Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas Preparation

Yesterday we decided that we should get the house ready for the holiday season. Usually this entails dressing in our snow gear and boots and heading out to a tree farm. This year, since we cannot have any plant material in the house during Henry's neutropenic times, we headed to Target instead. We walked away with a 7 1/2 foot fake tree which had to be de-coned for us to use. Within a few hours we had our house looking like Christmas.
Henry Santa
We had guests from Granya's church come in the afternoon to keep us company. In the evening Tara's sister and her family joined us for dinner and visiting. Henry enjoyed playing with his cousin Charley. It was a happy normal day.

After everyone left for the night, it was Henry's bedtime. We prepared his nutrition and read books. Perhaps because of the evening's activities or a late nap, he did not fall so quickly to sleep as previous nights. He likes company as he falls asleep now and we're happy to oblige, but this night, I fell asleep first. I awoke and he was out. I stumbled downstairs for a bit of TV before bed.

I had a hard time falling asleep when it came time for bed. The busyness and ease of the day had its repercussions in the quiet of those moments before sleep. Our situation becomes easier to ignore during a hectic day, but its weight bears down heavily in the stillness at night.
I need so
To stay in your arms, see you smile, hold you close
And It weighs on me
As heavy as stone and a bone chilling cold...
I was just wondering if you'd come along
Tell me you will
-Dave Matthews Band


Granya said...


What is there to say through my tears?

My admiration and sorrow and hope and faith and love - none of it is enough I know.

What a gift this week has been, and how painful too.

rlbates said...

Henry is so cute in his hat! Hope you have a blessed holiday season.

Anonymous said...

I love the pictures of Henry! Love his smiles. Quiet time gives you time to think and sometimes that is hard. Enjoy the time at home!
Decorating for Christmas is fun and I know Henry enjoys that!

Our continued thoughts are ALWAYS with you all.
Much love,
Cousin Susan H.

Anonymous said...

Bryan, your writing is so powerful-I am grateful for your sharing of it.

A few reminders to all---don't forget to donate blood, only took minutes for "in and out" of the door this week. Such an easy thing for all of us to do.

Saw your mom in law last night, and love the white bracelets that have been made in honor of Henry.


Anonymous said...

Bryan, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. The quiet, reflective times can be hard I'm sure. Please know that during our quiet times we think about Henry and your family often. We send you all our love.
Jo & Mark

DGM said...

Bryan and Tara,
I am moved time and time again by your daily updates for their openness and the weight of the message they carry. Not a day goes by without my thinking of all your family.
Many blessings and much love,
Deborah Mohr

susan said...

Bryan and Tara,
Hope all goes well and without incident at JHH. Thanks again for your "voice". Hold on and keep the faith.
susan K.