I love this time of year. I do.
Part of that may be the fact that the last seven holiday seasons the girls and I have celebrated simply. I like simple.
This year is different. This year there will be more than just the four of us. This year there will be extended family. And that's a good thing.
It doesn't mean it can't still be simple.
It means more food, but we can still use paper plates.
It means more mess, but also more hands to help.
It means more time commitments, but also more fellowship.
As we start off this week of Thanksgiving, the girls and I have lots on our to-do list. We will work together. Some things will get checked off. Others might not. It's okay. We'll do the best we can and let the rest go.
The house doesn't have to look perfect.
The food doesn't have to taste like a five star meal.
We can just be thankful for what we have and who we share it with.
Thankful for grandparents who love us, cousins who play with us and everyone else in between.
That's what we are looking forward to.