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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Memories

I stole this idea from Tracey, but my memories are significant to me so I thought I would share them. 

We always hung our stockings on St Nick. (December 5th)  We took the longest of my Dad's hunting socks and they would really stretch with the weight of oranges, apples and nuts.  Oh, they had some candy in too, but it ended up all tasting like salted shell peanuts.  Is that why I like my salt and sweet?  Wonder what today's kids would say about a stocking filled with fruit and nuts?

On Christmas Eve we had our Christmas program at church and then traveled to Grandma's.  I loved to look at the lights on the houses on the way.  I loved to see my cousin again (the one who now lives in Florida).  There were a few Christmas Eve's where I got sick.  Just like clockwork, I would get the stomach flu.  (The same thing happened to my son when he was small.  Must be the excitement that adds to the bug.)  I loved Grandma's.  She gave every family a box of food, and the kids each got a book of Lifesavers candy (and we liked it!).  I remember Aunt Caroline's salmon salad sandwiches.  We just had cold cuts, salads and bars but those were simpler times.  The kids were limited to the bedroom and the family room.  The adults were busy playing cards and we were not to disturb them.  Good thing my other cousins had some toys to play with. 

Oh!  Cousin Shirley and I did the  Can-can dance in front of the mirror and my cousin Jeffrey was hiding and laughing as we showed our underwear under our crinolines!

Favorite Christmas Days....  My brother and sister were much older, so not much in my memory, but my younger sister, Wendy and I loved Christmas morning.  One morning we awoke to a table and chair set, dishes and we each got a beautiful doll and snow coaster (invented and made at Mirro in Manitowoc, WI).  That year my mom had to borrow from a friend to take our toys off lay-away....Daddy had gambled his money away.  (Is that where I get my addiction from?)  Who knew that we almost didn't have Christmas?

To be continued....

1 comment:

Tracey said...

Ahhh, lovely memories. I didn't know what lay away was until the other night when I heard about it on Jerry Springer, I learn so much from him!!! xxx