Saturday, November 28, 2009

We decorated for Christmas today. Early? Nah, not here. I love having the decorations up as long as possible, and I can't handle having them up after Christmas. It was pretty much a zoo today, trying to handle very breakable nativities, lights, and other not-so-kid-friendly stuff. I was so grateful to my in-laws for giving us a bunch of Christmas play-skool toys last year. The kids loved them, and it ended up being one of those days when you realize that one year before so much was different. We were watching Abby play with the toys, and we realized that last year Cooper was her age, and she wasn't even here.

I was sorting through pictures and I came to this one. How fun it was to see both our kids in the back seat in their little Halloween costumes. I hope that I treasure these crazy times the way that I should. Each experience is different, and usually a challenge, but each is definitely worth it. This year has taught us that life is not without challenges, and no one person can truly understand the challenges of others, but we can all be compassionate and loving.

Happy Thanksgiving and onto Christmas!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

...and...I am especially grateful for the compassion and love shown to me, my very own self!! Love, mom/gma

dad said...

I agree with what you said. Things are different this year, with new challenges for all. Thanks for helping me along the way.

Kelsee said...

I was thinking about that same thing this year. This time last year I was on bed rest, not able to do anything but get up, shower, go potty and back in bed. Its been a rough year for both of us, in different ways. (And we have been decorating for over a week now, so no, you are not early in the decorating department!) Miss you! -Kelsee

Ginny said...

Not too early! Never too early, bring on Christmas!! You KNOW I'm on board with that idea. I agree with you Cass, it's important to reflect on these things...I miss you guys terribly, xoxo.

Jessica said...

Faith is currently screaming as I'm trying to navigate her away from 1,260 decorations to the 11 she can touch.

Going to be a looong season.

Anonymous said...

its going to be very chilly this week so be ready for cold everybody in north idaho!! love,tim\uncle tim