After Halloween, my brain automatically switches into Christmas mood. This year has been different though. Usually the stress doesn't start until about December 10th. This year, it started November 1st. We are newlyweds, we are poor college student newlyweds and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I get stressed, and when I do, poor Josh has the job to make me unstressed again. So when the stress started, my mind began racing wondering how this year would be special when we are (once again,) poor college student newlyweds.
Josh asked me Wednesday what I wanted for Christmas, and I couldn't think of anything off the bat. Then his mom asked me, and I realized, I don't need anything. I've got Josh and we have our families.
And that is what matters most.
Struggling now, as most college students and newlyweds do, is good and healthy for us. We can't have everything now, we shouldn't, and we don't, but we have been so blessed that I don't mind that we will have a smaller Christmas this year. Our families are growing, we have a new nephew that we will hopefully meet soon, and our first niece will be joining our family in March. This is what matters.
We are healthy, we have wonderful jobs and loving families. This means so much more to me than being able to have a "big" Christmas, in the long run, blessings, like family, make life big. If the Pettet's life was put on a scale, it would be over-sized and I am so thankful for that. We are not rich when it comes to the world's standard, but we are so rich with things that matter most.
Our Christmas will be special, our first as husband and wife.
Christmas is still almost two months away, but don't stress. Count the blessings you have and I'm sure that it will be easy to see that we really don't need things, we have been richly blessed.
All we need, is each other.