I know Christmas falls on the 25th of December. I know a lot of you are still out shopping and scrambling and wrapping. Let me tell you….it feels GOOD to be done. I know! I am as blown over as you are. I am never done. NEVER. Not until Christmas Eve anyway. I am one of those – wild eyed, and frantic – picking through the scraps of the leftover endcaps. I abhor shopping. But I REALLY abhor the crowds of shopping.
But this year was different. See, I met Jason’s mom at the beginning of December at Kohls. It was about 1030pm at night. I was helping her shop for her son and naturally we ended up in the little girls section (ha). We shopped hardcore til MIDNIGHT. I broke my Christmas past buying a few presents before Christmas Eve.
Well then, Sydney was leaving for her Dad’s. He moved to the great state of Mississippi in July. Biloxi/Gulfport where his sister lives. It has been a BIG change for me and Sydney. He has always lived within a few miles of us. To suddenly be 9 hours away – WOW. It has been very difficult. Sydney is now a Southwest Rapids Rewards member. We have Love Field airport down pat. (even catching a flight with nary a minute to spare, but that’s another post – you have five minutes to get to the gate -aahhh!)
Christmas with Sydney would need to be on Friday evening the 18 December. Her flight was the 19DEC at 925am. As you know, with large families, and especially divorced families; children have many Christmases. This was the First Christmas of the season. Jason got the little girls for the evening. I packed my car with LOADS of presents (and that’s not even all of them). I swear I don’t remember the shopping bug biting me, but it got me good. We headed their way.
Now imagine, Molly and Bridget, ages five and three helping cart inside bag after bag of presents (a lot of it was wrapped dollar store stuff). Their eyes were shining. They were giddy and hopping. I told them, “It’s Christmas. We get to open presents! Unless you want to wait until it’s actually Christmas? Do you want to wait?” Screams and cheers of Noooooooooo resounded.
Can you imagine the thrill of that? A whole week prior to Christmas? It was very exciting, as it should be – It’s freakin’ Christmas! We donned our Christmas hats for pictures. The girls weren’t having it. Molly wanted to pretend to be a dog. My “real” camera died, err the battery did. We had to use the backup iPhone camera. I don’t know if you know much about the iPhone camera, but basically, it takes great pictures as long as you don’t move. Please note – impossible with a three and five year old – just sayin’.
And since we are talking about photos, I entered a GREAT giveaway on my friend, Weezer’s site. It’s for 100 photo postcards from Uprinting.com. This will open up a new window so please, CLICK away —->Post card giveaway.
Me, Salem, Sydney and Molly the hound dog.
Sydney with her pile.
Molly with her stash.
Bridget with her presents. By far, the most excited, happy child about opening presents. It is the greatest thing in the world when they hit that age of “gettin’ it”. Oh, she got it all right. Every gift, she would exclaim out loud, then pick it up and hold it while grinning ear to ear. It was precious!
A book, some soap. See! It doesn’t matter what they open…They love it!
The aftermath was the girls burying themselves under pounds of tissue, bags, and wrapping paper.
Sydney opened ALL her gifts. She had asked for a new cell phone for Christmas. Her phone freezes up and she has to take the battery out to restart it. The keyboard doesn’t work very well either. She saw how much Jason and I love our iPhone. She really didn’t care what kind of phone, iPhone or not, just as long as it was a phone that worked. After much shopping, debating, and finding out neither account qualified for an iPhone upgrade. Grrr. We ended up getting her one anyway. We do LOVE our iPhones. We knew she would love it too. Jason bought it. We activated it the night before. So not only did Sydney’s phone freeze up previously, now it didn’t work AT ALL. She thought it had finally died and I agreed. Crappy phone!
So here she had opened all of her gifts up and guess what? No phone. She didn’t say a word. In fact, she looked happy and loved all her stuff. I said (like in The Christmas Story), “Is that all the presents? Because I think I see one more.” I pulled a little wrapped box out of the tree. And she opened her iPhone 16GB 3GS with a pink cover. (no, he didn’t buy the cheaper one).
Well, that is a teenage girl’s Christmas dream.
Christmas was complete and happy. The girls first Christmas of the season. Wrappings all around. Opened boxes. The kids screeching and carrying on, hiding in their Dora tent, eating candy from their stockings.
I hear Jason say, “Is that all the presents? I think there is one more.”
I turn to see him next to me with a ring box in his hand. He opens it up to the most beautiful ring I have ever seen. It literally took my breath away. He says, “Will you marry me?”
The tears flowed as I hugged him. Immediately Molly was there jumping up and down. It couldn’t have been more perfect. All our girls were present. This stunning gift, not just the ring, but our future.
Jason, I love you so much. I said from day one, you were perfect. Maybe not perfect for everyone, but perfect for me. I love your children and your family as I do my own. I am blessed beyond measure to be loved, and cared for by you.
All my life, I’ve seen the tragedies of divorce turn into triumphs of life altering relationships. I know this to be true. It is astounding what God has done to bring us to this place.
Merry Christmas. I’ll never forget it.
By the way, I said, “YES!”
48 thoughts on “A Stunning Christmas”
Oh congratulations! What a sweet engagement story 🙂
Oh, I’m so happy for you. Your story made my eyes well. I cry easily, you know.
