I didn't take one picture, open one present, or eat one piece of pie Christmas day. For the first time in my life I was home alone on the most magical day of the year. Michael was on a 24 hour shift at the hospital and the children were at their in-laws or very far away. Some first's are exciting, experiences to be repeated. This was not one of those. My heart did grow a couple of sizes with a new compassion for those who repeat this kind of Christmas over and over.
As I laid on my cozy couch in my warm home I thought of those who spend Christmas on the streets. As I perused Facebook looking longingly at pictures of friends surrounded by their families I thought of those who do not have family.
As I struggled to leave the couch (I was sick too) even for a drink of water I thought of those who do not have good health and robust bodies.
As I felt the loneliness of the day I realized that while it was temporary for me it was a hard reality for many.
As I looked ahead to next Christmas when my house will be ringing with the joyful sounds of children and grandchildren I felt overwhelmed with my blessings.
Life isn't fair. I hated every time my dad said that to me when something went wrong. I never realized how much my life sided on the good side of fair. Christmas day was a good day for me to understand.
There were some merry moments on this lonely day...
Late afternoon my sweet friends Jeline & Chris came to my door with an Icee & baclava:) Lesson learned-people are happy you knocked if you bring treats:) *note to self.... I used to be better at taking treats to people.
I really enjoyed pictures via text of family festivities going on in Dallas & Utah:)
|Santa baby Charlotte|
|At least Ethan likes crawling on the books I sent:)|
|Scarlett is a fun present:)|
|What girl doesn't love shoes?|
|Annabelle making cookies with Grandma Tolman|
|"The Boys" as we call them...Cy, Seth, & Josh in their festive pj's|
|Love these smiles of Christmas joy:)|
|A proper Welsh Christmas dinner by my daughter in law Rhiannon|