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Friday, 26 December 2014

What love, actually is.

Our Christmas Day has been amazing with the beautiful traditions we are establishing with our family. Stella's eyes were as big as saucers when she saw Santa's footprints and Imogen couldn't believe how many carrots the reindeer ate. Adele was a little trepidacious, concerned that reindeer might still be in the house. Though our day started outrageously early, watching our girls jumping on the trampoline that Grandpa bought and 'Santa' built was all the Christmas joy I needed.

Building a trampoline in the dark like a champion dad!
Watching the sun rise and children jumping!

Every Christmas Gavin and I watch Love Actually. Most years we get to the end before we fall asleep! Each year I am reminded about the different types of love- Colin's lust, Mark's unrequited love, Karen's faithfulness. It is always Sarah's love for her brother that strikes me as the most unconditional, the most tested, the most selfless. Anyone who loves a person with an intellectual impairment, chronic illness or mental health condition will understand how this feels. It is exhausting and trying, and often unrecognised, but it can be the most rewarding love.

It's funny how a movie that came out three years before Imogen even entered our lives, was already teaching me about what love, actually is. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

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