This time of year is all hustle and bustle for most of us. We are going, going, going trying to finish our shopping and wrap our gifts, attend multiple parties, bake, cook, you name it. We don’t take as much time as we should to slow down, enjoy relaxing time with loved ones, and even remember those who may no longer be with us.
Even though this is the most wonderful time of the year, it can be painful for some. This will be the third Christmas without my brother, and in the midst of all our excitement on Christmas morning, opening presents and being around family, there is always a bit of sadness that he isn’t there with us.
I have so many fond memories of our childhood, and I want to spend this week reflecting on those memories. And share some of them with my daughter.
So I guess all of that just to say that I am trying to take time to slow down and enjoy this time with my loved ones. It really does go by so faster than we realize. I’ll be doing one post on Wednesday, will have a giveaway for you on Friday, and maybe one post or so next week. The rest of the time I’ll be enjoying my family and making memories.
I hope you’re doing the same.
Oh Tiffany! I’m so sorry. I had no idea you lost your brother. This will be our first Christmas without Kai. I’m dreading it. I wish we could skip to March 22nd, which would be the day after the 1st anniversary of losing him. Then we will have made it past all the ‘firsts’. Thinking of you during this hard time.
Thanks Caroline. The first Christmas was definitely the hardest. I pray your family will be able to find a bright spot in your day on Thursday to remember him. Totally understand you dreading it. Getting through the first year was hard for us, but with each passing year we heal a bit more. We always cherish our memories and miss him every day, but the healing process takes time and we know he’s in a better place.
Thinking of you all as well.
Glad you are taking time away from the internet to be with family and enjoy this time of year. Each year without a loved one can have its ups/downs. It’s been six years since my dad passed and some years are easier than others…but at least even the bad years are better than the first one. Take care and have a great holiday!!!
Thinking of you and your family during this time! So wonderful that you’ll be spending quality time with them and really taking everything in!! xo, Biana
Aw! I remember when you shared about him. I’m so sorry he’s not with you all anymore. I’m glad that you have great memories though and that you will share them with Little A. Enjoy your time with family and friends! 🙂
Yes, I hear you on experiencing Christmas without loved ones. This is the first one without our friend Dave and my grandma. So hard.
It’s good to slow down and enjoy what we have. There’s so much to be thankful for.
Merry Christmas my friend.
I didn’t know this about your family! Sending you love girl. I hope you have a nice holiday relaxing and soaking in all the holiday times with your loved ones.
Praying for you and your family, Tiffany…praying that you’d feel comfort this Christmas. I think it’s great to take time away from the blog and always put family first 🙂 You do a great job of that, friend!
I’m sorry that you have to experience the pain that comes along with losing a loved one. I’ll pray that you are able to focus on the good memories. I hope that you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
What a neat picture of the two of you! I will send a prayer up for you… one for comfort and continued healing. I just can’t imagine… 🙁
I hope you all have a great Christmas!
I really appreciate that Jenny. I love Christmas so much, but there is just a bit of sadness now.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!