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

The Kid's Tree

2005 began a tradition of the Kids Tree. We upgraded that year to a bigger tree and moved our small tree, which we'd had since our marriage, to the kitchen. On that tree, the kids added their handmade ornaments from school, along with paper chains, pine cones, and anything else we crafted that year. The "star" topper was a cut out of the boys' hands.


It seemed we spent the majority of our time in our kitchen area so it brought me great joy to look upon this tree. Each ornament had a story behind it and special memory.

2005 was a blessed Christmas because it was the year of our motorcycle wreck. Tim and I were still recovering from our injuries and we were more than grateful to still be here celebrating with our boys. It reconnected all of us and made us appreciate the season - and each other - even more.

I remember truly appreciating every moment with the boys that season. I am ever thankful for that wreck because it really made us stop and enjoy life, appreciate the simple things, and never miss an opportunity to spend time with those we loved.

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