Sunday, December 22, 2013

This Christmas

This Christmas I hope that you find yourself able to stop & just be. To give yourself space to look around, relax a tiny bit, breathe in the moments of family, be fully present enough to enjoy that look in your kid's eyes.

I pray that even though you're missing someone, even though it hurts and this might be your first Christmas without them, that you'd still be able to find peace and comfort in your heart in the memories. That even though it feels sad, and it is, that somehow your (our) hearts would be overcome with gratitude and love anyway, and that joy would seep in all the cracks.

I hope this Christmas you can forget about the stupid 'obligations' that overwhelm us and look at them as opportunities. Chances to be with people we love, who might be so different from us. That'd we'd remember we can still love and adore and find depth in relationships where we believe something different from them. I pray that we'd forget about the garbage that's been flooding our social media feeds this past week and focus on the fun, the beauty, the magic, and the hope that comes with this time of year. Not what divides us. What brings us together.

That even when things don't go our way, or the way we'd planned it or imagined it in our head--that we'd still be able to laugh at the different outcome. Smile and realize that this is so real life, and real life can still be beautiful.

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    cheerful and lively.

Cheerful and Lively? I'll take some of that. :)

Be Merry, friends, and if you can't, just be you.

Happy Christmas.


  1. What a beautiful post, thank you for reminding me what is really important at this time of year. I have followed your blog throughout the year and so enjoy reading your words, thank you and Merry Christmas to you all xxx

  2. Merry Christmas, Balla family!!!

  3. Merry Christmas, Balla's! We have so much to be thankful for. All of us. Thank you for the reminder! :)

  4. LOVE your card!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  5. Merry Christmas to you and the fam!

  6. Thank you! This was exactly what I needed to read today. Merry Christmas!

  7. Thank you! This was exactly what I needed to read today. Merry Christmas!

  8. Thank you Katie! Beautiful post!
    Wishing all the same to your family!

  9. Love your Christmas cards!!! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

    kate @ raising the rogers