Monday, January 5, 2009

Recap of our Christmas

Our family had a very nice Christmas. We got to "celebrate" several times with different family members, so we prolonged the festivities as much as we could. Lily had a fabulous time - and was very vocal in proclaiming her love for the "holiday season". I have posted MANY pictures, because I have been SO bad about doing that with all that has been going on. Lily lovin' on Uncle Rick, the Saturday before Christmas.
Meeting baby Colton for the first time. Lily LOVED him (she adores babies.)


The new PJ Posse!


Rockin' out on her new "starter drum set". Yeah, she's a rock star for sure!



Opening her new Easy Bake Oven from Papa and Grandma





Our cute, little chefs ready to bake cakes in their new ovens.











Lily REALLY enjoys her new snowflake puzzle. She could tell just by lookin' at it, that it was a great gift!





She also got a "video game" (by Leapster), from Papa and Booma D. It is wonderful! Keeps her busy, and learning for hours!









Miss "Tim" (aka Kim) sent us some Holiday gifts, including these incredibly delicious cupcakes. I'll let you GUESS if Lily enjoyed them!? Thanks again, Kim, your friendship is a TREASURE!























And, that is how we rang in the New Year! We went to my parent's house, played games, and watched the ball drop. Looks like my mom is sayin' "Well, Lily, that's it! Another year behind us, kiddo!"
The last couple weeks were very difficult for me. I grieved quietly, with very few tears...keeping things just below the surface. I tried to be in the moment as much as I could, because I needed to do that for Lily. BUT, it is a new year, and as of yesterday I am feeling alive again. I'm ready to embrace it, and all it has to offer.
I want to thank everyone for your comments, emails, phone calls, prayers, and support. It has meant more to me than you will ever know. I also want to say thank you to my sister, Jody. She has been the greatest gift from God to me. She celebrates with me, grieves with me, listens to me (A LOT), prays for me, loves me unconditionally, and yesterday she brought me the most beautiful pink daisies I've ever seen.
Happy 2009 everyone...it's gonna be a GOOD ONE!










21 comments:

Kristi said...

Nikki, Loved all the pictures of your families' Christmas time! You have been so heavy in my thoughts and prayers and I have been checking your blog often. So glad to "hear" from you and know you are doing well. You take all the time you need to "quietly" grieve and know we love and pray for you and for 2009 to hold wonderful plans for the Doctor family! Sending you our love, hugs and prayers!

Beverly said...

love the pics. you guys had a great time. I would imagine the pain of the loss is still a bit raw. grieve as you need!!

day by day said...

Hi Nikki!

I am so glad to hear from you...you have been on my mind a lot lately. How wonderful to have such a supportive sister who is there for you...such a blessing!

Glad you had a great Christmas and the pictures are all great!!!

Please give Lily a big hug from us!

Happy 2009, my friend!!!!

Gee Gee said...

You hang in there Nik... 2009 is gonna be FINE, FINE, FINE!!! Loved the pictures, as always.

amy said...

I agree 2009 will be an awesome year..

LOve the pics

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Looks like you had a GREAT holiday...
LOVE, LOVE , LOVE the pictures..
So glad to have met you on our journeys...
We have a special bond and Ms.Tim loves her Lily..
Glad you are doing well.
Love ya girly..
Hugs..
You know I am always here for you no matter when it is ..

3 Peanuts said...

I am thinking of you and praying for you. I hope you had some time to shed your tears (in private even). it is not good to hold that all in there:)

Love,
Kim

LaLa said...

Love all the pics of your sweet girl! The NYE one is great!! I see she made it to midnight.

I just know 2009 is going to bring you many blessings : )

holly m. said...

What a Beautiful family, Nikki!! You are so blessed with your little Lily! I look forward to see what God has ready for you to treasure this year, sweetie! Happy New Year and hugs to you all.:)

Linette said...

So glad to see a post from you! Love all the Christmas pictures. You are an amazing and strong Godly woman. I know God has some awesome things in store for your family in 2009! Sending you lots of hugs, my friend.

Tracy said...

Very sweet pictures.

Rhea Anne said...

I loved all the Christmas pics. I am praying for you and crying with you. I know you hurt and I want you to know that I am praying for you today. Blessings,

PIPO said...

The pictures are beautiful and I am so glad you were able to have that time with family.

2009 is a new year in which dreams can be realized. My heart is with you in the hope those dreams do come true.

The Byrd's Nest said...

I know you must be really hurting inside and you can't always show it because you are such a good Mommy. Big Hugs....this is a new year.

kerri said...

Wonderful pictures.
Looks like your holidays were terrific, spent with family and friends.
You have been on my mind so much, I am so glad you have had such wonderful support these past few months, your sister sounds like she has been there every step of the way.
This is going to be a wonderful year, I wish you all, health, happiness and prosperity.
Hugs for you.

Meredith Teagarden said...

Happy 2009!!

Steffie B. said...

So glad things went well....looks like a wonderful time....you have been in my prayers....but I know that God has wonderful plans for you and your family in 2009!

Hugs,
Steffie

mommy24treasures said...

oh Nikki I know it was difficult. I am just so sorry, I know 2009 is your year!

Heather said...

Looks like Christmas was an all time best! Lily is the sweetest!

Grieve girlie, grieve...it is okay and it will come in waves. But I like the wave you are in now and you are so right...it is going to be a great year and it is filled with the promise of all things yet unseen.

Sending hugs and love,
Heather

Jonni said...

Nikki,

It looks like you guys had a wonderful holiday and I know that 2009 is going to be a year of amazing opportunities. We love you and are glad to hear that things are getting a little better.

hugs,
Jonni

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