Thursday, December 10, 2009

Aaah! Now on with the Holidays!

Tonight my amazing daughters and I continued our long tradition of seeing "The Forgotten Carols". I just can't seem to quite get in the Christmas spirit until I link arms with the daughter sitting next to me and sing "We Can Be Together Forever Someday"! We went to Chili's for a delicious dinner, then to Cottonwood High for the program, then out for desert.

Probably the thing I love most about this tradition is the one on one time I get with two of the most special people in my life! We laugh hysterically, recall "old" times and reconnect in a very girly sort of way! We talk about boys (of course!), Edward and Jacob (of course!), our goals and aspirations, and the things we have accomplished (or not) in the past year since the last time we saw "Carols". I realize that life changes - a lot - children get married, get boyfriends, move on with life and such, but one thing doesn't change - that I love them more than I could possibly have imagined at any one point in my life since they entered it! They are what keep me going, keep me happy and keep me motivated to keep on keeping on.

My children are such amazing people, no thanks to me! The things they will, and have, accomplished so far in their short little lives, continue to astonish me. They are so much better at any age in their lives than I ever was in mine. They are all talented, smart, spiritual, loving, giving, compassionate people who make a difference in the world - at least my corner of it!

I am already looking foward to seeing "Carols" next year with them and looking back on the coming year. I hope I can say that I was more loving, compassionate, spiritual, smart and giving than I was this year. I want to be able to look back on 2010 with satisfaction and know that I did my best in everything I did. I hate to say, but I really can't say that for 2009. I can say I tried hard most of the time, but that just isn't good enough. Life is too short to take advantage of anything.

So thank you Michael McLean for a wonderful evening, filled with wonderful, beautiful, inspiring music and thoughts. Thank you for reminding me what really matters. And thank you for giving me another chance to remember the really important things.

Welcome Christmas!