Christmas Day 2009

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♥~~Christmas Day 2009~~♥

It’s been over a week since last I have posted and for some reason it seems a LONG long time ago. I have missed thinking about what my next post will be and have missed visiting with all my blogging family.

I have had several momentous occurrences — moved, had a week off from work, continued fighting this “flu/cold/whatever one wants to call this, turned yet another year older and celebrated HIS birth.

Often times I say I am amazed at how time flies– but for some reason this week has lingered; giving me time to think and certainly be thankful. I continue to be amazed at peoples graciousness and kindness that surrounds me.

Finishing up on the “story” note I was on– I will share a true and touching one.

This year, like so many other’s, finances have been pushed and been challenged. This morning at our Christmas gathering my sister and brother-in-law received a very lovely gift from their children that I have their permission to share.

Dear Beeb and Popz,

Christmas is the time for giving and unfortunately it rings true this year. In place of a gift for you–Me,Matt, Tom and Colton have decided GIVE in your name.

I was made aware of a special family that has experienced more hardship in the last few months  than any family should have to endure in a life time. This family has 3 children; 14 yr old Carlos, 10 yr old Eric and 3 week old Lila. Eric battled leukemia when he was only 6 years old that eventually went into remission. Unfortunately that’s no longer the situation as he is once again fighting the fight at the age of 10 spending his time at Primary Children’s Hospital.

In the midst of this, his father lost his job. Medical bills are piling up and now they have even lost their home. The mother gave birth to a beautiful daughter Lila and now with the other members of their family are living in their neighbor’s unfinished basement. They have no family locally and they are doing all they can to battle through these hard times.

We know you asked for nothing this Christmas, and of course we really tried hard to rebel against that request, but we felt that this would be the most rewarding gift we could give you guys this year. So, in the name of Beeb and Popz we have given all the kids Christmas jammies (just like our family tradition) along with stockings, toys and games. Of course it won’t take away from the hardships but hopefully it will give them a few moments of joy.

Love, Matt- Tom- Aliesha- and Colton

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I disagree with Aliesha on one note— When she said “I know this won’t take away from the hardships” — she couldn’t be more wrong. When people are greeted with love and kindness something changes inside them. Their burden will be lighter and they will be given hope –that for a bit, might have been taken away. I am so proud that my darling niece would think of others on Christmas day… the true meaning of what this holiday means. It really is more blessed to give.

She along with her little family, her brother and some friends at her work have collected about $500 for this family– because of their generosity even more people have helped them. Goodness grows — I know they are certainly in my prayers.

May you all enjoy this beautiful day and be thankful for all your blessings — Thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for being ever so diligent on Pink Saturdays where we all can get together (over 140 participants).

I’m looking forward to a brilliant new year AND decade!!!

TTFN~~  Claudia ♥ ♥ 

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December 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm | christmas | 10 comments


10 responses to “Christmas Day 2009”

  1. Sarah says:

    Beautiful post!  ~ Sarah

  2. what an incredibly thoughtful and generous thing to do.
    merriest of merries to you and yours

  3. Claudie says:

    Ah dear friend…glad you enjoyed Georgie Porgie. Randy wanted me to post a pic of him instead…NOT…gotta love em’.
    Love the “giving” spirit in your family. Love you photo’s.
    So your all moved in, but your still sick. What’s up with that?
    The house is quiet again for another year… kind of.
    Santa has been and gone. I ate way too much, won’t fit into my jeans, but who cares?
    I’m also looking forward to a great year of blogging. It’s been over a year for me, I can’t believe it. I better “step it up” a little. Great ladies out there, talented like you.
    Merry Christmas for another hour and a bit.
    Love Ya

  4. Beeb says:

    Thanks for the wonderful day! Our family owes you for always saving our memories with your beautiful pictures!!
    I am so proud to be apart of this wonderful family ( even with all our silliness) we all know how important it is to remember others. Such an exciting day!! First,  finding out that you and I are going to become great aunts, ( but you already are one!! in every sense of the word),  and that Sharon is going to be a Gramma for the first time!! Cayden found out he is going to have a little sister this summer, and we all had a wonderful day laughing and being together!! Thanks for being such an inspiration to Thomas, myself, and my kids!! We love you dearly
    Merry Christmas to You,

  5. ldh says:

    Dear Claudia,  Thank you for sharing this precious story of love and caring.  Hope you are beginning to kick your lingering illness.  Many Happy wishes to you for the new year!
    Kindly, ldh

  6. Anita Rivera says:

    Bonjour! Thank you for coming to my blog post via the wonderful Karen Harvey Cox! You certainly take wonderful photos and your stories are marvelous. “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love” – Hamilton Wright Mabie. How true…if the world could only be this way always. Let us be lights!!! Do come again for more original storytelling…this post you happened to stumble upon was a quick reflection of the beautiful experience I have had through blogging. I wish you a beautiful and succesful new year!!! Anita

  7. Tricia says:

    What a wonderful story. It is so great that they thought of someone less fortunate than themselves. Gives true meaning to the season as we celebrate the greatest gift of all. Have a wonderful Pink Saturday and a blessed weekend.

  8. suesue says:

    A beautiful story to touch all our hearts! The true meaning of Christmas!! Happy Holidays!

  9. Beverly says:

    Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Holidays to you and your family, Claudia.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of humanity at its best with us.  The world is a better place because of these kinds of acts.

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