Funny thing - I have been in contact with all of you for a very short period of time but still have a feeling of family. I miss you when when I am too busy or out of town. I found myself telling my family stories from this forum.
The sweet is the joy joy of sharing Christmas with my family especially the little ones 12 year old grandson 9 year old grandaughter, 7 year old niece, 7, 6, 5 year old great nehews and a MOST adorable 15 month old great niece.
The bitter is that my 91 year old Aunt (God Mother) died early Monday morning. She was the last of my Dad's family. 11:30 Monday evening my Brother-in-law's mother died. That was a blessing in disguuise because he and his sibs had an appointment with her doctors tomorrow to decide whether or not to take her off of life support. She spared them that decision. The rest of my week will be funerals and memorial services.
Don't mean to be a downer. My Nannie has been questioning the reasoning of her existance for the last 2 years. She died without pain. Thomas's mother was in a coma and spared her children a very difficult decision.
We had Christmas dinner at my baby sister's home. She had placed tea lites on the tables. As part of the blessing we each lighted a candle in memory of lost loved ones.
Sorry don't mean to bring anyone down. Like I said it is bitter sweet. In the long run all is good.
Merry Christmas one and all.
Miss you all