Empty Stocking

We have many friends who lost a loved one over the past couple of years.  For many who’ve lost loved ones, the empty stocking hanging by the fire leads to more pain and tears.  Miscarriages and infant loss can be especially hard when you planned to have a new baby to cuddle and buy gifts…

Dreading the holidays?

I wrote the following in a grief group. I’m sharing it here because I know many of you are facing health issues, financial issues, family issues and other types of issues. Many of you dread the holidays.  May I add a different view? Our son’s birthday is Christmas Eve. He died along with four friends…

Wonderful Life 

I’ve spent the day sitting by the fire reading. I’m wearing my son’s oversized sweater jacket and feel cozy. Loaded baked potato soup for lunch. Popcorn for snack. It’s cold and rainy outside. May turn to snow tonight. The wind is howling but I’m safe and warm inside with my puppies and the love of…

Nutcrackers

Andrew’s birthday is Christmas Eve. He was a dancer. The last ballet I saw him in was Nutcracker in 2012. I bought a Snow King nutcracker that year since he was the Snow King.    The next year he was gone. One of our daughters suggested I collect nutcrackers in his memory. I said emphatically,…

Prayer

Prayer helps me when I’m sad. I often pray for others when I’m hurting. This is my prayer today: Father, It’s just a week before Christmas and so many of my friends are hurting. They are missing loved ones who are no longer living on earth. Please, Lord, fill them with Your joy and peace.…

Three day Quote Challenge: Day 3

Three Day Quote Challenge: Day 3   Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it. ― Cyrill Connolly   He went to the church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and for, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars,…