Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas Day

Since several have asked, and I was very unclear, I was in the hospital last week for Crohn's. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago and ever since I have had Eliza it has been out of control. I can't keep food down. I went 2 months without eating becuase it hurt so bad. It has been really hard being mom and being so sick. It has changed our lives completley. I felt pretty hopless for a while but now I have some good doctors and I am confident that they can help me. I didn't understand why people would give me their sympothy after finding out, (becuase it use to be not bad at all) but now I understand the sympothy. I have lost a lot of weight and feel so guilty when people say man you look so good becuase I haven't been trying and honestly I would much rather be completly fat than to deal with what I am. Right now I take everything day by day. My goal is to have more better hours in a day than bad. This Christmas has been very strange for me becuase I am the one busy busy busy but I have just had to take a back seat and let others serve me. I am so grateful for a sweet husband who becomes mom as soon as he walks in the door and older children who see the need to help the little ones. And what was suppose to be a simple explanation has now turned into a book so without further adooooo.... THE CHRISTMAS PICTURES!!!!
What can be better than Christmas chocolate? She could care less about the presents but she loooooved the chocolate. She kept batting her eyes at Tom and he would share his chocolate with her. SUCKER!!!! WHo could resist those eyes though??
Maybe now she will stop messing with my camera?
These were a huge hit even though he doesn't like wearing clothes.
NOw this picture must say it ALL!!! This was Santa's doing. I am going to have to have a talk with that big man. Seriously it is a fun little game. Even I have played. Despite the gifts it was a nice easy going Christmas. We felt like it was just right. FUn with gifts and family time getting to know the Savior. I am so greatful for him and the example he is to us. I am so grateful for the strength that he has become in my "sick" times. I am constantly amazed that when I am really needed then I have the strength and when it can just wait then I am sick. He has done that for me. I am grateful for healthy children and modern medicine that can help when we need a leg up. I love Christmas and everything that we feel during this time of year. I pray that you all had a wonderful Christmas!!!!


Carla said...

So cool! Now i'm wishing we still had ours. that way we could play each other. Fun game! Bring it to mom and dad's and maybe the kids won't get so bored. Then when they go to bed, we could play! : )

The Kent Family in Kenai said...

Dana, That picture is worth a THOUSAND words! Too cute!! I am so sorry to hear about your crohns! My ex-husbands mother and brother have that and I have seen the effects, I wish we were closer so I could help, but it sounds like you are surrounded with love ;) thank the Lord!

The Longnecker Zoo said...

LOVE the picture of Eliza. She is a doll. I will kick your butt in bowling...just you wait...even though I have never played it. Sure missed you. We will ressume our regular schedule on Monday morning girl. I miss you soooo much!

Leighanna, Reid and William said...

Dana- sorry about being so sick. If you ever need someone to talk to - I'm here and I understand the difficulty in being a mom and dealing with a chronic illness!! Hope you had a happy new year! Love you!

Stu and Kaycee Fillmore said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sickness. I really admire you for keeping at it and keeping a positive attitude. Our best wishes are with you and your family. It is so fun to see the pictures of your family at Christmas! Looks like it was a really fun time! Love, Kaycee