Merry Christmas, everyone! I’ve been looking at the stack of Christmas cards, and I think looking at them and reading the letters is one of my favorite parts of this time of year. I haven’t given up on doing a New Year’s card from the Knights, but in the meantime, I just wanted to revive this sadly dormant blog for a bit to share a thought or two from us this year.
Our year has been full of crazy ups and downs. And maybe I’ll get around to telling some life stories here–and maybe not. Either way, we’ve had some experiences this year that knock the wind out of you. That toss you into a “refiner’s fire”. But also experiences that lift you up. Make you realize that things have been put into place to take care of you, even when you didn’t notice it. Make you trust your instincts. And trust others. And Heavenly Father.
And at this time of year, one lesson we’ve just started to learn seems particularly appropriate. You know that quote about treating people with kindness because everyone has a struggle they’re dealing with that you can’t see? Well, I can’t say it any better than that. Life, for everyone, is a crazy journey. Everyone has weaknesses and pitfalls, and things they deal with that are difficult. Everyone has strengths. Everyone has really crappy days. Weeks. Years. But I believe people are capable of goodness–even in a world where we seem to be spiraling into downright craziness. And we need to be good to each other. And teach our children, who have such innate goodness (really, it brings me to tears to see how simply young children just love each other – when do we lose that and have to relearn it?), to always be good to others. We are none of us perfect, and we’re going to fail. Often. But that’s why the Savior was born, lived, and died for us.
We love you. We’re learning to be better people. Better friends. Better neighbors. Sometimes I’m guilty of retreating and hiding. But I am so grateful for people who understand, who love us, and lift us up by your words, actions, and examples. Have a fantastic, peaceful, and happy Christmas!