We are still so very grateful for all the blessings we have been given.
Nate is still managing to get around! Mark did go to the first world series game in San Francisco. He was able to spread some of Nates ashes on the field. One of Nate's latest was to go to a World Series game every year. A tradition that will be carried out in his honor.
Nicole and I are heading to Florida this weekend. It is my nieces bridal shower. We are planning on hitting Nate's favorite beach there and spreading some of his ashes as well as taking in the dolphins. I will also giggle at the many times he went in to the ocean with his phone in pocket. He did so appreciate his time there.
I did manage to put up my Christmas tree. It is always of white lights and a collection of ornaments grouped in fours to pass on to the kids as they grow and leave. I was dreading it, YET, embraced it and found peace. It is different- and Nate's ornaments are on garland next to the tree. I am still mystified by the glow of the tree. Seeing the core/trunk as love, branches as our faith, lights as our hope and ornaments as our joy. All together bringing peace. The comfort the tree reflects thru the room and enters my soul, even as heavy as my heart is this year. I am seeking God's spirit. Feeling closer to Mary this year. That need to follow a star of pure, raw faith in blessings, honor and gratitude. The knowing that God is always in control and knowing what is best regardless of how dark and alone it may be. My favorite Christmas song has always been "Breath of Heaven, Mary's Song" by Amy Grant. I am thinking of Mary and searching my own star of hope, faith, light and peace. The breath of heaven to lighten my darkness. May you all find it as well.
Love is the reason for this season and we pass it on to you. We are very blessed for all of you. Thank you is still not enough to express how we feel.
Love to you all, now and for always!