I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears, behold I will heal thee.
2Kings 20:5

Friday, December 4, 2009

Then and Now . . . .

This time of year has so many meanings and reasons for Celebrations. First of, I LOVE Christmas it is my Favorite Holiday (other than my birthmonth). I love the music, the spirit of giving, the timeless holiday movies, and most of all honoring and remembering Jesus birth.

Our Christmas this year is going to be quite simple and humble. We don't have much, if any extra money. . .so what we do have we are going to happily buy gifts for our loved ones. I don't need gifts to make Christmas special to me anyway. Every year that I get to spend Christmas with the love of my life is the perfect gift and I couldn't ask for more. . . . this year will be the 3rd Christmas I have had since my "new life" began. I got to say though, in 2007 all I wanted was new lungs for Christmas, I never thought I would actually get them in time. But also I got a really rough recovery and frankly I remember nothing of Christmas that year. I spent most of my time in "my own drug induced world" having a very dimentia filled Holiday season :) But it WAS what I had wished for. 2008 I at least remember and It was the first time I ever spent Christmas away from my family in Idaho (not counting 2007). 2009 will be our second (technically 3rd) Christmas away from our family. That is probably the biggest part of the Holiday I have come to accept yet miss deeply. I miss out on all the family drama, along with all the good memories and food. I have a wonderful and blessed life, I don't wish it to be any different than it is. I do however, wish I wasn't quite so far away this time of year.
This year make sure to remember the true meaning of Christ-mas. The gifts and parties are fun, but lets not leave out the most important person. Have a Very Merry Christmas and make sure to tell your loved ones how much they are loved by you.

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