Or it's already Christmas if you ask Morgan. It's been snowing, and we've been to a Christmas play already, so of course presents are coming any day... right?!
First was the death of a friend of mine. He suffered from diabetes and kidney failure and was only 40 years old. It was unexpected, completely a shock. Everyone believed that he would get a transplant and live a long life. He was so full of life he just had to. For Dana and I, it's scary to consider the parallels. Dana is just 2 years younger, and also suffers from diabetes. While his kidneys have held out, he has dealt with his fair share of health issues, and it really put things in perspective.
2 days after the funeral the snow began to fall. Snow means extra work for Dana. It means very early mornings and going into work on days off. It's tiring for him, and it isn't easy on the rest of us. The kids miss seeing daddy in the evenings, and Dana misses spending time with them. Right now our evenings are a rush to eat dinner and go to bed.
Then this weekend my great aunt Ruby died. It is a blessing that she is no longer in pain, but she will be missed. She was such a sweet lady, and Kaia had grown to love spending time with Aunt Ruby.
Through all of this though, Christmas approaches and it's not all sad news. My VISTA worker started this week, and is staying with us temporarily. A new face in the house means very excited and talkative kids. I'm also preparing for a conference in New Orleans. A city I've wanted to visit for a very long time, but wondered if I'd ever make it there. The twins continue to grow and are becoming quite the characters. And we all continue to enjoy good times spent with family.