Welcome home! I’m so glad you’ve arrived safely! How was the trip? I hope traffic wasn’t too bad, I know it can get a little wacky out there this time of year. Well, come on in! Hang your jacket there in the closet and have a seat! Your brothers have been so excited for you to get here, especially your youngest brother, he has had a tough year, and I know he’s really needing to give and get hugs from you. The older two boys are in their room with the Xbox One if you want to play for a bit before dinner. I think your Uncle Ry is bringing the PS4, but don’t let him get sucked in to that one game you two enjoy so much.
Your Uncle and Aunt will be here soon with your cousins, I know you haven’t met the new baby yet, I think you will enjoy snuggling him, too. I know Q will bombard you with questions, but she’s missed you a lot. I have sodas in the kitchen if you’re thirsty, or Aunt Kiko brought Christmas blend coffee if you want me to pour you a cup?
It’s been a hectic year for us all, I know. So much has happened, and I know sometimes it leaves us feeling a little lost and confused, but it’s okay… let Mama give you hugs and love on you. The older boys aren’t much for hugs and snuggles, but I know you’ll indulge me. Let me get a good look at you. You’re so strong, so perfect and I adore you.
We’ve all been waiting for your arrival, I’ve been up since before dawn getting dinner ready for everyone. It’s the one tradition we’ve passed down in the family. Mama gets up at dawn and starts cooking while everyone else sleeps. The ham is going to be perfect this year, I think I’ve finally mastered the glaze, haha! I also have your favorite dessert to serve after dinner, so hands off until then! We’ve got some great gifts as well, and let’s not forget I’ve got “A Christmas Story” ready to watch before dinner! I know you guys think it’s silly when I’m chanting “It was- soap poisoning!” in the kitchen while quoting the movie, Mama is a bit silly like that. Yes, I’ve got the eggnog ready for the toast, too. Thankfully, your dad remembered to get it from the store the other day, I forgot to when I went to go get whipped cream! I hope someday, you will get a chance to lead the holiday charge and host the family dinner, too. I knew that the last year Great-Grandma was still with us that it would soon be my turn, and in time, it will be yours, too! It’s okay to feel nervous about it, your grandmother teased me so much when I worried about killing the ham, it goes unsaid that first year wasn’t perfect, but we all were happy because we were together. And you are together with us, because now, you’re family.
My darling child, I know this year has been a tough one, and I am so glad that you’re still okay. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you, you are loved. You are perfect. You are cherished. Life won’t get easier, but you will get stronger. You are so brave and I just don’t have words to express how proud of you I am.
So be at peace my sweet child and know you are loved,
Many Blessings for a brighter new year,
~ Mama Ravenna