Friday, November 28, 2008

AND SPEAKING OF BLESSINGS...

Well, Turkey Day is over for another year. I hope you had a wonderful day filled with the people in your life that rank high on your blessings list. Mine certainly was. But with the preparation that comes with feeding 13, there was that unfortunate stress element that I am particularly subject to (I know, that's poor sentence structure). I guess it's the perfectionist complex that will always be a part of me, but I know I have to work on that. Funny, I thought I was much more relaxed this year BUT my sister pointed out that that was NOT the case. I need to be made aware of that character flaw. You know, good intentions and all that. Regardless, the meal got rave reviews and everyone left, fat and happy.

It was a lot of work, though, and perhaps next year dinner out might be the choice. We'll have to see. I thoroughly enjoyed everyone's company and it was my sister's idea to go around the room and have everyone share what they were thankful for. Most of the evening I had one of my most prized blessings sitting on my lap, one of my beautiful, twin grandchildren. No one can quite prepare you for what an effect grandchildren have on you. I know I wasn't prepared and I won't burden you with what would be a feeble attempt to put it into words. The operative word is "feeble". Suffice it to say, it's priceless!

So, as far as blessings are concerned, I was surrounded by them yesterday and their presence surrounds me everyday of my life, for my family is the source of so much joy. As we look forward to Christmas soon to come, try not to let preparation or shopping or present wrapping or card sending or cleaning, keep you from savoring every aspect of this blessed season. In truth, none of this other stuff matters. It's the joy of the Savior's birth and the gathering of your family that take center stage. Be sure to tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them. That is only second to "the greatest gift of all". God bless and keep you all.

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