Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Wishes

Since it is now less than two weeks until Christmas,
I want to extend my wishes to all who read this blog.

This past year,or more correctly the past few months have been some of the most difficult I have ever had.
I have had to say good-bye to the dearest one on earth to me.
I know that Jake is now eternally rejoicing,but my home is empty and my heart is broken.
In spite of all this I can still say that God has been and still is good to me.
The friendships that I have found and the support of people both near and far is,to say the least,overwhelming.
My Christmas will be very different from any in the past.
Before Christmas,on the 19th,would have been Jake's birthday,and that may be a difficult day.
I trust that as God has led me thus far He will continue to give strength for each moment.
I wish for each of you a Christmas filled with joy and a time of making memories that last a lifetime.

Thought for today:
God doesn't give us what we can handle.
He helps us handle what we are given.


  1. Christmas Blessings sent back to you, Ruth. Yes, this Christmas will definitely be difficult for you but try to picture Jake well and celebrating his first Christmas in heaven. I didn't realize his birthday was this month as well - maybe it will be a time to celebrate a new tradition in his memory that will bring you comfort.

    May God bring you peace and comfort - my prayers are still with you and your family.

  2. I hope you have a great Christmas despite your difficult journey these past few months. My thoughts and prayers are still with you.

  3. Blessings for you for this day and each one to follow. On Jake's birthday, set a birthday breakfast for both of you, you know he will be there in spirit. Put his picture at his place and just talk to him as though he were there. He knows how much you love him and that your heart aches but tell him anyway. Who knows, you may even feel his touch on your shoulder. I know he will be there with you on that day.

    May the love of the Lord guide you always.

    Thank you for being a staunch friend and leaving me comments it always heartens me that you have made the effort.

  4. May the Lord give you His comfort in a very special way - especially on the 19th. You two have had such deep love all your lives and that love lives on eternally! I hope that you will birth a new idea for honoring Jake especially on his birthday! Thank you so much for your Christmas wishes! Warmest wishes to you as well!

  5. Merry Christmas to you.

    May the God of all comfort and strength be with you throughout the coming days.

  6. You have created a beuatiful card! You continue to amaze me with your strength, thoughtfullness, and strength. I know that even though it will be hard, you will be blessed on Jake's birthday somehow and in some way. I will be praying for you and remembering this, it will be easy because our son's birthday is the same day.

  7. Thank you for the beautiful Christmas Card. May the Blessings of Love, Joy, Hope and Peace be with you now and throughout the coming year.

  8. God Bless You, Ruth.... You are such a strong woman --and I know that Jake is smiling down, knowing that his sweetie is going to be okay... Yes--it's sad and you miss him.. BUT-with God's help, you will get through this --and live life to its fullest for as long as you are on this earth.

    Merry Christmas, Special Friend.

  9. Sometimes you hear the phrase at Christmas time. I think it's a good one to hope for you Ruth. Comfort and joy. I know that this is going to be a hard time for you but I know you'll get by with the great love of God. Blessings, Diane

  10. This is a very beautiful card Ruth. I can only imagine how difficult things must be for you and how the pain must cause you to ache at missing Jake. I will pray for you to receive special blessings on the 19th - special memories, special remembrances, things to make your grief easier. Love and hugs...

  11. Ruth - you have such a strong faith. God never said he'd take our hand and lead us around the valley of the shadow of death but THROUGH it (heard that in the sermon today and it struck me). He's holding on to you now.

    Thank you for your Christmas wishes . I pray God will lead you through these times too as we remember and celebrate Jesus' birth, and as you also remember and celebrate Jake's birthday.

    Wonderful quote.

  12. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. You remain in my thoughts and prayers!

  13. Beautiful thoughts and wishes. Thank you!
    Wishing you a a beautiful Christmas as well, knowing it will be very different, from what you have had in the past and what you would have rather had this year -

    Praying especially for this coming Sunday . . .

  14. blessings back to you from blog land. Jake is with the Christ in Christmas this year.

  15. Daily I think of you and say a word of prayer ... thank you for the beautiful Christmas greeting you have given us.

  16. I love the Christmas collage; just beautiful!
    Christmas Wishes to you too!
    The thought of the day is so true.

