The holidays are nearly here and I’m counting the days to your visit home! Dad and I have been busy stringing the white lights on the house and along the front fence. We are feeling extra festive this year so we have two trees. When you pull into the drive you will see the big tree with white lights in the great room. I haven’t put any ornaments on it yet because I know you love to do that with us. We’ll listen to Christmas carols on the hi-fi and drink the special hot chocolate that I only make at Christmas. Your moose mug is washed and waiting. A second tree is next to the fireplace in the family room. This one isn’t formal, we used colored lights and the ornaments you made when you were little. (I saved every one of them, and wrote the date on the back!) The little tree is my favorite, because it reminds me of all the things I love in you; your warm and generous heart, compassion for others, and your insatiable craving for adventure.
Your pet ducks will be swimming on the pond out back. To amuse you, daddy hung lights on their house too! He hung lights on the barn, the shed, and the pump house! Our farm is probably visible from space. Your black lab JJ is doing just fine. While it’s cold out, he can usually be found sleeping in front of the fire. He has missed you and will be thrilled to have you throw his ball for him.
I was afraid your room might be chilly. There’s a new winter weight down comforter and flannel sheets on your bed. Won’t that be cozy? If you like the comforter you are welcome to take it back to your apartment. I thought maybe you could use an extra.
This was going to be a surprise but I can’t keep it inside! Dad ordered matching Christmas jammies for you, me, himself and JJ the dog! Daddy is such a child at Christmas, I love that about him.
Well, just a few more days until you arrive. This doesn’t need to be said, but I will do it anyway. We love you. Any version of you is welcome and wanted in our home. Please don’t feel that you need to meet anyone’s expectations except your own. If you should decide there is someone special in your life, that person is welcome in our lives too. Honey, we will love who you love, because we love you.