This is our first time out in the snow. I invested in a snowsuit for Danny and he could not do a think in it. He wasn't happy unless he was being held. Celecta had the exact same attitude at his age. Luckily that phase is over for at least one of our children.
This family photo was a lot happier than our original Chirstmas card picture.
Visiting Mom's grave: I was willing to settle for the general area of the grave. She would know that we had brought flowers.
Ryan was not. He started a new tradition. He remembered better where the gravestone was than me.
Mary and Baby Jesus and..... Danny. Celecta sat so reverently the whole time.
We had to have a nativity. We were very short staffed with only Ryan, Celecta Rose, Danny, and Camille here, but it was good to remember the real reason for Christmas.
"Do you ears hang low" with Melissa and Gigi and Grandpa. We got a set of books from Gigi. The kids love them and look at them almost every day. Celecta now has all of them memorized.
Making gingerbread cookies with Melissa (and eating just a little dough).
This is what Ryan got me for Christmas. I felt pretty bad opening the gifts he gave me. I stayed in the budget. He did not.
Everyone encourages reflecting on the year past on New Years Day. I opted to reflect that I was glad it was over. I did not feel particularly accomplished this year. There is a lot that has happened and it seemed very little progress had been made. I survived! Hopefully this year I will be able to make progress.
We did have fun though. There is no doubt about that. This was a late blog, but a needed one. It was nice to remember and reflect on the good times and the blessings we received because there were many. Even if they do seem hard to remember. Doesn't make it any less important. God lives. He loves us. There is no doubt in my mind. It is fact. All I have to do is look around me instead of getting caught up with what hurts inside me to know that. I know He loves you, too. And hope you come to know that for yourself. It may take a little work, but there is no way I would be able to cope with the past year without him. The work is soooo worth it!