Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas of Changes

Christmas turned out to be just perfectly beautiful this year! Super relaxing. No stress. Just a tad of emptiness in my heart.

We are used to hosting most of the holidays in our home, not really stressful per say, but always super busy for me. This year, we took Christmas back to Moms house for a change. Surrounded by family, it still seemed empty. Our first Christmas without my Dad, but in heart I felt his presence. For a moment I thought I might cry a tear or two, but then I remembered the peace he now has. No more pain. No more Dialysis. No more Diabetes. And that, is peaceful.

This was also our first Christmas without our "home" of 10+ years, and I must say my heart did ache just a little. I missed our fireplace where the stockings hung on Christmas morning.
From CHRISTMAS2010
CHRISTMAS 2008

I missed my Diego who each year so eagerly woke us on Christmas morning squeaking his new ball he found under the tree.....From CHRISTMAS2010
From December2009
I missed having my Christmas coffee poolside, enjoying the kids playing outside in the yard....I really missed our old home this holiday season!

From HOME

I also missed the sounds of our cul-de-sac friends playing outside early Christmas morning enjoying each other company while the kids sported new bikes, scooters and such. Yes, my heart did ache just a little. Now that its all said and done I must say despite all the changes this year it all ended up just like it should. Family. Friends. Lots of love and new memories to cherish, and thats all that really matters. Christmas of changes turned out just perfectly afterall.

7 comments:

Lora said...

Even though I love hosting... I DO love the "no stress" holidays. I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas; in time you will find those things you enjoy again. They may be different, but they will be good :)

Wendy said...

Those pics are beautiful. I love taking a stroll down your memory lane...and I hope you'll post some more :)

Joy can be found wherever you are...all you have to do is look for it.

Love you family, my friend!

connie said...

I'm so happy that you had such a wonderful Christmas. The holidays are always a great time to reflect on the past, I loved to hear and see some of your treasured memories!

Hallie said...

I'm so glad it was a good day! :)

Reyna said...

Aww...glad it was stress-free Kelly in the labor department. I think you needed that this year to adjust to the many changes that have occurred in your life this past year. You have had several HUGE life-stressing events go down. (((HUGS)))

I understand missing your old home...hopefully by next Christmas you will have some fond memories and new traditions in your current home.

And...I understand about missing your dad. The "firsts" are hard.

Heather said...

We had our first stress free Holiday ever. It was blissful. I'm so glad you enjoyed your Christmas!

Joanne said...

Wonderful pictures... glad to see you're making some new, happy memories.