Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello 2014/Goodbye 2013

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

For a few days I've been thinking about my final blog post for 2013. 
How would I talk about the fact that there were only 39 blog posts. 
How would I talk about the fact that I have been peeking over your shoulder but leaving very few comments. 
How would I talk about the fact that I haven't responded to many comments however I do appreciate them.

Most importantly why do I feel the need to explain? 
I don't expect YOU to explain so why do I feel that YOU expect ME to explain?  Such silliness!

The following will, hopefully, explain it ALL.

This morning I received the following e-mail from a very, very dear friend.  

She said...
"I am so proud of you!  You've done lots of hard work and lots of unpleasant work...you've come a million miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

with the following attached to the e-mail...from Brave Girls Club

"Dear Phenomenal Girl,

This was a year that you made huge strides that you won't even recognize for awhile. You touched people's lives that you don't even know about. You were protected from situations that you never saw coming, and so you don't even know how big that protection was. You overcame things that you weren't expecting and you made it through days that sometimes you weren't sure you could make it through. You woke up almost every day and decided to make the most of that day....and you did. You saw beautiful things, met beautiful people, and shared your beauty too.

This might be a chapter that you are thankful is over, and it might be one that made you laugh and that you will fondly remember. This year might be right in the middle of a chapter and the story of it has not played out yet.....your story goes on from here!

This year you grew. This year you learned. This year you had 12 whole months of brand new experiences that are a part of YOUR story. This year your story was rich with ups and downs and tragedy and triumph.

This year you made it through.

Sounds like a pretty fantastic year to me.

You are so loved...now and forever.

What was happening in my life is really not important.  It's all good!

My dear friend who sent the e-mail this morning has not only been a friend but truly my Angel on Earth.  She was there if and when I started to fall.  She'd either pull me upright or catch me before I fell.  There was one day when she called and I was sobbing so hard I could hardly catch my breath.  She listened to me and helped me overcome why I was sobbing. 

Thank you my Angel on Earth aka dear friend...you know who you are!

Now on to 2014. 
I'm not choosing a word nor promising to blog more often. I live simply for today...I don't worry about yesterday or tomorrow. 

Remember that I'm not ignoring YOU, I'm simply taking care of ME. 

Thank you for popping in to visit. 

In Friendship!

Monday, December 23, 2013

My family and I wish you and yours a very
Jolly and Merry Christmas!
In Friendship

Monday, December 16, 2013

Advent Stocking Fun

In the weeks before Thanksgiving I'd been thinking about making advent calendars for Seth, Eli, Shaye and Audrey.  I simply couldn't decide on a pattern or idea. 
Very frustrating for this Nana.
And then I spotted these fabulous stockings! 
 It's red and white velvet with delectable fur and bells to trim the cuff.  30" long with pockets on the front for goodies and treats to help count down the days until Christmas. After the countdown has come to an end it's a huge regular stocking for Santa to stuff on Christmas Eve. 
It didn't take me long to order four stockings with personalization and have them shipped directly to my daughter's house. 
My grandchildren absolutely love them. 

Wouldn't it be fun to have a stocking like this for yourself???
I'd love to have all the pockets filled with chocolates - YUM.
And, on Christmas morning it would be fun to find all sorts of quilting/sewing/stitching doo-dahs just for ME.  LOL
What would you want to find in the pockets and the stocking itself?
I hope you've enjoyed some pieceful days.
In Friendship!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Decorating for Christmas

 Is there Christmas decorating going on at your house? 
 Or have you finished and now you're sitting back enjoying your Christmas treasures?

What do you prefer when you decorate; a specific theme i.e. snowmen or do you mix it up?

My friend, Wendy, likes to decorate with snowmen and trees. 
If you visit her blog you'll enjoy a sweet array of snowmen and trees vignettes.
The picture is from her blog with one of the adorable vignettes. 

Maybe you prefer to decorate with Santas everywhere. 
 I used to collect Santas.  I don't have as many as I used to but I still enjoy using them here and there.  This was at my house several years ago.

My favorite thing to do is to decorate my kitchen with Gingebread boys and girls. 
I found this large cup with the accessories about seven years ago and it always graces our kitchen table. 
I haven't done much decorating this year but I did pick up a couple of new snowmen. 
Snowmen and Santas are available in abundance but the G-Men (gingerbread men) are elusive. 
That makes me a bit sad :-(
I'd love it if you would share your thoughts and ideas about Christmas decorating.
In Friendship!
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