Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
1. A huge blessing in my week, was meeting my new goddaughter for the first time. She is 13-months-old and a bundle of joy. Her forever family waited for what must have seemed like forever to finally bring her home from her native land in China. Stephanie Lian is beautiful, happy and as sweet as can be. Her chubby, dimpled hands patted my cheek, "fed" me with a spoon, and clutched measuring cups and kitchen whisks while banging them on the table. I'm going to love watching her grow.
2. Christmas shopping this afternoon with my sister-in-law. We make it an annual tradition to shop together for our nieces. The boys far outnumber the one girl in our two families, so it's a treat to be able to shop for girl things for our three teenage nieces.
3. Preparing for Christmas this year, the first year in a long time that I haven't been working, has been so much fun. Between having the extra time and deciding to keep it simple this year, the holiday bustle has been a joy. For one thing, like many moms, I started the tradition years ago of collecting ornaments for my kids. With three kids times at least one ornament a year for each of them. . . well, you do the math. This year, I chose a few for each of them to hang on the tree, along with the old fashioned Christmas balls that I love, and the rest of the kids' ornaments I'm packing up in separate boxes for each of them.
4. Bella. I've been taking my dogs to the local dog park each day, and it is there that we met Bella. She is a charming, graceful, black beauty of a Great Dane. I look forward to seeing her each day, and she is kind enough to make me think that I'm special to her, because she'll come bounding across the park on her long legs with knobby knees, and gently nudge my hand to be petted. I think I need a Great Dane. My house will not be complete without one. She is sweet and gentle.
5. Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend a half day retreat in preparation for Advent. It's a lesson in which I need constant reminding, this invitation to learn how to wait and be present in the moment.
Thank you, Susanne, for continuing this tradition of finding the blessings in each week.