It is always such a relief when the holidays are over.  I really would love to ignore the holidays and skip the tree and the presents, but my kids would not appreciate that and it would not be fair to them so we have decided to have a tree that honors their dad.  We have basic lights and balls and the only real ornament is a remembrance ornament of Tom.  The front has his picture and says "Remembered with Love" and the back says "The True Test of  Life Well-Lived is the Love We Leave Behind"...it's one more way we can honor Tom in all we do.  This year was the first Christmas for our Granddaughter, Lilyanna Tommi.  It is so hard to be Grandma without Grandpa by my side.  We were supposed to be "Team Grandpa and Grandma".  She is one of the many things I wish he wasn't missing out on.  It was so precious when we decorated the tree and she was investigating it.  Her mommy picked her up to see the Grandpa ornament and she reached out to hold it as if to say "Merry Christmas Grandpa, I Love You".  This picture caught it perfectly. 

Well we made it through from Thanksgiving to New Year's...now on to Tom's birthday, right around the corner.

I love you, My Bunzy ~Always and Forever~

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Comment by Christy on January 8, 2011 at 6:03pm

Marlena,

This is a beautiful photo. I just read your post regarding the series of events that lead to your husbands passing. My heartfelt prayers for you & your family as you continue on without him. I know how it feels to lose the love of your life so unexpectedly. This was my first Christmas without him as well as our granddaughter's 1st Christmas. My daughter bought a stained glass cross ornament that says "God Bless Grandpa" & it was the only real ornament on our tree as well! I did not get a photo though as you did. I may have to snap one now of her holding it or something. Christmas morning was hard watching her playing with the softball & bat my husband insisted on giving her. She just turned 10 months, but she loved it! He may have been right about her being a softball player. I wish you the best & thank you for sharing. It does help somehow knowing there are others who have experienced similarly & are coping/healing. Thanks, Christy  

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