In Loving Memory

  • Remembering my beloved child, Austin, who passed away at the early age of 14. He lived more in those 14 short years than most and is an inspiration to us all.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

1st Christmas

Austin's first Christmas was fun for us because of the new addition to our lives. At six months though he wasn't quite old enough to understand what the holiday was all about.

He did not enjoy Santa that first year but did love the tree and twinkling lights. We enjoyed spoiling him even more than we already did.
He woke us up at 3:30 am on Christmas Eve so we began a yearly tradition of celebrating at home that day. From that year forward, each Christmas Eve we allowed the boys to open one gift. Christmas Day began so early and it seemed so busy, as we were on the road traveling between family homes. Christmas Eve was always our time to stay home and listen to favorite songs, watch Christmas movies, sit by the fire and enjoy each other. We would go out that night, with a thermos of hot chocolate and blankets and drive around looking at Christmas lights.

Austin's first Christmas Day began early at his Mamaw B's, complete with a country breakfast. He had his first taste of scrambled eggs and gravy. We visited his Mamaw June for lunch and then to my grandma's, his Nanny Coons, for supper. It was a long day and he was fast asleep on the drive home.

His presents that first year were mostly necessities from us but throughout the list fire trucks seemed to be the theme! I think we all knew from the beginning what joy fire trucks would give Austin.

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