Do you document the bad things that happen in December? We've been blessed with so many happy times at Christmas, but this year was not one of the best. We drove to Spokane to spend time with my mom, unfortunately she's been in a medical center with a broken arm since Thanksgiving. So we spent most of our time restless in a quiet apartment or visiting her in her care facility (where my son kept himself occupied with wheelchair wheelies). The roads were bad and the drive was stressful. We brought my mom back to her apartment for a few hours on Christmas, but it was sad and tiring for her. We collapsed a bed frame, had a food allergy, and had more than one disagreement on how fast one should drive on black ice. My son forgot his game charger, the weather was around 8 degrees so there wasn't much for him to do indoors or outdoors. Ditto for my daughter. There were no gifts to open, no tree to sit by, and many traditions skipped. Nothing catastrophic happened, but it wasn't one of our better years.
There were bright spots for sure. We spent time with family on Christmas Eve, and saw my friends on Christmas. My daughter and I cleaned out Target of Pop Sockets and delivered them to my mom's co-patients who were thrilled to discover them. We discovered a Christmas light display that was truly amazing. And of course, any time spent with family is a win for me. But I thought it was important to document some of our struggles this year. It makes me realize how many blessings we also have.