Today I am grateful we had enough money to pay for our propane, electricity, water, and a plane ticket for Scott to come visit at Christmas. I'd go into all kinds of whiney details about how this was almost not so, but that would be boring. I am trying to fit in Christmas presents for my kids, a little at a time, and learning to accept that there is only so much we can do right now. I know if they were asked to choose between a visit from their Uncle and a mound of presents, they would choose Scott every time. I'm proud of that.
Perhaps this year I will truly learn that it isn't the presents that matter, but the moments together. Perhaps I will learn that it isn't the dollars spent, but the memories saved. I am grateful I have enough long term vision to think about it this way, otherwise it would just be really depressing.