Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Littlest Christmas Tree


This year we decided that it would be too hard to put up our Christmas tree, or any decorations. We had hopes and plans of how we envisioned Christmas with Preslie, and we figured that the Christmas decorations and tree would be a constant reminder of what we don't have. After the difficulty of Thanksgiving we were trying to avoid Christmas at all costs. It wasn't until 3am this morning we decided that Preslie wouldn't want us to sit in our misery, so we put up a little tree. Chris bought it for the future kids last Christmas. This year it is Preslie's tree, and we decorated it with all the Disney Princesses, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Star Wars, and other kid ornaments we have. Although it was really hard to put it up, we felt a lot of peace.

Every year during Christmastime we chose something we are going to give to Jesus. I kept thinking about it this year, and kept thinking "I already gave something this year." We decided that we are going to follow our tradition, and find something we can do this December to bring us closer to the Savior. We hung an empty little stocking above the Christmas tree, where we will put what we are going to give the Savior.

We hope that we will find more comfort and peace this Christmastime, and that things will start to look better for us.

7 comments:

you gonna eat that? said...

I love the little tree with the princess ornaments, just like little princess Preslie.

Deb and Stan said...

You have already given Jesus something. You gave him your faith and your trust that He will get you through this. You've given me the witness that, hard as this must be, God chose the perfect people for His precious little Preslie. You inspire me and really make me want to be a better person. Our prayers are with you! Love!

Schrievers in a Nutshell said...

Very cute tree Preslie has to love it!!! I hope you can find some peace... we love ya!

Jenny and Kelsey said...

I love that tradition of writing something that you'll give Jesus. Jenny and I are doing that this Christmas too! I love the tree and I'm glad that you decided to put it up, Preslie would be happy about that. Hang in there. We love you!

Danny and Lauren's Blog said...

Not only have you given the Savior MANY things like Deb and Stan said - you have given me and so many others a lot as well - your example is incredible and grace amazing. Xoxo.

Dan and Sheila said...

Hi my name is Daniel Winterbottom, one of my good friends that works at University Hospital told me and my wife about your blog after we had the loss of our baby in November. I'm so sorry for your loss I know how you feel.
Many friends are willing to help out with there support and comfort in such a hard time this season. One of our friends gave us this poem, it made me cry for a long time.

My First Christmas in Heaven

I see the countless Christmas tree round the world below,
With tiny lights, like heaven’s stars, reflecting on the snow.
The sight is so spectacular. Please wipe away your tear,
For I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christmas this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear,
But the sounds of music can’t compare with the Christmas choir up here.
I have no words to tell you the joy their voices bring,
For it is beyond description to here the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me. I see the pain inside your heart.
But I ma not so far away… we’re really not apart.
So be happy for my loved ones, you know I hold you dear.
Be glad I’m spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I sent you each a special gift from my heavenly home above.
I sent you each a memory of my own undying love.
After all, love is the gift more precious than pure gold.
It was always most important in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other, as our father said to do.
For I can’t count the blessings or the love he has for each of you.
So have a merry Christmas and wipe away your tears.
Remember I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.
Author unknown


P.S. feel free to visit our blog.
www.winterbottomfamily.blogspot.com

My wife loves your blog and used it as her inspiration in building ours. Thank you for the inspirations.

Bobby and M!kell said...

beautiful tree. ♥ perfect for your angel Preslie.