I don't always choose a word for the year, but this year, the word "gratitude" keeps coming to my mind.
So, I wanted to share it here to remind myself to be thankful and full of gratitude everyday for the things the Lord has given me.
I am blessed with a wonderful husband who works hard to take care of me and never fails to say "I love you" everyday.
I have a wonderful family and am blessed that we are all healthy. I am also truly blessed that we live close enough to get to spend time together and we that we like spending time together.
I am full of gratitude for the extended family that I have been connected to in the last couple of year.
Mr. SS and I are going to make this a year for connection with some of his family too.
I have wonderful, supportive, giving friends who stand behind me no matter what.
Mr. SS and I were talking today about our church and our church family. We are blessed with a great pastor who ministers to our heart.
And last, but not least, the Lord blessed us with a house last year and after 4 months of believing it is (or will be) our dream home, we are full of gratitude for it.
I have only touched on a few of the blessings that give me a heart full of gratitude, but you get the idea.
Now for the nostalgia part. After 3 full days of putting Christmas decorations away, I ended up with a few things that would not fit into any of my 15 plus tubs. I went to the shed and pulled out a tub of decorations from when my kids were younger, thinking maybe there might be a little space for the rest of the decorations.
I opened a box of decorations I haven't used since 1994. Many ornaments that my boys had made and some I had made. I pulled out a few of my homemade ones to show you. It was fun seeing these and made me think I should decorate a small tree next year with all my homemade ornaments. Anyway, the candy cane in the picture was one among 6 that were still in one piece. Can you imagine, over 20 years put away in that box, in the heat, and cold and moved about 7 times.
Isn't something considered vintage after 20 years. Do you think they are worth anything? Hahaha.
I singled this one out, because my good friend Suzanne, showed me how to make these. I don't think you can tell, but the Charlie Brown and snowman are "3D"
Remember these Suzanne. We made many, many ornaments over the years for our trees and to sell.