Is It Still Christmas?

Yesterday I was very excited because we were finally getting to celebrate Christmas with Chris’s side of the family!  Yippee! There just was not time before Christmas and with getting Carlton all moved to his new home with Chris’s sister and family it was just too much.  So we opted for yesterday.

It was a little difficult to celebrate in the house with so many memories of Christmases past but all in all I think we did okay.  Carlton has settled into the the groove mostly in the new place and we were so happy to see that he seems to be doing well.  There are things, of course, which are going to take some time.  But all in all, he seems to be doing really well.  And that is what made the day.  Knowing that he is going to be okay.  Colleen and Bryan and Meredith are going to be the best support for him and while I am missing the guy it is definitely time to move on and allow this to be the new normal.

The great part—-I got to cook dinner for everyone!   The full gamut–ham, hash brown casserole, green bean casserole, etc.!  Yum.  We all sat around the table, thanked God for our blessings, and delved in!

Of course presents were exchanged and even though we had already given Carlton his new TV as a present before Christmas he had a few special things to open also which made him happy!  It is so wonderful to see him coming back out of his shell and engaging with all of us again.  The move is going to be so good for him.   It makes my heart happy.

Thanks so much to all of you out there who have asked and who have supported us with prayer during the past 6 months or so.  The end is in sight.   At least this part!   The house is getting cleaned and we hope to resume our normal lives (or whatever normal is for us) by early February.  It has not been easy but it is time.  Time to move on and get to the next stage.  Time to let go of Carlton a little bit and allow him to explore his new life in his new surroundings.   Never mind that he tried to take the toilet paper from the house here……some things will never change!

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  1. I am so happy that things are working out well for Carlton. For his sake and for your sake , too. God is good!

    As I get older I realize how important family love is. I took it for granted while my folks were still alive, but I need to cultivate the relationships with my cousins and nieces and nephews. You can’t have too much love, or give too much love.

  2. Love the pictures… sounds like a great holiday

  3. So happy to hear that things are getting better and that Carlton seems to be adjusting well. The pics are great!!! Have a good week! 🙂

  4. So Christmas doesn’t come but once a year!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all.

  5. Becky Miracle says:

    Your Christmas sounds like ours….12 days of Christmas (??), but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Family time is great no matter when! So glad to hear Carlton is doing well and things will hopefully start to settle down for all of you. I won’t say “normal”, but maybe a new “norm” for everyone as life moves on. As you know…even as life moves on there will still be those moments when it hits you again, but hang in there and know that you have tons of people who care!

  6. This is happy news, Beth Ann. So glad Carlton and family are adapting. Love the shoe strings.

  7. What a wonderful post!
    Who said Christmas had to be celebrated on just one day anyway?
    Next time just slip Carlton the toilet paper = that would be so much easier . hee hee hee!

    • It cracked me up that he was taking the half used roll of toilet paper. Some things just don’t change. He would always take it out of “my” bathroom and I had the feeling it was the not so subtle hint that it was time for me to go. Now I know his sister has a nice supply for him so I am not sure what it was all about!!! But it did make me laugh. I am considering getting a huge pack at SAM’s and giving it to him.

  8. Helen Brown says:

    I am so glad that Carlton is doing well after his move. He looks like he really enjoyed his presents. I wish you all a happy 2012.

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