Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
(Crystal, Victoria, Wes, and Isaac Sutherland – Ava, Gabby, Ayden, and Jimmy Coleman…and Blue)
It’s Christmas Eve for the next six minutes. By the time I finish this post tonight it will be Christmas Day. At the pace I write it will be more like 1:00 in the morning Christmas Day! Lol! But, I couldn’t let this special night go by and not hop on here and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
By morning Wes, Isaac, and I will be packing up the mini van and making the almost six hour road trip to VA, to visit family. I’m going to try and get in a run (or at least a good walk) before we go. Sitting that long makes me so tired, and sore! A Starbucks stop before heading underway is essential, too.
I imagine if you have young children you are probably still up working on last minute wrapping, or perhaps trying to get your little ones to go to sleep!
Maybe you don’t have kids, or you don’t have them yet.
Maybe Christmas is not a time you like to celebrate, or perhaps there are painful memories attached.
Before you look at my picture above and think my family life is perfect, let me just explain…
This family photo was taken during our last visit to VA, during Thanksgiving. It’s very special to me, because all my babies and grand babies are in one place – including, of course, my handsome son-in-law, Jimmy! We had a great visit here, and for that I am so thankful.
But, the reality is we don’t get to see each other very often throughout the year. My daughter Gabby has her own family to care for and a life she has built with her husband. Our middle daughter, Victoria, has her college coursework and a job. We are about 4 hours away from them both, depending on who is driving (me or my husband Wes, a.k.a. “speedy”), so visits have to be planned and scheduled well in advance and usually fall around the holidays.
To make matters worse, this year is the first Christmas Eve Victoria is not home with us. She has to work on Christmas Day, and with the driving distance between us it just didn’t make sense for her to come home. She’s a senior at UNCC and diligently working at a veterinarian clinic to get the hours she needs to apply to NC State’s Veterinarian School in the Spring. Unfortunately that means long hours on weekends (especially holidays).
We’re so proud of her, and all she is doing, but we miss her terribly!
I’m finding that certain family traditions we established years ago need modifying in order to accommodate our growing and ever-changing family dynamic. It’s bittersweet. I’m ok with it, really…sort of…NOT! But, what choice do I have? It is what it is.
This journey of motherhood stinks at times. It is a challenge at all the stages involved…and I’m learning the stages just continue on long after they leave the nest.
With our last one at home (Isaac) getting ready to turn 14, I’m savoring the time with him while I can.
But all the belly-aching aside…this Christmas morning (it’s now 12:44 am Christmas Day!) as I’m reflecting on all this, I’m praising God that He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The reason we celebrate Christmas will also always remain the same:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 NIV
No matter how our family changes, or the stages in life we find ourselves in today, one thing will always remain the same – the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Jesus, the Savior of the World was born on this day.
I’m so thankful for Him. Aren’t you?
I hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas, friend.