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.
I missed my Diego who each year so eagerly woke us on Christmas morning squeaking his new ball he found under the tree.....
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.