real talk: Christmas week was everything i had(n’t) hoped it would be.
per usual, the Christmas Eve service was gorgeous- attending the candlelight service with Mama by my side is one of my favorite holiday traditions.
the boys of the house cooked up a big pot of chili & we feasted on that until we were ready to unwrap the gifts.
five shoe boxes & enough baking gear to make use of my double ovens later, we said our thank-yous & called it a night.
on Christmas morning, i awoke (along with Bentley) early enough you would’ve thought we were ready to celebrate again… instead, i was in major need of some cough drops, some Mucinex, & some hot tea.
the ladies of the house lounged on the couch & caught up on Lifetime’s best holiday films, when we got word that my mom’s dear, dear friend, Bea, had lost her battle with cancer the night before- talk about absolute heart break.
we are so thankful, as a family, for our good health & genuine happiness this year,
but it is still the unexpected moments of sadness that jolt us back to the reality of how short & precious life can be.
i ended up seeing on a doctor on Thursday afternoon & Mama said her final goodbyes to a very special friend yesterday morning as the snow covered the streets-offering a quiet & peaceful respite of sorts.
this week of Christmas was not like some of the years past- filled with unimaginable joy & extreme highs…
this week of Christmas was filled with moments of reflection & appreciation for everything we have & so often take for granted.
it was a good reminder, but a hard pill to swallow on many accounts.
as we begin to close the door on 2012, we’re hugging each other a little tighter & saying our “i love you”s a little louder,
because in the end,
isn’t that was life is all about?
(picture from Christmas Eve-Bentley thought she’d lend a