Saturday started with a flurry of activity for me. I cleaned house, made sure the guest room was ready and that my meal plans were completed. I made a last minute trip to the grocery store for a few more items. Home Depot for one more gift and back home to wrap presents and start dinner.
Why all this activity you ask? My children were coming for dinner....now to many of you that may not seem like a big event, but for me it was. I've not had all my children over for a meal (and a Holiday meal at that) for a long time. Don't get me wrong I see my children often and I get together with all three of them on occasion, but a holiday meal at my home has not happened for several years. I set the table with care, planned a wonderful meal and the children arrived with hugs and kisses and all was well. Here is a photo of the table.
I have three children, two daughters and a son-in-law. I love all my kids so very much. They are great people and I'm so proud of them. Ashleigh brought wine and brownies (oh yum). We had ham, broccoli, corn casserole, rolls and olives (a must have for my youngest daughter). Most importantly we had love, laughter and friendship at this table.
So the two photos you see above, that's it folks! I was so in the 'moment' of this night that I did not take another photo. Those moments will forever be in my heart. After dinner, we went and opened presents and laughed and enjoyed. I had thrifted a good many of the gifts for Sara and Blake (my youngest daughter and her hubby) and they enjoyed those very much. A couple of Etsy gifts for Sara and a special 40 year old diamond necklace I passed down to her. She loved it. The necklace is so delicate and pretty just like my baby girl. It was given to me 40 years ago by a very special boy friend and it was perfect for Sara. It made my night when she told me thank you and whispered Mama this is so special.
Sara, Blake and Ashleigh all spoke about my Blog and how they are happy I have found an outlet for my creativity and a connection to others. Since losing my job I've been somewhat 'lost' and this has made a huge difference in my life. Sara and Blake gave me a book on Fiesta Ware to help me in my searches for more vintage items.
Ashleigh does not celebrate Christmas and we all respect her wishes. She did enjoy being with us and sharing our joy in gift giving. I give and receive gifts from Ashleigh through out the year and they are gifts of love but with no special 'forced' occasion and that works for us.
We laughed, talked about the future...Blake is working on his BA degree and doing well, a B+ average this last semester. Ash is getting her degree online while she continues her full time job. She works for Google and is one smart cookie. Sara has her Masters and is a speech pathologist working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Grandchildren were discussed but no set date for them yet, Blake must finish school. We discussed my loss of work and what the future might hold for me. They were very encouraging my children, and I know they are there for me if I need them. We reminisced about the past and growing up in a small South Georgia town. I watched my children interact as adults and while they often have little in common(they are as different as night and day) they have great love and respect for each other and find shared interests.
It was a night filled with love and pride for me. I see caring compassionate people who have grown into adults I'm proud of. I see the love my daughter and her husband have for each other, the friendship they have that will carry them through the rough times and the faith that is the core of it all. I see my oldest daughter and her growth as a woman and finding her own way in this world. She is one of the strongest people I know! I also feel the love of these three for me. So the best Christmas present in the world was Saturday night with my children. I am blessed!