Wednesday, December 21, 2016

There's Something About Christmas Time

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.

*sniff*

Excuse me while I dab my eyes...

Okay

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:




Yes indeed...

♪♫ There's something about Christmas time
something about Christmas time
that makes you wish it was Christmas every day ♫♪

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  1. I love love love Adams and this song rocks. Very happy to read your post and Happy Christmas. Great photo also. That shot fits you guys sooo well.

    Happy Winter. Happy Christmas.

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    1. PS: This is one of my top xmas songs, btw.

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    2. I love Bryan Adams, too. And the most amazing man in the world plays and sings his songs with his band. He does such a great job, too!

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    3. OH! And we had the privilege of seeing Bryan Adams in concert right here in Kingston a few years ago. What a fantastic show he put on. He is so incredibly talented!

      Merry and happy and awesome Christmas! And winter, too. Because the days will soon start getting longer!

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    4. That is very cool that your honey bunny plays his music and that you got to see Adams play. Neato stuff.

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    5. He puts on a great show. You really get your money's worth!

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  2. Looked like you guys had a great time together and so glad you got into the Christmas spirit so to speak. It is easy to do so when we start counting our blessings, isn't it?

    betty

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    1. Truer words could not be spoken, Betty. You count your blessings and POOF you change your outlook.

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  3. What a lovely post! I'm glad you are feeling the holiday spirit. I have had a hard time, too. Not an easy time in my country if you're not of a certain political persuasion.

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    1. I understand, Tina. It's been a really rough year for my U.S. friends.

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  4. Great photo! Did you have a selfie stick or are the Most Amazing Man in the World's arms just that long?

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    1. No selfie stick. He's just using his abnormally long arm :)

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  5. I'm so glad you had that magical awakening to the holiday spirit during your visit with your daughter. I've a sneaky suspicion that those two think THEY are the lucky ones... :)

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    1. Aw, that is sweet :) I am so blessed to have them.

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  6. Love that pic! Sending you and yours very happy Christmas wishes :o)

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    1. Thank you, Hannah! All the best to you and your lovely family :)

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  7. You have such a wonderful family. I wish you all a great Christmas.

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    1. Thanks, John. And a wonderful Christmas to you, as well!

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  8. I hope anything tangled in your life gets untangled and you have a great Christmas and wonderful 2017.

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  9. I find it funny that although your amazing man is her stepfather, she looks like she could be his own daughter! (you all look quite similar - dark and swarthy!) You know, Christmas is not always joyful for people and there a lot of people out there who don't have the warmest memories to fall back on for a whole lot of reasons. I am glad that you are feeling a bit more in the Christmas spirit and that you have such a wonderful man in your life now. You must be very proud of your daughter(s)! -Jenn

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    1. Must be our Mediterranean roots, Jenn!

      And you are right, the holidays can be extremely difficult for so many people. I try to remember that.

      I am very proud of my daughter! She is an extraordinary young woman.

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  10. I'm glad you got to spend time with your daughter.

    Love the song. 🎄

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  11. Great photo of the 3 of you'll

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  12. I wasn't aware of ryan Adams song. After all the days of Christmas preparation, Christmas is a great day.

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    1. Christmas day is indeed a great day. So peaceful. Well, at least in our family!

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  13. LOVE this photo with your amazing man and your pretty daughter, you look so happy!
    You have seen photos of Richard's Mum & dad in England ,but Peter is really Richard's step Dad, his Dad died of cancer when Richard was only 3 years old. You can bet that Peter has been a great Dad! God bless all the step Dads in the world! Happy Christmas to you all!

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    1. Oh, I didn't know that, Kay! I'm so sorry he lost his father so young. But I'm very happy that he has such a terrific stepdad. There are so many amazing stepdads out there!!

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  14. Hope you do have a blessed Christmas!

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  15. Great photo, love the naughty or nice :) Your daughter sounds like a wonderful person and so does the amazing man.

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  16. There IS something about Bryan Adams and your loving family.
    Have a very Merry Xmas, Martha.

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    1. Bryan Adams is so cool! I went to one of his concerts. He is amazing!

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  17. Getting together with those we love is a sure way to get in the spirit - every day, as you said. Glad you had a special time together. Merry Christmas, Martha & Family!

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  18. Thank you soooo much for sharing you family photo i really wished to see you daughter and she is really so LOVELY young lady!
    reading about her makes me think about my son who came out to be such a mature, responsible, caring and loving [though i too still think he is five years old and i don't think this thought will go ever] that in my loneliness when i think of him with deep joy and peace my heart gets overwhelmed and eyes get tear of joy.
    you are pretty and your love and positive attitude for family and life shines through your bright wise smiling face .i am happy you were able to be with you daughter and had great time.
    I strongly believe that there exist a perfect soulmate for every humble soul and you got your's .
    Stay happy always dear and celebrate each day like Christmas .
    Hugs!

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    1. Oh, we do miss our kids, don't we? But we are at peace with it when we know they are doing so well.

      I also strongly believe in soulmates! And I just know I've found mine!

      Thank you, Baili. Hugs to you, too. And blessings to all of you.

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  19. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family

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  20. Lovely, lovely, lovely post and that photo of the three of you is very special.
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and all good things during 2017.

    I love that Bryan Adams video too

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan! All the best to you and your loved ones. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that 2017 brings you good health and lots of happiness!

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  21. That realization is priceless as is the happiness I see in your photo. Happy Christmas!

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    1. It is a great realization. Happy Christmas to you, my blogging pal. Thank you for being part of my circle.

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  22. Every day is Christmas, Martha! Sometimes we get caught up in things that make us forget how truly blessed we are. Love the photo of you, George, and five year old. You are so fortunate to have found lasting, fulfilling love!

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    1. You are so right, Louise! Sometimes we do forget. And then moments like this come along and they shake us up!

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  23. You are part of a true love story! Not everyone can say that. I think it's wonderful that some of us found a loving and supportive partner. We are so fortunate.

    That is such a cute picture. (Your daughter is SOOOO very pretty.)

    I often start prepping for Christmas in November but I rarely start "feeling" Christmas until around the second week of December. The lights and music do really do a lot to get me full of the spirit of the holidays.

    Hope you and that wonderful family of yours have a lovely Christmas!!. Happy Holidays!!

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    1. I do consider myself very fortunate, especially since my first marriage was on the opposite side of the spectrum. Thank you for that comment about my daughter! I know she'd love to see that.

      A very merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. And all the best for 2017!

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  24. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Martha. Yes, wouldn't it be great to have the Christmas spirit all year round! I say 'let's do it'!

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    1. Count me in, Jim! This is a great feeling to have year round!

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