This year has really flown by. As I sat wrapping and bagging presents this morning I was thinking of friends and family. Family that is no longer with us, what Christmases were like with them around and such. Thankful for the friends and family that is still around and that I am able to share this holiday season with.
I was also thinking of friends and family who have recently lost a loved one in their life. It is never an easy thing to do , but it is worse around the holiday season. For some, this will be there first Christmas without their loved one. I know how that is and I will hope and wish and pray that they find comfort in some memories. One particular memory I have is when Nicole was born.
She was born two weeks after my Uncle Dave passed away. All he wanted was to hold on long enough to see her born safe and healthy. It was not meant to be. I did take some comfort that he met her in Heaven before she was born though. I was not able to go to his funeral since I was on bed rest with the pregnancy. I was sad and cried a lot during that time. However, after she was born, the only crying I had time to do was for lack of sleep and when Nicole wouldn't stop we'd cry in unison.
Anyway, that first Christmas we went to my cousin Julie's house to be with my family. My Aunt Cecilia decided to give everyone a very beautiful picture of her and my Uncle Dave in a silver frame. I was happy and laughing, everyone was enjoying newborn Nicole and we were opening gifts. When I opened that picture up, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't my uncles face for sure and I totally lost it. I put the picture down and ran to the bathroom to cry. Once I calmed down I really looked at the picture and saw my Aunt and Uncle together and thought back to all the teasing and stuff that he had done and it made me smile.
I'm hoping that along with tears there will be smiles of remembrance and joy for my friends Margo and Marda, who will be dealing with their first Christmas without their fathers. Someone gave my mom a poem at Christmas when it was our first Christmas without my dad and she had gotten it from a friend when her husband had passed. My mom gave it to me, and I intend to get it to my friends to help them .
In regards to this post, please go read this post and give all of your love and prayers to the young mother mentioned here.
On a totally different note, I am once again going to stay with my mom tomorrow through Sunday. She is having another eye surgery - this time to repair her retina because the back layer is peeling off!!!! OUCH! she says it doesn't really hurt, but it is affecting her vision because it constantly looks like a hair hanging in front of her eye.
Hope everyone is well!