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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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Favorite Christmas Memories Cont'd

My sister Wendy and I got Barbies one year.  I got the one with the brunette pony tail and she had short blond curly hair.  They both had the black and white swimsuits so were some of the originals.  Later, they were given away, along with many of our old toys.  Too bad, my Barbie was mint and she'd be worth some bucks!  We had the case too and I liked to make clothes for them.  I would save my allowance for outfits for my Barbie.

In 1965 my sister gave birth on Christmas Eve, right before the Christmas Program.  I remember Dad coming down to tell us at the church.

Christmas Eve changed with the passing away of my Grandma.  We were on our own now.  Dad and Mom changed our gift exchange to Christmas Eve so my sister and her family could have Christmas morning with their little boy.  My brother in law helped my Dad get stuff down while I kept my little sister occupied in the pantry with cookies and candy.  She heard Santa's reindeer and bells!  I got a desk that year (I was very studious).  I also remember getting a tape recorder, although don't know if it was the same year.  Just remember taping The Monkees TV show.

Christmas of 1979.  For some reason I woke up Christmas Morning in Jim's bed!  Anyway, he surprised me with a string of pearls (I was allergic to jewelry at the time), and a proposal of marriage!  My mother was so overjoyed!  At the ripe old age of 27 I think she had given up on me.  The rest is history....we've been married over 30 years.

Christmas of 1985.  Two weeks before Christmas we got the call from the adoption agency that they had a baby boy for us.  We could pick him up on the 18th!  We rushed to get the nursery done.  Tempers flared.  Nerves were frazzled as I shopped for Christmas gifts and baby clothes.  Broke down in the store not knowing where to start.  My sister, Wendy took control.  Thank God.  What a blessed Christmas with a new baby to show off!

The years have flown by.  Daddy died in 1972.  Wendy passed away in 1988 from breast cancer.  My brother in law passed away this year.  Every year we get so much older and life changes.  Our little ones are great nephews and nieces.  There are no more surprises under the tree.  My mom is still with us at 91 and doing quite well so that is a blessing.

So, where does that leave me?  With the baby, Jesus.  With the fact that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son."  John 3:13  With the peace of mind that we are all saved because of His grace.  That is what it's about, right?  The cookies, the presents, the tree, are all diversions.  It doesn't matter if my floor is scrubbed, if the presents are surprises or not.  It matters that I come to worship the King of Kings and remember how He humbled himself to come to us as a baby.

May your Christmas be filled with joy, peace and love!


Craftnique said...

Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas to you too!

Tracey said...

What a lovely post. Made me all emotional. Have a lovely Christmas...xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx