This was our first Christmas without my brother-in-law. I have to admit that I was a little worried about how everyone would handle it. Turns out, I had no need to worry. Everyone did great and while we did miss Mike, we were able to celebrate and miss him in a healthy way. Mike was a very unique person. He had a huge heart and loved people. He knew everybody and I never heard anyone say a bad word about him. He was very charismatic and took everything in stride. He could eat more than anyone I know and never gain an ounce. He loved to play cards or board games. Probably something that everyone knew about him was that he loved the Vols.
We thought about him a lot this Christmas Eve. We celebrated much the same way that we did when he was with us. Here are some of my favorite photos from Christmas Eve:
Caroline and my niece Hannah. They took this one themselves.
Caroline, just before she started to hand out gifts.
My nephew Caleb and his girlfriend Chrystal
Logan trying her best to avoid the camera
Bobo, Mike's dog (my in-laws inherited this dog after Mike's death)