It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our little hacienda.  We are looking forward to celebrating Thankgiving next week with our family and friends coming to town and wanted to get the house looking festive. 


My oh, my … every year I forget just how much work it is getting everything up and beautified … but there are no words for how much joy it brings me when it is done.  This year it seemed a bit more taxing on the body, being all fat and sassy with little Bruiser on the way (tee hee) … but it really is the start to most wonderful time of the year.  I was so happy for my mom’s help and company to get r’ done :).  All the happiness and all the memories of each Christmas treasure we bring out, well it gets me every time, but this year more than ever.  I am soaking it all up and appreciating all the moments and every memory.    

Wylder's first Christmas Orniment

Wylder’s first Christmas Orniment

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Wylder's 2010 Orniment

Wylder’s 2010 Orniment


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Wylder seeing a REAL christmas tree

Wylder seeing a REAL christmas tree

Wylder's 2011 Orniment

Wylder’s 2011 Orniment


candy canes = over rated!

candy canes = over rated!




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A red cardnal from dear friends that think of wylder everytime one passes by

The origional grinch from Wylder's great grandma "Nani"

The origional grinch from Wylder’s great grandma “Nani”

Wylder with the origional Grinch

Steven and my first Christmas tree (I have had this tree for 13 years)

Steven and my first Christmas tree (I have had this tree for 13 years)

Notes from family to Wylder last year

Notes from family to Wylder last year

If there we no presents this year, that would be just fine with me.  Can you imagine if we lived in a world were just ONE year we didn’t exchange presents, but rather gave to childhood disease only … what an impact that would be on our World.  I’m always dreaming big aren’t I?  It really is about this spirit of Christmas and the memories with our loved ones that matter most at this magical time of year.

Bruiser is still being Bruiser and I am so grateful for that.  He is getting bigger by the second and nearly 13” long already.  He is weighing in at less than 2lbs … so all I have to say is one long and lean baby!  He is a real mover and a shaker.  Steven and I are already convinced he is gifted as he kicks back exactly where you push on my belly … and the same number of times.  What a superstar!    I am really, really grateful for the gift of pregnancy this Christmas.

Bruiser's stocking!

Bruiser’s stocking!

4 stocking this year ... baby on the way.

4 stocking this year … baby on the way.

This time last year I was running away, running to Nantucket.  My place of hope and the beginning of what will be a forever road to healing and not having Wylder at home for Christmas.  I miss that island and all it brought my heart last year.  As much as I wish I was running back there this year I decided to bring a piece of Nantucket to our home this year. 

Nantucket 2012

Nantucket 2012

Wylder's boat this year

Wylder’s boat this year

Wylder little whale tree

Wylder little whale tree

This year as we prepare for our second Christmas without Wylder at home, we plan to bring a little magic to HopeKids again by bringing Santa Claus  to town just like last year.  It helped our hearts to give on Wylder’s behalf last year, and we cannot wait to see their sweet faces this year again.

last years event

last years event



We love and miss you Wylder.  We feel you in all the Christmas treasures around the house.  Thank you for showing us your light.  See you in our dreams.  xoxo


  1. Sarah Brooks says:

    Love everything about this post! A wonderful way to ‘believe’ in the magic if the season. I am so excited for the abundance of joy that little bruiser is already bringing to your family. I especially love seeing all the touches of Wylder around your home. I remember feeling so, so lost at this time last year and was really distraught over whether to hang Jacob’s stocking — you inspired me to hang it proudly this year. Love the tradition you’ve started with Hope kids. You are amazing!!

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thank you Sarah. I can’t wait to see a picture of Jakey’s stocking next to Kelly’s this year, so so special. We feel very blessed at how much joy Bruiser is alreadying brining into our lives … we cannot wait to meet him. I love seeing all the pictures of Kelly on FB, all the new memories, all that she is able to do and how much she looks like her big brother. We are excited for those type of memories in our own home soon! xoxo

  2. We were glad to spend some time with you in Nantucket last year. Little rid we both know that one year later we would be celebrating the arrival of new bundles of joy. Didn’t we have that discussion too? Your house looks beautiful and I know Wylder is there with you celebrating.

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      That was such a special time Jill. I love those memories I have with you all. We did talk about babies (tee hee), who knew in just a few short months we would both be expecting! God is good :) xoxo

  3. Cathy Johnson says:

    I love everything about this post, too, Shannon and I LOVE Sarah’s and Jill’s comments. I am sorry beyond words for the reason you know each other, but my heart is happy each time I see the ways that you are always there for each other. Your loving support for one another is awesome and a constant example of the healing power of genuine caring. xoxoxo

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Your words are so perfect and so true Cathy. Our family would feel so helpless on this journey without the support and love of other families. You are so right in saying the “healing power of the genuine caring” and compassion is HOPE. We appreciate you and your continued support always. Thanks for waking up everyday with our kids. xoxo

  4. Cari Gallo says:

    Wish we were there to celebrate with you. :) I am giving Thanks this year for the baby in your belly. So happy for you both!!Cannot wait to meet him. Much love to you this holiday season, thinking we will be there in December so we will get in touch !!!Would love to see your Momma too!!!

  5. Wow, what a beautiful post! I love the pic of Wylder eating a candy cane-hehe, you tried:) His boat bed is just beautiful and looks just like him, I wish he was snuggled in it right now. We love you guys-your house looks beautiful!!! xoxo ,Chelsea

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