December 25th 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve was very special last night. We all enjoyed a beautiful evening with Uncle Danny, Auntie Dawn, Danny, Jr., Michael and Pop. Alison was so excited and seemed to enjoy every moment from the lovely fire to dinner and presents. Stephen and Jen accompanied Mom to church for a late night mass. Dad stayed home with Alison. When Mom returned home, she peeked in on Alison, she appeared to be asleep. As mom closed the door, Alison said, " We didn't read the story". It has been a tradition since Alison was a little girl that she and mom would read, 'Twas The Night Before Christmas. So, while Alison dozed, Mom read from the book that she had as a little girl. It was very special, a moment in time that mom continues to treasure-especially this Christmas.
Christmas morning was just the best. We were HOME, we were together and Alison was feeling good-what could be better? Opening the gifts around the Christmas tree is just one of those times in life when the rest of the world seems to fade away-nothing else matters but our children, our family. Cooking breakfast together was perfect and then Jen lead us in what is sure to be a new tradition-a scavenger hunt. It was such fun. John's fammily called. Alison answered the telephone and we were so glad that she was feeling so good-we knew that in her voice, they could hear her excitement and happiness. We all can't wait to get together next weekend. Our afternoon at Aunt Terri's was great-Alison really enjoyed seeing family that she has not seen in such a long time-especially her little cousins. She was having such a nice time that it was mom who had to finally say that it was time to go home.
We truly had a wonderful day, pain free and filled with love-it just doesn't get better than this.
We hope that you, too, had a special day filled with those that you love.
Merry Christmas to all.