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The holidays have come and gone. Gatherings with family and friends winding down. Wonderful smells of meals and baking filled our home that we enjoyed here or contributed to gatherings outside our home. Though Bret does some cooking, we don’t generally cook full meals together. This year we decided to spend a day together, cooking an entire holiday dinner. The meal came out great and we had a lot of fun preparing it together. We listened to Christmas carols, played with the girls, enjoying our time together, not having to do anything or be anywhere. This is something we will continue, taking at least one day during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Season and just spending time as a family.
Christmas Eve, we attended Christmas mass that began with the children of the parish, ages 2-9 putting on a live nativity. What a special way to share the true meaning of Christmas with children.
Christmas morning began with Shirley, our older dog waking us up at 5:30, carrying on until we were all up. She did not need to go out but wanted to empty her stocking Santa had filled that night. In previous years, this is something Grace would have done. This must have been Shirley’s way of keeping her sisters memory alive, carrying on her annual tradition, this our first Christams without Grace. She may not have been with us, but she was in all our thoughts and hearts. Now Betty, didn’t know what was going on, this being her first Christmas. She quickly joined Shirley in emptying their stockings, playing with the new toys Santa had brought them.
After stockings, opening gifts and having breakfast, we got ready and spent most of the day with my family. We picked up my mom, all gathering at my sister’s house . My nephew was home from school, so we were all able to be together. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner together, played a game, exchanged gifts, relaxed and visited. Once we adopt, we plan to host our families at our home, allowing a child the joy of playing with the new toys Santa brought them, while still spending the holidays with their family.
Bret’s family, including his niece who was visiting from Arizona, were scheduled to visit us at our home for a few days, the weekend after Christmas. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, they had to cancel, we are however hoping to reschedule soon. Though not the same, at least we were in contact with them all, texting, talking and facetiming.
As the New Year begins, we look back at 2018, thankful for the years blessings. We also look ahead to the new year as we pray a happy and healthy year for us, our family and friends.