Well, sort of…
I was excited to hang Pongo’s new stocking this year that my Mom and I worked so diligently on over Thanksgiving. It was a melding of three creative minds (Steve gave his input throughout the process) and one expert seamstress (that would be my mom, not me) that brought into fruition Pongo’s new stocking. I am very proud of how it turned out and love looking at it hanging on the stocking shelf.
But, I really didn’t think about what it would be like decorating for Christmas this year until I actually started doing it. As I pulled out the stockings to hang, I realized I am going to be hanging two less stockings this year. I could feel the tears starting to weld up and a lump forming in my throat: Reid and Kona were not going to be here to celebrate Christmas with us this year. In the span of a year, we went from six of us to just four of us.
I am trying not to dwell on our losses this past year, as I know Christmas brought Reid so much joy and I need to hold onto those good memories as we celebrate this year. And while the stocking shelf is less two stockings, I know someone is awfully excited about Santa coming and what surprises he may bring!