Monday, June 20, 2011

A Reason to Celebrate

One of the things I love about the family I grew up in is that we never needed a whole lot of inspiration to celebrate. We didn't have to wait around for birthdays or Christmas. EVERYTHING seemed to be reason to celebrate.

Good grades on a report card? Ice cream for everyone!
A complimentary note home from a teacher? Pillow fight in the living room!
Your team made it to the playoffs? Pizza night!
You completed all your chores this week? How about some roller skating!

It kinda became a family joke how much we liked to celebrate. And celebrations were, by no means, always big and elaborate. It could be something as simple as having powdered sugar doughnuts for breakfast on Saturday morning. But it was special because it was out of the norm and we knew we were celebrating something or someone.

I love that. I think there is something worth celebrating almost every single day. And although, I concede, you could overdue the celebration thing to the point it would no longer feel special, I think most of us celebrate far too little.

This past month and a half has been one celebration after another for us.
  • 8 year wedding anniversary
  • Skydiving trip for Andy's 30th bday
  • Mother's Day
  • Surprise bday party for Andy with South Bay staff
  • Trip to SC to celebrate my parents' 40th anniversary
  • Caedmon's preschool graduation
  • Welcome home from Ethiopia
  • Happy (actual) 30th bday to Andy
  • Father's day
 All within about 6 weeks of each other. Now that's a lot of celebrations!

I hope that you find some reason to celebrate this week. When you see something wonderful and beautiful in one of your children or your spouse, declare to the whole family that you have cause for celebration and bust out a few popsicles! They are so worth it!

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