3 little Miracles

3 little Miracles

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Things we didn't get around to this Christmas

I saw this post on another blog I follow and I thought it was a great idea to sum up why this Christmas was special and yet so hard and incomplete in some ways from Christmas's past.

I will be honest enough to tell you that although we have a beautiful life with our 3 little Miracles, this has been a very difficult year and one that I would erase if it weren' for the fact that we were blessed with our little Rachel.  God has been very good to us, and has protected us through a lot of hard times this year.  BUT, even with His protection, we are having a hard time feeling the JOLLY spirit of the season even though we celebrate the TRUE reason for it.

Why our Year and Christmas isn't quit so Jolly:
1.  We started 2010 with 3 of us sick with Bronchitis and 1 with a double ear infection
2.  Our fertility specialist telling us we couldn't and shouldn't have more children
3.  One month later finding out we were blessed with a miracle little one growing within me
4.  Horrible time finding a doctor that would treat me during the pregnancy
5.  Ear tube surgery for our 2 1/2 year old
6.  Difficult pregnancy with bleeding that took me to the ER twice, bed rest off and on throughout, and low amniotic fluid in the final trimester.
7.  Having to replace our 5 year old washing machine
8.  Emergency c-section on 10/21 due to my blood pressure and her low amniotic fluid.
9.  My three year old once again having a double ear infection and one busted ear drum the same day his little sister was born.
10.  Rachel being life flighted to the NICU an hour and a half away due to multiple medical issues.
11.  Rachel being in the NICU for 3 weeks while I live at the Ronald McDonald house to be near her.
11.  Getting SHINGLES
and finally
12.  My husband catching Chicken Pox because he never had CP as a child and having them for Christmas. (Good part about that was when we went to the ER on Christmas Eve he got a private room right away and we got in and out within 3o minutes because they didn't want him in their ER any longer then necessary)

Normal Christmas traditions that didn't get done or were done like we normally do them:
1.  Christmas shopping for the kids done BEFORE Thanksgiving - we did Christmas shopping on the 22nd and 23rd (talk about last minute).  I did have a few gifts for the boys that I had bought throughout the year tucked away in the closet already.
2.  Christmas decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving within 24-48 hours and complete, unlike this year when it took me a week and a half.
3.  Christmas cards and family photo taken and in the mail the first week of December - posted our Christmas Card via facebook/blog and we are sending a New Years card instead
4.  Date night with my husband on my birthday, instead this year I got SHINGLES on my birthday
5.  Baking cookies and treats for the neighbors and church family - DIDN'T DO IT AT ALL
6.  Christmas presents wrapped pretty with bows and special tags the first week of December - didn't happen until Christmas Eve and the packages were pretty basic
7.  Visit Santa and get pictures during the Christmas season - didn't happen at all
8.  Homemade cookies for Santa -  Pillsbury to the rescue this year
9.  My dear husband and boys set up Santa's runway on the back lawn and put out reindeer food on Christmas Eve - I did it this year
10.  Making Jesus birthday cake on Christmas Eve - SADLY this didn't happen at all this year
11.  Attend Christmas Eve service - didn't happen at all this year
12.  Drive out to see the Christmas lights - didn't happen at all

We praise God for giving us the strength to make it through so many valley's this year and for blessing us through each storm that has hit us.  We KNOW that He is with us and have faith and hope for the new days of joy He has ahead for us.  We are confident that our lives were changed for the better and other's were touched because of the testimony of God working in our lives.  He is our Rock and our Salvation and although our Christmas wasn't as JOLLY as we would have liked it to be, we celebrated the greatest gift of all, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!

We pray all of you are well and that you had a Merry Christmas too in spite of the failures and success of your "plans" for the season.  God Bless!


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