Friday, December 19, 2014

Finally Home

When Dan died 3 years ago, the only things we knew were which funeral home we were going to use and that he was going to be cremated and brought home because he had never been left alone during his lifetime and we were weren't going to leave him alone in death.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5 For Five - Dec 15

Ok, so I'm a few days late this week....let's see what I can squeeze in.

So what is 5 For Five? In the short form, it is 5 goals I want to achieve this week. Next week, I will report on my success (or failure).

Here were the goals from last week:
1. Get those newspapers read!  Not to make an excuse, but I used to read them on the bus.  Now that it is dark in the morning and at night on my commute, I have to put the reading light on and sometimes I get snarky looks because others are sleeping.  I did get a few read
2. Finish some of the blog posts I have in draft. Nope
3. Pull together the flexible spending receipts. Yes, now to submit them.
4. Start decorating for Christmas. Yes!  Post coming this week.
5. Clean off my desk at work. It's organized, but not clean.

That was a reasonable week. So what are my goals for this week???

Friday, December 12, 2014

Worldwide Candle Lighting

This Sunday, December 14 at 7:00pm (in your local time zone) is the Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony.



From The Compassionate Friends/USA Facebook page:

Please join us this Sunday, December 14 for the Worldwide Candle Lighting in memory of all children gone too soon. For full information including services around the globe, visit: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/WCL_Misc/2014_services.aspx. If there is not a service near you, or you would rather not attend a service, just light a candle for an hour wherever you are with friends, family, or in quiet solitude.

It is a beautiful circle of light.

 
 
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 18th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled...
in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An Extra Stocking

Last year I found this wonderful post about teaching kids the true meaning of Christmas - not the toys or the gifts - but being kind and helping each other.  I saved the link all year and I am now sharing it with you.  Shelby is still too small to understand, but posting it here will keep it accessible in the years to come. 

 
 
So what holiday traditions have you started for your family?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

5 For Five - Dec 8

So what is 5 For Five? In the short form, it is 5 goals I want to achieve this week. Next week, I will report on my success (or failure).

Here were the goals from last week:
1. Read those silly newspapers (to July 15)!  So not done.
2. Pre-write some blog posts. Yes, I did a few.
3. Get Secret Santa gifts Have 2 of 3 ready to go
4. Get my Jamberry stuff organized and "locked" away from little hands Done -  had to get organized for a vendor event anyway.
5. Celebrate Dan's birthday.  See here for an idea on how you can celebrate with us. Yes.

That was a reasonable week. So what are my goals for this week???

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dan's Birthdays

Dan only had 4 birthdays.  I wish he had more.  This coming Sunday he would be 8.


Birth


Age 1



Age 2



Age 3




Age 4


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our Thankgiving in Pictures

The day started out with a winter scene:




Yes, it snowed.  Well over 8 inches.  Thankfully, it was light and fluffy snow.