and just like that…it’s done.

Our Christmas started with fun and memories…

starting Christmas Eve off with a water fight with Granny

reading the Christmas story

Eddie helped uncle Cody

And daddy helped Eddie

we had so much fun opening gifts, snacking on treats, and playing euchre.

finally we dragged our tired bodies home around 11pm.

Eddie was up all night.

We were up all night.

Finally Eddie slept with us.

and then the phone rang at 7am.

Grandpa Sluiter had passed to heaven.

But it was still Christmas…

Opening gifts in Christmas jammies

camera bag!


so many new things!

our day was filled.

after our gifts we got ready and headed over to my grandparents’ house.

then it was home for a quick nap for ed and then to my parents’ house.

50 mm lens!

Eddie made my mom (and all the grandmas) ornaments

with all that was going on, we were pleasantly distracted by so many blessings.

but once we were home…

and eddie was in bed…

a quiet finality washed over us.

eddie using his new personalized stool

of course our little man was unaware.

He went about his morning today playing with all his new toys.

laughing and pointing at all the new items in the house.

but there was a feeling…

and end to something.

not just Christmas.

a fake tree next year, perhaps?

but to a life.

Grandma called to ask Cortney to be a pall bearer today.

and I packed up Christmas and put it away.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure Grandpa Sluiter would have loved that you carried on with Christmas like you did. God bless.

  2. so sorry for your loss.

    Thoughts and prayers from Burson Nation aka deana and I aka @deana_bo & @TLanceB

  3. TheNextMartha says

    Sigh. So sorry.

  4. Prayers for you and your family.

  5. Oh darling girl…

    I hadn’t read yet.

    I’m so sorry.

    But how amazing of you to keep Christmas going for Eddie.

    And you and Court too, and you family. They still needed Christmas.

    Sending love to you and your family, lovely one.

    Lots and lots.

    • thanks, my lovely friend.

      i felt a lot less than amazing this weekend, but it was the right thing to do. as you said, the needed Christmas.

      thank you for you love. I am sending you some always as well.

  6. So sorry.

    So proud that you were able to give your son his Christmas.

    Being a grown-up is hard work.

    You packed up Christmas and put it away . . . but on Christmas . . . you gave your son a great gift.

    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    • Being a grown-up pretty much sucks a lot of the time. sigh…

      yes, Christmas is put away. Wednesday we will commit grandpa to the earth. and that will be put away too.

      bring on 2011 and some happy, please.

      thank you for being such a wonderful friend. while i didn’t feel so gifty on Christmas, I did try to do the right thing. even if Eddie won’t remember.

  7. Oh, Katie, my heart is breaking for you and Cort.
    I know that there is little that I can say here that will help.
    But, I can say that I love you and that I am so incredibly proud of you.
    I had no doubt that you would do what you needed to do for your family…you are generous and strong like that.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers, my beautiful friend.
    So much love for you…

    • thanks you, Nichole. it’s hard to feel like i’ve done anything worth being proud of, but i know what you (and kris, and lori) are saying…it was what needed to be done. It must be a mother’s instinct to keep everything going.

      thank you for your friendship and love. they are incredibly important to me.

  8. So sorry for your loss. It’s hard anytime of year, but especially at the holidays.

  9. I’m so sad for your loss, but no better comfort than spending time together as a family. Thoughts and prayers for you.

    • family was the best comfort that day. and that he went to heaven on Christmas? that was sort of blessing for him.

  10. So sorry for your loss!

  11. You are adorable- such awesome gifts! And I pray peace over your family this week and into the new year. I am so sorry for your loss.


    • yes, I was way blessed in the gift department this year for sure! and thank you for your prayers…being lifted by so many in this way is a blessing I can’t even describe. thank you.

  12. I’m so sorry Katie. My grandmothers funeral and layout was on Christmas Eve several years ago – unfortunately I know how that sadness tears at you on this holiday.

    Prayers for your family.

    • Thanks, Tiffany. Yes, it’s such a hurt on a day that is supposed to be solid joy. luckily we were surrounded by family and friends. and now? we are being lifted in prayer by wonderful, WONDERFUL friends. Thank you for being one of those.

  13. Words can’t convey how deeply sadened I am to hear that your Gpa had passed. Our thoughts in my neck of the Canadian woods that is free of pine needles since we own a fake tree are with you and your family (did that make you smile?…if not then Cort stepping on a pine needle 5 months after Christmas is done should make you giggle)
    Love you warm hugs my friend.

    • the thought of pine needles in june is mildly humorous to me…and? we have been shopping for a fake tree. for obvious reasons. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face, warmth in my heart, and a giggle at my lips. You are a wonderful blessing, my friend. love you.

  14. Lots of hugs and prayers for Grandpa. Very sad, but he’s in heaven. That’s never enough for me (most of the time), but it’s true.
    The Christmas looked fabulous. Let me know how you love your lens đŸ™‚

    Holy crap that’s a lot of pine needles! No real trees for us…

    • it’s true. it’s not enough…but yet…it is. thank you.

      and thanks about the tree. ha! we totally need a fake one next year. TOTALLY.

      And so far? The lens is awesome. I am in love with it. If that is even possible.

  15. I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandfather. I’m saying a prayer for your family.

    It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas…my favorite part of this post is that A Christmas Story is playing on the TV. It’s my favorite Christmas movie ever!

    • Thanks, Natalie! I am so lucky to be lifted up by so many friends.

      And yes, we had a LOVELY, blessed Christmas! And of COURSE A Christmas Story was on! It’s my fave ever too!

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. So, so sorry.

  17. So sorry to read about your loss. Looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas with your little one though. đŸ™‚ Glad you guys could still enjoy the holiday the way it should be enjoyed.

  18. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. oh, hon. i’m finally getting caught up on your blog. i’m so sorry for this loss. i hope you are hanging in there and giving eddie and cort some extra squeezes.


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