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December 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Family and Friends

Christmas has come and go and Jesus was quietly in the background. This season was more about making sales for AT&T for me, and passing classes for Shorena while keeping the home fires burning. Even still we definitely didn’t sell out for the commercialism of Christmas but there is no doubt that nothing in our family would be possible today without the grace of a merciful God.

It’s been a long road. Which makes the greatest gift, the gift of a healthy family, even that much more special.

It’s hit me a few times over the past year or so, especially as my daughter Sofia has started talking and reasoning…. in her own way. And as Nodari has become an “all American” kid – of Georgian heritage.

But somehow, I’m a father with kids.

In the 11 years I was with my first wife I had grown comfortable with the fact that I wouldn’t have kids. After the marriage ended all I had was my mom’s comforting insight that one day I would meet someone, most likely with kids of her own, and we’d live happily ever after.

Mother knows best. Because that’s exactly what happened.

And the past few years have faced many challenges, not having our own apartment in the beginning, a little boy in the Republic of Georgia and daughter who wasn’t even on the radar, no jobs, just an idea that love would keep us together.

And it has.

Nodari has embraced his new home and we have given him every ounce of love and support. He has not let us down. Sofia came to life during the Yankees 2009 Pennant run and has been a blessing to use ever since. Everyday, I want to run home to her and drink in the new words, the new mannerisms and new expressions. Shorena is getting straight A’s on the way to her degree in Occupational Therapy at LaGuardia Community College and I have wound up with AT&T Interactive.

As I look under the trees, and at the relative health of our band account, the car clean and parked outside, it’s clear that the greatest gift is what God has quietly given to me, restored to me, and those I love.

As with most Sunday Night’s Posts, I have dug up a great vintage clip that relates to my post. This one from The Captain and Tennille, Love Will Keep Us Together.

The Greatest Gift - Love Will Keep Us Together

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