Happy, Happy, Happy

I absolutely love this time of year!

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Following a very busy, blissful Christmas morning, the tree and decorations were lovingly packed away until next season.  I mean RIGHT AFTER Christmas morning! Like 10:00 AM! Eastern time!!  You see, Little Man was born the day after Christmas and it has become a long standing tradition of mine to UNdecorate quickly so that his birthday is Christmas-free.  Please don’t get me wrong… We carry the Christ Child in our hearts year-round; and Little Man is thrilled to share the birthday season with Him!  But… I need the 26th to be free of the Christmas hype and all about having a simple birthday celebration.  No Christmas wrappings, no Christmas tree (although I did take down the ornaments one year and REdecorated the tree with balloons, streamers, and cookies… but it was a huge chore!)… just Little Man.

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Little Man is twelve now… and my heart is breaking.  It dawned on me as we snuggled on the morning of his birthday (yes, he will still snuggle… I absolutely love that!) that next year all my kids will be teen agers.  Sigh.

Following the celebrations, Beyblade tournaments, Yu-Gi-Oh duels, and sleep overs, it was time to celebrate again.  Today.  Today is my anniversary!

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Nineteen years ago today I married my best friend.  And what a journey these 19 years have been!!  There are so many beautiful, wonderful things about my Hubby that I love.  I have retyped the list here a dozen times… but it always comes out seeming so trite. so small.  And there is nothing trite about our relationship!  I love that it is OBVIOUS in a million tiny ways and a trillion more big ones that GOD GAVE HIM TO ME.  He is my beloved and I am his.

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Yes, I love this time of year.  I love the countdowns.  I love the reflections.  I love the “In Memoriam” videos that play and the recap segments on TV.  And– yes– I am the one who shells out nearly $20 a year to by the People magazine yearbook… I cannot help myself!  I love looking back and reflecting… and then looking forward and dreaming.  There is so much hope in this season!

Happy Birthday, Little Man.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby.

Happy New Year, friends!!

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