Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merry Christmas!

This post is going to take you to a part of me that I don't show too often because I like to keep things light and pretty much make fun of myself and well... most situations. Life should be fun, right?

I just wanted to write a little something about Christmas (10 days away). Many times we all get carried away with the presents, the parties, making sure we get or make the perfect gift.... etc. I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. But for some reason this year (probably because we are all filling the pinch of money) it has really hit home what the true meaning of Christmas is and its CHRIST!!! and Family!!! I am so thankful for my Savior. I am thankful for my family and everything they do for me and all the times they make me smile. One little smirk or silly comment from Bo just lights up my life. And I can't help but imagine that is how God feels about us, each and everyone of his children too. I hope that we can all try to be kinder to one another, to give without feeling we need something back from it, or maybe just as simple as opening a door for someone. I was at the store the other day and there was a young mother in front of me with two little kids. A girl about 5 and a boy in the cart about 3. The little boy was in his jammies carrying a Mickey Mouse doll with him and it was tattered to no end. He just smiled at me. I didn't pay any attention to them, just because I was in my own little world too. Well I saw the mom counting out coins to pay the cashier and I overheard her say, "Well, nevermind. Lets put back the bread." I then looked in her cart and all she had was a box of diapers, two gallons of milk and some bread. It took all the power I could muster not to tear up in front of her. Realizing that the mom didn't have enough money, I told the cashier to just put the bread on my bill and she could take it. The mother insisted that it was alright and that I didn't need to do that. I again, held back the tears, stomping my foot on the ground (that's what I do when I am about to pee or cry, this one because of the latter) and insisted more that she let me do this. She thanked me over and over and left with her kids. The cashier then looked at me and said, "That was so nice of you." I couldn't reply because I was so choked up. I just shrugged my shoulders. What I wanted to say was, "Well I would hope that someone would do that for me, if I wasn't able to afford the essentials too." I left the store balling like a baby in the car all the way home. With tears in my eyes as I walked in the door and grabbed my boy and my other big boy and gave them a big squeeze and told them how much I loved them. Things were put into perspective for me. I hope that I never forget the lesson I learned that day and that is to be THANKFUL, especially for the small things in life. Things we take for granted every day!!

Now that I have that off my chest, don't expect to see me do that again for a LONG TIME! I can't afford to lose another bra size. lol.

Here are some pictures of my little man. I have really never had Bo's pictures taken professionally. I decided to bite the bullet this year and get some done. His 2yr pictures kept getting later and later, and finally here they are. He is 27mos. old in these pics and going on 5. Bo has the softest heart I know. He is so aware of other people's feelings (and his too). He likes to tell us, "Mama, I'm crying now," or "Mama, I'm happy now." I hope that he continues to be caring, cuz I'm getting old and am going to need him to take care of me someday. Love ya Bubba!!

(By the way, I am not sending out Christmas cards this year, so please don't get pissed at me when you don't get one. Things were just too hectic this year, and I'm lazy!)


Ryann said...

Thanks for that wonderful story Danica! Thanks for reminding ME what Christmas is about...I need that.

And let me say, you have such a cute, cute, CUTE son! I mean, holy cow I could just eat him up he is so cute. His eyes, his attitude, his everything. Thanks for sharing his cute pics with us all!

Merry Christmas!

Nate and Lana Hope said...

Oh he is so so cute!!! And your story made me just cry!!! I sure love you- you are the best!

The Suttons said...

Love that story Dan, thanks for sharing! I think you're pretty amazing :) Merry Christmas late :)

Mandi Burrell said...

Danica, I seriously just saw your post and it made me cry. I love you and I hope you let that side out a little more. You are amazing and I am glad we have been friends like forever. Hope you had a good Christmas and loved the dip stuff you gave Wendy it was delicious.