Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Some Of My Decorations

Today I will share some of my Christmas decorations.
I have only one new one for this year,and that was made for me by my Granddaughter.
This picture and the reason it is special needs no explanation.

Each time I look at the above decoration,I get teary eyed.
OK,I cry,would be more correct.

Below is a picture of a wreath that has hung in my house since 1979.Steve made this in school when he was in grade one.
He thinks it is ugly,but I have to put it out each year.
By now,it just wouldn't feel right if I didn't hang it up.

This little ornament is one of several,with similar designs.
Since I like Cardinals,but don't see them around here,I enjoy this Cardinal.He may not be red,but is still quite charming.

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season
I got this one from Steve,many years ago,and it always has a place near the top of the tree.
It is a reminder to keep Christ in Christmas.

My tree is quite small,but it works in a house that is also not very large.
The tree has lost some of it's appeal this year.
Somehow it is no fun to sit and watch the lights all by myself.
I dare not let myself dwell on the emptiness of the house,especially at Christmas time.

I try to remember that God is in control and knows what is best for me.
I wanted to end with some thought about Christmas,but this one seemed to be the one I needed for today.

Thought for today:
Because God is with us,we need not fear what lies ahead.


  1. I don't blame you Ruth. These ornaments are so special to your heart and that makes them the most beautiful. Your tree's very beautiful. Hope you will be able to have a good Christmas. I've found that some Christmases aren't happy. But God is still there, He, as you say, is the reason for the season. Blessings my friend, Diane

  2. Hi Friend, I LOVE the new blog look --the colors, the header, etc. It's excellent.

    I have said this before but I am so proud of you --for doing whatever you need to do to get through the holidays. Your attitude is amazing ---and yes, tears are fine... You can't keep it inside...

    But--as you have said, God is control, and God is helping you cope --one day at a time..

    God Bless You.
    Hugs and Prayers,

  3. Your tree is beautiful. I also like your new header.
    I think I can understand how you feel at this time. I 'lost it' several times the first Christmas after my wife died. I put up a tree, but the house seemed empty and sad (the kids were on their own and lived out of state). But God helped me get through that year as he will help you.

  4. Ruth dear, no words of mine can ease your ever present ache, yet know that I carry you around in my heart all the time.
    Yes it is lonely at this season and if you cry, that is alright too. Cry as much as you need to it is good for your body to let the tears flow, they are so cleansing but always remember Jake will still be near you on and off for a while, it may be a moving shadow at the corner of your eye or a sudden feeling of companionship or some other way and it is quite alright to just talk to him when you feel he is near.

    Bless you dear friend ] and your little tree and special wreath as well.

  5. What a beautiful tree ornament from your granddaughter - memories that will remain with you and also bring happiness, even if in the form of tears. And that wreath and tree ornament from Steve are precious and beautiful for the same reason.

    Ruth - this will be a difficult Christmas. You know where your hope and comfort comes from, but there is still loneliness and emptiness. May your faith in God bring you comfort as you remember 'the reason for the season' !

  6. The beautiful ornament of Jake and your granddaughter gave my stomach a bit of a jolt, so I can only imagine how you feel looking at it. It is very lovely. The robin ornament is quite stunning, I really like that one. Ruth, you are such a brave and strong woman. I really don't think I could do what you are, at least not in the same way, you are just an inspiration to me, and I know to others. You may feel alone, but you are not. Our feelings can rarely be trusted, you know. I know that Jake has been and is so very proud of you. And the songs he will be singing this Christmas will be so glorious and so beautiful that they would take our very breath away if we were to hear them.

  7. *hugs* Ruth, your tree and decorations are beautiful! I love the ornament from your granddaughter, as well as the wreath from Steve. They are gorgeous.

    This Christmas will be hard, yes. Tears are ok though; they are a great way to release stress, even if it doesn't feel like it at the time. You are never alone - we are always hear for you and of course you walk with God!

    May your blessings reveal themselves to you each and every day!

  8. Your header is beautiful. Tears are a cleansing process, let them out. Keep your eye on Jesus....

  9. It's nice when each ornament has it's own meaning...we're thinking of you this holiday season...

  10. Ruth, This is a beauutiful post. I love the header, too. I like seeing your decorations and the one of Jake and your granddaughter will be a treasured one for years to come. Don't apologize for tears because you need a time to mourn. God is good and He has good plans for you!

