Saturday, December 5, 2015

A start in decorating

 

Good morning Folks ~ It is another gray day here with more rain predicted today and over the next few days. It rained most of the day yesterday and some of the day before, which was a good time to get Christmas decorations out of the attic.  I decided my main tree would be the ‘Charlie Brown’ tree we found curbside in Sept. 2012. I put a small one in my space here where I create and blog, and there’s a tiny one in the bedroom.

I made up collages using PicMonkey. The top two pics are of the one in my space. The bottom right is the CB tree, and bottom left the one in the bedroom.

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A widow friend of mine, dear Sue D., who has been a widow longer than me,  gave me this lovely ornament my second Christmas without my DH.  It is oh so true.

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I want to thank all of you how have been following me through the years, for your friendship, love, hugs, prayers, your encouragement. You are a blessing to me. You have made this widow walk not so lonely.  I thank God for you, and am thankful that He is with me and never leaves me. He is my strength when I am weak. He has sent all of you into my life.

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I will be setting up the nativity and heavenly host in the next week or so.

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Christmas is a time to remember that God Himself, left His heavenly throne, became a human babe so that one day when the time was right, He would give Himself as a sacrifice for all the sin man has done, keeps doing, and will do until He returns again. Because He rose from the grave, we have been promised life eternal when we believe in Him and what He has done. He loves each and every one of us, no matter what we have done. His love and mercy covers us and washes us clean. We become spotless and will live forever with Him, where there is no more sin, no pain, no death, no sadness. All will be well.

Until then let us trust Him and thank Him for the gift of every day that He blesses us with.

Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

31 comments:

organicgardendreams said...

Dear Lorraine, it looks very christmassy in your home already! I really admire you for putting up three trees. I looked at your previous post, too, and your new little black kitten really cracked me up. As far as I remember she was a feral cat and now see how much she has warmed up to you already. Simply wonderful!
Wishing you a lovely 2nd Advent!
Warm regards,
Christina

Jeri Landers said...

First of all, we should also thank you for being a friend to all of us. Despite your loss, you have always had time to visit blogs and leave a kind comment. You've withstood with courage and faith. You have been an inspiration in your journey through sadness and grief. SO, Thank YOU, Lorraine, for hanging in there, for continuing your blogging life, and for all the insight you've given us into what the loss of a dear one really entails in one's life. And now, here you are, decorating for Christmas in a grand style with kitties in tow. You are quite a remarkable woman.
P>S> I adore your selfies and Miss Rosie looks pretty cute too.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Your trees are beautiful and very festive.Thanks for the beautiful post.Yes,I too am thankful for all my friends and know that they make each day better than it would be without them.

Jane said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at your house, Rainey! I never noticed the awesome woodwork you had before. You really put us to shame, we only have one tabletop tree,

Hugs
Jane

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I love your christmas decorating. Everything looks so beautiful. We are having a few warm days here in WV. I am finishing up our christmas decorating too.

janiceflorida said...


Gorgeous! Your home looks so cozy and festive. I'm getting inspired to decorate after seeing several blogs with lovely Christmas posts
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Lorraine, your tree is so pretty and the ornaments are very special. YOU are very special and I am so blessed to have met you this year. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend. Blessings. xo

Deb said...

It's getting to look very much like Christmas at Plum Cottage, your trees look great, thank you for always sharing your creativity, your garden and you ups and downs with us. I wish for you a wonderful Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Gary said...

I love the way you prepare your lovely cottage for Christmas Lorraine. There is always so much meaning behind everything. It looks really lovely this year.

Janneke said...

A beautiful post Lorraine, I really love reading your posts. Three Christmas trees in your house, that looks very Christmassy and so cozy. The decorations are such nice and sweet memories. I wish you a very good Sunday!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful! I can imagine the range of emotions as you enjoy the atmosphere of your sweet cottage in this season...

Leslie Kimel said...

I really like all your handmade ornaments. Your house looks so cozy and Christmassy!

Sandy said...

Every area of your sweet home looks lovely, warm and inviting, Lorraine. Just love what you have done. I pray this Christmas season is a wonderful one for you and those you hold dear.
Blessings~

Debbie Mitchell said...

Absolutely beautiful decorations and post. Many hugs to you <3

Sallysmom said...

A wonderful post that brought tears to my eyes. I love your trees and all the precious ornaments that are on them. Thinking of you and continuing to pray that God will sustain you.

BeachGypsy said...

And you are a blessing to us lorraine!! Love seeing your trees!.....so very pretty! Fun to look at others ornaments. How are kitties? Is your faucet in yet? I am so hoping that was this weekend for you?

Nancy Shuman said...

How beautiful!!!!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your Christmas collage is lovely!

Susie D.

Kate R said...

Lorraine, your decorations and trees are all just gorgeous. How lovely and festive your home is. I echo what another follower has said that you are such an inspiration and so kind, as you always leave such lovely comments on my blog and are so positive. Thank you!

Kit said...

The trees look great! Have a wonderful season. Hugs, Kit

Mountain Mama said...

I'm so sad for you, missing your sweet husband so much. I'm sure the holidays are tough...bug hugs to you, Lorraine.

Consider It All Joy said...

I love this post and your very special ornaments! One day at a time, God is with you! Blessings, Cindy

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Your decorating is beautiful!1 It's kind of slow getting into the mood this year. Our temps are usually cold and snowy already, but we hare in the 50s everyday, for which I am grateful. Our tree went up over the weekend which brought Bah Humbug from Terry who says he hates Christmas but really doesn't.
HO HO HO!!

Susan said...

Your Charlie Brown tree is adorable! That was very nice of Sue to send you that ornament. I'm sure it is very comforting to you. Wishing you an enjoyable Christmas season.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Lorraine, your home is very festive with the Christmas decorations. Your keepsakes of ornaments are beautiful! You are an inspiration to all of us that read your blog - I can tell by all the lovely comments how each one appreciates all that you go through and how you have the strength to face each challenge. I suffer from depression and find your posts very uplifting. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Have a lovely week!

Darcie said...

What beautiful and memorable Christmas tress that you have Lorraine! I can just imagine all the memories it evokes as you put up your trees, and what a wonderful idea to have a couple in your creative space too! I think I would just get lost in looking at them, and forget about being creative. ;-) Looks lovely, my friend!

Melanie said...

I love your beautiful trees and your messages are always uplifting and full of hope. I'm thankful I found your blog and for your friendship. Blessings to you!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Love your decorating, but you won one of my jam and jelly boxes! So just confirm your address and name to me. I know I have it written down, but send me an e-mail to gmail! Congrats! xo

Pam's English Garden said...

I'm very impressed with your collages, Lorraine, and will have to check out PicMonkey. Your home looks very festive! Like mine, your ornaments each have a story to tell. It's like revisiting with old friends as you take each one out of the box. Blessing, dear friend. P. x

Jessica Jarrell said...

I use PicMonkey too! I love it, so user friendly. Very important to me these days :) I love all the Christmas decor and ornaments. Christmas is my favorite time of year to decorate. Hope you are having a great week FlowerLady!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Precious ornaments, every one. Your Christmas tree is beautiful. I love how you shared the gospel, Rainey. Perfectly done. Hugs, sweet friend. Nancy