Yesterday the most amazing man in the world and I spent the day in Ottawa with the younger daughter who is studying, working and living there despite the fact that she is only 5 years old (forever in my mind). We had a wonderful time together. She is doing very well, which gives us peace of mind and makes us happy. And she has grown into an amazing, kind, responsible and mature young woman that makes us very proud every single day. Here we are after our lunch date. Notice the naughty or nice signs over my head?
The most amazing man in the world came into our lives when both my girls were very young (baby girl was only four years old), so he has helped me raise, nurture and guide them. He is an incredible role model who - together with me - has demonstrated what a healthy and loving relationship entails. I could not have asked for a better stepdad for my kids. And a better partner for me. I am very blessed.
Excuse me while I dab my eyes...
This year, despite Christmas being my favourite holiday of the year, the spirit of the holiday did not come easily. There are many reasons but I'm not going to get into them right now. Thankfully, I am feeling it more and more each day, and yesterday it really hit me. By seeing my daughter. By being together with these two people that I love beyond words. By taking a road trip. By seeing all the Christmas decorations. And by listening to the song "Christmas Time" by Bryan Adams playing in one of the stores. I swear my heart just about burst as a flood of memories of Christmases past washed over me. I realized right then and there that every day is Christmas in my life with all the loving and supportive people that have walked beside me in this amazing thing we call life. Throughout my entire life. I could not have asked for anything better. Take a moment to listen:
♪♫ There's something about Christmas time
something about Christmas time
that makes you wish it was Christmas every day ♫♪