Thursday, December 29, 2011


This Christmas has been one of the funnest yet, now that Owyn can appreciate the gifts. 
Following tradition, on Christmas Eve we went to see Temple lights and drove around the nearby neighborhoods admiring the bright colors, giant blown up snow globs and lit up reindeer. Then we came home, lit a fire, and got to open one gift each. Owyn opened a book and after I saw how happy he was I thought, shoot, lets just take all these gifts back, he's happy with his book!

I've been really sick this past two week, and I worked so much the week leading up to Christmas that it hit me hard once Christmas came. So, I didn't get to do all of the things I wanted to, like make Christmas breakfast. Good news is, I finally got myself out of bed and into the doctor for meds, and now I'm getting better. That's how bad it was. I couldn't get out of bed. I didn't shower for 4 days straight. Gross. 

We also had some losses in our family this past week. My great Aunt passed, who was an incredible woman who could fill the emptiest hearts with joy in an instant with her laugh. We also had to put down our beloved Sparky who has been our family dog for 12 years. Anyone who has had that dog who you don't consider a dog, you consider them a family member, knows the pain that comes with losing them. The pain that makes you never want to have another dog again, just so you don't have to go through it again. My heart goes out to my mom because these loses have impacted her more than any of us kids. Aunt Evie was her favorite aunt and went out to Iowa any chance she had to see her and Sparky was her dog. Sparky followed her everywhere for years and years. But I am happy to know they are free of their aching bodies.

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. 
God is good. We should thank him everyday for his Grace.