Cozy at Christmas


Good morning friends. Today I'm joining a group of amazing bloggers organized by Katie at 
Let's Add Sprinkles for the Cozy at Christmas tour. I'm honored to join these friends as we share our homes for Christmas and Hannukah.



In this post I want to be very honest about some things.  Many of you know my father-in-law passed away the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was expected but unexpected. He had Alzheimer's for about 13 years so we knew his time was limited but the day he passed it was definitely not expected. We are very sad here at our home. We are trying to smile and carry on but it's hard right now.


You know I try my best to be a positive person and that won't change but sometimes holidays have a different feeling and this is the year for us. We waiver between happy because we have so many blessings and sad that we've lost someone so important to us.  A family member just reminded me that this will be a hard Christmas for everyone except Papa Bob. We know he is happy in Heaven now and he no longer has Alzheimer's Disease. 

Anyway, I don't mean to be a downer but I know there are so many others experiencing similar things this year and maybe it helps to know you are not alone.

Our main Christmas tree is in the front window of the house this year.  It is filled with old favorites and a few new ornaments with special meaning to us. See the soldier and the medical smores ornaments on the tree? Those represent our two amazing sons.  Our older son joined the United States Army this fall. Today he is flying from Fort Benning in Georgia to Fort Bliss in El Paso as part of the Infantry. We are so proud of him!!  The medical ornament represents our younger son who is about to complete his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a few months. He is also starting a new job at Parkland Hospital here in Dallas - to him this is the golden egg job. They are both pursuing their passions and that's what we want for our sons. 

You see...blessings. :)

I'd love for you to visit our Christmas kitchen HERE.
Things might not be perfect here this Christmas and that's ok. With the amazing parts of life come a few hard parts too.
This Christmas my wish for you is to count it all joy! We will definitely be doing that.




This week I've participated in the Cozy at Christmas tour  and the Christmas Tour of Homes. All current links are shared below so you can pop over to see more beauty. Thank you for stopping by today. I love it when you visit and leave comments. ♥

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The Christmas Tour of Homes includes 28 bloggers that you'll love visiting!

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50 comments

Katie Mansfield said...

I'm the first comment! How did I do that?
Thanks for sharing, Stacey. I've been thinking about you all. I'm so sorry for your loss. Your precious home is gorgeous and I love your wonderful reminder to count it all joy. Thanks for sharing at our tour.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Neighbor,
I love knowing that your heart is so proud and joyful over the accomplishments of your son's careers. I am so proud of them too, and as we drove together to our wonderful luncheon in McKinney this past week just hearing the melodic tone of your voice I knew life was good. I am sorry for the loss of your FIL, I sure know he blessed your life and you all blessed his. Perfect touches to your forever home, my dear.
Jemma

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Oh P.S. even though I am now on wordpress, you can still add me back on your blog roll:) I would love for you to do that for me:)

My thrift store addiction said...

Stacey, I'm sorry for your loss. Sometimes the holiday season can be bittersweet. Your home is so lovely and inviting and is sure to be a source of comfort and joy. Love your pretty tree collection--pinning! Happy to be touring with you! Hugs, Cecilia

Kathy Olson said...

So sorry about your father-in-law.
Your home looks lovely - so peaceful and beautiful.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely home and your thoughts with us today. You make me want to hug my 95-year-old father-in-law today! And congratulations to your sons, I'm so happy we have young ones in the world who are striving to make a better place for all of us. I feel like I've received a wonderful gift today -- the gift of appreciation for life.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am so sorry for your loss my friend and will keep your family in my prayers. I know he's in a better place but it's still hard to give up our loved ones. The holidays always bring a mixture of happy and sad. Sweet sweet hugs, Diane

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, thank you for not only sharing your beautiful home, but also your life! I know this is a hard Christmas for your family and I have had you in my thoughts. Congrats to your sons on their accomplishments, it makes a mother proud! Your lovely home is always a joy to visit! Wishing you the peace of Christmas!

Tammy Lagaly said...

Stacey your home is beautiful! I totally understand your feeling about this Christmas. I lost my father this past March. I, like you, choose to look for the Joy because I know that Dad is happy and in Heaven. Plus, I know he and my Mom are still with us, just in a different way. Thank your son for his service. What a special young men you have! Again, your home is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Rita C. said...

Stacey, your home is your joy, it's evident, and the people who've been a part of each of our lives' will never go away. I know what you mean when you say you expected, though it was still unexpected insofar as timing. RIP to your father-in-law. Your sons' choices are both so admirable. A big thanks to both of them for choosing service. Happy Holidays.

Creations By Cindy said...

Stacey, I am so very sorry about your loss. It is never good but seems when things like this happen during the holiday season it makes it all more the worse to me. Praying for your family. Loving your Christmas dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, I’m so sorry for your loss. These times are always difficult but even more so during the holidays. Sending you big hugs and prayers. Your home is gorgeous and every detail is so pretty. You’ve created your first Christmas in your new Home beautiful!! And, congrats to your son in his new job in nursing. Also we are thankful to your oldest son for his service to our country!! Hugs xo

thepaintedapron.com said...

