Monday, December 31, 2012

It Can't Be Over. It's the 7th Day of Christmas!

Christmas wasn’t what I imagined this year.  In fact there were a few events that if it were possible, I would ask to do over but on the other hand there were a couple of things that worked out perfectly.  One of the perfect things happened to be an unexpected event that made me want to stop the clock and freeze time.
My grandgirls came to stay with us on December 7th.   We weren’t expecting them until December 21 and I would be lying to you if I didn’t admit that at first I was completely overwhelmed.   When they arrived, Christmas preparations were barely underway and things were busy at work with a lot of year-end activities.  It’s been nearly 8 years since I had to juggle the working mom schedule but it didn’t take long for me to get a schedule figured out.   Lucky for me after a week of rearranging and scheduling, our workplace day care center kicked off a winter camp program so the girls got to come to work with me every day. 

There were some week days that I was completely exhausted after getting them fed, bathed and ready for the next day but on the weekends it was incredible to have plenty of time to bake cookies, go ice skating, go Christmas shopping, volunteer, have tea parties, sing carols, read stories, play games and watch movies. My youngest granddaughter loves Gidget!   Can you imagine?   Every day really was a holiday – just like the words that Karen Carpenter sang.

I just took my son, his wife and the girls to the airport and I’m back home completely overwhelmed with an empty and silent house. While the girls were here everything was always out of place, something was being broken or spilled or someone was needing help with something but the for the past three weeks the house has been full of joy, excitement and enthusiasm.  In the evenings we would sit together in “the talking room” (my living room which has no television) and simply enjoy family times, telling the Christmas story nightly.  The mornings were so special. Nothing can take the place of a waking up to a child’s hand gently reaching for your face in the early hours of the morning just checking to see if you are awake.

Today my heart aches from having to say goodbye to such precious moments and at the moment it is too hard to think about much of anything else.  I am reminded that there is joy in being able to recognize precious moments when they happen and they happened a lot this Christmas.

May 2013 be filled with more wonderful moments with friends and family. Happy New Year.


  1. Oh my goodness, Cheryl, you've had your hands full...on top of just getting home from a very emotional trip, too. Bless you for caring & being there for so many!

    Thank you, too, for your lovely words on my blog tonight. You were the first person to welcome me back to blogging & it was a wonderful treat to *see* & hear from you.
    I hope & pray we BOTH have more time to share our lives in 2013.

    Happy New Year!!

  2. Ah, the wonderful turmoil that is a visit from grandchildren. You must have had a minute or two of delicious panic, but it sounds like you got it all figured out and this will be a Christmas that the girls will never, ever forget. Now...feet up, and take some time for yourself!

  3. The emptiness fairly haunts one when everyone leaves, doesn't it? But oh the joy in your photos, and in your heart.
    Rest, relax and savour the memories. Happy New Year!

  4. Cheryl, how wonderful to have this special time together, both for these girls and you. Savor the memories made and give yourself a much deserved rest. Happy New Year to you.........Sarah

  5. Happy busy days and now the memories. Joy for JoJo for sure!
    Happy New Year . . .

  6. Oh, it sounds like such a wonderful Christmas. So neat to have that amount of time with your granddaughters, but I can appreciate the juggling that took. Tomorrow my children go back to school and I know that while I'll enjoy a bit of peace with my morning coffee, that it won't be long until the house seems entirely too quiet.

    Happy New Year!

    - The Tablescaper

  7. I am so pleased that you had some great days with your granddaughters – I understand because our 3 grandsons live not too far away, in Nashville, but we see them about twice a year and they grow so fast. I wish you a great 2013 filled with joy and good health – and I look forward to your great posts!

  8. I loved reading about your visit from your grandchildren and all you did. I understood each emotion you felt having felt all myself.

    Your pictures are beautiful and I can feel their energy explode off the pages. What beautiful girls you have!

    Happy New Year to you. Hope your week is a restful one.

  9. It sounds like it was a busy time but lots of fun too!

    Happy New Year!


  10. Your grandgirls are adorable! I am too taking care of our two grand girls too and so it's fun, but tiring! I'm so glad you had a beautiful hoiliday anyway. Wow, I can't believe it's already half January 2013! May you have a blessed, healthy and happy new year too. Thank you for your sweet and kind comment. Hugs,