Here's a picture of Mother and Daddy a few years before he died. Their smiles are a precious reminder of a lifetime of love and laughter they shared with 85 plus members of our immediate family. (More than 20 grands and 40 great-grands) This year, we have three new additions (including a baby girl due Christmas day) who will never meet their great-great grandparents. Those of us who are able will pass on the love and do some extra cuddling.
I know we were really blessed to have them in our lives for so many years, and I'm forever thankful that our children grew up knowing their love, as well. There are so many people in the world who have never known the same happiness or have had the pleasure stolen by the loss of loved ones. My heart aches for them. It also aches for the families of veterans whose loved ones are in harms way.
If you're struggling with a personal loss or have something else stealing your joy this holiday season, please feel free to share your thoughts in a comment. I find it always helps to put your feelings into words. This post is a testament to the everlasting love I always felt for and from my parents. I'm planning to keep the tradition and pass it along. How about you?
Big hugs for the holidays!