Honestly I was in "Let's get through this with a good attitude" mode through most of December.
This was our first Christmas without my sweet husband, the father of my children, and I was determined to make it a good one despite having such a great loss.
I am happy to report that we did have a wonderful Christmas, thanks to the help of loving family and friends.
Many expressed their love and concern and many more kept us in their prayers. I know that the power of those prayers kept me going and I am very grateful!
We made new memories. Some memories were hard, but still special, like visiting the cemetery on a cold, snowy Christmas eve.
Other memories, like having a girls craft night with my daughter and daughter-in-law were fun.
There were tears but thankfully a lot of laughter too. I am blessed to be the mother of witty, wise-crackin', laughter-loving children who keep me smiling everyday despite the trials of life.
They are why I feel joy in my home.