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Thursday, December 31, 2009

A bittersweet Christmas

We had such a lovely time at the cabin again this year for Christmas.We enjoyed playing games, cooking and visiting. We even went down to the pool and sat outside in the hot tub in below freezing weather. Christmas was everything it should be together as a family.

It has been hard to even write this post, as going on about all of our happy times over our Christmas holiday seem so bittersweet after the news we received December 26th.

We all arrived home with the most devastating, heart breaking news. My grandma Wheeler, my mom's mom was in a car with 5 of my family members when they were struck head on by a truck who had hit ice. We lost my grandma that day and it's been really hard to grasp. I am grateful my other family members, though injured will recover and be okay. I am thankful no other lives were lost in this tragedy.

I have so many wonderful memories of her and I'll cherish them forever. She taught me how to sew, how to knit and crochet. She was patient with me as a child and would read to my sister and I, allowing my sister to "pretend" read the books by making up stories based on the photos :)   She would play in the river with us and take us roller skating. I remember how she would let me steer the car on country roads when I was getting ready to learn to drive. I loved watching movies with her and trying to guess the plot with her. I remember how much she loved Christmas candy (the hard candy in pretty swirls) and how her spot was on the love seat next to the fireplace...where her coffee, glasses and cigarettes would rest near by. I remember her smell and how she would record my height on the wall in the hallway each visit. I loved her. I miss her.   So, sorry about not posting a new update about Christmas. I just didn't know what to say.

I'll leave this post with photos of our time at the cabin. It truly was a memorable Christmas, despite the sadness at the end.



















I hope everyone had a beautiful holiday. Wishing you ALL a safe and happy New Year.
Love,
Tessa Ann*





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Debbie ♥ ♥ ♥ said...

Everyone at the cabin looks like they're having a wonderful time! So sorry to hear the heartbreaking news of your grandmother. Hugs to you!!
I love all your colorful buttons!!

Wishing you a fabulous 2010!!

6p00d8341f698c53ef said...

i am so sorry tessa. but what wonderful memories you have of her...hang on tight to them.

your time at the cabin looked memorable...

wishing you peace...

Danielle said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. Big hugs to you and your family...

Amy said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandma. My sympathy to you and your family. I hope you have a great 2010!!

Karen Lopez said...

Tessa....so sorry to hear about your Grandmother. I hope you find comfort in all the great memories you have of her and with her. My thoughts are with you.

Julie said...

So sorry to hear about your Grandma. My prayers are with your family. Strange news to read bcuz on Dec 30th my husband's mom passed away. My girls lost their Nana & they'll miss her. It was a sad day, we thought she'd make it thru the New Year. I hope 2010 brings both our families peace & happy hearts =)

Jaime Lynne said...

Bittersweet... sometimes it is the only word to describe a holiday like this.

Thinking of you still.

Shemaine Smith said...

I am so sorry you lost your grandma, reading your memories made me smile and think of my own Grandma who has been fighting lymphoma for the past 4 years and all the fun things she did with me. Grandmas really do give us SO much! Best wishes for the new year and a speedy recovery for your other family members.

Amy Priddy :||: Priddy Creations said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how hard that was for you and your family to hear. My thoughts and prayers with you and your family

heidi cotton said...

Hey sis, love the new blog! and love the memories about Grandma you posted, reminded of some things i had forgot about..so thanks!
love ya lots!

Renee' Dezember said...

I am so sorry for your loss...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Rosena said...

Tessa, thank you for then lovely memories you shared of Grandma. 2010 will be a much better year! Luv you much! Momma

phamil said...

Oh Tessa, I'm so, so sorry about your Grandma. I know this is hard for you. I'm glad everyone else will be okay, what a terrible tragedy. I remember that you were the one person that specially touched me when I lost my Dad several years ago. Prayers to you and your family. Hugs.

Rene' Sharp said...

So very sorry for your loss Tessa Ann, and what a terrible time of the year for it to happen!! Thinking of you and your family x

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