So It’s November…

…and I think my brain is finally catching up and realizing my favorite holiday will be here before we know it!

Today I started thinking about the things that make this time of year magical…

… the smell of real Christmas trees

… Josh Groban

… decorating our tree {okay in a few weeks! ;) }

… Christmas lights

… witnessing the Christmas spirit. Have you noticed that people are generally nicer this time of year?

There’s so much more, but these are the things that have popped into my mind as I write this post.

Christmas will definitely be bittersweet. It has been since losing Jenna, but even more so as we will be missing sweet Nevaeh too this year.

Her service was amazing. It was in all honesty – hard to be sad. She was such a strong spirit. A fighter. I think she’d want to kick anyone’s butt that moped over her being in Heaven. That’s the kind of spunk this little girl had. I know I always call her ‘sweet Nevaeh’ but that’s because she was sweet… to me :) We painted butterflies together, so I think that’s what kept me on her good side ;) She was well known for speaking her mind and listening to your conversation when you didn’t think she was even awake.

A little over 200 pink and purple balloons were released at the gravesite to honor her memory. Everyone had the chance to write a note on their balloon before releasing them.

I want to thank you all for being such a fervent and prayerful support through this family’s loss and through just all of Nevaeh’s ups and downs these past few months. Nevaeh touched so many hearts, I think more than we’ll ever know.

I have a Christmas community project that I hope to share with you in a few days… so be sure to stop by!

In the mean time… enjoy yourself some Josh Groban. :]


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    jordan says:

    Ah yes such a bittersweet holiday, but it will also be lovely. I am very excited to hear about your service project, I try and do at least one during the holidays, I love this time of year!
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    Heidi says:

    The holidays are definitely tough for me. I really need to do a Christmas project!!
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    Stephine says:

    I’m not looking forward to Christmas much either :\ I was very excited, but I am thankful I will be growing a little one for Christmas.

    I think balloon releases are awesome. We did one on Oct 15th and it felt really good to write a note and send it into the sky.

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    antoinette says:

    oh Fran…i didnt know about Neveah..xoxo…my thoughts and prayers are with you all…what a special little girl

    the holidays are always going to be missing that special someone…but i look forward to a more blessed one this year <3

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    gina toothe says:

    i enjoy Christmas and the spirit of giving. i find so much more joy in giving then in receiving <3 When i feel low, it picks up my spirits when i do something for someone else. Also, Very recently my son & i released some balloons on my angel's 17th angelversary. It was the first time we have done that and words can't describe here what it felt like. I felt it was a small but nice way to remember him and i wasn't sad to see the balloons go as i had thought i would be. i felt proud to have been his mommy and my love for him has never faded or left me after all these years. My son who has never met his older brother even said alittle something in his memory and called him "my brother." it warmed my heart ;) thanks for sharing the beautiful pics Fran and i love the song ;)

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