I am growing. Not old or up, just growing. It took half a century to get here and my hope is that you get this sooner, but if not, I can tell you it’s well worth the ride. Looking over my life, I can see it took every step and every storm.
The tree went up this week! Long ago are the days of the artificial pre-lit tree stored in the attic. I remember supervising the hanging of the ornaments, only to spread them out or rehang them once the kids were in bed. My daughter and I have chosen a real tree for a few years now. She picks the tree, and I string the lights. Together we hang the ornaments.
When we first moved out together and were on our own, we didn’t have many ornaments. Half my life of collecting ornaments from all over the world, and I left them in the barn. Our first Christmas was Martha Stewart jumbo pack from a home improvement store. We started picking up an ornament here and there, and three years later we have a tree full.
For us each ornament pinpoints a certain time in our journey. We also went back to the barn and chose a few of our favorites. Some make us laugh, while others put us in awe of their beauty. I used to have a decorator come out and decorate our tree. My daughter doesn’t remember that because she was a baby, but she will always remember these trees.
There is a lady in town that makes beautiful wreaths all year round. She does it just for fun, and it brings joy to peoples lives. My daughter and I bought one last Christmas and loved it, but I left it for the couple that moved into our house. When we moved to this house, we had no Christmas Wreath. I pondered getting one, but nothing caught my attention.
That same lady posted a Snowman wreath on Facebook. It was too big for our little screen door. It was huge! My daughter saw it and loved it like I knew she would, but agreed it was way too big. I thought about asking my friend to make a smaller one for us, but let it slip my mind. Two days later a smaller version of the Snowman wreath appeared on Facebook.
Have I mentioned God knows your heart?
God prompted my friend to make a smaller version, and as soon as she posted it I saw it and contacted her. My daughter will be surprised when she gets home from her Dad’s. It’s just a little thing that she wouldn’t expect, but will make her smile. Just like the ornaments and the wreath, it’s all the little things that have added up over time to manifest into one big, beautiful life. Maybe it’s my age, but I sure am to enjoying the journey.
Barbara is a writer, Entrepreneur and Mom to her 16-year-old daughter. She loves dipping cookies in her coffee in the morning and will only eat cake with real buttercream icing. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was the name given. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life today is an example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com