Friday, December 26, 2008

A Beautiful Day

Christmas day here was a beautiful one for many reasons. Despite dispatching a 24 hour flu inside of 6 hours, Henry enjoyed himself terrifically. He saw that we had an early start, at 5:15. The girls followed by 6:30 and the present opening commenced. We started with the stockings from Santa and finished with the remainder after breakfast.

Henry responded to each present with "that's what I always wanted!" We had enough gifts for several Christmases. During presents Henry was a bit lethargic and fussy. Soon afterward he vomited. He needed several trips to the bathroom as well. We resigned ourselves to make the most of a Christmas with him being sick.

After a nap however, he was a new person. He arose and after our family arrived, perked up quite a bit. He spent the afternoon playing with his cousins, running around outside, shooting darts and generally being a rambunctious little boy. It was a pure delight to see.

Today was a perfect example of how each day surprises us right now. From being in the Emergency Room the other day to waking up on Christmas sick and ending the day laughing and jumping.

I put Henry to bed last night and rubbed his back as he fell asleep. He said, "Dad, how long are you gonna stay here?" I just didn't want to let this Christmas day end. "I just want to sit with you for a while," I said. "That's OK with me, either way, whatever you want." And I rubbed his back until he fell asleep on Christmas night, his sisters laying in the rooms just across the hall after a beautiful day.


Anonymous said...

Thx for sharing your Christ-mas Day with us...great pic with Santa.

Anonymous said...

Dear Bryan,Tara and kids,
I am so glad that your Christmas turned out so nice after all. The picture is the best gift. Looking at the picture you would never know that you all had a few rough days. Henry looks like a little grown-up man. You would never know anything is wrong. In the coming year may you all stay as strong and loving as a family as you are today. Best wishes,
Love, Gina,Craig,Carinna and Corey Householder xoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

I have thought a lot about your family this holiday season. I'm very happy that you were all able to spend it together. You are a beautiful family.

Natalie West said...

Your family has been in my prayers during this holiday season and all the time. I am sorry to hear of Henry's hard time on Christmas Eve but was delighted to hear that he ended Christmas day playing and running. Bryan and Tara, you are truly remarkable people and such great parents. Your daughters are wonderful sisters to Henry. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you and your family. Henry is a blessing and a very brave young man. God Bless You all.