December 23, 2012
Yesterday I got to spend some very special time with my family. My grandpa’s funeral service was beautiful. We shared many tears together and many memories. I was even given some extra time to go before the funeral to spend with my family. That was very nice of the halfway house. As they did not have to give me the extra hour.
I had to be back earlier than everyone else so I got to cook brownies and snacks before everyone else got here.
We had a house full of people.. just like I remember Christmas being when I was little. We always celebrated Christmas eve at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Grandma would always cook a HUGE meal. And I always had to sit at the kids table… even though I was one of the older kids and I thought I was grown. I remember when it was time to open presents, the parents would take the kids out to look at Christmas lights so that Santa could come. Then when we got back there were presents EVERYWHERE! Santa was so good to our family! Then someone would put the Santa hat on and pass out all the presents.
Our Christmas tradition will never be the same. But there is a new tradition now… Grandpa and Grandma in heaven… celebrating together. And a new generation of grand kids to start making their memories.
Last night my niece, Mackenzie spent the night over here. And we had our first slumber party. I woke up early this morning and made some coffee and next thing I know… Kenz is standing next to me looking for hers. A niece after my own heart… We took our coffee’s back upstairs and crawled back in bed. I pulled my Bible out and we started telling Bible stories. She told me her favorite. I told her mine. We talked about the Exodus and the walls coming down at Jericho. It was fun swapping Bible stories. This is something I’ve dreamt about for years. And it was just neat getting to talk and spend time with her.
Then we came down and made breakfast for everyone and woke up my dad. As we sat down to eat together and my dad prayed, I got a little emotional once again. I still get a little choked up that I am actually home, eating with my family… praying with my family. I guess it’s time to start new traditions. It is a new year right around the corner. With new purpose and new beginnings. It only makes sense to start new traditions!