Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I expect that this will be my last post before Christmas,so here is my wish for you.


I am also including the letter which I sent out to people with a card.
I count all of my followers as my friends,so this later is to you as well.

To you my dear friends,
    As you all know, the last 15 months or so have been filled with change for me.. I would not have chosen the path on which I find myself right now,but God knows what is best for me. When my beloved Jake took his final breath on November 10th of 2010, my whole life was turned upside-down. Now I can honestly say that it is beginning to be turned right-side up again. 
    2011 has been a year filled with many sad moments,yet,I can also say that there have been many good times.God has taken my hand and walked along with me through the ups and downs.
    I feel so richly blessed to have you as one of my friends.I want to thank you for the support and love I have felt from you. It is during a time of deep sadness that we find out who our real friends are,and you are definitely one of them. Thank-you. 
   I look forward to what God has in store for me in the coming year.
    What are my plans? I make plans very loosely,as I know they can be changed in a heartbeat.I do want to continue to pursue my photography,as this is something which I very much enjoy.I also plan on staying with my job as a school bus driver,at least for a few more years,Lord willing.Besides this I am always willing to join friends for coffee and a visit.

Thanks for your friendship and I will be back after Christmas,but first I will celebrate with family and friends who are near.

58 comments:

  1. Beautiful Christmas card from you. Merry Christmas to you.

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  2. thank you, dear ruth. i am glad your heart is healing if even just a little. :) merry christmas to you as well!

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  3. Christmas blessings to you as well. I hope the New Year holds many joys for you.

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  4. Mery Christmas to you, too, Ruth. I hope it's a lovely one for you. Diane

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  5. Merry Christmas, Ruth. May God continue to heal and guide you in the new year. And the Lord bless you for being a school bus driver! :)

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  6. Thank you Ruth and I wish you also

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

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  7. Ruth, Time brings many changes, and I am so happy to see that it is bringing happiness and joy back into your life. I wish you a New Year filled with peace and blessings. So glad to have you as a "blogging" friend.
    Merry Christmas! Hugs, Mickie :)

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  8. Thank you for your beautiful greeting. You have come through a lot this year, but with your Heavenly Father holding your hand. I pray that 2012 will be a good year for you......God bless...Janice

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  9. Lovely Card Ruth! Have a wonderful holiday season. We have a broken chain this year with the loss of my 19 year old nephew in September. This holiday season will be a challenge for us.

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  10. thank you so much dear ruth.

    i'm so glad to hear that your heart is healing...if even just a little.
    what a lovely card!!
    i love it.

    have a very merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.

    hugs
    betty xx

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  11. Ruth, I hope you are blessed with the joys of the season, and that your adventure into the new year is filled with love and happiness!
    All my love and blessings to you my friend!
    Robin

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  12. Beautiful photo! Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  13. Special blessings go out to you during this holiday season, and wishing you more personal growth in the new year. You've come a long way baby!!

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  14. It's such a beautiful card, Ruth. I hope that your Christmas is filled with Family, Friends, Love, Laughter, Joy and Peace!
    Merry Christmas!

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  15. What a beautiful image and letter. Merry Christmas, my friend. All the best for 2012.

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  16. Merry Christmas dear Ruth! I wish you much happiness and many blessings this coming new year!

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  17. Beautiful post Ruth. I hope you have a blessed Christmas. ps. I drove a school bus for 16 years. Take care, Jen.

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  18. Beautiful greeting and letter, Ruth.. Thanks for the Christmas wishes. I wish for you loads of JOY, LAUGHTER, BLESSINGS, and GOOD FOOD on Christmas --with your family.

    God Bless You, my friend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. What a Beautiful and heart felt Card, and Post. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, and All the very Best for the New Year, Ruth.
    God Bless You.
    Hugs, Dianne :)

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  20. Merry Christmas, dear Ruth. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  21. I love your photo of the chickadee. It makes a beautiful Christmas card. I'm glad that you are finding your way after your difficult year. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  22. Merry Christmas Ruth, and i am happy for you that you have family and friends to be with. I have very much enjoyed your friendship over the past year and so much enjoy your wonderful photos and also Jake's photos. see you when you return to blog land.

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  23. Merry Christmas and thank you, Ruth! Enjoy your celebrations and thank you for letting us share your journey a tiny bit. See you after Christmas (I may have a new grandchild by then!!)

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  24. Thank you Ruth for these very heartwarming wishes. In any time of sickness or sorrows, time is the only thing that really does help. You are doing fine and will continue to do so. I bet those children just love you that ride your bus.

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  25. Ruth, Thank-you for the special Christmas Card. I love Chickadees!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hugs to all!

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  26. Wishing you a Christmas filled with God's peace and blessing. You are an inspiration.

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  27. Thank you,Ruth. Merry Christmas to you too.

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  28. Dearest Ruth, I hope your Christmas is filled with family, love, and most of all, peace. God bless you!!

