyes, take in a deep breath, and thank God that I'm here - living this life.
a walk through a tree farm -
the fun we have with Chippy, our Elf on a Shelf -
Click HERE to read about our first encounter with the elf 3 years ago.
building gingerbread houses and baking cookies -
being able to watch my kids put their touch on our christmas tree -
being able to attend and watch my kids have fun and learn through their christmas programs at church and at school -
listening to christmas songs...and singing and dancing along -
freezing our butts off at the christmas parade -
reading christmas wish lists -
our visits with santa -
a drive through the festival of lights and neighborhoods looking at christmas lights -
These are just some of the little things I'm thankful for this holiday season...
the little things that make a big difference.
And while this may not seem like a big deal, I truly believe that it's important to recognize (with gratitude) those little things that are a part of our lives.
So, back to those three smiles that changed my life -
I'm so very thankful for them.
...here's to enjoying december!!