Merry Christmas, every one !! :) I hope you all are experiencing wonderful memories with your loved ones.
Holidays are always such a big ball of confusing JOY for Damien and I ;) Every year, we've experienced something new.
Usually, we either stay with very good friends of ours (basically family) and their 4 kids or we head to Delaware to stay with Damien's mom, step dad, and two of his siblings. We weren't married our first Christmas together and about a week before Christmas, we went up to Delaware for me to officially meet his mom's family. You could've cut the tension at that first dinner with a knife!! It was extreeeeemely awkward and I knew I was there because Damien's mom wanted to see her son. By the end of the week, she had gotten to know me a little better and it was just the beginning of the wonderful relationship we share today. We went home before Christmas (so that we weren't there when the rest of the family arrived), and spent it with our new adopted family.
Our third Christmas (last year), we went up to Delaware again....this time for Christmas day and spent it for the very first time with his ENTIRE immediate family as well as much of his extended family through his mom's side. At the end of that week, we also went to a family reunion for his dad's side, where I met pretty much his entire extended family (his dad has 8 siblings so it was a LOT of people!).
This Christmas was very different. Our dear friends (with the 4 kids) moved 9 hours north and we didn't go to Delaware. So it was our first Christmas in our home together. My sister joined us Christmas morning and that afternoon we were invited over Damien's dad's house for a family photo. This was the first Christmas we've ever been invited over. Much like our other family gatherings, there's still some 'sticky' relationships. We didn't know what to expect. It ended up being a very lovely time and stayed for a majority of the evening. Damien's sisters were there as well as his step mom's side of the family.
Over these past few Christmases, it's been an amazing pleasure to meet his family. It's always a very humbling experience and the hospitality that has been shown is more appreciated than I think they'll ever know. God's grace abounds and it never fails to amaze me more and more.
On Christmas Eve, Damien and I were enjoying an amazing lasagna prepared by Sal's Express Italian Bistro! And we both wondered how Mr. Woods was spending his Christmas. Many of you have asked my thoughts on Tiger's situation and a few of you are quite vocal about it yourself. I have read all of your thoughts.
At this point there's a lot of speculation, but I'll share my thoughts. I think Tiger has dealt well as far as the media is concerned. So far, he's said and done the 'right' things. I just hope his responses are genuine, and that he is actually using this time to 'soul search'.
As far as these women 'coming out', I do think their motives are questionable. Most likely the price tag is worth their own financial gain over Tiger's expense. Many are enraged over this, however, these women are responsible for their own actions. Just as is Tiger. The girls might not be doing what's right but Tiger essentially trusted them with his reputation by sleeping with them. I will say it IS a shame to see their ignorance of not knowing exactly what's being communicated. One girl is saying she wanted to come out to let people know that she really is a good person, was raised 'Christian', and that she doesn't owe Tiger's wife an apology. Another wore a cross around her neck during an interview with the Today Show. I've experienced first hand proclaiming to be a Christian and then coming out with a nude website and have seen a very SMALL percentage of the confusion that puts in the minds of viewers. It shows me that the girls, themselves, are very misinformed, as I was.
My big question is who is going to be the strong 'voice' in Tiger's life. The celebrity world is very different- I can only IMAGINE the deception that seems like truth to some people. Especially with Tiger's celebrity caliber, he's so used to people being 'yes men'. Who in his life has the ability to sit him down and talk reality and truth? I just truly pray he has someone like that, let alone a 'support' system. I pray that for his wife as well. That God is providing people in her life that can help her sift through all the media and fame...to view her husband as a man that's messed up and deal with him alone.