Wednesday, December 12, 2012


This much I know about the holidays....."If you can't be with the one you the one you are with."
Most of us miss someone at the could be a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, a best friend, a son, a daughter, a beloved pet and the list goes on.

But I believe it is the wise person who embraces the above verse from a favorite song of long ago....I have known people..who were so caught up in their "missing" that they couldn't see the people who loved them....right before their eyes.  They lamented about all their losses..without realizing how much they really had.  I, personally, have had a few holidays like these myself, children absent for one reason or another, brothers gone, and virtually no family left through either death or absence...but no more.  I tell you...for quite sometime now I have embraced the holidays with all the joy God has intended us to have....and loved every minute of them....who knows...this one could be my last one.  

Don't know if you agree with this but during the holidays when so many people are so very lonely....I just wish they could see the joy they are missing and turn to their neighbor and wish them the very merriest of holidays...and let them know how much they are loved as one human to another.

Just me getting this off my chest today.
Love from here....

p.s. no pics today.....just commentary.... LOL LOL


  1. did you write this just for ME...yup, I think you did.
    Yes, I miss my son who passed 2 years ago
    I miss not being with my kids
    and grandkids for christmas hoo on me.
    BUT....I need to take your words to heart, as I do have a wonderful husband
    and his elderly mom
    and friends around here to EMBRACE and REJOICE in the joy of Christmas.
    So for that, I say thank you

  2. So true. I am so grateful for all I had and for all those who have loved me, but even though life has kicked me in the heart a time or two (or three or four+++), I plod along and enjoy what and who I have around me.

    Wonderful post!

  3. Good advice, not just for Christmas, but for every day. There's no point dwelling on what we don't have instead of enjoying what we do have.

  4. Arent you right... I wish my mom was here with me! :) Thank you for sharing thia Jo, so sweet!


  5. I agree wholeheartedly with you Jo! I do miss my sister terribly, but I have such a large family and lots of friends who are making this a season of love and remembrance. Now, if the customers in my store would be happy and not crabby, I'd be set!

  6. We never know how many more days
    we have left upon this earth,
    so to not share it with
    the ones you love is a travesty.

    I don't have and sisters or brothers,
    my grandparents and parents
    are deceased.

    My Mom had one brother who died
    shortly after her with
    the same disease of Alzheimers.

    My children and grandchildren
    are all I have left, and I am thankful
    for their love and support.

    Beautiful post Jo

    hugs and love Sharon


  7. wise words indeed, wiser even to do it! great post, thanks. Lady

  8. Jo- You have spoken a good word here. I am with you. I honor the past and miss those that have gone before me but I try to LIVE in the present. It goes back to that old saying about "being as happy as we make up our minds to be". Blessings to you- xo Diana

  9. I love what you shared here Jo. It would be a much happier world if everyone chose joy and happiness and reached out to one another. I always pray for the lonely that they find companionship and happiness. Good post.


  10. Jo, I have enjoyed reading your post as I, too have difficulty embracing the Christmas season. My mother passed away when I was a young mother at Christmas. It is what I always think of when this season approaches. It takes me a bit longer to become immersed in the Christmas spirit, but it happens. As you say we need to enjoy the time we have with those who are still with us.

    Thank you for your comment over at Living Life. It is so good to hear from you. I did a repeat tonight and finished my book. Now it is time for bed. You may be certain I will be back to visit your lovely blog. Bonnie

  11. Since becoming a widow I truly embrace and understand this. I now know first hand that life can change in the blink of an eye. I hope you have wonderful Christmas Jo.


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