This Christmas was going to be difficult. It is the second Christmas that Daddy is in Heaven, although in so many ways it feels like the first. No matter, we were all doing so well, not to stress or overwork ourselves. The gifts were well thought out and purchased, the wrapping nearly done, the baking completed. It looked to be the promise of a very peaceful Christmas.
Moday, my uncle (my mother's brother) had a massive stroke, and yesterday, he went home to be with the Lord, and to sit next to my Daddy at God's Christmas table.
Uncle Arthur (Turtie) Alvarado
April 3, 1950 - December 22, 20111
Our hearts are ripped wide open again, our sadness is deep, but we are all so thankful for the time that we were able to have with him, and so thankful that he is without pain and spending his first Christmas with God himself. Of course we will miss him, and of course we still miss Daddy. And yes, it will be a very difficult Christmas time. But Glory to God in the highest that he sent his beloved son, Jesus Christ, to take on each and every one of our sins so that we may be reunited again in Heaven.
Rest in sweet peace Uncle Turtie, and Merry CHRISTmas!