Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Christmas 2012 in Review

Although Christmas has been over for a few weeks, and my decorations are put away, I neglected to blog much about this past Christmas.
Honestly I was in "Let's get through this with a good attitude" mode through most of December
This was our first Christmas without my sweet husband, the father of my children, and I was determined to make it a good one despite having such a great loss.
I am happy to report that we did have a wonderful Christmas, thanks to the help of loving family and friends
Many expressed their love and concern and many more kept us in their prayers. I know that the power of those prayers kept me going and I am very grateful!
We made new memories. Some memories were hard, but still special, like visiting the cemetery on a cold, snowy Christmas eve.  
Other memories, like having a girls craft night with my daughter and daughter-in-law were fun. 
There were tears but thankfully a lot of laughter too. I am blessed to be the mother of witty, wise-crackin', laughter-loving children who keep me smiling everyday despite the trials of life. 
They are why I feel joy in my home. 


Becky said...

Inspiring message. Thanks for sharing your heart. Wishing you well in this next year to come.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I really admire you for choosing to have an attitude of joy during what had to be a very difficult time. There are many people that would have just crawled under the covers and not come out. It is wonderful that you let yourself be surrounded by your family and their laughter.

Gayle said...

I'm glad you had good times Joy -

THE Princess Bombshell* said...

Honestly, I was thinking about you here and there during the holidays. Wondering how you were doing through them. I'm so HAPPY to know that you had an enjoyable time with all your kids and family. Awesome.

Audrey @ Neverending Decorating said...

I checked your blog a few times during the Christmas season, thinking about what you were probably feeling. I hope you're doing well...and I'm glad you did manage to enjoy Christmas. I'm sure it's a comfort to know that you'll be reunited with your dear husband one day, families are eternal. Hugs to you Joy, have a great evening.

joanne said...

You are such an inspiration and such a joy to have in my blog life. I was thinking of you and your family so much as I spent the day with my family. I had such a hole in my heart for you all. I'm so glad to see that you were able to forge on and make some new memories and traditions. Happy New Year dear one...

lisa_d said...

Wow! You have a very beautiful Christmas decorations in you home! Love the decor on the front door. Very pretty way to welcome people to your home!

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Lucinda Harrington said...

I'm glad you had a good Christmas. This was the first Christmas without my Dad. I've never cried on Christmas day before. It was hard. It's true, family get you through it.

Connie said...

Even in sorrow we can find JOY. The Christ is christmas makes all the difference. He bring loving family and friends who help also.
God bless you as you go forward with love and joy.

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