Monthly Archives: December 2011

Christmas Celebrations

Ah, Christmas is now over and I finally have a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy what a wonderful time it was.  I love the holidays.  I love the fuss of all the decorations, the cooking, and the gatherings.  I love the excitement of wrapping presents, having lots to do, and catching up with people you haven’t seen for a while.  I just love it all.  This year, my sister Tiffany and my Mom came to Eston to celebrate Christmas with the Johnston side of the family.  My Ma and sis were here for a few days so we got plenty of time on our own, with the family, and visiting friends.  Louvain was kind enough to host a wonderful Christmas gathering where as always she was up to her elbows cooking amazing food for everyone to enjoy, and working her butt off to make sure we were all having a good time.  And what a good time we had!

In Quinn’s family, his Mom has carried on her family tradition of opening gifts Christmas Eve.  It was my first time doing that so it was something new and fun.  Quinn and I spent Christmas Eve with the McLean side of the family.  We had a wonderful meal together, went to the church service and then went back to their place where we opened up gifts and spent the evening playing games.  It was such a great evening together.  Christmas morning we opened up gifts at Lorne and Louvains, had a nice relaxing afternoon and then played plenty of games at the McLeans and the Johnston’s after an exceptionally amazing Christmas dinner cooked by Lou.  It was nice to have my family and Quinn’s family in one place this year.  I felt spoiled to be able to be so close to one another and have the opportunity to bounce back and forth from house to house.

Every Christmas holiday I am reminded of how blessed I am.  This Christmas, was no exception.

Now it is time to relax for a couple days (AKA get back to home renos) before the New Years celebrations begin.  Hoping all of you were just as blessed this Christmas!

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Merry Christmas

With only a few days away from Christmas my heart begins to weigh more as the countdown to my favourite holiday arrives.  The words above reverberate around in my mind.  This season hurts.  I wish it didn’t, I wish I could change this, but I cannot.

Grace…not perfection.
Grace…not perfection.

Another holiday season without him.  Our first Christmas not masked by intense amounts of grief and shock.  A season of reality.

Grace…not perfection.

I will rehearse these words this holiday season.  I will say them until I mean them.  I will offer my heart more grace than it has been given.

Grace.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  May this holiday season be filled with all that matters.

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