  11. What a wonderful keepsake your granddaughter made you - the photo of her and Jake is wonderful.

    I think of you daily and pray for peace for you during this holiday season. Your "God with us" ending is so true - he will keep your heart and mind safe.

  12. It must be so hard Ruth, especially at Christmas when it seems we all scurry around to be with our families. I love the Christmas decoration that Kai made. I pray that the Lord with comfort you.

  13. The best part is the old decorations. Each one has a special story to be remembered once a year.
    I know you know that you really aren't alone. Hugs!

  14. Thanks for sharing some of your Christmas decorations and your tree! You have lots of sweet memories with each decoration.

    I too have decorated our home with items that my son made when he was younger. However, they had been used for many years and eventually wore out.

    I love your new header.

    May God be with you during this joyous yet painful season.

  15. Your tree is beautiful, and your thought for the day is priceless, just like your memories.

  16. the wreath is not ugly, and all your ornaments are special and beautiful treasures, especilly the first and newest one. God's blessing on you and your family

  17. There is no easy way to walk through the valley you are walking through ... so thankful you have His hand to guide you.

  18. Christmas this year will be a difficult time, but know that Jake is there with you in spirit. The tree ornament that your granddaughter made is precious. Hold her and the rest of your family close and lean on each other. God will see you through.

  19. Ruth , Im so very sorry for your loss. I have been so wrapped up in my brothers illness with cancer and then lossing him I did get a chance to read all of you blogs. Hang on to your memories and your right Jesus is the reason to celebrate . Im holding onto that. I have a photo of my brother and look at it all the time. I feel him close . This year will and is hard but I hope to keep on going.
    Im so sorry
    Peace and Many Blessings

  20. I think you tree is lovely Ruth! And it's OK to cry!! Your house may be empty of Jake - but your heart and your mind is full of him ...and you have wonderful memories to treasure.
    Wishing peace and comfort for you my friend.

  21. The tree is beautiful. I can imagine how difficult this time of year is for you. I know how lost I would be without my mate.

  22. Your granddaughter's ornament is very sweet. May God comfort you this holiday season.

  23. I imagine there are many difficult days for you, but I am thrilled to see you are blogging and taking pictures. We appreciate your honesty and it gives us direction in our prayers for you. God is in control, and knows your sorrows and joys. I love your worn little wreath, I have a few "handmade by the kids" ornaments on my tree that I put up every year too...not the prettiest, but a sweet memory.

  24. Everything is beautiful. Advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God bless.

  25. Romans 12:15 comes to mind as I read you page today. "Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn."

    The tears flow freely as I feel the pain of those lonely times. Praying you are surrounded with friends and family and in the quiet times - feel the strength of God as a comfort.

  26. Those tears do come and sometimes at the most unexpected times/things.

    I just drove home from the coast today and saw an ambulance ... I wondered if they took D in an ambulance when they took him to Kamloops for an autopsy ... had a little cry thinking about it.

    Thanks for the widow link ... will check it out.

    I was wondering whether to decorate the house or not seeing as it is just Mingus and me. I might yet ... at least put out the nativity set.

    You new header IS nice!

    I've tons of blogs to catch up on so best tootle.

    We'll make it ... one moment, one hour, one day at a time. Whenever the sad moments come I don't let them linger too long but try to turn them into praise moments ... to help lift that spirit of heaviness.

  27. Hi Ruth -

    I enjoyed viewing your ornaments. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Be assured that the consolation and comfort of our Lord will help you, precious saint, every step of the way.

    Tears are expected and can be "healing agents." Let them flow, dear sister. GOD indeed is with you and will bind and heal...

  28. Hi Ruth, I haven't been on my/your blog for months and am so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sorry I didn't know. My husband and I will pray that the Lord gives you strength and that you are able to find refuge in Him.

  29. That ornament with the photo of your granddaughter and Jake is so precious. I know you will put that one up every Christmas. I have ornaments that my sons made in primary school and ones with photos of them that I always put up every year (at eye level!).

    I'm glad you decorated for Christmas and have gone out on photo shoots. I think not decorating and not going out with friends would be even harder on you. The promises in those verses and sayings you quoted have so much more meaning to you now. I try not to think about what it would be like without my husband--it's too painful, but I know the Lord will be right there beside me, just as He is for you now, should Jerry be the first to go.


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