It is the small things. Here are a few favorites:
Family, all together with time to talk, to cook together, to be.
Waking up to a full household.
Walking in the cold to get ice cream with grandson Carter.
Seeing granddaughters happy to be in their princess dresses for Christmas, and Carter happy to 'be' Santa!
Watching a big surprise when Carter opened original music written by my brother (to be published) just for Carter and his trombone.
Being with my son, daughter-in-law and grandson while he chose and found just the right cowboy boots.
Remembering past Christmases with Arvie being our Santa. This time he was with us in the guise of teddy bears, created from his t-shirts by a hospice volunteer.
It was a special week, a time to feel blessed that we made it through the year, full of goodness in spite of sadness.
From Rainer Maria Rilke:
“And now, we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”
Happy New Year Everyone!