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  29. Thank you Ruth. We stopped making plans some years ago when they were constantly being changed for us. Now, we just take each day as it comes. After all, no-one can bank on the next minute, let alone a week hence.

    I am glad to see you keeping up your interest and your job and look forward to many beautiful photos next year.
    May the Joy and Blessing of Christmas visit your heart and home.

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  30. That's a great card. Merry Christmas to you. Happy 2012!

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  31. it's just different now...i think we spend the rest of our lives healing!!

    you photo and letter are beautiful, your words soft and comforting. merry christmas, thank you for your friendship!!

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  32. I enjoyed reading your Christmas letter and your photo is perfect for the season.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  33. Ruth,
    Thanks for sharing the photo and letter.
    Christmas blessings to you!
    Lea

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  34. Dear Ruth,

    It is still early days, it is OK to cry to miss your Jake. My baby Andrew died in November, that Christmas was bad. The next Christmas was no better.

    I use his toy dog as a Christmas ornament. Every year, when I put up the tree, I have a time of reflection.
    http://annkitsuetchin.blogspot.com/2011/12/andrews-dog-and-christmas.html

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  35. Merry Christmas Ruth...have a great holiday with family and friends and a great New Year filled with good health and happiness..

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  37. Thanks for sharing your Christmas letter with me, Ruth. I've written a Christmas letter every year for decades, but just wasn't inspired to do so this year. I've been kind of down and blue because my middle son is having terrible marital problems. He has moved out of the house, but puts his son to bed with bath, songs and prayer each night, then goes back to his friends' home to sleep on the couch. But he and his wife are determined to not divorce and they continue to go to counseling. They even hosted an early family Christmas get-together on Dec. 21st.

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your son and granddaughter and a happy 2012!

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  38. nice post! thank you for sharing...happy holidays...blessings soraya

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  39. Oh, Ruth...Thank You!
    This is the Time to use our hearts and to do good things for each other. Time to help each other, time to pray to the Lord and to be thankful for all the blessings we get through the year, day by day!
    (sorry for my dreadful English- I do not use the proper prepositions…(“on”, “in” “at”….those are a big problem to me…LOL)
    Hugs
    BShell

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  41. Dear Ruth, Thank you for stopping by to say hello. It's lovely to hear from you! There is nothing more difficult than losing people we love. I'm glad to hear that you're meeting the challenge, despite the difficulties. I think your photography is so beautiful and concentrating on that is a very healthy thing to do. It's something to "get lost in" for awhile, so it can be healing. Be good to yourself. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy 2012.

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  42. Thank you so much. Your words are always so encouraging. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2012.

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  43. Thank you for a beautiful post, in both words and picture. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

    God Bless You.

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  44. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless.

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  45. trekking your superb blog! keep blogging and inspiring people! happy holidays!

    cheers!
    ...TREK...

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  46. Wonderful!Missed you Ruth.
    A Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and to your family.

    Warm regards.
    xoxo
    ★ Regina ★

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  47. Merry Christmas Ruth! You are a inspiration with your undieing strenght & faith.

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  48. God bless you, Ruth. Hope you have a blessed Christmas with good changes in the next year.

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  49. Wanted to let you know that YOU have been a huge blessing in my life this past year....Isn't it amazing how God can use someone that we have never truly met, and allow their words and their motivations to bless us! You have been one of these people that He has blessed me with...

    Have a wonderful day...

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  50. I would've have been here earlier but so much going on in life, Christmas didn't seem like Christmas but God gave me good news and we whipped up Christmas within 48 hours. Love you, Merry Christmas... XOXOXOXOXOX I wish I was able to join you for coffee... that would be nice =)

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  51. Ruth a beautiful and heartfelt message to us all. I take comfort in knowing that you are observing and taking comfort in all the small graces God gives..
    your image speaks of "the blesssing of birdsong"..
    love and light from Anna

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  52. I'm so pleased that your life is now beginning to turn upright, Ruth. I know it has been a very hard year for you. I'm glad you are looking forward to 2012!

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  53. Just came back to wish you a Happy New Year. I hope it is full of many blessings and much happiness. Hugs, Mickie :)

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  54. trekking your lovely blog!!! thanks for sharing and keep posting! Happy New Year!

    cheers!
    ..TREK..

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  55. How did Christmas go? It will be another sentimental one for New Year.

    Hope you will be OK.

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  56. Ruth
    May God Bless and keep you in the palm of His hand. I wish for you in 2012 many Blessings.

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  57. Dear Ruth,
    You are not only beautiful lady but also you are beautiful inside of your heart and soul.
    I like your card very much; it's so lovely!
    I am sure you had a wonderful Christmas time with your family and friends.
    You are right, only God knows what is best for us, so in 2012 I wish for you only what is best for you.
    Thank you for visiting on my blog and for your always nice and friendly comments.
    Hug
    Meda

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