Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Grief

Usually by this time every year, I am eating, breathing and sleeping Christmas. Sadly, I haven't had the time or the will to buy a tree or pull out any decorations this year. I could sit here and write about how I have been so busy with school and the kids, but I'd be lying.

The truth is I am just not feeling it.
A part of me wants to sing Christmas Carols and cover our home with tinsel, but most of me is just sad. I think a lot about what he'd look like by now. My precious boy. I wonder about what his first Christmas would have been like, about the look on his face when his brothers handed him his first present, about the mashed potatoes and soft pieces of biscuit he could have had for dinner on Thanksgiving.
This sucks...*sigh*
I'm trying, though. I even did something I never though I'd attempt again-

 Meet Rocky The Shih Tzu
It's been a couple of years since we've tried owning a dog. The last time we tried, our kids just weren't ready and I believe it ended with an overly-loved-by-two-subconciously-rough-toddler-boys pooch and a kid with deep teeth marks on his hand. I swore I just wasn't a dog person and vowed to keep pets as far away from my crazy kids for as long as I could (for the safety of the animals, really). Somehow, we ended up with this little guy and as much as I hate to admit it, (because I'm really not an animal lover) I kinda' like him. He has brought us a lot of smiles and even has us taking daily walks as a family.

And look-
Fall has arrived

I love how the leaves crunch as we walk
I can't believe it has been ten months. Last year, at this time, my little angel was tumbling inside me as I counted the days until I got to hold him, so I could look into his eyes and tell him I'm his momma. I got to hold him and I got to tell him, but I never got to look into his eyes....and that just breaks my heart.
Grief is such a sad, lonely place. Especially around the holidays. While everyone shops and wraps and decorates and cooks, grievers wonder about that person who should have been there to share the magic. We wonder about our parents and brothers and sisters and uncles and grandparents and children gone too soon. We question if it is OK to smile and forget about the sadness for a second without offending our loved ones in heaven. We think about the memories- good and bad. We hide to cry for a few minutes, so that we can fake a smile for a few hours. We all know we aren't alone in our sadness, yet the solitude we feel is overwhelming.
I'm sorry if you are hurting this holiday season. Please know you aren't alone. I'm thinking of you. I share your pain. I'm praying for you. It's going to be ok. One day at a time.

 Cry. Breathe. Smile.

I will too.
Sweet precious angel, I love you with all of who I am. I think about you, I dream about you, I feel you near. Momma will never forget those 39 amazing weeks and those few hours I got to hold you, feel you and sing you the same lullabies I sing to your brothers. Thank you for picking me.
Your entire life took place inside me. I am so lucky.
Fly high, blue cherub.
I love you.


  1. I've got a few tears here for you! I'm so sorry that you're hurting. <>

  2. That was supposed to have some hugs in, I'll try again!

    << * HUGS! * >>

  3. We just had to put our doggie down. My son told me that he had Cobi (our doxie) in his life longer than he had his sister. Hugs and thank you for sharing your beautiful children with us.

  4. Mary, your Christmas card with your sons is just beautiful! They are so handsome! I wish your other son was with them. I will be praying for you as this Christmas comes and he will be spending his first in Heaven. Have you heard Scotty McCreey's new song, Christmas in Heaven? My husband and I listen to it over and over. You might try looking it up on You Tube. I am missing my son, James, Jr. and my daughter, Reita Gale terribly even though they died in 1975 and 1982. I do have two sons here on earth and 3 amazing grandchildren, but NEVER do I forget my Angel Babies. God bless you with this new pregnancy! I am following your blog!

  5. Sandy- I am sorry about your dog and I am so very sorry about your daughter. I am sending you lots of hugs and love. XOXOXO

    Gale- Thank you for your sweet comment. I listened to the song and I love it! I know your angel babies and my angel boy will have a wonderful Christmas in heaven together. XOXOXO


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