Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Blessings

We had a wonderful day full of so many Christmas blessings.   Starting last evening we hosted some friends after the church service.  Good friends, food and laughter - a great start.

By the time we went to bed we were about ready to drop.  Tired but a happy tired.

Santa  found all of us, even little Millie.

One of the greatest blessings of the day was that Mom was in a great mood.  There were even a few funny moments from her.  This is rare and was a lovely gift for me.   We had a morning visit from my cousin Mike (you know - the boy who killed Santa for me) and he brought a cake. 

I had Christmas Dinner ready at around 1 pm.  I cooked a 20 lb turkey and all the fixings.  Yes, I said 20 lbs - for the 3 of us.  Lol  But that means I get a couple of days off from cooking.  Mom ate a huge plate of food.  Another rare treat, as her appetite is not the best anymore.  She seemed to be on her best behavior for me today and I was so grateful.

I want to show you my most special Christmas present.  Two weeks ago when I picked up Mom at day care the supervisor handed me this package with instructions not to open until Christmas.

Despite being curious, I wanted to wait.  I knew this was going to be special.  Their project that week was to make something special for their loved ones.  I am blessed that the staff at Mom's program are caring enough to think of something like this.   What was held inside this little package ?

A simple little beaded bookmark.   A few beads on a simple white ribbon.  But it was enough to bring me to tears.  It has been so long since Mom has participated in holidays, the fact that I knew she actually made this has made it so special. 

Sometimes it just the little things that make a day special - like a small gesture from an angel.   I hope you all had a blessed day and have some angels in your life.


  1. Kim, sending you, your mom, auntie and Miss Millie, Christmas Wishes and the Best in the New year. From all of us here at Dog Trot Farm, Julie

  2. What a lovely post Kim. The book marker will be treasured for years to come. I'm glad your Christmas was enjoyed by everyone.

  3. Oh Kim this is such a wonderful post. I'm so glad you got to have a nice Christmas with your mom, and you will have these memories for so long. Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh, Kim,
    You brought tears to my eyes! What wonderful Christmas gifts your mother has given you ~ the bookmark and a glimpse of her old self. You are a saint, dearest girlfriend!!!
    Big hugs :)

  5. What a great blessing to have your Mom be feeling so good and what a beautiful present and a great idea too! I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy your week and get some rest!

  6. What a touching, touching story about the bookmark, Kim! Sometimes God has a way of bringing litle blessing in the most amazing ways, I'm convinced and this is one. Merry Christmas!

  7. What a wonderful day for you. I almost don't know what to say except that reading about your day brought tears to my eyes.

  8. I, too, teared up reading this lovely post. What a blessing for you, and what a blessing for your mom to have a day where she is happy and participating in her life. Many blessings to you and your dear family!

  9. Merry Christmas Kim and so glad you had such a wonderful gift from your dear mother. You know, that is truly the spirit of Christmas which has been lost and if we all try very hard, we can get it back again, with the simple most important things in life.

    Blessings always,


  10. Sounds like you had a perfect Christmas day with so many good things, Kim. It's those little unexpected things at this time of year that bring the most joy and bring the true meaning of Christmas to our hearts. What a big turkey you cooked up. It should serve you well this week.

  11. Kim I love reading this post this morning! The bookmark your Mom made for you-a treasure forever. Makes me teary in a Merry way :) Glad Santa found you, you knew he would! I am happy you had a wonderful Merry Christmas and your turkey sounds great-FOOD!!! It's always the little things that give us the most pleasure.

  12. Oh I am so glad, it is so pretty and I think it is neat you got to have such a nice day.
    I really am so happy you had such a nice day.

  13. Oh, that brought me to tears too! <3

  14. I'm so happy to hear your mom participated in Christmas for you! That alone was a lovely gift, and the fact that she made something was a bonus! This was my 1st Christmas without my mom, reading your post brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this personal moment.

    Happy New Year!

  15. I'm so happy you had a good day with your mom. Happy Holidays to all of you.

  16. Kim: your present from your mom is just the sweetest thing. I'm so happy she/you all had a good Christmas day. I know you have a hard job taking care of her, and you always do it with such grace and love. It's a pleasure to be able to know such a good person and share in your world. XXXXX

  17. Merry Christmas Kim. I'm so glad for you that this has been such a special Christmas for you.

    I hope that your mom's Christmas joy last a while longer.

    I'm dead tired but a good tired. I really need to sleep for a whole day. lol. HUgs. JB

  18. What a treasured gift Kim - and so glad the clock inched back a bit for you mom and you - at least for that one magical day. Your tree and ornaments look amazing....It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, is it not? Wishing you a seasonfull of Christmas joys my friend - I'm so glad this year brought me you. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  19. I KNOW you will treasure that piece ALWAYS!!!!!! Made me cry with you. sandie

  20. Hi Kim, What a wonderful gift. It brought tears to my eyes.Your a special person and I so glad you had a special Christmas, Hugs Cheri