“An hour with one friend is worth more than ten with strangers” – Fortune Cookie
I went out to lunch with a dear friend today and there were only two of us but the waitress gave us 3 fortune cookies. I opened one before we left the restaurant and I read it to her, she laughed and said it fits you. I put the extra fortune cookie in my purse.
On the way home, I got a message from Andrew to check my email as he sent me documents to read. As soon as I got home, I turned on my computer to read the documents. While I was reading the documents, a dear friend came on skype so we talked for an hour to catch up about lives. I have wondered how he is doing as I haven’t talked to him for a while. I learned that his father passed away three weeks before Christmas. We had a good conversation.
Half hour after the conversation, I remembered my extra fortune cookie in my purse. I opened it and it said “An hour with one friend is worth more than ten with strangers”. I laughed as I thought “Wow..God!! I took the picture of the fortune cookie and sent it to him, I told him that we are destined to be friends 🙂
My eyes are quite open now to the miracles happen daily, whether it’s in the form of a message from fortune cookies, a line I hear from watching TV, the billboard in the freeway, the radio or whatever comes that takes my notice. I remember the big miracles happened in my life but I have come to realize miracle happens everyday and it’s God’s way of communicating with us and letting us know that He loves us, He hears us and He is watching over us. It’s my own ignorance and busyness that make me unaware of Him.
Our life alone is a miracle 🙂 so, open your eyes to the miracles happening in your daily life and take a note of it, write it down. When you look back, you will smile and you will see every miracle that happen to you. God bless you and love you 🙂
Christmas in our home usually starts a night before Christmas with a family dinner and of course the excitements of opening the presents after dinner. We usually open 1 – 2 gifts and then we leave the rest of the gifts for Christmas morning and not to forget what is in the Christmas stockings. I usually get up earlier than everyone and start stuffing the stockings. Then I make a cup of coffee with some Bailey’s and have some quiet time before the Christmas buzz starts again.
My oldest son who is mad at me and skipped the Christmas dinner, came home this morning and join us for Christmas day. I would admit, Christmas is not complete without him. As mad as he was, he got me what I wanted for Christmas – scarves 🙂 and exactly what I would have bought.
My second son who is in college, came home and asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him fuzzy socks. He told me there is no way, he was going to get me only socks. In his words, he would not spend more money on his girlfriend and just buy me socks. He touched my heart so much and I know I have trained him well :)Don’t get me wrong, He told me what he got her and I am proud of him.
My third son is the sweetest and he has the cutest smile with dimples and big brown eyes. He did not ask me what I wanted but he bought me gifts that made my heart swell and I know he puts thoughts of what to give me. On top of this, he bought groceries and cooked for the whole family. He has been watching the Food network on TV and he made everything from scratch. I am so proud of him.
My daughter who has been quiet about Christmas, finally told me that I deserve something nice because I have been working so hard. She is a vibrant, beautiful, generous, kindhearted, intelligent girl. She and her 2nd brother split a gift that is so wonderful for me and cost them a fortune.
This Christmas season has been one miracle after another. I realize it’s God’s way of letting me know that He sees everything I have gone through and this is His way of blessing me with the restoration of my family and I guess we just add another Christmas tradition whereas my third son will cook on Christmas day 🙂
I look forward to a new year 2014 and excited of what He has for me 🙂
I wish you all a very “Merry Christmas” a day spent with family and friends and filled with love, peace and joy and happiness. I would like to thank you all for the gift of friendship and my life is richer because of you. Keep shining and giving as you have touched many lives 🙂
Christmas is the beautiful time of the season full of joy, lights, decorations, baking and presents but also can be the hardest time of the year to celebrate because of the broken relationship, death, broken promises and missing someone you love.
I am experiencing it right now and I don’t feel like putting up the Christmas tree and decorate my house like I used to. As my children get older and they are spreading their wings, being with their friends are more fun than being with family. I got the taste of what my life will be once my children are out of the nest and live their own lives.
There is a reason for a season and that is the same with every event in our lives. There is a reason why we are still here. There is a reason for the broken relationship and broken promises. Sometimes, we can’t see what lies ahead of us because we only can see the hurt at the moment. Holiday season just makes it harder to go through the day.
I realize I have a choice to make because time keeps moving forward and I can’t be stuck in the time zone of the past, or waiting for the broken promise or mourning of the deaths and broken relationship. Because life doesn’t wait for me. I either move on with the time and get on with my life or I will be left out and let life goes by me.
So, I decided today that I won’t let any circumstances in my life to hold me back to enjoy my life. So, I took out my Christmas tree and I put it up and I will decorate my house as the day goes til Christmas. I also going to bake some cookies and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holidays. After all, life is worth living and there is a brighter future ahead of us 🙂
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