Good morning Friends ~ Here it is our last Friday before Christmas. I hope you are all mostly prepared for your holiday whatever you do wherever you are.
Today I am doing more baking. Sunday will be a little Christmas dinner and gift exchanged with 5-6 ladies and I am looking forward to that. I am making a pumpkin/mincemeat pie to take. It is yummy.
Christmas I plan on having by myself. I really don’t mind it. Mark and I always enjoyed ‘quiet’ holidays and I am looking forward to resting and having Christmas dinner with Jesus, as He will be right here with me. I bought a small turkey breast and look forward to fixing that and whatever else I make. I did have two invites, but chose to stay here in my little home sweet home. I will be working the three days after, so it will be a good day to rest and reflect.
Today would have been Mark’s 66th birthday. I will miss fixing him a special dinner. I’ve been doing pretty good emotionally this holiday season. Yesterday morning I did go out in my long cotton nightgown and walked around my main garden, then sat in the Victorian wire bench that is at the back. It was peaceful, even with traffic out front, and then the tears came. I thanked God for the life Mark and I had together, and let the tears flow until they ceased. Tears are healing.
Monday was our widow’s group, Friends Needing Friends, Christmas meeting/luncheon. It was great! There were 30 of us. There are more ladies but they all couldn’t make it for one reason or another. This group will be two years old in February and it started with just a handful of ladies. We all look forward to our monthly meetings. See the lady 4th from the right, seated, she just turned 97. She is spry and always willing to help do whatever when we set up each month. The founder of the group is Dotti, standing back right side in gray. She started the first FNF group in NJ over 25 years ago, and it is still going and they have over 100 members now. Dotti works very hard for this group and is a gift to us all. I am so thankful to have come across this group. It has been a blessing in my life.
The past week or so on the way to or from work I heard a song on the radio and will post it here. It makes me feel happy and the words are true.
May you feel the love, peace,
joy and strength of God
flowing through and surrounding you
this Christmas season.
In spite of all the negatives in our lives,
we have much to be thankful for.
Every Good Thing by The Afters
Merry Christmas and have a wonderful 2014.
Love and hugs to all