Sometimes it's the first rays of the sun shining on her face. Somtimes it's the raucous sound of laughter and the shuffle of little feet upstairs. Somtimes it's the peaceful realization that everything that the media would espouse as great or neccessary is so much less than the media would have me believe. Traditionally, the holiday season has been rather difficult for me. Even if I wasn't deployed, or in a strange part of the world, I have worked during Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentines day way more times than I'd like to admit. The Lord has shown me his grace and mercy through it all and has given me the greatest blessing a man could ever ask for.
I'd love to take this opportunity to invite you to come inside, take off your coat and shoes, get comfy and share with us your favorite holiday traditions. What are your favorite holiday memories? What are you favorite holiday songs? Enjoy a heaping bowl of comfort and share with us your favorite part of the holidays. I know it's kind of early, but from us to you, A big ol' happy holidays from Ward and June!!!
Céad míle fáilte romhat!
Mmmm - favorite Christmas Carol?
This is both my favorite carol, and my favorite version (yes all things Irish - Nollaig shona duit!).
I agree wholeheartedly with Ward. The things that I prize.. having him here with us this holiday. Having the kids run in to tell us Santa has come, and hopping into the bed with us to open stockings. One of our traditions, when they have finally fallen asleep, and all the gifts are under the tree, sneaking into their room and leaving their stockings at the foot of the beds...so they see on opening their eyes that Santa has been there. It's great fun for us, lying in bed, listening to the excited voices exclaiming over bubbles and chapstick, 'fancy pencils', erasers, candy and other little baubles, before they are ready for the main event.
After the whirlwind of paper and excited voices, cuddling with him on the sofa, over a cup of chai, and watching them settle into a rhythm, where they can really begin to appreciate the bounty. Then sharing a late brunch, and relaxing together, putting together some of the things, playing with others, breaking into one of the board games. All of us together...in the same room...this is heaven. This is the thing I have prayed for, and I thank God for blessings given.
What will be my greatest gift this year? To wake to the sound of the boys voices, and to feel Ward's heat at my back, to hear his breathing as he drifts up out of sleep, to feel his arm drape over my body and pull me close, and whisper against my neck - Merry Christmas, little one....Heaven!
I wish all of you your greatest desire come true. I wish you hope, joy, love and abundant blessings.
Nollaig shona duit. Athbhliain faoi mhaise duit. Sláinte chugat agus bail ó Dhia ort
Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Health to you and the blessings of God on you.