My Story, Shared

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I wondered what I would feel like writing on Christmas Day.  Would I feel like recounting the day of delight that my big kids feel when they wake up and find their presents from Santa?  Would I reflect on the past two years of anxiety, waking up on Christmas morning, once pregnant with a baby that I would lose, and once pregnant with a baby that I am now holding? Continue reading

Change in Plans

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For the past few weeks, I have been doing well. There is an enjoyment to the holiday season that I haven’t been able to feel for the past two years. I have a sweet, smiley baby. Two older kids that are so excited for all of the Christmas activities we have planned. Events that we have attended as a family – just enough, not too much. The winter days have been mild. Continue reading

Traditions Old and New

Christmas is always a magical time for me.  Our home growing up was always richly decorated for the holidays.  The Rotary Lights display in my hometown area was always a must, boasting millions of magical lights throughout Riverside Park.  Lefse, Chex mix, Lora’s Sugar Cookies, and rosettes were always staples.  We had Advent calendars to open and there was an Advent wreath in the center of our dining table; every night we would light the purple and pink candles and do a reading.  We would gather at my aunt’s house for an oyster stew dinner on Christmas Eve.  On Christmas Day we would be greeted by my dad blasting carols through enormous speakers connected to a reel-to-reel and opening presents by a fire in the woodstove. Continue reading

A Different Photo

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I have been sending out Christmas cards since the first year Ger and I were married (so that was 11 Christmases ago…)  I have a large, black wire card tree that lovingly holds all of the cards we receive in return.  By the end of the season, my tree is full and I feel that my heart is also full to have so many wonderful people in our lives. Continue reading