My Christmas visit back home to Canada was full of incredible moments of joy !
I received a beautiful gift from my friend Suzanne who gave the Chica-dog a cozy and fun place to stay over the weekend.
I sat in an old wooden church lit with candles and sang along with Christmas hymns and carols with all the joy in my heart.
I got to watch the joy of the kiddos opening gifts from Santa, and others who love them to bits !
I got to see my beautiful 20 year old niece, Jessica, shine so brightly with the glow of her first real love.
I witnessed a family come together in action, patience and kindness when the amazingly beautiful 13 pound rib roast almost hit the floor and the cooking juices spilled all over the kitchen.
I, as always when I go home, felt the joy of how beautiful my family is and how we love each other so well, in spite of our differences and our imperfections.
I felt the peace of having my life partner, my best friend and my Love beside me through it all, appreciating and soaking in the joy himself.
I even witnessed a little Christmas miracle when my frozen windshield washer fluid that had been stuck for two days, started to flow just after I had silently prayed it would, and exactly when I so needed it to on the slush-filled highway!
And the sweetest of all the joy-filled moments and my most memorable gift of Christmas 2011 was given to me my this little guy who eats from my sister Kristina’s bird feeder in the gorgeous cedar in her front yard :
This precious little creature trusted me enough to land in my hand and eat sunflower seeds from my finger tips!
I cannot tell you how thrilled, touched and awed I was by this simple moment.
It is going to live in my heart forever, I think.
This joyous Christmas time reminded me once more that when you start to notice and celebrate the small moments of joy in your life, they increase exponentially ! They really do !
And what could be sweeter than a life full of JOY to share ?
I wish you beautiful moments of joy and celebration, my Friends.
Big, big love !
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