four more days...


Can you feel it?  Just four more days until Christmas!

I have nothing but baking and enjoying company on the horizon and it feels sooooo good.

I spent the last couple of days with my mom helping her finish up and just enjoying my time with her.  I don't know when it happened (I was not a lot of fun for her in high school, I'm sure...) but she is absolutely one of my very best friends and I so love my time with her.

I am just about to get in the car and head home so full and yet so empty...

As most of you know, this is our first Christmas without my sweet daddy and so many things are bittersweet.  He was a large presence in our home so his not being here is evident at every turn, and yet somehow the memory of him will not allow us to do anything except enjoy the season he adored.  Does that make any sense?

So this Christmas is for you dad.   You are missed with every fiber of my being but it would be selfish of me to say I wish you were here instead of in heaven.  So dance a sweet father daughter dance for me and I will see you again one Christmas soon.

xo, Patty


  1. Wonderful job of decorating you did :).... even with the pain of loosing your Dad.I lost My Mom in Aug. of 1998.Christmas shopping and decorating that Christmas was difficult.The pain passes and your left with the love of your parent.God keep your family in His arms this Christmas.Denise of Coffeeberry Cottage-your new follower :)

  2. TEEHEE-- I was already a follower-so I did start following you on pinterest.

  3. The decorating looks beautiful!.. I understand about how it feels to not have your dad there. My dad passed away when I was only 9 yrs old but my mom passed away when I was 29..She was my best friend like you are now with your mom.. My mom was Christmas in our home so while we all still love Christmas it is bitter sweet..Merry Christmas Patty and may God bless you and keep you all in His love always.

  4. Patty,
    I Hope You Dance!!!
    Never thought of that phrase with such conviction before. . .but I know how special that day will be when you will, once again, be reunited with your earthly father!
    So~o~o glad you had time to enJOY the process of Christmas this year and are ready to bask in its truest meaning!
    Merry, Merry Christmas, dear friend!!!

  5. All the decor is beautiful. I was a stinker to my mom in high school to but we are best buds now:) So thankful for that. This is the fist season with the loss of my grandfather also, so I feel your void. God Bless!

  6. Patty - What a sweet post. I treasure every moment I got to spend with my Mom getting ready for the holidays. Dad was always kinda in the background - but, you knew he was there. I miss my folks so much but know that they are so much better off, especially healthwise. But, I still miss them. Holidays are just not the same without them. I wish my Grandchildren and Great Granddaughter could have had memories of them at the holidays and other times.

    Enjoy your precious moments with your dear Mom.

    Merry Christmas.


  7. Oh Patti, I know how you feel, for me it is 34 years.....and yet, still a very bittersweet time, especially since my mom joined him in Heaven. And I'm sure both of them want me to just have fun and remember only the good things. I try, I really do. xo

  8. Oh my Patty! You have me in tears!! I understand your mixed feelings and missing your dad!! :( But you are right he is happy where he is and I can just picture a secial dad in heaven dancing w the little girl he loves dearly! I am so glad you have a special relationship with your mother now...I too had my mother as my best friend once the silly high schools days and immaturity was behind me. Savor your time with her...and have a wonderful Merry Christmas!!! :) four days...oh my!! :)

    XOXO Carolyn

  9. Everything looks beautiful. I know what you mean about being friends with your mom... I feel the same way. Thinking of you as you miss your Dad this Christmas... Merry Christmas!

  10. What a sweet sentiment to your dad! So happy to hear you are enjoying your time with your Mom. This is the 3rd Christmas since my Mom's passing. What I wouldn't give to have her here one more time. Lovely Home and Lovely post!

  11. Yes, Patty-That makes perfect sense. Even in the midst of JOY there is sadness for that which we have lost. I always miss my Dad the most at Christmas and he passed when I was 21....I don't think you ever forget- xo Diana

  12. I know what you dad passed away 14 years ago; he was only 63. He is especially missed at holidays. But even "worse", my oldest son passed away 3 years ago at the age of 21. Needless to say, the lack of his presence is felt all throughout my family.

  13. Sweet post..glad you and your Mom could spend some time together..

  14. Merry Christmas and happy new year
    It is cute and beautiful Christmas decorations.
    Japan is now one color Christmas illuminations.
    Pray to God that 2013 is a great year for the lady.
    From Japan.
    My name is Ryoma Sakamoto.

  15. Beautiful post! Merry Christmas sweet friend!

  16. Aw Patty.....I know you miss him!! It is so hard sometimes, to press on, but we do, and we take comfort in knowing that we will meet again. I will be thinking of you and your family this Christmas, as you celebrate together, and remember your father too.

  17. Patty I know it is so raw for you right now. He would want you all the gather and enjoy one another. You are so blessed to have that with your mom. I too was one of the lucky one's and had wonderful parents too. They are never missed more than this time of year. We are so blessed to have had that. Merry Christmas.

  18. Patty, What a sweet brought tears to my eyes. A great tribute to your mother being your best friend and to your precious Dad. Just as it should be, though the world does not understand. We celebrate with joy and peace in our hearts even in sadness because we have a real HOPE in Christ. Your dad would want you to celebrate! Merry Christmas!

  19. yes it very much does make sense, the hurt will never go away but it stings a little less everyday, keep him in your heart, he will always be there,


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