Days 10-14: Life Interrupted

This was the year I was going to have it all together. This was the year we were going to get the focus of Christmas in the right place for the entire season. We were going to have great activities and great focus.

Then, life interrupted. My grandma died on Sunday morning. We're leaving today for the visitation and funeral. All the advent calendar boxes, the Christmas shopping, and the traditions are going to have to wait. We'll have a week less to focus on those things because this week we'll be focusing on celebrating the life of a woman who shared a birthday with Jesus.

For this week in this holiday season, we won't have to work hard to focus on God's gift to us because we'll be experiencing His comforting arms up close and personal. We'll be spending lots of time reminiscing about how my grandma loved to sing, how she loved to laugh, how she loved her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and how she loved Jesus. It's not going to take work to focus our family's thoughts on Jesus because we'll be busy thinking about how my grandma is hanging out with Him as we speak.

We're going to take a bag of candy on our trip with us and let the girls hand out candy to other kids when we stop along the way. We'll keep the spirit of giving going, but we won't have a new box to open every day until we get home. I'll share some of our adventures with you when we get back.

But for now, I'm going to leave you for the rest of this week with some posts from the past few Christmases, and I'm going to ask you to give something to us in the next few days. We'd love your prayers as we walk the road of this final goodbye to a lady who was so full of life until dementia stole those last few years from us. It's been a long, difficult goodbye and as we gather to celebrate my grandma's life, we'd love to know you're praying for us in our grief and celebrating with us as we know she's whole and happy once again.

Thank you, and I'll "see" you next week.