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December 12, 2014

The Christmas Star

I came home yesterday to this sight:

Nacogdoches photographer receives lighted Christmas star in remembrance of her grandfather

A star. Not just any star…. A star with lights. And a big soft place in my heart. And just like that, my eyes and my heart begin to fill up and spill over as I rolled into our driveway.

You see, someone who meant an awful lot to me had one just like it that he’d hang on his house on the top of a hill each and every Christmas. Christmas stars like this ALWAYS make me think of my grandfather.

And my sweet dad made it happen for me. He spent the time researching, building, painting, wiring and hanging a star just like it for me. Nacogdoches photographer receives lighted Christmas star in remembrance of her grandfather

My sweet dad took the time to make sure it was just right. Even after it was hung and I’d dried up my tears (for the most part), he still had to make sure it was juuuuuuuust perfect with one last adjustment.

Nacogdoches photographer receives lighted Christmas star in remembrance of her grandfather

This star means so much to me… if you saw my post last night on Instagram, you’ve read how I imagine my grandfather watching my reaction to seeing it’s lights shining on the front of our house as I arrived home. I can only imagine the lights my grandfather was welcomed with as he arrived home. Nacogdoches photographer receives lighted Christmas star in remembrance of her grandfather

I am so thankful for a family who means the world to me, and for happy memories made new each time I look at the bright lights on that star… And Pops, I’m so thankful for you and your handiwork. It’s the perfect reminder as I get home each day that this season is about so much more than twinkly lights or gifts under a tree. It’s a season about love and family. It’s a season about Christ and his light. 

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  1. Carol

    December 12th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Tears in my eyes as I read this post. What a reflection of Christ’s love to us all in family, passed on through generations. Have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. bmariephoto

    December 12th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Merry Christmas to you too, Carol!!

  3. Jan Rodine

    December 12th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I could barely finish reading it for the tears in my eyes. You are blessed to have your grandfather and fathers genes. We are all blessed to have them in our lives. They live on in you and your brother and your children. Merry Christmas Flip!!

  4. bmariephoto

    December 12th, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Now I’m crying again!!! Love you.

  5. Wyatt Engelhardt

    December 12th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Tis the season for LOVE and Family ….just can’s get any better then that can it Brookie Girl ….Max Love 💕 Wyatt
    Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:37:15 +0000
    To: wyatte777@hotmail.com

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