As many of you know, tomorrow is my birthday. Usually, I would be looking forward to a great dinner with family or a night out with the hubby. This year, it will be spent in my lovely Dora room at the Ronald McDonald House. Don't get me wrong.... I know I am very blessed and things could be a whole lot worse yet it just seems a little hard to get excited this year. From November 20th to right after Mardi Gras is the time of year I live for. The crisp cool air, my birthday, the christmas lights, the excitement in the kids faces with the thoughts of presents from Santa... who doesn't love this time of year. Yet this year, I haven't felt the same level of cheer or excitement. Sad thing is I have actually put together a top 10 things list of things I will miss the most this year. I know many of you may be thinking.... "if only she realized how lucky she is!" or "stop whining and move on". For those of you who are thinking that.... I want you to stop this holiday season for just a moment. Take a second while you are celebrating whatever holiday it is you celebrate and look around you. Who is there? I have realized that the holidays are not about what you get or making sure every gift is nicely wrapped, but who you spend them with and how you express your love and gratitude. It is the small moments with the ones you love that make the memories you live with forever. This year, my small family of five will be together and for that I am blessed. Yet, there is a huge part of my family that will not be here. My parents, siblings, in-laws, co-workers and friends will be back home and greatly missed. So while I am very fortunate this holiday season.... I can't help but feel bummed too.
Happy holidays to everyone! Enjoy what really matters this year.