This was our Christmas tree this year. The first Christmas tree we've had in this house and we've been here more than 8 years. That's because we've been going somewhere else to celebrate every year and I'd just been decorating our fireplace mantles. But I hope we've started a new tradition of having the family come to our house for Christmas. So I bought this tree on Black Friday and immediately set it up. That's my "cry baby" to the left of the tree. A friend from where I used to work made her for me years ago. Can you see the snow out the window to the right?
Sadly I got a call at 5 a.m. on the 26th that my brother's wife had passed away and we left at 3 p.m. to drive to Texas. She was in Tennessee with us on the 4th of July and started feeling sick after they returned to Texas. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given 6-12 months. It was a shock that she was gone so soon, but a blessing that she did not have to suffer long. My brother is having a rough time, as you can imagine, but he is a strong person and he has a good support system of friends around him.
We are all looking forward to a much better year. 2010 was sure a doozy!