Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Angels

This Christmas has been so "different" to say the least. We don't even have a tree up yet (it's going up tonight!!) Moving, only having one car (and it's a pickup) swaps, and babysitting have all been very time consuming and we are so far behind on everything. Anyway, even though this Christmas is not as I had planned I know it is going to be wonderful and magical for the kids.

I wanted to share a story about a year that I missed Christmas, but I did have Christmas Angels. Eighteen years ago I was pregnant with my daughter Lexie. All four of my other pregnancies had gone fine but with Lexie about 3 weeks before Christmas I developed toxemia. I was put on strict bed rest. How is a mom with 4 kids suppose to be on bed rest right before Christmas. It was hard and after a week my boys found me in bed having seizures. They called their dad and 911 and then went and caught the bus for school. They were such little troopers. I was admitted to the hospital and wasn't allowed any stimulation. No lights, baths, limited visitors, etc.... I was on Mag Sulfate, which is a very strong med to keep your blood pressure down. It wasn't the best timing!

Anyway, my sweet sisters, Cathy, Robyn and Stacey went over and put up our Christmas tree and decorated it with the boys. My Mom and Dad took my kids for Christmas break and kept them at their house. Mom, Dad and my brothers and sisters all made sure the boys were taken care of so I didn't have to worry about them. My mom was a nurse at the hospital so besides taking care of my boys she also would go to work and always stop in and take care of me. One evening she even came in with some kind of dry powder shampoo stuff and "washed" my hair for me so I wouldn't feel so gross. My sister, Cathy, brought me a little Christmas tree with little decorations and put it on my bedside table at the hospital. I collect music boxes and my mom brought me a globe music box with the Nativity scene in it and put it by the tree and then there was a light that shined right over the tree and music box. It was so beautiful and so nice to look over at and have a little Christmas of my own.

On Dec. 27 they finally decided they'd better take the baby because I was deteriorating so fast. So I was put under general anesthesia and woke up to find out that I finally had my beautiful baby girl. Lexie only weighed 3lbs. 6 ozs. and so she was in ICU for a couple of weeks.

After I got out of the hospital my brother, Mike, organized a nightly dinner drop off for us. For well over a week someone would drop a wonderful dinner off at our house. It was so nice to not have to worry about dinner every night while I was recovering, taking care of the boys and trying to make daily trips up to see Lexie.

I don't know if my family realized how much that meant to me, but I will never forget their kindness towards me and my boys. I truly have a wonderful family and they are all angels to me!


Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Sherry
I loved seeing the pictures of your beautiful family. The story about your Christmas Angels is amazing. You truly have the most wonderful family who helped you through such a frightening time.
I hope you have the best Christmas ever in your lovely new home surrounded by your loved ones.
Merry Christmas from England.

Dawn said...

Hi Sherry

Aww what an absolutely magical story for Xmas!
Family means so uch at this time of year...
Just wishing you a fantastic Xmas in your new house and hope your wishes come true in 2009...


Cathy said...

You are definitely worth it Sherry! Merry Christmas and much love, Cathy

robyn said...

Is this the year we put some of the Christmas off until late Jan. or early Feb. I remember one year we had to wait a little later to celebrate with you. Merry Christmas and we would all do it again. Love you

Anonymous said...

It was a scary but blessed year. I remember Jeremy knew about seizures so recognized it when he saw you. Remember all the cute little tiny gowns I made for Lexie so she'd stay warm and snuggly -- and cute? You are so important in my life -- then and now. I love you. YOU are an angel to each of us. Mom

Angela Harris said...

Hi sherry!
It's so good to come check in on you guys. That's so great you were able to get the kidsout sleding. I loved that story about your Christmas angels. It sounds like they did everything they could think of to make it easier for you. God Bless them for that. Valoria is a size 2 to 3T. But I certainly don't want you worrying about sending anymore packages with all the swaps & such you're doing. I just want you to be able to relax in your new beautiful and organized house!

Melinda Cornish said...

this is what Christmas is really all about...feeling loved and cherished by your family...We just had a truly "not normal" Christmas too, and you know it was nice and cozy and the kids loved it...Plus we started a new tradition...A Christmas Eve bonfire and I bet the kids will remember it forever....So much for being "poor" and snowed it....I am richer for it! Melinda

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