Christmas gift!

I’ve been so blessed.

I’ve spent hours today thinking about family — my good parents, my children and darling, precious grandchildren. I’ve spent hours thinking about the Savior. I’ve spent time thinking about my life, where I fall short, where I could do so much better — and I recommitted to do so.

I’ve spent time with my thoughts about my brothers and sisters. I love each of them. Each has been instrumental in my life, from my stalwart and wonderful example, Louise, to my little sis, Carol, who I have come to know I can count on for anything.

I’ve spent time cooking, and cleaning and reading, and painting and talking to people I love on the phone. And I realize, this is what I want to do and where I want to be. I loved talking to Blythe, and Annes, and Fisher, and Kez! I talked to Scott and Trace and Kelle. And Cam just called and chatted for about 15 minutes, as well. YAY! All my children! That’s what today is about. And I can hardly wait to see Easton tomorrow!

I read a book by Sherri Dew: No Doubt About It. What an inspirational writer! And all over again, I am so thankful for good, interesting, inspiring books that can lift us and magnify us and direct us. This quote is pure gospel to me:

“Our spirits long for us to remember the truth about who we are, because the way we see ourselves, or our sense of identity, affects everything we do. It affects the way we behave, the way we respond to uncertainty, the way we see others, the way we handle pressure and disappointment, the way we feel about ourselves, and the way we make choices. In short, it determines how we live our lives. So, the question we might all do well to ponder is not only who we are, but who we have always been.”

I feel at peace. I have thought about my Mother, who died two years ago this week. I miss her, but I feel so peaceful about her.

I feel good about the gifts I gave. I feel happy and content. I feel wonderful about the things I made this year. They give me JOY!

I feel like I have treated myself well this week. My weight is down. I’m not puffy. I’m not bloated. That feels so good.

And, when I wrote “Christmas Gift” on facebook, I got so many comments about where this tradition originated and why we — on the Rollins side — say it. And I felt so warm and safe belonging to a family full of heritage and strength and character. I realize, all over again, that Christmas IS a gift if we listen and feel and pray and study and obey.

I’m so grateful for the Lord Jesus and for his birth and life.

Indeed. Christmas Gift to all of you!

Love, me.

3 thoughts on “Christmas gift!

  1. Eileen

    I, too, have thought about Mom all day and all week! I laughed about her baking while I made pumpkin bread that just didn’t turn out right, so I dumped the batter (a LOT of batter) back into the bowl and started to fix it by adding”a little of this and a little of that”. It turned out great, and I took 5 plates of it to our neighbors as Christmas gifts. It tasted like something Mom would have made!! And I certainly used her cooking method!
    Our whole family has been blessed because of Mom and Dad; they loved us and served us constantly. Blessings, blessings everywhere!

    Love, Eileen

    p.s. Christmas Gift & Merry Christmas!

  2. tracy

    Thank you for this post. I love you…so much. Thank you for sticking with the gospel and continuing to become more of who you really are.

    Christmas Gift to YOU!

  3. Eileen

    I tried to reply to this post 2 days ago, and failed. I don’t really know how to use a computer!!
    Last week I made pumpkin bread, and it was just awful! So I scraped the uncooked batter (a LOT of it) back into a big bowl and started again by adding “alittle of this and a little of that”. After considerable work, the bread turned out well, and I took 5 plates of it to our nieghbors as Christmas gifts. I thought of Mom the whole time I was cooking. The bread tasted like something she would have made, and I certainly used her baking method!! We will all be blessed for eternity because of our wonderful parents! CHRISTMAS GIFT to all!

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