I am so sorry for your loss Stacey, I know it makes the holidays difficult. I love your frosty tree grouping and your tasteful touches throughout your new beautiful home, I wish you a Merry Christmas full of memories old and new to bring you joy...
Jenna

Bonnie said...

Stacey, You have the sweetest way of sharing your heart. I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Unexpected and during a holiday is very hard and you have had a tough schedule. You have handled all with such grace. My MIL has Alzheimer's disease so I can relate to your sadness. She is 91so I am bracing myself for what is to come.
Both tours have been delightful. I love your pastel trees sitting on snow down your table. Your tree is stunning in front of your window. I like the angles in your pictures. Great photography styling.
I know you are proud of your sons.
I will be praying for your family.

Decor To Adore said...

I will be keeping you in my thoughts this holiday season and saying a prayer that little bits of happiness will be placed in your pockets exactly when you need it.

Laura said...

Your home is lovely Stacey, but I am not the least bit surprised.
Thank you for sharing your feelings here this morning.
It truly comforts the rest of us.
Why as bloggers we don't all do that more often is a mystery.
There is beauty in feelings too, right?

Now to other things...are you going to bake this season? :)
Merry Christmas!

Simply LKJ said...

So sorry for your loss sweet friend. As you know we lost my MIL this past March, and yes, Christmas will be hard this year.
You have created such a lovely home in just a short time being there. My youngest is dating an Army Ranger, stationed at Fort Bragg ;-)

Cindy Richter said...

You are amazing! It's incredible that you can do all you do and get so much done during a time of sorrow and loss. Your home looks beautiful and festive. I hope it brings you a bit of happiness during a tough time. I'll be praying for your entire family.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Most people don't know, I never mentioned it on my blog, but I lost my baby sister this past February. She loved Christmas so much! So I am feeling a little sad myself.

Your tree and table look beautiful. Sending hugs.

The Sketchy Reader said...

I'm so sad for you and your sweet family, Stacey. This will definitely be a difficult Christmas. I hope that y'all can also find some joy in your beautiful new home and also find peace.

I do love your pretty decor. I love the pastels I'm seeing. I love pastels for Christmas!

(((((hugs))))),
Ricki Jill

Ever Evolving Home said...

Stacey, your home looks stunning! I love every single detail. I'm so sorry for your loss and I know he will be in your hearts this Christmas. You have two amazing sons! Thank your son for his service and thank the one going to be a nurse for being a caregiver. You've raised two amazing boys!
Merry Christmas!

Jeanie said...

It can be a little hard to get into the typical Christmas ho ho with loss. I know -- my dad died in mid-December and even though it was awhile ago, it still is a reminder each year at Christmas. And that first one was pretty tough in so many ways. So I send loads of hugs.

But you are bringing the spirit in with your lovely decorations and yes, the blessings. I love how you have the s'mores ornaments for your boys. They sound pretty terrific.

Sending love.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You will be flooded with memories and it will make you sad and happy at the same time. My brother died on Dec 23rd two years ago and it's a hard day for me and my Mom. That day is also my daughters wedding anniversary so it's a sad but blessed day also. Sending hugs. Your home is lovely.

Junkchiccottage said...

Stacey so sorry about your FIL. Even though we know it is coming it still is hard when they do pass. So sorry for this loss. It always makes the holidays a little harder when you lose a loved one. Praying you find peace this holiday season. Your boys sound like great young men. Your younger son becoming a nurse is fabulous. Being a nurse myself I know he is in for the career of a life time. Nursing is such a great profession and I love seeing that men are joining in the nursing profession. Wow and to land a job right out of school at Parkland. That is awesome. My youngest daughter is a pediatric oncology nurse and it makes me so proud to see her compassion and love of nursing too. Your Christmas tour is great. I love seeing all your cozy and serene vignettes. Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs,
Kris

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

So sorry for the loss of your father in law, Stacey - it's hard to suffer a loss at any time, but it certainly seems harder to deal with at the holidays, no doubt. You do have many blessings, including your beautiful home and your wonderful family, and your father in law is happy in heaven, looking down on you all.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Stacey, I am so very sorry about the loss of your dear Father-in-Law. I know that it's especially difficult during the holidays. I was happy to read about your both of your sons and how they have pursued their passions. Thank you for sharing that with us, and for sharing your beautiful home! Love and God bless you.

Kim said...

Stacey, you are so right. Sometimes, there is much good and much sadness in our lives at once. I feel that way with my mom in the nursing home. We too try to stay positive, be grateful for the good stuff and find the smiles, but the holidays don't always feel the same. I am both so sorry for your loss and so happy to hear about your boys' successes. I wish you a wonderful holiday in your new home and blessings in the new year. xo

Eilis said...

I'll be praying for you and your family, Stacey. As usual, you managed to make your post lovely and positive. Big hug.

bj said...

I am so sorry for the loss of such a beloved man.
This is the hardest Christmas for so so many of us.
I love your decorations and that light aqua door takes my breath away.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I did not know your father-In-law passed...I am so sorry. There is so much sadness right now, along with so many blessings. How wonderful that your sons are doing so well. Lovely décor as always!