  17. I like this post a lot.

  18. (((Ruth))) The Christmas collage is beautiful. May God comfort you this Christmas as only He can, and may the joy of the Lord be your strength. You have been a sweet and precious visitor to Pollywog Creek. May God bless you BIGGIE bunches.

  19. Ruth:
    I am deeply saddened to read that your dearest Jake has passed over.
    What a difference a day makes in the grand scheme of things.I want you to know that you are always in my were there for me when I reached out when I needed prayers.
    I know that you find immense srength through the promise of God's love for you.He will through prayers pull you to a place where the birds will sing again for you.
    Peace be to Jake and love comfort and hugs to you dear Ruth.xo

  20. Merry Christmas Ruth!! Your new header shot is LOVELY!

    Peace and Comfort to you!

  21. Hi Ruth -

    Thank you so much for your greetings for the holiday season.

    And thank you for your sincerity.

    We are praying for you, precious lady of GOD.

  22. Ruth, I pray you will feel especially comforted this Christmas. What a difficult time you have faced and yet you still continue to bless others with your beautiful pictures.
    (((Blessings to you Ruth))))

  23. Merry Christmas to you!

    I'm sure the holidays will be rough so I hope you have a lot of family around.

  24. Blessings to you Ruth this Christmas Season. Thank you for the wonderful card. I hope you can spend Jake's birthday surrounded by loved ones celebrating the many birthdays you were able to share with him.

  25. Dear Ruth.. thankyou for your stop at MGCC this morning. I just had to come and see how you are doing. It will be a difficult Christmas for you as you miss your husband. don't you just want to tell everyone to appreciate their loved ones while they are here?
    The song that just came to mind is..
    "Does Jesus care when I've said good bye to the dearest on earth to me? Does His sad heart ache, till it nearly breaks, does Jesus know does He care? Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares...."
    those are the words I remember.

  26. That is possibly my favorite quote, Ruth. I will share that with my Bible Study group. Praying for you this Christmas Season!

  27. I like your thought for the day. He really does help us handle all the hard stuff. He will surround you with his love even in this hard season. God bless you today and always, Ruth....we all care and love you.

  28. Ruth, I pray that you will feel God's presence during this season in a very real and special way.

    My mom loved Christmas, so this time of year is bittersweet for me.

    God is faithful and He will see us through.

    Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  29. Merry Christmas to you Ruth! My thoughts and Prayers are with you, Ruth!

  30. Oh Ruth, I am so sorry to hear about your great loss! You'll be in my prayers through the holidays.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

  31. Ruth, I will pray for you.
    May you still find peace amongst the loneliness and comfort amongst family and friends..

  32. This will be a difficult time Ruth, and my wishes for you and your family that you have everlasting and loving memories of Christmas past.They must have been wonderful.
    The Lord will continue to guide you Ruth. He does know best.

  33. Beautiful card and beautiful pictures.. Jake is in Heaven with Jesus and looking down on you.Your pictures of the snow are breathtaking.I'm sure you will see Jake in the beauty of nature as you and him spent many hours admiring it. I'm keeping you in my prayers that God will enclose you in the comfort of his arms. Have a great Christmas.

  34. thank you for that thought of the day~

    my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    you are such an inspiration.

  35. I know God is with you each step of your journey and that you will find joy along with your sorrow this Christmas season.

  36. The holidays will be the worst for a long time. However, for some reason time takes care of things for us. The love and memories will always be there but we have to go on. I have been there.

  37. I apologize for neglecting to visit your blog for days on end, Ruth. I'm catching up today after a week of hectic busy-ness. I know this is a very painful Christmas season for you without your beloved Jake. I hope you can have a measure of peace as you think of Jake enjoying the presence of Jesus and the joys of heaven, even though you have pain here without him. You will be with him again, but for now God has plans for you here on earth. Through your painful experience, you can comfort others who go through the loss of a spouse. May the Lord bless you and carry you on His wings through this Christmas season and beyond. (((Hugs))) Pat


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