Posted by: kathyhugs | December 27, 2007

Christmas

This Christmas season has been so bitter sweet. We have been surrounded by family and friends. Rick’s sister, Gail, and her daughter, Leslie, came out to be with us over the holidays and it was wonderful. We brought Sean home from Penn State, we cut down a Christmas tree together and decorated it, we celebrated the season and we got to have fun at the Carnegie Sports Center. What a joy it was to have them both here with us. It was a gift to us. We also have been spoiled by people with home made cookies, bread and other goodies. We spent time with our church family singing carols and celebrating the birth of our Savior. We were surrounded by God’s blessings.

It was hard singing carols without Tonia. We also watched White Christmas, our traditional Christmas movie, without her to sing all of the songs with me. So I did cry and feel very blue and very sentimental. But we made it through the holiday with new traditions mixed with the old, with a smile thinking about Tonia celebrating in Heaven, and knowing that we continue to look to God for our strength and for everyone he placed in our path.

As we look forward to the New Year, I wish for you:
a new or deeper relationship with God
friends to hug you throughout the year
family to love you day in and day out
a focus on the things of eternal importance

But I especially give you my love and a hug from the bottom of my heart. It is because of your prayers and love that we have been able to move forward and begin to see that we will survive and we will even be stronger.

May God bless you and yours as we move toward 2008!

All of my love!

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