"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!
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??
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