My friend Amanda, over at Realistically Domestic just posted this idea of a Holiday Bucket list, and I was seconds earlier thinking I needed to do something similar. So, here goes.
This Christmas our family has so much to be thankful for. So.Much. As some of you know, Zachary (our now One Year Old) was very sick at Christmastime last year. In fact, the day after Christmas he was hospitalized for the first time after he was born. He was sick. Really sick. I only confessed to a handful of people how sick he was. I was scared. Terrified that he would be taken from us. And confused at why this amazing blessing we just had been given, would be given to us, just to be taken so soon.
At the very same time, my husband's business of 19 years was falling apart, our finances were a disaster, we could possibly loose our home, we had no income coming in, and had just started a new, brand new venture that seemed to be falling apart. All at one time.
It was a tough year, and this year carried over some of that mess.
Finally, this September things are looking up. We found out why Zachary had been so sick, and are working on getting our smiley little munchkin better, business is growing, and we finally have a steadying income from our new business venture.
This year has been tough.
But, even with all of this hard heart ache, I feel so beyond blessed. And that is why I am going to write my Holiday Bucket List, to hold myself accountable for all of the things that I want to do and give back, for all those that supported us this past year.
My Holiday Bucket List
- Go to a Christmas Tree Lighting and Play in the Snow.
- Visit Santa with the boys
- Help a Family in Need
- Volunteer to help those in Need
- Remind myself daily of the blessings I have
- Make Hot Apple Cider at least once a week
- Spend Time with my friends
- Make amends with a family member
- Celebrate Christmas Eve with our Family and Friends
- Go to Midnight Mass
- Drive around to see the lights with Gabriel.
- Make sure Gabriel understands the true meaning of Christmas
- Make sure our Christmas Cards go out on time
- Spend Quality time with my husband
- Help the hubs get the outside Christmas Decor done
- Go to as many Christmas Parties as we can
- Move the Elf around every night (and make sure he gets into some mischief).
- Spend quality time with my kids
- Hold a Christmas Party for my husband's staff
- Not worry so much about work, and focus on my friends and family
- Bake Cookies and Treats for all of my neighbors
- Thank the person who made sure we had a Christmas last year (and pay it forward)
- Really take the time to "take in" what is around me
- Watch my Sappy Fa La La La Lifetime Christmas Movies with a box of tissues
- Make sure Gabriel and Zachary have the best Christmas ever.