2010 has been very difficult for my family and I. In April, I lost my Uncle Eddie from complications with Cancer in April.  Then, in the beginning of October, by Uncle David lost his battle with cancer.  Just six months between losing people who were not only family, but close family. All the family get togethers on holidays, and those dinners and get-togethers in between.   To watch them weaken over the months and then to finally lose them was more than anyone should have to bear – let alone my whole family having to go through it twice.

Last night I received a call at 3:30am. My Uncle Kenny Wayne’s heart had stopped in his sleep. By the time we got to the house he was gone and the paramedics were telling us they were sorry for our loss.  I think I literally felt my heart break inside my chest.

Three deaths in the family can take a toll. Three deaths of family members that happened to be so close for my whole life will hurt even more. I look through the family pictures from Christmas’ past and saw how big we were. We’ve dwindled to almost nothing in the past ten years. The heartbreaks keep coming.  The photos don’t have as many people in them.

I apologize for the delay in e-mails in the next week or so, as well as the delay in workflow.  I will be taking some time to spend with my family during this Christmas Holiday. We need each other more than ever. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Give some extra hugs to each other. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.