Christmas Tradition “Love Nana”

Each year for quite some time, I have had 4 small trees instead of one large one.  Each tree is in honor of each of my grandchildren, Caroline, Joseph, AvaLucia, and Evelyn, (Evie).  When they were taken out of my life, I could not imagine celebrating Christmas the same or even putting up a tree, but through my faith and prayer, God healed my wounded heart as a grandmother.

Tree # 1 is for Caroline, filled with Precious Moment Ornaments collected since 1981.  Tree # 2 is for Joseph, an old soul at heart, and is filled with Old Fashioned Ornaments collected over time.  Tree # 3 is for AvaLucia, bling, bling, and more bling, of different Glittery Ornaments, collected over time.  Finally, Tree # 4 is for Evie, and these are Angel Ornaments on porcelain.

I may never see them before God calls me home, they would receive these after I am gone, but they will know that they were thought of each and every Christmas.

For my beautiful daughter and son, I leave a legacy of collectibles, love letters, and cards, all bundled up in a secret chest.  These are the traditions I have that keep me going each and every year.

Love Nana


Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.