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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone, near and far! I know I’m a couple of days late, but we’ve kept busy. We had a good Christmas. Of course, we have our sad times missing Chris. I decided this year to do no less than 5 Christmas celebrations-my parents, Chris’s mom and stepdad, Chris’s dad and stepmom, and my 2 extended family Christmas celebrations. Yes, I know-a lot of running. But I really didn’t want the boys and I sitting around the house just missing Chris. I especially did not want to be at our house Christmas morning when it was usually just the four of us-the void is just too big this year. So we stayed at my parents house Christrmas eve. I also, of course, find strength and support in my family and friends, so I surrounded myself with them at this tough time of year. The boys enjoy having everyone around-they are constantly entertained. One of the pastors at our church sent me this poem, and I thought I would share it with you-it helps a little when thinking about Chris and missing him.

I’m Spending Christmas With Jesus This Year
(author unknown)

I see the countless Christmas trees
Around the world below
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars,
Reflecting in the snow.

The sight is so spectacular,
Please wipe away the tear,
For I’m spending Christmas
With Jesus this year.

I hear many Christmas songs,
That people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare
With the Christmas choir up here.

For I have no words to tell you
The joy their voices bring.
For it is beyond description
To hear an angel sing.

I can’t tell you of the splendor,
Or the peace here in this place.
Can you just imagine Christmas,
With our Savior, face to face?

I’ll ask Him to light your spirit
As I tell Him of your love.
So, then, pray one for another
As you lift your eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful
And let your spirit sing,
For I’m spending Christmas in heaven
And I’m walking with the King!

Thank you Pastor Pat for sending the poem. Yes, it made me cry, but it touches my heart and reminds me what a wonderful place Chris is in. I hope it lightens your hearts as well. The children and I pray everynight and at the end of the prayer always ask God to give Chris a hug and a kiss for us.

Have a wonderful holiday week!

Seasons Blessings!

Karen, Brenden & Jaxson


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Birthday Memories

Yes folks, today my first born turned 9 years old.  Where did the time go?  I swear yesterday I was changing his diaper and giving him his bottle.  But my little boys who loved Thomas the Train and lived to watch Nemo now is all about DS games, projection clocks, Captain Underwear books, Laser Stunt Chasers and of course, cash and gift cards.  He plays games and constantly calls everyone “Dude!”  So, he is growing up.  He had fun with his friends and family today.  I love seeing the smile on his face as everyone wishes him Happy Birthday and tells him how tall he’s getting.  But of course, I miss that his father isn’t with him to celebrate.  I knew for his birthday he wanted a Vikings jersey.  I asked his Grandpa Baty to get him one.  After everyone left, Brenden tried it on.  The first thing he said was “Dad  would have thought this jersey is sooo cool!  I wish he could be here to see it!”  I told him that I’m sure his dad was looking down from heaven and smiling and probably wearing the same jersey- because in dad’s heaven, the Vikings probably were a good team!  Brenden agreed and ran out to show his Grandpa and Grandma Stratton the jersey-(of course to be told it was the wrong color.)   I know it was a good birthday for him and he had fun, but I know he’s missing his father, as we all are. 

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, as the first Christmas without Chris will be.  We were setting up the Christmas tree and Jaxson found some of Chris’s ornaments.  He burst into tears, which of course sent me into tears.  We had a good cry, then finished putting up the tree.  It’s been a real roller coaster for all of us.  We are looking forward to spending time with family and friends. 

I must get back to my wrapping.  Enjoy the holiday season.  I will post again soon!

Merry Christmas!


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