Tuesday, December 06, 2005


My parents are such a joy in our lives, and I wanted to share a letter that my Dad had written many years ago shortly after Christmas at their house. This letter is one reason why I will always have a wonderful Christmas when it is spent with them. Our soldier will be the only thing missing around that table this year. It won't be the same without you Michael. You will be in our hearts. We are so proud of you. Thanks for serving our country and protecting our freedom.

"To all our children

Do you ever wonder what makes Mom and Dad happy? Do you ever wonder if you have made Mom and Dad happy? Just what does it really take to make Mom and Dad happy? Santa Clause? No. Gifts? No. It’s love and happiness especially when we can see it in you. The most wonderful gift in the world at Christmas, other than Jesus Christ, is having our children at home with us and be able to enjoy living together as we have this Christmas. Saturday night, Christmas Eve, as we all sat around the kitchen table, I leaned back in my chair and wondered what our score card or report card would look like if we were graded by the joy and happiness shown in our four children. I looked around that table and I saw our report card. Four A’s. Everyone was happy, no doubt about it. I don’t know how many times last week that I told someone "if you don’t believe there is a Santa Clause,, just be at my house." Let me tell you, Santa came to our house and I knew he would. Sitting around that table with our family was enough Christmas to last us a lifetime. Not only around that table, but the whole week-end, was filled with love and joy. All our Christmas’s have been filled with love, but this one was really special. My hope is that all our Christmas’s will always be that way. We love all of you and thanks for making this the best Christmas ever.

With Love

Mom and Dad"

This letter proudly hangs on my wall in a beautiful frame, and I still shed tears each and every time I read it.

DAD AND MOM, thanks for being the best parents that the four of us children could ever have.


Some Soldier's Mom said...

oh, absolutely! sharing the thoughts of mothers and fathers everywhere... all we want is for our children to know love and be happy... and it is the same everywhere... for every [normal] parent. You are truly blessed, Stacy.

Amy said...

What great words. I have been strugling with my family lately and this just helped to hear. Your blog is great reading. I just started reading today..

~K said...

I had to laugh at that [normal] parent....lol
Stacy this is beautiful. I as a Mom understand the feelings behind these words. As a Daughter, these words ring true also. I was talking to my Father today and he was saying simular words to me. I feel blessed with the children I have and the Parents I have as well.
(as a side note Stacy~~I hope Mom can deal with Christmas this year as well as she did Thanksgiving.)

sher said...

Christmas really is about family. It is about the wonderful relationships you build and maintain as your children grow into adulthood. I am now a Nana (how did THAT happen?!?) and I am more thankful than ever to see my family grow all around me and overflow my home for the holidays. May your holiday be happy and joyous and may your own soldier come home safe and sound!

Many happy returns,

Kandice said...

aww..that is such a sweet letter!!!! i'm on the lookout for a camo nutcracker tomorrow...talk to you later..

David M said...


That is an awesome letter and you blessed to have such awesome parents. If more parents these days were like that the world would be a much better place.

Thanks so much for sharing that with us.

yankeemom said...

Oh that is just beautiful! You have inspired me with that story - I think I'll write my daughter a "Christmas Letter" - We've been through so much together and she has grown into an amazing young woman! Ok I have to go get tissues now...
Thanks for posting that!

BetsyB. said...

Ok...the tears are rolling down my face. That letter sums up everything I want to tell my children. I want to pass on that feeling of total happiness that I get when we are all sitting down to share a meal, or when I lay my head on my pillow at night and all 5 of us are in the house, safe and sound. I give thanks to God for those moments.
Peace be with you Stacy..I'm praying that your Michael will be home soon.

chrisp said...

I am the "mom" half of this team. I couldn't be more proud of our four (4) children. Our twelve (12) grandchildren are all very special to us also, as are our four (4) great-grandchildren. Our soldier is the only one in our immediate family that is serving our country. We pray for him every day and will continue to do so until he comes home, we also pray for every one of our service people that are representing our great country. May God be with each and everyone of our men and women.

Erik Holtan said...

Oh that is a VERY cool letter.
It is something that I hope I can write for my kids. Wait, I guess I can.
Thanks for posting it. You christmas will go by and then next years will come and then it will seem like yesterday that he was gone!

~*~ Deanne ~*~ said...

That was beautiful!!!

southerngirlpls said...

I'm crying now...thanks a lot! ~ No hard feelings though! Great post!

Pamela Reece said...

Wow what a letter! As a parent myself of 4 children I can truly say I agree 100%. I never understood this until I was a parent myself. Then again, there is so much I thought I understood but didn't. If I had received this letter I would have it framed, too! You and yours are truly blessed and I am blessed to have read this special letter. Thank you for making me smile!

Katy said...

That is so touching.

Elephant in my Coffee said...

How beautiful - I have to go touch up my mascara now.
I didn't want to copy and paste it on my blog - it belongs here with you. I did, however, send people over to come read it.
Thanks for sharing!!

Karens Korner said...

This post really touched my heart Stacy...

w used to have A Christmas Eve. dinner with all five of my children. They are special too.

This year, I have had the privaledge to live with one of my Sons and his family on base.His Dad is looking down upon us from heaven,,,I know that he is proud,and thankful.

Thank you so much for sharing this special letter.

Aunt Mitzi said...

I am one of the 4 children, Stacy's older sister, and believe me we are so blessed to have special parents. I thank God every day for our family. We might miss any holiday through out the year but for sure not Christmas. Thank you Michael and your fellow soldiers for all you have done, we are very proud of ya'll.

Thanks sis for posting the letter, it is a keepsake.

Lets all remember what the true meaning of Christmas is and thats the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas.


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