Recently I was searching through pictures on my laptop, as I prepare to make my annual calenders to give out as Christmas gifts. This is something I love to do each year and has become a requested gift among my parents and grandma. As I searched through pictures, I came across a few folders labeled "Philips Funeral Slide Show". These are hard ones to look at. I hesitated, as my mouse hovered over the file icon. "Should I look through them?" I asked myself. A lot of times I say no, because I know it will make me cry. This time though, I double clicked and was greeted with many pictures of my brother. From baby to just before he died. As I looked at the pictures, I was filled with a sense of peace and love, knowing that my sweet brother is with our Heavenly Father. Boy I miss him...especially this time of year. We were always partners in crime. Most of the year we fought like any brother and sister did, but around Christmas time we teamed up to search the house for Mom's new hiding place. We would also share secrets about what we had heard would be under the tree for the other. It was always a fun time. Even as adults, he loved Christmas and couldn't wait for present time. He loved to both give and receive. I remember this Christmas in the picture above. Little did we know it would be his last with us. It was a joyous event. I remember getting up that morning and opening presents with my own kids and Hubby. We were set to go to my parents in the late afternoon. By 9 am my brother was on the other end of line telling us we had to come over soon. He was up and was ready for Christmas to start. It was adorable. He couldn't wait to give his niece and nephew their gifts. Christmas 2013 was perfect. We spent the day at my parents house....opening gifts, laughing, watching movies, and eating a lot of yummy food. Usually we'd forget to take family photos, but not this year. For some odd reason we actually sat down on the couch and made sure there was a Lybbert family photo. We didn't know how cherished this picture would become. I am thankful that Heavenly Father knew we would need this picture. I see the joy in our eyes. Although my brother is not here with us this year, he will not be forgotten.
I was inspired to share a family Christmas photo by the sweet lovelies at Patience Brewster. I knew this was the picture I had to share. I think it is important that when we loose someone, to know that it is ok to continue to laugh and have joy. They would want it that way. I know that Philip would tell us to enjoy the holiday, to celebrate the birth of our Savior. As my family celebrates the holidays this year, there is not a moment when we won't think of my brother. I am thankful for forever families and the knowledge I have that we will be a family again. I am thankful for this month of December to refocus ourselves on Christ. This is a time to celebrate His birth and all that it meant for us. We could not return to live with our Heavenly Father on our own. A Savior was needed, so God sent His son. I pray you will be comforted, all who mourn. Know that you are not alone. Whatever burden you carry this holiday season, know that through Christ it may be made light. Thank you for continually encouraging me and giving of your love. I appreciate it so!
Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!
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