Iowa Specialty Hospital

From Ashley's Perspective

December 12, 2022

We are in the heart of the holiday season which happens to be one of my favorite times of year, and this year with a 5-year-old, who loves all things Christmas, it certainly has made it extra special. She has been so excited about getting a tree, decorating, her winter program...and really everything. Many of you have reminded me to really soak this in as soon she may lose some of that Christmas Spirit. While it seems hard to believe, I am trying to take that advice!

In the spirit of taking it all in, I attended two performances of her winter program. (In all honesty, I wasn’t sure if they would have the evening performance because of the weather.) While watching Kindergarten through fourth grade sing songs about snow is cute, there was one song the kids sang that the message really struck with me. The song was “Light the Candles All Around the World”. The message of this song was that it is okay if we all celebrate different, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could for just one day, one world, live in harmony.

So simple, yet such a great reminder this season. It IS OKAY we are all going to celebrate this holiday season differently and while doing so let’s have grace for those differences. 

I believe this is a message that we can also translate over to our lives here at the hospital as daily we all approach things differently; and that’s okay. 

At left is a picture from the concert of the kids with lights.

I'm also including the link to “Light the Candles All Around the World” -

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