My family and I love you so much. Even though we don’t know each other, we love you, unconditionally. My hopes, wishes and prayers for your this holiday season are that your needs (all of them, mental, physical, spiritual and emotional) are met beyond measure. May your blessings over flow. Life can really be “interesting” and my wishes for you, is that the “interesting” means excellent!
I have been with my husband, Jim for six years. We aren’t technically married, we are in a domestic partnership. We have had our ups and downs, but still together. We have a cat, Trixie that he has had since she was 6 weeks old. She is going on 13 and a royal pain in the butt, but we wouldn’t trade her for the world. I have a 27 year old daughter, Mandy and a 19 month old grandson Max, who is the light of my life. Mandy was on a wild journey and came through the fire like a champ. Max definitely breathed new life into our family and saved him mommy’s life!
Our holiday traditions used to involve my grandmother, Mary Lou, but she passed away at 98 in January of 2016. It hit our family hard not having her there last season. We didn’t really celebrate Christmas as we were all broke and just kind of lost without the matriarch.
We have family members all over the country. I have family in California (my uncle and his partner and one cousin) Seattle (a cousin) Michigan (Where I am originally from, one cousin still lives there) Ohio (more cousins and an aunt. Her husband passed away recently and they are scattering his ashes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan soon). Connecticut and New York (uncle, his wife and another cousin). My husband has a sister and brother in law in Spokane Washington and a mother in Connecticut . He doesn’t have any contact with them and it pains him, but life is life. You don’t have to like it, but you have to accept it.
We are a diverse group. Some are Christian, some are Jewish, some are atheist some Buddhist, some of us are straight, bi, gay, undecided. We are accepting of all. My daughter is active in the trans community. Her best friend was trans and he passed away about 5 years ago. We all miss him dearly.
We embrace you, we love you and we want your holiday season and the rest of your life to be one blessing after another.
Everyone in my family has been battling depression for most of our lives, but we have survived. You can too. It isn’t easy, but giving up isn’t an option.
There have been many times in my life when good friends were much more like family than my blood family. If you don’t feel accepted or loved by your family of origin, know that you can create a new family of your choice. I am with you in spirit and accept you, no matter what.
Please know that a total stranger loves you, prays for you and is sending you light, love and good vibes and wants nothing but the best for you.