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Thursday, December 22, 2011

This is what it's about!

Today's post isn't about crafting, it's about what Christmas is all about.
These past few days have been an absolute nightmare.

It all started on Saturday. 
We started out the day with plans to drive out and cut down a Christmas tree.  This is our family tradition.  We go out past Franklinville, which is over an hour drive away, to a wonderful tree farm called Johnson's Tree Farm.  We have been going there since Kelsie was a baby and we love the family that runs the farm.

Anyway, that was our plan, but that all went awry when Dave told me that he needed me to come right away to his Aunt Bea's house.
When I got there he handed a dog through the car window and said it needed to go to the SPCA as one of his cousins dogs, of which she has 10, had bit it and she didn't want it harmed anymore. 
So off I went to surrender the dog, it was a stray and she had only had it about 2 weeks.  My hope is that the owners came to claim it.

In the mean time, Dave was taking his cousin to the hospital. I won't go into all the details, but she was very, very ill and was admitted right into the ICU.

 Aunt Bea is in her 80s and has pretty bad dementia and Deb was caring for her at home.  So now Aunt Bea is alone at home and needs to be cared for. 
Dave ended up moving in and sleeping on the sofa and caring for Aunt Bea and all the animals, 10 dogs, 2 pigs, 2 chinchilla and a parrot.

Needless to say we didn't get out to cut the tree.  With caring for Aunt Bea, all the animals, being with Deb etc. etc. etc we figured we wouldn't be able to get a tree. 
As it turns out, Deb is a lot sicker than we originally realized.  She has masses in both lungs, her liver and lymph nodes.  She is having some kind of GI bleeding that caused her hemoglobin to be 6. 
It should be between 12 -16.
Right now we are not sure what is going to happen.  But it sure wasn't going to be going out to buy a tree.

On Tuesday evening, Jaryd was out with his best buddy, Brian, and Dave came home for about an hour.  Kelsie called Jaryd and asked if he was finished shopping as Dad was home and she thought he would want to come home and see him before he left again.  They haven't had much chance to see him since Saturday.  So he said he'd be home soon.  We went on talking about the fact that we wouldn't be having a Christmas tree, but we'd still have Christmas anyway.  We'd be okay.
A few minutes later Jaryd and Brian came in and they were carrying a Christmas tree!  They had gone out and bought us a tree!  I'm guessing that since Kelsie and Jaryd work together, they planned it all that day at work.
I just started crying, how sweet are these kids?!?!  Brian is like a 2nd son to me and it was so sweet of him to be involved in this too.  I hadn't realized how much I really wanted a tree until I saw them come in with it.
The boys gave me hugs and told me Merry Christmas!
Now this is really what Christmas is all about, don't ya think!

Right now the tree is standing in the corner of the livingroom, naked, but it will get decorated and we will have our Christmas. 

We have worked out some things with caring for Aunt Bea, the animals and visiting and being with Deb,  between Dave, his siblings and me, we have it covered.  This will be a bit of a different Christmas, but we will have our celebration.

AND we have a Christmas Tree!!!!

Let us all remember the meaning of Christmas and show the love that my kids (all 3 of them) showed this season.
Wishing you the love of Christ this Christmas season and all through the coming year!

4 comments:

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh Kristie,
No matter how much we plan nothing ever goes like we think it will.
How wonderful your children have shown you how special you are as their mom.They must have learned it some where...lol
Sending you positive thoughts and a wish for a Merry Christmas and a blessed 2012

Larelyn said...

It's the special thoughts that make Christmas. Have a beautiful day.
Merry Christmas, my friend.
Hugs,
Larelyn

Anonymous said...

What a loving, caring family you have, Kristie. You are a very blessed woman!

~Julie

kisatrtle said...

Merry Christmas