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Empty Cart = Joy

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Fall is here and the cord grass has changed colors.  The sand feels different and it actually has been cold enough for jackets and boots.  In true holiday fashion, our calendar has been crowded with great things.  We had the best Halloween since moving here thanks to our friends.  We made spooky snacks for church, had school parties, and trick or treated until we just didn’t want to anymore.  It felt good to be involved with all the school things and even better to have a firepit and friends to share a great day.  The only scary thing that happened was trying to put kids to bed after all that.

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Now we are gearing up for Thanksgiving and as much as I like hearing what everyone is thankful for, I found myself wanting more recently.  I was doing regular errand shopping with a few treats for stockings and my first peppermint mocha coffee in hand when I was getting frustrated at not being able to get more. Prices were too high and my cart was already too full.  What was supposed to be a nice morning out for me alone (ALONE!) was becoming  a game of mental budgeting and excess.  Then, I was reminded at the abundance I have.  I was given the chance to be reminded that some people have virtually nothing.  Not even the basics like a safe home to live in.  My heart became full at my opportunity to learn and even give.  I put back a few things I knew we didn’t need so I could get the satisfaction of a worthy sacrifice.  What was turning into an empty space became filled with hope and love.

 

This morning as I had a cavity filled, I tried to remember how wonderful it is that I can even go to the dentist but people, it was tough because I HATE it.  I almost cried I hate it so much. So, I’m trying to remember not to discuss how awful it is with Lilly so she won’t be terrified when she has to go through it one day.  In other news, Wil is growing out his facial hair for no shave November to bring awareness to men’s health at Holy Cross.  The holiday clergy schedule looms and I try not to complain. Insert big fake smile here but with only half of my face because the other half is still numb.

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