{A favorite}

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Christmas was both extra special and kind-a emotional this year. The greatest blessing was having so many people working so hard to make sure we felt loved & even distracted. Brad & Kalen drove clear from Texas to be with us...2 little girlies in tow & even got stranded for 2 days in New Mexico on the way home due to a blizzard. Having the girls here made Christmas so special for us, especially Presley who very much loves her cousin Norah. & Having My sister in law who I genuinely consider one of my closest friends here to chit chat with was really fun! My parents, being the saintly people they are came to support & spoil! They really know how to make the holidays feel merry & bright! We did the whole Christmas alone thing one year because Mom & Dad were visiting Brad & Kalen (I do not look forward to splitting myself so many ways when the children are grown! what a challenge!) & It felt almost sad. I love to have family & friends near during the holiday season. We made forts under the ping pong table, had movie nights, wrapped presents together, & rode bikes. We played dolls & cars, decorated a gingerbread village, sat by the fire, sang jingle bells, had sleepovers & ate moms yummy buttery thumbprint cookies. Us moms went to a spa down in the city, The Dads took the boys to Star Wars. We ate our weight in "Christmas brownies", went to the park to sing & slide, we had the children act out the nativity & Dad read to all the grandchildren "Twas the night before Christmas." Christmas Morning Rod was there with us, & the kids showed him their prized presents. I imagine it was hard for him. But he smiled & was there in the way he could be. We packed a lot in but I didn't feel rushed this year. I felt very much like I had help & I could slow down a while & sit. My Dad & Brother assembled a handful of bikes, ride-ons, doll cribs, strollers...   It was such a relief to have them. My Mom took over my laundry duties & she dopes overtime she visits. I cannot put into words how much this helps me. The love & service she renders is such a good example to me! I had a melt down. I did. It just was a rough moment where the kids wouldn't smile for a picture for Rod. I completely broke down & lost it. My eyes burned for 2 days, but we move on. My parents & brother & sister let me have my moment & dismissed it without judgement. I recognize how much people sacrificed this year for us. Whether it be long long long drives, rest, time...I see it, & mostly I feel it! This Christmas will be remembered as a favorite. because of all the love we were given. 


Kalen said...

Oh my goodness! I just love the ones of the girls eating Christmas brownies on the stairs.

Kim-the-girl said...

I'm so happy that you had so much Love given to you for Christmas! You are the best!

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