Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Cards

Just thinking about this sweet little face today.  (The picture is my sister loving on her nephew.  She loves him so much!)

We snuggled next to the first fire in our fireplace lastnight.  It makes me sad to know we won't ever be doing that with Holden.  I feel like part of my family is missing here on earth.  I know what Holden is experiencing does not even compare to a cozy fire, but I just feel so incomplete without him. 

Christmas is coming up, which means Christmas cards will also be arriving.  Each year I ban Chet from checking the mail in December, and rush to my mailbox like a small child, as soon as I get home.  It's my favorite thing about the season.  I love, love, love receiving and reading cards, especially Christmas cards.  This year was supposed to be the best.  I had dreamed of and designed the "perfect" card for about 9 months.  I had bought all three of our outfits for pictures back in the beginning of August, as soon as stores put out fall/winter clothes.

I had really thought about not sending out a Christmas card this year.  In fact, up until last night, Chet and I thought we wouldn't.  Good thing I have an amazingly talented and caring friend, Jaci, who designs beautiful cards.  I am happy to say that with her sweet abilities, Jaci has made us a card we will be sending out.  She has given me a little joy already in this holiday season.  Thank you, Jaci!  

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7


  1. I have dreaded the Christmas Card as well.... everthing about the Holidays hurt. It is all of these "firsts" that hurt.
    Love you, friend.

  2. I know. I have shed many tears over silly cards. It's just that they mean so much to us mommies...everything does really. Love you too, Holly!

  3. I bet it will be perfect- just like Holden :)

  4. Good for you...it took me a long time to decide what I was going to do for our Christmas cards. I finally had a rubber stamp personalized with my daughter's footprints. I wanted to make sure she would always be a part of our family, even if only in spirit.

  5. I have also thought about this a lot. We normally do a family photo for our card and I wondered if people would think I was strange if I drew in an angel or maybe held the Reese Bear. Then I wondered...how many years can I do that? She will always be part of our family but can she really be part of every family photo? If I don't include her, it seems wrong but trying to include her in every family photo seems over the top. I guess I need to remind myself of what I tell others - just take it day by day, case by case.

    Can't wait to see what your friend designed! Be sure to post a copy on here. :)

    Thinking of you,

  6. Courtney, thank you!
    Mary, that is a really good idea! I would love to get a stamp of Holden's huge feet too.
    Mary Beth, it seems like everything we plan is missing our babies. I am so glad we always know their love, even if we are not with them right now. I too wonder what future Christmas cards will look like for our family?
    Thinking of you all!