Monday, December 3, 2018

December has arrived :-)

Good morning world! As the sun begins to rise and give a fresh start to a brand new day of possibilities it is also a good time for reflection.....

"My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what's important to me"  Michael Imperioli

There has been so much going on in my life lately.... it's been a bit hard to breathe..... just trying to do the best I can and take it day by day. Blogging has always been an enjoyable way for me to unwind; so I wanted to add something today to help me remember this season in my life and to know this too shall pass..... may not be the easiest time but I pray it can only get better from here.

I'm trying my best to get into the holiday spirit this year and also taking nice walks around my yard. These are some of the ways I'm trying to cope with everything. It sure beats the feeling of wanting to cry all the time. Focusing on my blessings so I don't fall victim to the burdens. :-)

How do you cope with hard times?

We started doing some decorating around the house and Elvis just couldn't wait to get back under the tree before we even got all the decorations on. :-) Him and Mirabelle love when we put it up each year. Mirabelle has even been carrying little stuffed animals and things downstairs to put under it. I've never seen a cat with so much personality and qualities of a human being, we just love her!

The picture below is Mirabelle, I borrowed this picture from Kathleen's Instagram ;-). Both our cats are quite spoiled. I will have to do a post on what Kathleen has set up for them. :-)

Here's our small tree in the our living room, this one is decorated with all our ornaments collected through the years. It's from when Jerry and I started dating, from my childhood and also the ones we've gotten for the girls each year. Each has a special meaning and adds so much to our hearts this time of year.

Our other tree is set up in our sunroom and has ornaments my mom gave to me from when she used to do her Victorian tree. Lots of good memories came back to me as we were decorating it this year. I only wish she was still here to see it and share time with us. Every day without her is hard, but holidays really hurt.... such a big sense of loss.

I did 2 quick pages in my planner for December, just cute little sketches to get my month started.

    It is a beautiful day here in NC, hard to believe we are in December with weather in the 60's!
Daisy was enjoying her walk around the yard with me and Ruby and Annabelle were happy to see us too.

                       Daisy was like come on mom stop taking pictures of me and let's walk! LOL!

There are a few trees holding onto to their leaves, but mostly it has become a beautiful blanket of colors on the ground.

                                                       Well hello girls!! Time for treats!!

  They always bring a smile to my face when I see them. So happy they are part of our family!

                  I''l wrap up with a little humor for your day :-) Hope your week is off to a good start!



mamasmercantile said...

Your tree is looking beautiful, it must have been a delight remembering Christmas's past with the baubles. Tears and joy often go hand and hand with our Christmas baubles too.

Nonnie said...

I'm so sorry that you are experiencing such rough times. I trust you have good support through them. Your trees are absolutely gorgeous and your photos are all so lovely.

Carol Slater said...

Beautiful trees and those goats are so cute! I pray that you find some peace during the holiday season.

Hena Tayeb said...

Your tree looks beautiful..
Hope the season raises your spirit.. and you can feel all the joy around you.

Chatty Crone said...

What a gorgeous tree! And the goats were so cute!

Billie Jo said...

I wish I were closer, Jill.
I'd pop in with coffee and muffins and we could sit talk and laugh and cry.
Christmas is joyous, but also brings a sense of sadness for people we miss.
Your trees are lovely!
One day at a time. : )

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Jill, I know the feelings of which you speak. Some days just can be quite hard. Please know that I will remember you in my prayers.
Your Christmas trees are beautiful. I know you must love gazing at the ornaments collected through the years. And your mother's tree is lovely. My parents have been in heaven for quite some time, but I still miss them. Love never leaves us. Take care and have a nice week. ♥

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Long, quiet bubble baths with soft music and candlelight can be helpful in reducing stress, I have found in the past.

Stephanie said...

OH my, what a cute little joke at the end :)

Sweet Jill, how I wish I could give you a nice big hug right now. Indeed, Christmas is a joyous time, but oh, it can be filled with heartache and loss, too. Please know that I am praying for you, dear one. Enjoy this precious time with your sweet girls and husband.

Love and hugs to you!

Carla from The River said...

Sending hugs Jill. I lost my grandpa on December 5th. He was my best friend. Every December I get that feeling in my tummy.. and every December 5th I miss him so much, it hurts.
I do understand.. praying .. Love, Carla

Aritha said...

Sometimes it is really hard, yes!

But is love your photos and the cat is so sweet ♥

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, it's so good that you go for walks, Jill, even if it's around your yard. Your cat looks sweet sitting there under the tree and I bet that is his cozy place. That's a cute picture that Kathleen took and added words to it. Your trees are so pretty. It's wonderful that you have two trees with ornaments that have special meaning to you. I know what you mean wanting two trees cause through the years I have collected special ones here and there, homemade ones from when my kids were little, and also ones that a friend has given each year. I bet it's emotional to see the Victorian tree with ornaments your mom gave you.

Keep walking around your yard and keep having your good thoughts. The Christmas spirit is there in your heart. : ) I really liked your charming post today, Jill.


Vee said...

Beautiful tree! I am glad that there are so many sweet memories with it. You asked about coping with difficult times. I cry and pray. Tears are healing and if they are building, I don't try not to cry. Course I live alone. ☺ And no matter what the point of my discomfort, I know that I can go to The Lord with every little thing. He has never failed me yet. Be good to yourself, Jill. Healing will come.