Okay. I know Christmas is long gone, but I just have to tell you about how incredible ours was!
It had been about 5 years since my family had been together. So when I sat around the table with my mom, step dad, sister, her family, my aunt and uncle, I could have just cried. The moment was a sweet one, but also bitter. This was our 1st Christmas without my granddaddy. Although I know he was on our hearts, you couldn’t deny the joy in the room. The mess on the floor from all the thoughtfully chosen presents. The empty dish where mom’s macaroni and corn casserole used to be. The laughter of a 4 year old learning to play Go Fish. Staying up late to play games. Why did we wait so long to do this? These memories will last a lifetime, and I intend on forcing my family to participate in similar festivities every year from now on.
Another amazing thing about that gathering was that it was on the heels of another. Since Casey’s brother is a pilot and we live on the opposite side of the US, his family hadn’t been together for Christmas… ever. Well at least not since my sister-in-law, Robin, and I have been a part of the family, and Robin became a Bresnahan over 10 years ago! It was quite the treat for the whole family to make a trip to Arizona to be together. Although the weather wasn’t quite as warm as I hoped and Casey wasn’t really feeling well, I truly enjoyed spending time with the family, especially my mother and sisters-in-law. I haven’t always felt like I fit in with them, but this time was definitely different. Even with 5 crazy kiddos running around, we were able to have lots of quality time with just the adults. But we made sure to save some time for some Nerf Gun battles with the kids as well. Those usually ended with at least one kid crying. Oops.
After the year we’ve had, soaking up this time with our family was an incredible blessing. God knew we needed this. So although it’s taken me a while to say it, I’m thankful… for God that loves me enough to give me exactly what I need, right when I need it.