Lights of My Life
I thought I would have fewer lights this year.
For the past several years I would take advantage of the after-Christmas near give-away deals to add to our indoor and outdoor lighting inventory. Only when the next season rolled around did I feel a tinge of regret as the time required to wire and decorate expanded to more than I bargained for.
This year I pulled the plug. Well, some of the plugs.
When Katy and I finished our pared-down displays, youngest son Kevin walked in and nodded with approval.
"I love it just like this."
The lights from the single string over the mantel reflected in his baby-blue eyes in a way that made his face glow brighter than the tree across the room.
Daughter Carrie arrived home from college and along with the usual multiple bags of laundry and God-knows how many pairs of shoes, the joy in her smile made her look like the Christmas star itself had parked over her head.
Oldest son Scott called to say he and his new bride would come early on Christmas Eve so we could have a little more time to hang out before the extended family arrived. I have never seen a kid so lit up as the day he married our new daughter-in-law Brooke. She has that mix of outward beauty and inward warmth that eliminates the need for a fireplace on a cold winters day.
I looked at Katy and realized that she has never once pared-down her love and devotion toward me and our family. She has lit a fire in my heart that still grows brighter every day that we're together.
I thought I would have fewer lights this year. I was wrong.
I love it just like this.
December 23, 2004 | Permalink
I just love this blog!! And your wife's blog, too! Wish you could tell me how to get a nice creative template for my own over at blogger.com. Need something that reflects more ME, you know?:-) Anyway, yours is great!
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Vicki-Thanks for the kind words!
Bunny- thanks for the blessings.
Bridget-I think I've got all the luck here. And life never gets boring when you are plugged into the McKenna clan!Posted by: Doug on Jan 3, 2005 9:42:46 AM
Just want to say "thanks" for a wonderful and DECENT "blogging-place". I've been thinking of indulging in the blogging-life (I am a writer and a Christian), but the ones I've looked into have an awful lot of vulgarity. It's not just that I might disagree with someone (that makes life interesting!), but can't we say anything anymore without the vulgarity!?
Anyway, thanks for your writings, and especially thanks for showing that there really ARE intact families round........I didn't say "perfect".............but good familes who still love each other.Posted by: sandy on Mar 11, 2005 2:12:49 PM
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