Well, as broad as a subject that is, it is my New Year's resolution to give more of myself - time, effort, energy (money when I have it) to those around me. Charity begins at home, and this year got off to a really rough start, so I have made it my ultimate goal to be more giving. Not that I've been stingy in the past, no - my family often voiced their frustrations about me giving away things they had gotten me. I never intended to offend anyone - it's just that once I've fully enjoyed and appreciated the gift given (like a teddy bear or jewelry or whatnot), I would like someone else to enjoy it too. So I 'regift.' Comes from being a nun for 5.5 years. Sounds crass in writing, doesn't it? I can't help it. But there are somethings I will not give away.
Trish's baby is due on Easter Sunday, but we are expecting it will arrive a bit earlier - just not too early! I have a couple of gifts I want to give, but Trish's in full pregnancy mode and overwhelmed at having 'more stuff' so I guess I'll keep those presents in reserve. Like the teddy bear rosary I designed to be hung in the nursery. I have been praying that it sells by Feb. 14th; if it hasn't by then, I intend to pull it out of the shop. Then I guess I'll hang on to it until Ellie (the baby) makes her first communion.
Well, I need to do a whip-round and gather all the stuffed animals I've collected that I've 'outgrown' and bag them up for Goodwill. There are four bears in my room that I'm having trouble giving away. On the one hand they sit there and are not hugged (and someone else could be enjoying them), but on the other they create a certain ambiance to the different areas in my room that I am hesitant to disturb. Sounds silly, doesn't it? I guess I'll pray about it and see what the good Lord wants me to do.