I’ve learned..

Landyn spent Thanksgiving with me this year, and it was just what I needed.

My voice of reason told me next year I may have an easier time spending the day without her…

Doubtful, but my current perspective.

That’s 365 more days for me to figure out life as a single mom.

I think the holidays can be a tough time for anyone going through a transition in their life. It’s easy to associate the holiday season with perfection, and when the road traveled has been bumpy, it’s easy to feel vulnerable. This will be my second holiday on my own, and it’s still a learning curve. Well, everyday as a single parent is a learning curve. Some nights I look at the days events and pat myself on the back, and others I promise to do better tomorrow.

{my beautiful momma}

{sister love}

I think most of all I am learning how important it is to just be present in my daughters life. To turn off my phone in the evenings, read her an extra book and sing her an extra song. To take the extra 5 minutes so she can strap her baby in the car. To include her in cooking, messes and all. To encourage conversation at the dinner table and talk about her day at preschool. To stimulate, foster, encourage, protect, love. I am learning to cling to her when I feel most alone, for she will fill me up in ways no one can.

I am learning to appreciate all the blessings in my life, because by God they are abundant.

{Landyn, Dad, Gillian, and I}

{cousins}

This holiday season, I challenge myself to get back to my roots, and put into perspective what matters most in my life. Its so easy to get caught up in our day to day life and fall off track. It’s so easy to get caught up in temporary satisfactions that seem great for the moment, but really have no place in our lives. I think the older we get, the more we realize perspective. I have let time slip through the cracks and have some catching up to do in all areas of my life.

Please forgive me.

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