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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Ornament...

Go back in time with me for a moment, please. It's 2001, I am 25 weeks pregnant with our first daughter, Ash. I have been on strict bed rest since 20 weeks and have been in the hospital more times with this pregnancy that I could (or would want) to keep track of.

I lived about an hour away from my family. A hop, skip and a jump during any other time in my life but with bed rest I was not allowed to be that far away from my doctor's office or hospital.

I spent the week of Thanksgiving in the hospital and was not looking forward to not being at "home" with my family for Christmas. If I was even going to be at "home"...I would most likely be in the hospital. I didn't want people to feel like they would have to wait on me hand and foot. I didn't want to be the center of attention and ruin the holiday. I know people have it and have had it way worse than me and I am thankful I was (am) alive to be even able to celebrate a holiday but it wasn't feeling like a holiday.

I was on a few different medications that made me feel awful. I had to lay on my left side 24 hours a day. I was lonely, tired and scared. This was my first baby and nothing was going how it should be in all of the baby books I had read.

I didn't want Christmas to not feel like Christmas though. That's hard to do when you are in a hospital 5 out of 7 days of the week and your husband is either at work or by your side taking care of you. He didn't have the time to turn our home into the North Pole.

One of my brothers did though...he arrived and brought Christmas with him. He showed up one Saturday morning that I thankfully was home, brought a real tree, tree stand and all of the Christmas decorations one could need. He did all of this without us asking for help. He did all of this without asking us if we needed anything.

He even gave me a special ornament that he bought because he said he couldn't pass it up because he knew I would love it. He was right...to this day, it is my very favorite. It reminds me that he loves me. That he loved me enough to take the time to give my husband and I a Christmas. That he loved me enough to not only buy all of the "usual" things one needs to decorate but the "unique" things to make it feel thoughtful.

I love Woodstock from The Peanuts!
This ornament made one miserable girl on bed rest
very, very, very happy!

What is your favorite ornament and why?

I'm linking up with Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.

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At December 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Kristin said...

It's the little things in life that mean so much. Your brother sounds like an amazing guy Kristen. I loved reading this post. It shows true character to me to know that you went through that hard time and yet still were able to see all your blessings despite the hardships. Great post my friend! xoxo

 
At December 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

What an awesome brother!!

My mom had a silver bell music box that plays "Silver Bells." I always loved winding it up to hear the tinkling little song from the tree. I was moved to tears when my mom gave it to me for my first married Christmas!

 
At December 6, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Robbie K said...

You have a wonderful, thoughtful brother! That ornament is adorable and the memories of it even more meaningful. Beautiful post!

 
At December 6, 2011 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I love this. This is the kind of relationship I want my children to have as adults. They don't need to be each other's day to day best friends, but when something is going on they would know the exact right thing to do.

So sorry you had such a rough time with your first pregnancy- I can only imagine how scared and alone you must have felt

 
At December 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM , Blogger Sara said...

So sweet! Stop by my blog Thursday, I'm giving you an award! :)

 
At December 7, 2011 at 1:22 AM , Blogger Naila Moon of the Grey Wolf said...

Very sweet! We have something in common...I adore Snoopy!
~Naila Moon

 
At December 7, 2011 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Maren said...

This is a great story. Your brother must love you very very much. :) What a blessing :)

 
At December 8, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Blogger Jenners said...

I could see loving this ornament even without the wonderful back story ... but the back story makes it all the more special and amazing! And who doesn't love Woodstock?

Visiting from Mama Kats.

 
At December 8, 2011 at 7:41 AM , Blogger waytenmom said...

Tremendous story! Tremendous brother -- thank you for sharing this memory!

 
At December 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM , Blogger Arnebya said...

This is probably the sweetest thing I've read in a very long time, honestly. Just imagining how this must have made you feel brings tears to my eyes. I'd bet your brother and your daughter(s) also have a wonderful relationship.

 
At December 8, 2011 at 12:33 PM , Blogger Sew.What. said...

What a special story to tell. Sounds like a wonderful Christmas.

 
At December 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM , Blogger SUPAHMAMA! said...

That is truly a beautiful story. My Sister would laugh at the thought of doing something like this for me, yet I would totally do it for her in a heartbeat. I'm so glad to hear that your special relationship led to something so magical.

 
At December 8, 2011 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Jackie said...

Who would have thought it would be the brother that stepped up and decorated?
It most defintely sounds like a memorable Christmas and I can only imagine the memories that rush back with each view of that Woodstock ornament.

 

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