Truth: This year I'm even less prepared for Christmas than I usually am. I haven't ordered holiday cards, or purchased a gift for my husband. Not that I'm too worried about it... Christmas has never been a big deal for Clifton and I from a material standpoint anyways, and this year our focus is once again shifted to just being together. As you all know, our lives took a sharp left hand turn a couple of weeks ago, when I ended up needing two shunt revision surgeries in less than a week, with some unexpected complications, and we are working our way through the beginning of what is proving to be a difficult recovery.
What we are going to give ourselves for Christmas is an entire weekend "away" from my shunt and the worries that come along with it. We are going to spend time with our family and friends, and take time to appreciate the things that we have, and the time that we have together.
In reflection, I have already received so many amazing (true) gifts this year, that could never be replaced. For these things I am eternally thankful, because these are the gifts that can't be bought:
For these gifts, I can not express the depth of my gratitude.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Humbly, with much love,
12/24/2015 04:20:03 pm
You are such a warrior, in more ways that one. This beautiful post is a true example of what holiday gratitude should look like. You're such a light to my family and I can't express how much I value your true friendship. This coming year will bring new challenges, but you're positive countenance and enduring will
12/24/2015 04:22:47 pm
leave a confident reassurance on my heart, that you will DO THIS! You're a rare and beautiful force, thank you for sharing your life with all of us. I love you!!
12/24/2015 07:43:12 pm
Words can not express my relentless love for you and yours. xo thank you for refusing to leave my side.
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My name is Amy but friends and family call me Am. I am a lover of dogs, good whiskey, and strength training. I'm a brain surgery survivor (x31), a fiddle player, a construction designer, and a boxing enthusiast. I have six real siblings, and five fake brothers. I love deeply, and consider my close friends to be family.