Christmas cards, emotions and the holiday….

Really one of my favorite things about Christmas is receiving Christmas
cards with photos of my friends, family and their growing children.
  Having lived so many places, this annual tradition 
that brings me so much joy as I reflect on our time
in places we have lived and the precious friends we made.

The photo above is the card we sent this year of our
two girls - now ages 15 and 11.

Below is the card we sent exactly 10 years ago - when they
were 5  and 1…….ahhhhh, how time flies!

Being a mother to these two has been my greatest blessing.
Watching them grow up into really great people is such a joy!
But darn, does it all have to go so fast!

Long ago,  when I was a young momma, knee deep in sippy cups, the Wiggles and diapers, a wise {'older'} mother told me, "the days are long but the years are short".  I sort of thought, "yea, right!"
In my classic cynical {but endearing}way.
However, now that I am that 'older, wiser' momma, I say, 
"Truer words were never spoken!"

So much is expected during the holidays - mostly that we all 
share one emotion…..happiness, which I acknowledge is always
part of the Christmas equation.  However, like the tinge of sadness I felt
when I saw how these photos clearly point out the passage of time, 
or the void my husband might feel as he misses his dad this and 
every Christmas, or the stress of job loss a good friend is coping with…..
Christmastime also can make emotions stronger and losses more heavy.
Happiness in the Christmastime equation isn't at 100% for most -
and for some, they struggle to find where it might be found at all.

My wish for all of you is that joy and happiness are a bigger
portion of your Christmastime equation…..that any burdens
you are caring are comforted by the celebration of
Jesus' birth!  I hope that you feel the anticipation and
hope that comes with celebrating a new year!

Mostly, I thank you for coming here and supporting me!
Your friendships mean so much.
My posting over the next couple weeks may be sporadic as
I enjoy time with my family, including my parents who
will celebrate with us in Portland!
14 comments on "Christmas cards, emotions and the holiday…."
  1. Loved this, thank you my friend for realizing that the holidays can feel less than "perfect" for many out there! Still such a fun, festive time, but our losses are heavier this time of year. Merry Christmas to your wonderful family! See you in the new year!

    1. Allie, I imagine this is tough time not only for you but your three kiddos. Such bittersweetness. However, YOU my dear are one strong lady and I am so grateful for the friendship we have had all these years of ups and downs and all arounds!

  2. What a beautiful post, thank you blog friend! It hits home as I am a mom of 2 very busy boys, just turned one and three and a half, and as you said, the days are long, exhausting, stressful, and definitely try my patience. BUT my boys are my loves, the sweetest things ever, and they melt my heart with all the little things they come up. It does go by too fast, I should complain less :-))

    1. Ah Dina, you are in the THICK of it my dear! However, take it from me, you will blink and you will be getting their drivers permits, talking college and other big stuff. Enjoy this time with your littles but know it is ALL wonderful in different ways and so many awesome years lie ahead!
      Merry Christmas!

  3. Hi Jill,
    What you have said is oh so true. Our babies do grown up fast. I'm looking at my grown up boy who is now 38 years old and I still see the cute little boy that was so excited at Christmas that he couldn't sleep. Your children are adorable and your Mom's words are so true.
    May you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.


    1. Sissie - I love that!
      Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Have a wonderful holiday with your family! I love visiting your blog!!


  5. Your daughters are adorable. It's so true, it feels like my girls are on warp speed and I'm in slow motion. Hope you have a very merry Christmas!

  6. Nice post.. Wish I could have slowed the years down too.. One still home and one off to college and I want it to sloooow down!

  7. I always think of that quote when I am feeling sentimental about my kids growing up. My boys are 7 and almost 10. The years really do fly by. Your daughters are beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Cheers! - Shelley

  8. Such a heartfelt post, and so true. May you and your family enjoy a peaceful Christmas, Jill, and a happy, healthy New Year.

  9. A wonderful post! So true. I often wonder how my daughters grew up so quickly! I am new to your blog and it is so enjoyable. Happy holidays to you and your family.


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