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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5 responses to “Merry Christmas

  1. Val Hietala

    Dear Karen, Brenden and Jaxson,
    It is truly a blessing to have lots of loving family and friends to share time with. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem with us.
    You are in my prayers

  2. Cindy Beaver

    I’m glad you had a great Christmas week. Andrew’s birthday hit me hard – I remembered his party last year at Grand Slam. Chris was there, helping chaperone the kids but mostly spending some special time with Brenden and Jaxson while he still was strong enough to be with them and make some happy memories. I still have a voicemail from him that comes due every now and then so I get greeted with a “Hi Cindy, this is Chris Baty and I was just thinking…” recorded just weeks before he went into hospice. I was worried I might lose the message when I upgraded my phone but God was kind to me and it is still there.
    Hope we can get the boys together for a play date soon.
    Love, Cindy

  3. Anonymous

    I am so glad you have so much energy to do what you are doing for you and the boys…………..your Christmas celebrations sound as perfect as they could be.. Take care and happiness to you all:)

  4. Suzy Welch

    Karen and boys,

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I like reading what’s going on and to hear that you are doing well. There will always be hard times but know their are so many of us you can reach out too. God bless and I hope the new year brings happiness.

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