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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Season


This year for the first time in many years we will be spending the holiday season at home in Minnesota. It is a time of many wonderful memories, particularly of our two sons Ted and Tony growing up.

 
Still, it is fraught with sadness as well, for during this special time of the year,  our eldest son departed this earth from the pernicious effects of bi-polar disease. This fall, when our grandchildren visited us from Arizona,  they heard some wonderful stories of their father and the uncle they never met.

Our daughter in law Deanne was a steadfast pillar of love and support in our son Teds life.  And now ours as well.  Standing with grace and courage in spite of the travails life has cast upon her, she brings hope and joy to all who know her.
 Deanne will be visiting us at Christmas. And there will be laughter and smiles……
 
And so to all our friends out there in blog land  Mrs. T and I wish you  the joys of the season to each and every one.  May there be peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.....
 

25 comments:

DJan said...

My heart goes out to you and yours during this time, TB. I know how it will still always remind you of the tragedy, but it's also good to share with others. Thank you for sharing with me. Sending you blessings and wishing you peace.

TexWisGirl said...

i know that when family's lose loved ones near the holidays, it always gives a somber edge to them. however, the smile on your daughter-in-law lights up a room like nothing else. bless her and all of you.

Willow said...

My heart goes out to you , many people don't understand how debilitating it can be to deal with that disease and the toll it can take on the person it affects and their family.
I hope being with your loved ones for the holidays can help ease some of the pain of your loss.

Far Side of Fifty said...

My sympathy to you and Mrs T. So sad and so young. It is good for you to share with your Grands about their Uncle, that way he will never be forgotten. I know you and Mrs. T. must have lots of good memories to share about your Ted, may those good memories surround you like a warm quilt on a cold day.

Betsy Adams said...

Losing a child has got to be one of the hardest things in life for a parent. I am so sorry and had not heard this story before. Looks like Deanne and the children are doing well though. God Bless all of you.

I have another blog friend who lost a daughter through suicide to a similar disease a few years ago... Mental Disease is something which our country needs to study more and learn more about how to treat it and truly help those who suffer.

Merry Christmas. I'm sure there will be tears --but there will also be LOTS of laughter and love...

Hugs,
Betsy

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

My sincerest heartfelt thoughts go out to you. I know what losing a child is like as I too lost my son five years ago. -- barbara

Sue said...

I think Texwise said it so well.
Have a blessed Christmas . Never forget the memories.

Out on the prairie said...

We make our holiday as we want it to be. You have a very nice family so I hope the best for the holidays to all.

Anvilcloud said...

I had no idea and am so sorry for the loss of your son. You seem to have a great positive attitude, and I wish you all the best this season.

Arkansas Patti said...

How unbearable to lose a child. I can't imagine such a pain. However, I commend you both for keeping his memory alive and for introducing him to those who came too late to know him.
May the good memories bring you peace and warmth.

Red said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's good to go back and reminisce. You were able to enjoy the good parts. As DJan says it helps to write about it and share with others. Loss of children is devastating. My parents lost their only daughter at age eleven 11

NCmountainwoman said...

So glad you will celebrate at home with family. Like others, I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. I know it is reassuring to recall happy times with his own children.

George said...

I know from experience how the laughter and joys of Christmas can be mixed with sadness and tears. I hope you and your family have a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

Valerie said...

I popped in to say hello and to thank you for visiting my blog. Christmas can be an emotional time but more so when someone dear is lost. My stepson suffers with something similar to your son although not properly diagnosed. I am only now beginning to understand it.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas.

Should Fish More said...

Merry Christmas, TB. I'll raise a silent toast to you and yours Christmas eve. To those here and not here; you're all within me.

Catherine said...

Wishing you and your family a most wonderful joyful Christmas my friend!
xo Catherine

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Just read several of your previous posts. I remember Christmas in southeastern Minnesota when I was a kid. In Austin. I lived outside playing in the snowy depths. Begged to stay out longer when my parents called me in at night.

Now, I prefer to be barefoot - year round. In the other Austin. A sincere Merry Christmas to you and yours this year. Peace.

Ms Sparrow said...

Season's Greeting to you and all your family!

Vicki said...

May your Christmas be warm and bright!

LoieJ said...

Hello. Thought of you on Sat when we drove along the Mississippi, crossed to Wis at Wabasha, and saw eagles along the river. Someday I hope to get to the eagle place that I've seen in your blog. My daughter, unfortunately, has the same illness as your son did. These conditions are heart breaking, even treated, and expensive. :(
You inspired me to simplify my blogs and user names. You may have known me as PS anAfterthought.

Nancy Claeys said...

Holidays are difficult when we aren't able to spend them with loved ones no longer with us... but good memories abound and help us through.

Wishing you and your family Peace and Joy this holiday season Ray. xo

warriormom said...

I've not been blogging much lately, just checking in this morning. I am encouraged and uplifted by your post, how special to share memories with your grandkids and how special to have your daughter-in-law in your life. I'm stumbling over the "Merry" part this year, but grateful nonetheless. ((hugs)) to you and Mrs. TB

Kathy H said...

Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. T. I hope you have a very wonderful holiday time. Difficult not to have one family member there, but I am sure, much gladness to have all the others gathered to enjoy the love and laughter.

walk2write said...

Sorry I'm a little late with Christmas wishes. This is one of those holidays meant for family togetherness and memories of loved ones. Many blessings to you and your family.

Ien in the Kootenays said...

Time for the soul. So good to hear you have your daughter in law with you, and the grandchildren. You and the ms always look as if you have a good strong bond too. As th
e pagans say, Blessed Be.