Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Chrismas eve craziness and death

This year the whole Christmas season has been crazy. My father, who was diagnosed with cancer back in July decided to take a turn for the worse around Thanksgiving. He has been in pain, not eating, and driving everyone around him nuts. For the last couple of weeks it has been a waiting game. He finally passed this morning at 4am. We made the last minute decision to go to Grand lake. Today I had planned to go get the last two things on my list that should have been really easy to pick up. Instead I have been running around like crazy woman. My wonderful husband had out patient surgery yesterday afternoon and can't lift anything so I have been doing laundry, getting packed, wrapping last minute presents, and I still haven't gotten one of the last items I wanted to get for my oldest son. Everything fell to me to get done last minute. At 33 weeks pregnant this was not what I needed. Everything is finally packed we are just waiting for my brother now. We will be loading up in the car in a little bit to go relax and enjoy without any stress. The kids can run and play and there won't be any responsibilities.

In the craziness I almost forgot one of the most important thing we have to take with us. I almost forgot 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. This will be the ninth year we will be reading it on Christmas eve. Being at different relatives over the years for Christmas has made having any sort of tradition very hard, but I make sure I take my book with me every year.

This year we will again read the story and share with family and remember my father in peace. Maybe we will even conference call with our other brother and include his family in the reading of the story. We have done it before.

I hope that everyone has a very merry day tomorrow whether they be celebrating Christmas or some other holiday. May the day be happy and family be close.


Moonrush said...

Keri, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad. I lost my Dad six years ago, and though we certainly had our own set of issues, I still miss him sometimes. It seems like there will be more peace for everyone, now. I hope you have a Merry Christmas, friend.

Guinhyvar said...

I am sorry about the loss of your father.

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Even though you were unable to get the final gift for your son, he will probably be really excited over the things he does get, regardless. I think that your tradition of reading Twas the Night Before Christmas is a lovely one :)

Merry Christmas, my friend :)

ErikaRobin said...

Keri, I'm glad he's finally at peace, but sad for you and your family. Not the way you wanted to celebrate this year, I know. I'm thinking of you.

Rebeccalynn_dj said...

I am sorry for your loss.

Mainemusicmaker said...

Losing a parent must be so hard. Keri, my thoughts are with you and your family this holiday season. And, I know you're taking comfort in the fact that your dad is finally pain free and in peace so I won't try to expound with more words of comfort.

All our thoughts,

Brenda & Family