The holidays are definitely a time for family. However, sometimes navigating the when and where of seeing all that family can get a bit tricky. When my husband and I were first married, we both wanted to be with our respective families on Christmas. Instead of fighting over it, we just spent half a day […]
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I didn’t really notice until it smacked me in the face. I don’t enjoy Christmas anymore. With all the hustle and bustle of the season, I wasn’t taking time to enjoy it. So Much To Do, So Little Time Outdoor decorations. Indoor decorations. Picking out the live tree. Getting it home. Putting it up and […]
But now we have come to what I call the sweet spot. The kids are between, say, 3 and 6. They believe in Santa and his magic. And they are suckers for all of the advertising on TV. They may be a little shy but parents or elves usually can coax them to at least […]
It is in this moment that I’ll remind myself, as I’ve done many times before, that I’ve actually already received every single one of these gifts. I don’t need them; they’re already mine. They may bury themselves down deep inside sometimes, but they’re there.
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I will look at a frozen pie crust in the store, and think to myself, “Why buy one, when it is so easy to make one?” Yes, it may be easy to make one, but when I am trying to do that and a million other things on a timeline, it’s not easy! Experience has […]
The tree is up, the presents are wrapped, and from the outside everything looks normal. But there’s an empty chair at the table and an empty feeling in your heart. The holidays can be hard when hard your spouse is deployed. My husband and I have spent our fair share of holidays separated after 9/11, when […]
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He had to be wheeled into my hospital room to hold Sam. We all hoped that he would be around long enough to see as many of Sam’s firsts as possible. Sadly, though, he died of cancer in 2013. My son was 14 months old. As anyone who has watched someone they love die of […]