Gratitude Lately

December 14, 2014

christmas tree ornaments
Colorful ornaments from a friend

buttermilk biscuit dough
A relaxing day to myself

happy holidays handmade card
Receiving handmade (and printed) cards in the mail

Take Heart Shop Austin Texas
Holiday inspiration at my favorite Austin shop

Take Heart Shop Austin Texas
Kind words from the shop ^ {be good to yourself}

Though I choose to highlight and relish in the joyful elements of the season, I want to recognize the less comfortable feelings that the holidays often elicit. For many, the holidays are a reminder of change or loss or having less than.

I ache with the nostalgia of my magical childhood Christmas, and the unwinding of tradition. I miss my grandfather and his thrill over my choppy carols on the piano. I am sad about the distance between family members, and the effort it takes to visit just a handful of times each year.

I hope to remember that with each fading tradition come new activities that one day will be beloved ritual. Through the sadness for those no longer here on earth, I am thankful for memories that never fade, and hope for a new generation to add to the fold. For those longing for 'home' this time of year, I hope to open my heart and share a little warmth.

Here's to gratitude and how it turns everything into enough.
What have you been thankful for lately?

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