You deserved to be happy, it’s a perfect gift this Christmas! That’s a beautiful ring and I could see the love in your eyes. Congratulations!
CONGRATULATIONS! That is amazing! Did you have any idea at all he was thinking of doing that?
I’m glad you all had a great Christmas!
Yes, yes, yes! Oh how wonderful Angelia, that all sounds so joyful and loving and so amazingly great. What a family you are creating here!
What a year it has been and still you have created a loving experience for everyone.
Angelia, continue to be love in action, Wilma xox
I can see that you are all enjoying each other and the holiday fun! I am soooo happy for you all! CONGRATS to you….beautiful ring! You deserve all the happiness this world has to offer! Thanks for sharing your fabulous photos! 🙂
(wait…go back to your “me” section and read my comment…totally awesome…it’s FOR REAL now) 🙂
I am SO SO happy for you!!! Congrats! (begin virtual hug) 🙂
Awesome…so happy for you…lovely Christmas story. Congrats and Merry Christmas!
Wahoo! Congratulations and Merry Christmas 🙂
I am soooo happy for you! What a story!! You will enjoy telling that OVER AND OVER AND OVER! 🙂 Congratulations to you and your family. 🙂
What a wonderful story. And you’re so right. It’s a story that you’ll remember and retell for years and years. It’s usually the really wonderful things that can’t be tied up in ribbons and bows that bring the brightest happiness. And how beautiful that the girls were able to share it with the two of you.
btw: The second time around has been wonderful….and we’ve had over 30 years together! Much, much love and happiness for many more Christmases together.
Wow, what a wonderful Christmas present! That doesn’t leave anything else to say: Congratulations!!!
I am so happy for you Angelia!
You are blessed!
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Well now. If that just isn’t the sweetest post ever! Congrats.
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Congratulations! What a great Christmas present! Wishing you many years of happiness!
Congratulations!!! Just found you on SITS and thought I would drop by 🙂
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You know I am HAPPY!!! Love you and love that my son will be in good hands!
Your almost mother-in-law!
His face could not look more loving and precious! My sister, as happy as I have ever seen her, and this good and amazing man for a brother-in-law for me!! What better gifts could a Big Sister ever ask for, thank you for sharing the night with me, I love you and can’t wait for our “Double 2010 weddings!!!!”. Who would have ever thought the bachelor girls would both be so happy to be heading toward being old married ladies together?! Bring it on!
I’m soo happy for all of yall!
What a wonderful Christmas for the whole family!
OOOHHHHHHHHH MMYYYYYYYYY GGOOOOOOODDDDDDDD!!! Thank You for sharing this!!! I am just sitting here laughing and crying! I”m SOOOOO happy for You All! What a lovely, WONDERFUL family You will make. And WOW! WELL DONE, JASON!!! 😉 Cheers and Namaste to You All! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you and your whole gang!
And to you and Jason…congratulations!! I’m so happy for both of you! Love rules!!
Merry Christmas! Congratulations on your engagement! Hope you have a wonderful life together!
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Oh what a sweet engagement story!
Holy Cow! How freakin’ romantic! And you’re right…that’s a gaw-geous ring. And how awesome that all the kids were right there with you during it all. Man, your post made me want to get engaged all over again. Congratulations Angelia!!!! So happy for ALL of you!!
Congrats! Wow! That is one great Christmas story.
Sending you and your family warm wishes, and a very Merry Christmas.
Congratulations to you and Jason and your girls. What a wonderful celebration of love to begin 2010 with.
So delighted for you both and what you are creating as a family.
Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness
Way to go!!!!!!!
I’m so happy for you 🙂 that is so sweet.
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What a great way to get engaged! Congrats!
Happy SITS Tuesday!
Congratulations!! That’s awesome!
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yay Yay YAY!
I thought witnessing the beautiful happy smiles of the present openers was the kicker. But ohhh, but ohhh, you stole the show my dear.
God Bless your ENTIRE family!
I just wanted to stop by and say CONGRATS! I love the way your family celebrates the holidays and brings joy and excitement and thoughtful gifts into your activities. I hope you’re enjoying it as much as humanly possible!
Congratulations! What a great story!
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful Holiday for you!
Congratulations!!! What a wonderful Christmas!
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hey what a wonderful Christmas blessing! How cute was he to pull the same stunt with you as you did with Sydney.
This will be a Christmas you will never forget! Yahoo!
What a wonderful Christmas story to pass down!
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Stopping by from SITS. What a FABULOUS story. Congrats to you all. And the gals are too cute!!
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What an glorious Christmas you’ve had so far! It seems you have found an amazing man to spend the rest of your life with and your new ring is absolutely gorgeous!! Congratulations to you!
May the rest of your Christmas be just as joyous as it has been so far and may you and your family enjoy a wonderfully blessed and happy New Year, too!
looks like you had a great chrismtas congrats.
What a beautiful Christmas!
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CONGRATULATIONS! What an awesome story! 😀
This was a magical story. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it. I found you from the MBC.
Angela-Thank you! I am enjoying it and the many, many planned magical sequels, like the wedding in October. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
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Loved reading this again!!Everyone has grown soo much!! Added a sweet great granddaughter and those little ones are beautiful teens! So blessed to enjoy my sweet family!