Wow... times flies by.
It is already the holiday season. How did it get here so soon? It seemed like yesterday it was 85 degrees, and I was trying to soak up the sun while simultaneously trying not to get absolutely burnt to a crisp.
Don't get me wrong, I am more than excited that the holidays are here. It is by far my favorite time of the year. Christmas lights, lots of awesome food and desserts, friendly Walmart greeters, imaginary reindeer, generally happy people, and quality time with friends and family... it doesn't get much better than that.
But the buildup to this holiday season for my family has been quite different than the usual cheer and excitement. Over the past two months, we have experienced a wide range of emotions to say the least.
There has been a couple of deaths in the family, one which was very unexpected, family members have been in and out of the hospital, and two weeks ago my wife and I had our first child. It is a lot of sadness mixed with happiness, a lot of grief mixed with excitement, a lot of uncertainty mixed with hope... a lot of emotions all at the same time.
The one constant throughout all of this is God. The two family members that passed away are now with him and enjoying the ultimate freedom. This by no means alleviates the pain I feel or the sadness that sometimes comes over me, but it is comforting to know that I will get to see them again even though I miss them both dearly.
I am also filled to the brim with joy every time I get to look into my daughters eyes. It is quite a weird feeling of dealing with death and new life at the same time.
This is by no means supposed to be a pity party/sad post... The past two months have allowed me to reevaluate my life and realize what is truly important in life. God gives and takes away and it is not our choice, but I know that he has a plan and I trust in that plan.
So with all that said... This post will hopefully remind you about what is truly important in life. The holidays are here and it is an awesome time to spend them with friends and family.
We never know how long we will be on this earth, so we need to take advantage of the time that we have with our loved ones.
So instead of stressing about last minute gift ideas or the crazy traffic and drivers that come with the holiday season... try this. Sit down and watch some NFL football (or the Macy's Day Parade if you are one of those crazy people), cook a meal with friends and family, take a much needed nap after the meal, laugh with each other, and enjoy the special moments of this holiday season.