We had a beautiful Christmas celebration with our families this year. We celebrated with Kris’s family on the 23rd, mine on the 24th, and then we traveled to Pennsylvania to see Kris’s grandmothers, aunts, and uncles, and lots of cousins.
This year has brought many changes for both of our families, and those changes were reflected on this year as we celebrated these special holidays. Kris lost both of his grandfathers within a few weeks of each other last May. We remembered them fondly, and talked about the memories of them over the Christmas dinner table. In my family, we have had additions: when Mimi got married to Daniel in June, I got a brother!
My family has always been very close, so it was hard to celebrate without Mimi this year. I am so grateful that Kris and I were able to visit her in October though. My parents are visiting her next month, and I know a family visit will mean so much to her.
Daniel was deployed on Christmas night, and he will not be back for six months; hopefully in time to be with Mimi for their one-year anniversary. Please send a thought to my sister and brother-in-law, and all of the families in the service who have to spend such long periods apart.
|I am so grateful for my family: I have loving parents on both sides who are supportive of our decisions; I have two lovely sisters who I can also call my closest friends, and three brothers (in-law) that are so fun and sweet (even though they are all big jokesters!); two beautiful nieces who bring me so much joy; and the most wonderful partner who I am so happy to share my life with.|