There is a whole new meaning behind this Holiday Season
"May you be Inspired by Giving, Changed by Love, Filled with Peace and Touched by Miracles"
Miracles, I know I use this word a lot in my blogs, but it is hard to genuinely express how I feel without using that word. As I look back over the years, especially the holiday seasons, something was always missing for me. I have been blessed with quite possibly the greatest parents and sister anyone could ask for, and together over the years, we have created such great Holiday memories, that I wouldn’t even know where to begin. Then, as I got older, I met my now husband, and was excited to live happily ever after with my own family. I always dreamed of creating those same memories, some silly, some not, with my own children. One of my favorite Christmas memories is our Childhood Nativity Scene. When my sister and I were little, we would take turns every year, walking around the house with the family placing Jesus into his Manger. Wow, how I couldn’t wait to start all these traditions with the family of my own.
Well, just before Christmas of 2015, we began this vicious cycle of IVF. It was our first round of IVF, with the results coming exactly one week before Christmas Day. When we got the news that it didn’t work, I wanted to erase Christmas. I wanted to skip it, I wanted everyone to leave me alone, I wanted to disappear. But that would have been selfish! So, I watched everyone open gifts, I sat there and smiled and so badly wished that we were surprising everyone with a gift of our own. That holiday season passed, and before we knew it, Christmas of 2016 was upon us and I WAS PREGNANT! By then, I was about 25 weeks pregnant, so pretty far along, but not out of the woods. So as we quietly celebrated with the life inside me, we also quietly worried every damn day.
Well folks, Christmas of 2017 is HERE! And yes, I have gone completely overboard! I have already decorated, in fact I have even bought more decorations, I have purchased five or six different Thanksgiving and Christmas outfits for Henry, I have already had his Christmas pictures taken and we are already thinking of new family traditions. The only thing left is a visit or six to Santa, but don’t worry, you will ALL know when that happens.
You see, to me, Christmas and the holidays have always been about Family. We have Family come to town for Thanksgiving and we have Family here for Christmas. It is always about family. Those people that love you unconditionally, that would never let anything happen to you. Christmas now has a new meaning for the Armstrong’s, because our family is finally COMPLETE!