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With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s really easy to lose track of what’s really important and to get caught up in the hype of it all. It’s so easy to over analyze every detail, especially if you’re hosting, or to overspend on Christmas presents. Trust me, when you think back to the memories with your loved ones who one day won’t be around, you won’t remember the food or mistakes or the burned whatever.

You probably won’t even remember who brought you what or the things that you brought for presents that year, however, if you take the time to live in the moment and be present you will remember the feelings, the hugs, the laughs,  the kisses and the smells. Be sure to take plenty of pictures! We all get so busy and preoccupied with entertaining, talking, socializing, etc. that we don’t take as many pictures as we would have liked to. Pictures are not for today they are for the future.

Although I took several pictures with my mother I didn’t take nearly enough! I yearn for the days when we were all too busy being consumed with who knows what or arguing over the dumbest stuff, LOL! This holiday season hug your mother, father, sister, cousin, etc. a little longer and a little tighter because a lot can change in a year. Also try to remember that for some of us this is a hard time of year. So many people are grieving for their loved ones that have passed on.

For me the holidays will never be the same without my mom, but I try my best for my son. I’m thankful to have my dad but a mother’s love is simply irreplaceable. The best advice that I can give people who still have their moms is cherish them and soak up every moment that you can by being present with them. Live your life in a way that you won’t have any regrets.

~Kristle (Kodie’s Mommy)

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