It's going to be an emotional season, you'll be crying with me

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

This past Janaury we had a fire.  A fire that was emotional and heartbreaking.  Of course the important thing was that my family, our furry kids and my house were saved.  50 years of Christmas, however, was lost.  I have shed many tears over the ornaments and meaning behind each one. I'm thankful that I have some photos of some of my Christmas trees and even some close ups of some ornaments that I won't have this year. This post I wrote in December of 2012 was a real tear jerker.  I was talking about passing some of those ornaments on to my Abigail and now I can't do that. This Speechless Sunday post from 2011 was heart breaking to  me because it had one that had been on every tree I ever had in my life, one my mommy gave me the year Donald and I got married and one from my baby girl's first Christmas too.

Today there was a new flood of tears. (Yeah yeah I know it's not even Halloween yet and this post is about Christmas... move on if you aren't ready) The tears today were about a package that arrived in the mail. 

Lost:

And in the mail today arrived:

 

One of my aunts (Marie) found this on ebay.  I can't even begin to explain when my emotions when Donald opened it and I laid eyes on it.  I'm not sure if she ever even saw the one I had before or she may have been with my mom when she bought it, but it's idential to the one that was lost right down to the package which is was packed up in.  I'm ready for Christmas now.  Until today I didn't think I was going to be ready for Christmas at all this year.  I was sort of secretly just planning on skipping Christmas.

I have to call and thank her now.  I think I'm all cried out.  I might not be yet, but it feels like I am.  Deep Breath.

Thanks for putting up with me talking about Christmas before Halloween even arrives. I think I'm going to want a tree this year after all.

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Scott Gleason I feel sure it will be.

Richard Robibero, ABR, SRS lossing "stuff" that can't replaced twice in a lifetime is hard. 

Kathleen Daniels it makes it so much sweeter that I know my friends here are celebrating this victory with me.  And also that you all were there to mourn the loss with me. Life is better with our AR family.

Oct 28, 2014 07:43 AM #52
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Serendipity!

I love when the universe (or Aunt Marie) sends us something that lifts our spirits. What a precious gift!

Oct 28, 2014 09:06 AM #53
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Where the heck was I when you wrote about this in January? Was this the fire that was caused by embers??  I vaguely recall . . . 

And what an uplifting story Tammy.  Very nice to get that spirit so soon, and in such a pleasant way. If it's any consolation, when my Father packed up and moved my sister got the Christmas Tree ornaments, which meant so much to me.  They are lost to me now too!  My middle name is Elizabeth. 

Oct 28, 2014 11:52 AM #54
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Jeanne Dufort me too, me too

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner that's my aunt Marie's middle name too and her daughter Hillary as well. And yes, it was the embers fire in January that took the storage building and all of Christmas was nicely boxed up and stored for the year in there.  Had only been back packed up for a few days I think.

Oct 28, 2014 11:58 AM #55
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The power of love and family can be seen in little actions at times.  Okay, at the moment, I'm sniffling, but everyone else is asleep, so my manhodd is secure.

Merry Christmas 2014 ? Darn right it is going to be.

Please ensure you have a post sometime just after the season, I think 2014 is going to be very special for you & Donald and all.

Oct 28, 2014 12:59 PM #56
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Claude Labbe I believe you can cry and keep your man card.  And I have a feeling you're right about this being a special Christmas.

Oct 28, 2014 01:05 PM #57
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OMG... I didn't expect to read something that made me cry. ;)

so sorry about the fire.. that is one of my biggest fears for that very reason.. so much you can't replace is lost.. Hope you have a very merry Christmas... I'm sure family will come together and that won't be the only ornament replaced :)

Oct 28, 2014 01:35 PM #58
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 This ornament is a new beginning and will hold a special place, what a gift from God and your aunt to find this gift to make all of your future Christmas's extra special.

Oct 28, 2014 03:16 PM #59
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I am sure you will have a very special Christmas this year. You have a wonderful aunt.

Oct 28, 2014 09:08 PM #60
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I got so emotional reading this.  I have many ornaments that hold cherished memories too,  so relating to your heartbreak is not hard.  Yes, you were very lucky and yes it could have been much worse.  But, you can still be saddened by this loss.  What your aunt did was beyond thoughtful and loving.  I bet you cried as soon as you heard her voice when you called to thank her.  I know I would have.  This year is the beginning of new memories!

Oct 29, 2014 04:04 AM #61
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Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate sorry, two days later and I am still in tears

Bob Crane I think so too

Gita Bantwal  yes I do

Sharon Tara I pretty much have even cried after reading each comment too. Yours just did me in again. I've worked really hard to protect my Donald from seeing my saddness too much so he wouldn't feel the pain of guilt over what was just an accident. I recently told my mom I wasn't sure I was going to be able to keep that up while going through Christmas.

 

Oct 29, 2014 04:51 AM #62
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How freaking awesome is your aunt Marie?? Love this story (minus the thought of you being sad)

Oct 29, 2014 05:23 AM #63
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Maybe you shouldn't be trying so hard to "keep it up".  It's not good for you.  Let it out.  You won't be able to move past it until you do.

Oct 29, 2014 05:30 AM #64
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Bob Stewart pretty freakin awesome.  Now if I can find one that says baby's first christmas from 1988 that someone wants to sell.

Sharon Tara I let it out from time to time, just not as often as I really feel it.

Oct 29, 2014 06:52 AM #65
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Tammy, I can relate to you feeling of loss over your ornaments. I had many special ornaments from my kids, from my parents, special yearly Swarovski crystal ornaments, and many bought to commemorate trips. Unpacking the ornaments each year was a trip down memory lane. I too have lost mine. I have even heard and seen the ex selling some of them on ebay. Its good to know that others have not lost the sentiment associated with the season. You may not be able to replace all of your ornaments but you should certainly continue the tradition of purchasing at least one special ornament each year. Those will in time become the ones you cherish.

Oct 29, 2014 10:28 AM #66
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I missed a few ornaments ( we collect hallmark ornaments) and was able to find them on ebay... maybe you can find some of the ones you lost there? 

Oct 29, 2014 12:07 PM #67
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It's true Gale, I'm a very sentimental person.  And it's a real shame when a person does something to hurt their x and it ends up hurting the kids in the long run.  Sad.

Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate did some looking their today.

Oct 29, 2014 12:36 PM #68
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Oh Tammy, I am so happy to see your new (like the old) ornament. That is just the best,  It will be a great Christmas, you will see!

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Tammy -  I love reading this post... sad in the beginning but with a very happy ending. Aunt Marie has made your Christmas.

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Hello Tammy ... Wow what a heart felt post and your post has been featured to the group:


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