There has been a lot going on over the past 2 weeks that have weighed on me in varying degrees. The major stuff is obviously Red and Baby Lala (who continues to do really well in the NICU). Add in the typical pre-holiday stress, crappy weather, a cold, a crazy work load and other annoying day-to-day stuff and today I woke up in a Chicken Little-like tizzy. The sky was falling, y’all.
Only it wasn’t- but I needed my perspective tweaked to figure that out. And this post did it for me. Jenny, the author, was giving out $600 worth of gift cards to people who needed them. People with sick kids. People out of work. People who wanted to pay back some kindness. People who just wanted to get their kids Christmas presents and couldn’t afford to do so.
And my problems? They didn’t seem so big anymore. I have a great husband and two amazingly healthy, smart kiddos. My bank account may not be as robust as I’d like it to be, but I know we’re damn lucky. I spent my night having dinner with my family and playing a crazy game of hide-and-seek with a 2 year old and a 4 year old who giggle the entire time they are hiding in the same 3 spots over and over. Kids who ask for hugs and kisses and spend an hour coloring pictures for Lala’s NICU crib.
Yup, I’m blessed.
During this time of year, I encourage you all who are equally as blessed to give back. Donate to Toys for Tots. Find a local Giving Tree. Sponsor a family. Donate to your local food bank. Give something- I promise it’ll come back to you tenfold in one way or another.