Merry Christmas

26 Dec

Happy birthday Jesus! Hope that everyone enjoyed their Christmas. We actually surprised the girls with momma coming home late Christmas Eve after all were in bed. This was exciting for me and for them. Our early bird Paige came to our bed to snuggle up with daddy at 4:30 a.m. to find me in bed. Then the same of Hayleigh at 6:30. It was fun to see them wonder who was in bed with daddy. I was up by the time mollie came down! This was all very fun and a wonderful surprise for Christmas.

Our morning was great the girls of course loved present time. I struggled to stay awake yesterday. This chemo regimen hit hard, and they warned us I would be tired. This was an understatement. Throughout all if my treatment I have remained active and strong, I experienced a new level of exhaustion. Regardless, it was wonderful to be home for the Christmas celebrations. I could not have been in a better place for the day.

Of course this year was different in many ways, too many to list, but I realize the gift of Jesus remains the same regardless of our circumstances. Loss and death seem magnified during the “holiday seasons”. We struggle because the memories aren’t what we remember, but ultimately the purpose of the season is so we remember who the true gift is, and that is why we celebrate. The rest is simply a bonus as a result of time together. As life is more uncertain then ever, the gift of baby Jesus, and the life of our Savior, keeps life in perspective and allow this heart to overflow with gratitude. Merry Christmas!

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12 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. Julie December 26, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    What a wonderful Christmas treat for you and your family! So glad you were in your own bed, getting lots of sweet cuddles & napping to the sound of joyful babes :)

  2. The McMullen's December 26, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Good Morning Allie,
    We started out our day praying for you and your whole beautiful family as we have done every morning for all these months. What an amazing light you are in this world. Our love & affections sweet girl:)

  3. Aunt Sue December 26, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    prayed for you often yesterday, wondering how the surprise went for the girls! Sweet babies, sweet you.

  4. Carlena December 26, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Merry Christmas Allie, so very happy that you got to spend christmas with your beautiful little girls & your hubby. You & your family are on our hearts & minds and we are praying for you. You are such an inspiration, stay strong sweet lady. God is using you to touch so many lives.

  5. Angie December 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Having you home for Christmas was by far their favorite gift!! I’m thrilled you were able to be home, even if you were exhausted! The 11 Youngstroms have been thinking of and praying for you and your family! We all love you:)

  6. Brit December 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Merrrry Christmas Allie! Delighted that u could be home with Adam and the girls for Christmas. My girlfriends and I are all planning to be at the bone marrow drive on Friday. Praying that a match will be found soon. Much love to you during this time. Love Brit

  7. Jamie December 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Best news of all! Merry Christmas!
    Jamie

  8. Shelly Vaughn December 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    I know how exciting that must have been… For the girls AND you!! Glad u were home to experience the joy of all four of your favorite blessings on Christmas morning!

  9. Tina Wilson December 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Allie,
    So happy you got to come home to be with your family for Christmas! Praying for you!

  10. Tom Price December 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Emily, Dave, the boys, Kimberly, John and Sarah came over for Christmas. Everyone of us is pulling for the Armstrongs in prayer and thoughts. Glad you are home.

  11. Jill December 27, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    I’m so glad you got to be home for Christmas. What a wonderful present! I hope you’re feeling better. Sending prayers your way!

  12. Jamie Carr December 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Glad to read that you were home for Christmas! I’m sure that was the best present for all.

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