My favorite movie of all time is the Frank Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life".
This year...more than any other
it seems to fit what's going on in our lives perfectly.
Lately I've seen my husband
look like this many times throughout the day...
We shut down our Domino's Pizza store down last week.
The store that has been our main source of income for over 20 years.
Why we shut it down is unimportant.
The fact is we did.
And while a part of us is extremely happy we did...
the other part is a bit frightened.
To say our income has dropped substantially in the past 2 weeks is an understatement.
But yet, we are good.
We are so very blessed.
We have other sources of income that will sustain us.
Pay our bills, keep food on our table.
There will be no extras.
We knew that going into it.
But still it's scary.
We have worries and concerns about our home, our family.
My husband shares a lot of the same characteristics with George Baily.
He's always helping others...
Every time that scene comes on where George is taking his own money
for his honeymoon and passing it
out to the citizens of Bedford Falls I just laugh...
it's so my husband.
I can't count how many times Dave has
taken from us to give to others.
That's just how he rolls.
Throughout this ordeal rumors have been swirling around
town that the Ackmans are losing everything.
That we were forced to shut down.
Those rumors hurt.
It's not so easy walking into Wal-Mart when you feel like
all eyes are on you.
But for the most part...
those people that know us and love us...
they have been wonderful.
I am so grateful for them.
My husband is, too.
It's not easy on him.
He's the one out in the trenches...
making sure are bills get paid.
Making sure we can do this without too many problems.
That's why I started keeping a Gratitude Journal again.
Having a grateful heart keeps me cheerful.
Isn't that what Christmas is all about?
A grateful heart...
A cheerful life...
A smile for everyone we meet.
Tonight as we snuggle on the couch and watch our favorite classic
I will be counting my blessings.
And even though I'm not sure what 2012 will bring
I know that I lead a blessed life. I have so much.
A warm home.
Food on my table.
Love in my heart.
It truly is a Wonderful Life.
Merry Christmas Girls!!