Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas - the gift of time.

I don't remember Christmas last year... I had to really, really rack my brain trying to remember what on earth we did to celebrate.  With the help of my husband, sister, and parents I slowly pieced together what we did to celebrate Christmas.  It is no surprise to me that I don't remember much of the fall last year, I hibernated in my house with my kids and tried to make sense of what was happening.

This Christmas is much different.  Life is different.  As I witness other I-cell families and Canuck Place families try to cope with the loss of their child at this time of year, I try to make as many memories as a family as I can.  I get so inspired by Gabrielle so many times during the day.  I hold her and realize that one day these will be but a memory so I make sure to hug and kiss her as many times as I can.  I don't know if she will physically be with us next Christmas, it could be her last here with us.

When you have a little girl like Gabrielle things like lots of presents and toys don't seem important.  I don't want to spend my time running around like crazy buying toys and presents for my kids when soon they just end up as clutter and junk in the landfills.  What I do want is to spend time with the people I love the most.  That is what Christmas is all about to me.  Making memories, laughing, loving and sharing time with those you love.

The gift of time. Giving.


  1. Amy
    I think this "less stuff, more memories" is becoming a meme, a viral idea. MetroVancouver has a huge ad campaign going on right now about giving experiences that don't end up in the landfill. Candice and I will be having our first No Stuff Xmas this year. As always, the Ross family is way ahead of the curve when it comes to more meaningful ways of doing, and of being. Thank you for all the lessons that you and Gabrielle continue to offer us. These are precious gifts indeed.