1. vic says:

    We have a great propensity to pine for the future or ruminate the past, but now is all we have. It is even hard to absorb NOW while reflecting gratefully backward and anticipating confidently…but it is worthy effort. Relationship always happens now.

  2. erica says:

    Yes, Yes, Yes, thank you for speaking my thoughts, I love you!! I am in tears over this, it’s just perfect AND just what I needed to read THIS VERY MORNING.

    determining factor in whether my days are insane or inspired, graceful or grueling. They’re the difference between me keeping my cool and rolling with the punches or coming completely unglued….Love this, Amen!!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂

  3. Kay says:

    Wonderful writing, Beth. Thank you for the kind words, but oh yes, the stress was there. I’m so thankful that little minds forget lots of our failures as parents. What matters is the “I love you”s, “I’m sorry”s and the smiles, hugs, and kisses. Happy memory making… with lots of love!

  4. Mamazakka says:

    Lovely blog I’ve stumbled onto here! I have a request, forgive my ignorance if this is impossible, but is there any way to interview your mother about how she did it and what her memories contain? And/or even interview your sisters for their version? You have such a way with words I’d like you to fill in the blanks of your Christmas story, heck, I bet there’s a book deal in this idea! (I’d buy the book!) 🙂

    • Beth says:

      What a great idea! I will definitely consider a family-style interview next time I am home. I think you’re right…filling in the story from her perspective would be super interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Carla D'Anna says:

    As a grandma I especially loved this bit:
    “Maybe gingerbread house making is something I’ll do with my grand kids. When my grown daughters need a break from their own holiday hustle to reflect on what they are doing wrong (this thought makes me smile).”

    YES!

    There are so many things to do that are positive with kids. I love the pure play more as Grandma than I did as Mom, but my grown kids now love to come home to bake Christmas cookies with me. You have it right, there is good in all we do with our little ones (and big ones too).

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