Thank you!

Thank you!

Thank you!

Last week I asked you to chime in on your thoughts on holidays and dates and family time. Chime in you did.

I am humbled. You all gave me so much to think about! I’m going to really cherish my time having all of my kids under one roof for the holidays and learn to be really flexible in the future.

While, ideally, the Rev. and I would go TO the grandchildrens’ homes for Christmas, The Rev.’s vocation just may impede this, unless they live close to us (we’ve not set a great example int his regard.) I have, however, come to learn that it is very difficult on young families to pack up and visit far flung relatives, especially when children are very young and used to certain routine and space. Money is also an issue as even driving vacations can be cost prohibitive. So, as grandparents, I hope we can do most of the traveling.

I  know that with two small babies in the house it seems silly to be planning to be a grandmother. However, our oldest is 14. We were blessed with him at age 24. 10 years is not that far away!

I also know that having the girls later in our parenting career will complicate things. Will they be forced to spend a few Christmases away from their home? Perhaps. I do know that they will spend more holidays without their siblings than their brothers will.

So, thank you for your frankness, your willingness to put it all out there, for joining in the conversation! It has been an eye opening conversation to say the least, and I appreciate learning from all of you!

And now, another chance to chime in! As you look back at 2010, what is the most eye opening experience you had? Let me know!

  1. Rachel says:

    Pam, I love your blogs by the way… I think you’re doing a remarkable job establishing holiday traditions within your own family unit. If kids grow up having fun and enjoying holidays with their families, they’ll be more likely to carry on similar traditions and want to come back home to spend holidays with their parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, etc. as adults. I grew up spending holidays in the car, driving to two sets of grandparents, visiting with aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. and I loved it. But as an adult, my parents, brother and I don’t really have our OWN traditions to bring us together as an extended family. So my husband and I are making a conscious effort to spend actual Christmas Eve/day in our own home (at least while our kids are still young)and we visit extended family the weekend before/after Christmas. While I do plan to be flexible on how we celebrate holidays when my boys have families of their own, I do hope we’ll have a good stockpile of traditions and memories to draw us close in the years ahead!

    If memory serves, won’t this be “Babies’ First Christmas” for your twins? (Aren’t they January babies?) Enjoy and God bless!

    • Dakotapam says:

      Yes, it will be the girls’ first Christmas and we are so excited! We were a little nervous that last Christmas would have been their first, and that would have been too early!

      I too really like to celebrate in my home, which I think we’ll have to respect when the kids are grown and in homes of their own.
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  2. Rebecca says:

    That sometimes people don’t believe in God and are put off by a football player spending two seconds to kneel and point to the heavens as he thanks God for his ability to play football. It saddens me that the nonbelievers are making this world so that Christians have problems when they worship God. Didn’t the Pligrims come to America so they can worship God as they please?

  3. Dakotapam says:

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