Monday, December 11, 2017

More Christmas Decorating and a Flood of Memories

         "Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life."  Anne Rophe

We have 2 large trees in our home each year, this one is in our sunroom and we decorated it this Sunday. Each and every ornament was given to me by my mom from her Victorian tree a few years back. As I was standing there with Jerry and my girls I tried so very hard to hold back my tears.... but I couldn't and I just let them flow... the pain still so very fresh.... the loss of such an amazing woman.... the grief overtaking me and my family by my side...understanding. She is in every aspect of my life. I miss her every single day.

While this tree represents her in so many ways, the memories all good are helping me to get through... not easy, but she would want me to carry on and live for her and my girls and I do each day.

                                                 More outside light pictures coming soon!

We have another tree decorated in our family room that holds ornaments representing so many memories. First Christmases and so much more. In fact, we rotate each year because we have so many good memories from special moments we can't fit them all on the tree. We are blessed by the gift of strong family and it's something I will always treasure.

The little house down in front of the tree plays the story of the night before Christmas. My mom also gave me that years ago for the girls and we all love it. it's a tradition to play it each year.

Our Elf on the Shelf Bobalina came back this year and then Kathleen wanted to add Bobith and he can be a little trouble maker! ;-)

                      Poor Bobalina! I'm pretty sure Bobith had something to do with this, lol!

                                                                       Meet Bobith.....

                   Our mantle this year and Kathleen decorated the bottom half for the elves :-)

                           Kathleen also wanted to set up our Christmas village in the window :-)

               Love the softness of the light and peacefulness of our favorite candles burning.....

Each year we set out this candy dish given to us by the Weiss family, good friends of ours from Pennsylvania when we lived there. We miss them so much! We think of them all the time and remember them at the holidays too each time this piece comes out. :-) Hershey kisses are one of our favorites so we keep it filled for our guests this time of year.

                                                   Some decorating in my dining room....

We entertained friends the other evening so the Christmas setting was made, my girls setting the table this year to await our friend's arrival.

  Kathleen spent time creating hand made name cards for everyone. Each card had something on it that the person liked. :-)

When shopping at Lowes the other day they had this display still up from Santa's visit so we were sure to get pictures. :-)

I had to laugh at Kathleen..... lol after we came out of the restaurant after eating lunch she was holding these mini umbrellas over her head as the snow was falling down.... Love this girl... she always makes me smile!

And last for now.... I ordered a planning kit on black Friday and it arrived the other day from this Etsy shop called Thread Heads Design. She makes the most adorable items! It's a cute set of items I will be using for my planners and scrapbooking :-) A little Christmas treat for me :-)   :-)   :-)

                        How is your Christmas planning coming along? Ready? Any big plans??
               Thanks for stopping by today... always a pleasure reading your comments and emails.



The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your home looks so festive and lovely, Jill. I know it is a tender time for you and I pray that love will hold you and your memories close.
I'm steadily getting ready for Christmas. Slowly, but surely it will all get done. Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family. ♥

Karen Ann said...

Your decorated home and your childrens love of the celebration and decoration is a wonderful testament to the love you shared and learned and cherish from your mom - Merry Christmas to all -

Carol Slater said...

Your home looks cozy and warm and very festive. I love the present for you. LOL! Merry Christmas

McVal said...

Your home and family are beautiful! I've got a lot to finish up before Christmas and the house looks no where NEAR as pretty as yours.
We're planning a trip to see my folks next weekend and will hug my mom especially tight every time I see her. The cancer has returned and I don't know if she'll be here next Christmas.

Billie Jo said...

Your home is beautiful for this lovely season.
I pray that you will have strength to carry your mom with you in her heart and know that she is with you.
I set a place at our Christmas dinner table for our loved ones who have daddy, Steve's daddy and now Mum...I know they are there with us.
hugs and love. : 0

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your Mother's Victorian tree is so beautiful! It's such a wonderful way to honor her memory this time of year. Your home looks so warm and welcoming. So glad that your sweet family is helping you through this difficult time and making you smile, too. Love all the planner goodies. My husband's Mom passed away 1 year ago yesterday. I found the sweetest photo of her as a young Mom, holding him at a year old in front of the Christmas tree. I'm going to frame it for him. Hope your week is full of blessings. Hugs xo Karen

Laura Lane said...

May Holy Spirit bring comfort, healing, and hope to you this season. Sincerely,
Laura Lane
Harvest Lane Cottage

Stephanie said...

Your home looks so sweet and festive for the Christmas season. And oh, how lovely that your one Christmas tree is decorated in ornaments from your precious mother. I am so, so, so sorry for the pain and loss, dear Jill. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love and many hugs your way!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

I can't imagine how hard it is to spend this Christmas without your mother, as I know how much you were looking forward to having her close by to you. Such fun times with your girls, loved the mini-snow umbrella, lol! Continuing to pray for the Lord to help you through this difficult season dear friend!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your Christmas trees are so pretty, Jill. I really like the one in the family room with ornaments that have memories for you. Those are the best kind - the ones with a story to tell. Oh, that Elf on the Shelf I've always wanted. The picture of Kathleen with the pink umbrellas is delightful. I can see how she makes you smile always, cause she makes me smile too. : )

Sending much love to you on this first Christmas without your mother.


Pilar said...

Lovely tree and decorations!