Sarah said...

Stacey, it's important foe each of us to count our blessings. The loss of a loved one makes our hearts ache, especially when it is recent. Holidays bring to mind so many memories, so when a loved one is missing, the memory becomes a real treasure. I think you have the right attitude, but all the same, this holiday will be bittersweet. Love on your boys. You've much to be proud of there! All the best to both of them.
I enjoyed seeing your beautiful home dressed for the holidays.

Laurel Bledsoe said...

Understand personally your loss. My mother in law lived with us for 5 years with this disease. It was a blessing to have her near, special times, and miss her daily. Your photos are peaceful and a welcome to the season. -Laurel
https://littleblackdomicile.com

Laura Lane said...

Refreshing, classy, and pretty my dear!
Christmas blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
Laura

Carol Lander said...

Stacey, I think it's O.K. to be sad in the middle of merriment all around you. It's also O.K. to be happy in the middle of sadness. That's the irony of life. Your home is my favorite as are you, sweet friend. By the way, where did you get the nurse ornament? I'd love to get one for my son.

Jaybird said...

Stacey, my thoughts are with your family...
The bright spot is "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" How much better can it get to be able to tell Jesus..."Happy Birthday"!!
I know your family is hurting and nothing I can say will really help, but there are better times ahead, and your home is your lovely sanctuary. Congrats to your boys....what they are doing is GREAT!!
Blessings,
J

Manu said...

Stacey I'm sorry for your loss.
Your decorations are so wonderful.
Love

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love your home and the beautiful message today....We thank your son for his service...yes, so many joys and blessings to be thankful for..Have a Merry Weekend Stacey!

justplainjilly said...

Your Christmas decor is beautiful, Stacey. I especially love those trees on your dining table. I am so sorry for your recent loss.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin from The Dedicated House said...

Stacey, your home and Christmas decor is stunning! I could poke around your house for hours! Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy Holiday Season! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
Words cannot remove your pain or your loss, but please know you are in my thoughts. This Christmas will be hard, but you may find comfort in remembering your FIL's love for you and your family.

I am moved that you were able to write a post and still be part of the Christmas blog tours. You are putting into action yours and Jemma's goal of the PERK Project. Bless you.

That adorable ornament with the green park chair, Christmas wreath, bird's nest, birds, and Joyeux Noël is calling my name. Where did you find it?

Bless you and your family this Christmas season,

Judith

Mother of 3 said...

You're home does look amazing! I'm sorry to hear you are struggling this season but it is understandable with the loss of a loved one so close. My grandmother passed away this April and while it was a bit longer ago and while she was ready to pass I am still finding the holidays just a bit sad this year. She was always so excited about shopping, gifting, and the holidays; humming songs under her breath and planning parties. I think even going through the motions helps a bit and feeling that sadness rather than ignoring it helps me move past it.

Art and Sand said...

Every time I see your new home I am in awe of it's beauty. And I love your Christmas decor.

Hope you are having a Merry Christmas season.

Jann Olson said...

Stacey, I am totally in the same place as you are. Not our best year, but the good certainly outweighs the bad! Your home is so lovely. The trees are your table are simply magical! Cozy and inviting, even if you are missing your dear father in law!
hugs,
Jann

laurie said...

what a beautiful heartfelt post,, its so good to know I am not alone with my feelings this season,,
I am your newest follower,, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and thoughts with us,

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I'm so sorry about your father in law. I've been thinking of your family and sending prayers and hugs. xoxo Your home is beautiful and I love that your boys are following their passions. That's what we always want for our kids. :)

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I am so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. You have my deepest sympathy. Whether it's expected, or unexpected, or expectedly unexpected, it's still a very difficult time. This will be my second Christmas without my husband, and time has not made things easier for me. In fact, I think things get more difficult with the passage of time. So much so, that I have had to change the way that I celebrate Christmas to be able to get through it. For years we hosted a Boxing Day dinner the day after Christmas. I tried to do that last year, in fact I did do it last year, but it was so difficult that I knew it would be my last. My best to you and your family.

An Oasis in the Desert said...

I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Losing a dear one is never easy, expected or not, but it always seems so much harder during the holidays. I think it just creates so much confusion in our minds & hearts...do we continue to celebrate or do we quietly suffer? I think we all just have to do what feels right, as you have done.

Your home is beautiful, & I adore the ornaments for your sons. I missed seeing your kitchen, so I best go do that!

Warm hugs,
Carol

Michele said...

Oh, Stacey, I am so truly sorry for your loss, especially during the holidays.

May you find comfort in the love of caring family and friends, and may the peaceful spirit of the Lord be with you always. Hugs.

Terri Steffes said...

Stacey! I love your home and your photos are amazing. I want to tell you how grateful and excited I was to see your tree on our linky party. It warmed my heart on a particularly trying for me.

Finding Grace Interiors said...

Stacey, I am very sorry for your loss... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.
Thank you for the tour of your beautiful home. It looks so festive and pretty. Your sons have huge hearts. They both chose careers to help others. You must be a very proud mama!!