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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Was Different This Year

I really haven't said much here, but our youngest daughter moved out in October. She decided she was ready to live life the way she wanted to. Of course, our oldest is mostly gone because of college and then working and internships in the summer. So basically hubby and I are empty nesters now. We've had a little difficulty adjusting, but we're doing okay.

However, that being said, Christmas was a little different this year. Good, but different. Kelli is home for a month, well she's out of college for a month, but is home some and gone some trying to catch up with friends and family.

Christmas Eve we all went to my sister's house to celebrate with my parents and all my brothers and sisters and their families. Kerri and her boyfriend came in too and it was fun just being with the whole family. The two pictures below are our oldest and our 2 nephews. They were given the assignment of being elves and they passed out the gifts in the gift exchange we did. They were so funny and we had a great time.

This picture cracks me up!  You'd never believe they are 18, 19 and 21 would you
Aren't they the most adorable elves in the world!
Then late that night, we went back to our house and had Christmas with Kerri.  Like I said, it was different but still good.  I think she loved everything she got and I know we did too.

I sure do love these girls
Then on Christmas morning, Tracy, Kelli and I got up and did our Christmas to each other and had our annual Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast.  I finished making the lasagna and then we went to Tracy's parents for lunch and Christmas with his parent's and brother and family.  Unfortunately, I had my camera on the wrong setting and the pictures didn't come out very good there.  But suffice it to say, we were all there and had a very good time together.  Here are a couple that aren't too bad.

Kerri and her boyfriend, Charlie

I just think this one is really funny.  This is the 4 cousins.  Huh, I just realized there are 2 girl and 2 boy cousins on both sides of our families.

So, while we are adjusting to the changes in our life, God has proven to always be there with us and we are doing okay.  

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas too.


  1. Its funny how the holidays work when kids grow up & start their own traditions & lives, but everyone always finds a way to be together :)

  2. Cathy, It is so different being empty nesters at Christmas!My kids are in different states now so it is very different too! I know where you are. But it is all good. I am happy because they are happy. (at least thats what I tell myself) Love to you at Christmas

  3. Love, LoVe, LOVE the pics! It is very different, indeed. Glad to see you were together!


  4. Sweet pictures. Sorry it was different, I know it's hard when our children grow up and things change. ((HUGS))

  5. I feel for you! This is the first year my daughter hasn't made it back for Christmas. She is stationed in North Carolina and couldn't get leave. Its tough on us moms when those kids leave the nest! Hugs to you!!

  6. It takes a little getting used to that empty nest, especially at the holidays. {{hug}} Glad you had a good Christmas.

  7. I'm glad you found joy in Christmas. Sometimes we have to look hard, don't we? I'm sorry for the pain you're feeling missing your daughter (s). That empty nest thing definitely takes some time to figure out. It is full of highs and lows which I guess is true of every stage in life, but in this particular stage we have a lot of time to think about it.

    I will keep you and your daughter in my prayers.

  8. I'm sorry you've been going through all that. I'm glad she was home for Christmas, though. Hugs to you.


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