The day Beary slept alone and other moments to be grateful for
And for just a moment I was sad. I was sad because I realized my little girl isn't quite so little anymore. And then I smiled. I smiled because my Christmas baby is healthy and most of the time happy. I smiled because for the third year in a row she just collected shoeboxes full of gifts for kids who ordinarily wouldn't get anything. I smiled because she'd still rather play Monopoly with dad than do anything else. I smiled because she decided to make Jesus her best friend two years ago. I smiled because she has the faith to pray about the little things, sometimes even before I do.
That little bear reminded me of just how blessed I am this Thanksgiving. I know this time of year can get awfully hurried, and in the middle of that rush we can miss so much. I just want to encourage you to take a few moments to relish this moment, this stage of your life. It may not be perfect, but it doesn't have to be perfect to be blessed. In the middle of the turkey dinner and the black Friday shopping may you experience the blessings that never come from a store; family and friends to build new memories with. May you have a blessed Thanksgiving and may you always find your "Beary" when you need to.