Because a thankful heart is a happy heart – Days 19-23

Ironically, I didn’t even get around to posting a thankful ON Thanksgiving Day. Whoops.

I can’t believe it is almost the end of the month… just one more week to go! I also am having a hard time believing it is time to start getting ready for Christmas. It was 70 degrees yesterday, it’s 37 degrees at the moment and I’m told it will only get warmer over the weekend. Is this what Christmas in California feels like?? I never thought I’d say this, but my allergies and I are ready for it to be officially cold for a while!

Well, onwards and upwards!

Day 19 – I am thankful (and elated! And excited! And squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!) that I finally have tickets to see the stage production of Les Miserables in a couple of weeks! And the movie comes out on Christmas Day! It’s a good month to be a fan!

Day 20 – I just have one more car payment to go – knock on wood! – and Amelia is mine, all mine! I can’t believe we’ve been together for three whole years. Time most certainly does fly when you are having fun and adventures. I’m thankful to have a reliable car and hope to have many, many more years with my trusty sidekick!

Day 21 – My sister-in-law hosted our big (well, big for us – 10 people) family Thanksgiving this year. She did an AWESOME job and I’m so glad to have someone to share the Thanksgiving hostessing duties! 😉 She and I actually lived together a few years ago – and we were friends before she started dating my brother, so you know, I was here first, people. She is a sweet, supportive, faithful and down-to-earth friend and sister-in-law and I’m so glad she is part of the family!

Day 22 – You know, I’ve noticed the last couple of years that the holidays are hard for this girl’s single heart. Being surrounded by families and couples is a stark reminder that I am not part of one (Before I get yelled at – yes, I know I am part of a family. I am a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, an aunt, a niece, a cousin and a granddaughter. Wonderful roles, to be sure. But I do not have my own family in that I am not a wife or a mother). So far, though, this holiday season is not wrecking the havoc on my heart that I have come to expect. I don’t know, maybe I’m just being selfish, but this Thanksgiving, I was grateful to be single. To be able to go back home by myself after an evening of festivities. To decompress on my own the next day. To not feel the people-pleasing stress of trying to figure out whose extended family to spend the holiday with. I’m grateful for this time to build my own little life – to make my own memories in my own little neighborhood and do the things I love to do. Maybe someday I will do all of this with someone I love, but for now, I’m perfectly content to go about my merry way on my own. Why yes, I am an introvert, why do you ask? 🙂

Day 23 – I’m thankful that it’s time to bust out the Christmas music! (Confession – I started listening to it two weeks ago. But at least now it’s more socially acceptable to rock out to Jingle Bell Rock!) My favorite these days is A Neighborly Christmas by Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. What’s yours?

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