Saturday, December 19, 2015

I'm here

On Facebook there is a nice feature called Memories.  If you click on it, you are shown things your posted on this date over the years.  My blogs are often linked so I can go back and see what I was talking about....and you know what each year around this time I am thinking about Christmas being a sad time.  I have gone back and read the comments and am reminded about your stories and how this time of year brings back not only joyous memories but memories of loss too.

I wasn't feeling melancholy until I re-read those posts...
Not really....I'm not feeling that way today.
Perhaps the sunshine and mild temps have kept my spirits up.
But as I have said in the past.
I understand.

Going thru my notes on my phone I found this....

"It was a Christmas as unique as any other. For every year the mystery unfolds itself anew. And late in life, I came to see that faith, like hope, is a rope and anchor in a shifting world. Faith cannot be questioned, only lived. And if I could not grasp it then, I felt its heartbeat, which was love."

Do you remember?  It's from Call the Midwife.  I can hear Vanessa Redgrave's voice when I read it.

I also found this in my notes....

"I remember the times when my underwear stayed in place. That was long ago.
Now the elastic is worn out."

You're welcome.

Donna :o)


  1. When memories first started, they were jarring. But like you, my blog is linked. I appreciate those, particularly as I have had a very dry year on the blog.
    I love you...
    and I love underwear that stays in place...

  2. The first Christmas without my brother-in-law. It's not as hrd on us as it is his daughter. Thank you for the quotes. And the lightheartedness of the last one was just right. ;) (Maidenform NoVPL are the best for that problem!)

  3. Oh my dear Donna! I'm so glad this post popped up on my FB newsfeed and brought me here. My family has been going through a hard season and the memories that flood December seem to make it harder. It seems easy to avoid posting on FB and my blog has been dry (like Cheryl's). And then. THEN I read your underwear comment and I burst out in laughter. The combination of the laughter and sunshine - FINALLY! - is worthy of praising God on this day He has given us. He is good. All the time.

    Tammy ~@~

  4. Beautiful CTM quote. Youdabest, Donna -

    1. Anonymous9:53 AM

      I second this "emotion" for you are the best Donna! I find you to have the zip code of love right here 12192015. Yes, hard weekend at our house and yet the love comes every year with the memories and sadness. There is joy in little ones and I hope your heart gets its fill soon. love and prayers, jep
      PS Sweatpants don't stay up either anymore, ugh!

  5. You are so funny! I love the tree photos. Magical. I was never sad at Christmas until I got married to Gary. He is very sad. He is sad all the time actually. Christmas is worse. I try to remember to be extra loving but sometimes I snap. And by sometimes, I mean almost every day.

    I don't have our tree up yet. The day I went to the hospital was the day it was supposed to go up and you know how that goes. I should do it right now but I have pictures to edit. I photographed the sweetest little girl this week. It was on a rainy day. It wasn't too chilly. we shot at one of the spots on the Underground Railroad. There was a great porch so that is where we stayed.

    I wish you lived close by so I could come over for a hug and some cocoa.

    Merry Christmas.

  6. Cyndi K G7:19 PM

    Thank you for sharing so honestly. Love you, Donna!

  7. This marks the third Christmas without my husband. I never thought I'd get through the first one, and then the second one was a little bit easier. And now - I think I will be ok. And I love that I have my blog to re-read about good times. And I will make more good times. Thanks for being there ~

  8. Anonymous7:43 PM

    Thinking of you, Donna, in this holiday season. Life is such a mixture of sorrows and joys. God is our strength and rock in the midst of both. May you have a beautiful time with Matthew and his family this Christmas and be constantly delighted by those handsome grandsons of yours. Merry and your blog are such a blessing to me all year long.

    Debbie Z.

  9. Hi Donna! I love coming here and reading your posts. You are so thoughtful. :)

    How do I get you on my FB newsfeed so when you do a new post I can see it?

    1. Robin, request friend on FB. I will accept :)

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