It's the first day of my favorite month of the year.
I love using this month to focus on gratitude and writing my thoughts here is awfully fun.
It's easy to say I'm going to focus on gratefulness and then lose track of the days and end up knee deep in November without much thought to my blessings. When I make a commitment though to post a few thoughts here I become more focused and I do notice a difference in my spirit.
So, I'm back for the month!
Today I'm thankful for traditions.
This is Emma's last year of Elementary school. Her last year of dressing up for a school party and parade. She may still dress up with her friends next year and maybe even trick-or-treat but it won't be quite the same.
Last night Emma went trick or treating with some friends and their parents in a group that did not include Kevin or me. She slept over at a friends house and sorted her candy there. Without me picking out the Heath bars and a few peanut butter cups and wondering who on Earth gives out Good and Plenty? It all happened naturally, the yearly Halloween planning and it made good enough sense. She was happy and
I didn't have any trouble with it until last night when I was going to bed. I realized that last year, 2013, might have been my last time to do those little Halloween traditions with Emma. I felt a tiny bit sad and was hit with a wave of...where is the time going?
I remembered back over so many Halloweens before and felt thankful for the years of Halloween traditions.
This morning when Emma came home I recounted my little heart ache to her. She said--I felt the same way. So I ate a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup in your honor!
What a girl!