One of my favorite things during the holidays is to receive cards.
I love seeing and hearing from people I may not otherwise have constant contact with
throughout the year.
This year I received one special card from my younger
(yet apparently wiser beyond her years) sister.
Inside she hand-wrote the following quote:
"There is no better time than now, this very Christmas season, for us to rededicate ourselves to the principles taught by Jesus Christ. Let it be a time that lights the eyes of children and puts laughter on their lips. Let it be a time for lifting the lives of those who live in loneliness... let it be a time of forgetting self and finding time for others. Let it be a time for discarding the meaningless and for stressing true values. Let it be a time of peace because we have found peace..."
- Thomas S. Monson
The timing of this quote could not be more fitting.
You see I have recently found myself missing from this holidays season.
I have been "here", and yet not here at all?!
Instead of being present during the moments that I should be treasuring as they are happening,
I have been focused on trying to document them "perfectly".
Is that even possible???
Not with a toddler,
a husband that leaves 3 days after Christmas for 2.5 months to work overseas,
Hence the "perfectly" imperfect...
... a Little Lilah enamored by lights,
a patient Papa Bear left to untangle,
a super-pokey (dying) tree,
a clumsy toddler adept at dropping things
a tree with only 11 sentimental ornaments hung this year.
A "Garlick Christmas" that I wouldn't want any other way!