Enjoy the moments, good and bad

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I’m not sure there is anything better on Christmas morning than the excitement of a three year old.

Our youngest daughter opened every present with the craziest excitement I’ve seen. She squealed, she peeked into boxes, she clapped her hands and she danced around.

It was pure love and excitement for the holiday and her dad and I loved and enjoyed every minute of it.

She truly acted like everything thing she got was the best thing she’d ever seen. And everything was just what she wanted! Ha!

I’m sure our other two daughters had the same zest when they were her age, but sadly, it’s hard to remember. The years, the holidays, they all start to blur together.

At the end of the day, our three year old said, “You and daddy are the best. I have the best mommy and daddy ever. I love you and I love my presents.”

It was awesome. I know, without a doubt, she loves and appreciates everything she received.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all showed that same gratitude every day in our lives?

I think it’s easy for people, me included, to get sucked up in life. You grow to expect things to happen instead of being thankful that they do happen.

When days are bad, we dwell on the negative and forget to see and look for the positive.

I’m sad the holiday season is over. I have thoroughly enjoyed the season this year and tried to slow down and savor the experience with our kids. Time goes too fast and I know that all too soon they will be off doing their own thing and making their own memories.

I’m going to do my best in the next year to appreciate every day, every moment, the best I can. I’m going to look for the bright side, no matter the circumstances.

Life is oh so good and I’m thankful every day that God wakes me up to enjoy it.

I challenge you to find the bright side in 2017 and make it the best year yet.

-monika@salemleader.com

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