First off, I want to say THANK YOU to all of my readers from the bottom of my heart. Your comments brighten each and every day and I cherish the friendships that blogging has built.
Recently I have been receiving some truly heartfelt emails from some of you and I want you to know how much that touches me. To actually take the time to write an email in itself is a sweet gesture, but the words I have read have been imprinted on both my heart and soul.
I am indeed convinced that blog friends ARE the best and you all prove that time and time again.
So to each and every one of you...whether you are just a "lurker" (I like the word bystander better, lurker sounds creepy) an active participant, or one of my blogging besties, I wish for you and yours the most merriest of Christmas and truly all of the best that 2012 has to offer.
It is a bittersweet Christmas here for us. My 90 year old grandfather suffered a terrible fall on Friday morning. After quite a few ups and downs, things are not looking well and the reality that his time with us is now very limited has begun to sink in.
He is my maternal grandfather and for the past 38 years I have only spent a couple of Christmases without him. He and my grandmother were a virtual second set of parents to my siblings and self and to say we are close is an understatement.
While I will never be ready to ever say goodbye, I am beyond grateful that both of my children have had the chance to know him on the same level as I always have. They formed close bonds with their great grandfather and that does not oft happen.
So this Christmas I am simply remembering the 30 some odd Christmases I have had with him and am thankful that he was here in my home for the holiday last year. These are memories I will always cherish, as he made Christmas a very magical affair. This morning I collected some of my favorite Christmas pictures of him and the smile they have put on my face is much needed.
It would truly take a Christmas miracle for our current situation to change, but I can't lose that little glimmer of hope.
me and pop
pop helping me open my gifts
the holidays were always party time at my grandparents house
nan and pop slept over our house every single christmas to be there to open gifts with us
this is my son with his great grandparents
pop in october at my cousin's wedding. the last time we were together.