Christmas and Love

Wow! Christmas is almost here! As Christmas draws closer, I close my eyes and count my blessings, so very many. I’m overwhelmed by all the Lord has provided me, especially in these last eight plus years since saying goodbye to my husband.

I’ve learned I’m a strong woman in many ways, and weak in others. Every day for each of us is a day of learning, but often we don’t realize this. I feel very alone a lot of the time. My grandparents are gone, my parents are gone, my husband is gone, my son is gone, and some of my dearest friends are gone, each new Christmas. I know they are no longer in pain or sorrow, and that makes me happy, yet the burden of loss is with me. Thankfully, I can lean on Jesus in the rare times, I feel alone. I’ve learned how to move forward and see beauty in each new day.

My heart overflows with gratitude for all the Lord has provided. I don’t need physical or worldly things for Christmas. All I want and need to receive and give is love. Christmas to me is all about love. It’s an emotional time of missing loved ones yet being happy for them to be with Jesus. It’s emotional remembering all the happy past Christmases when they were with me. It wasn’t about the presents under the tree, but about the love that surrounded us.

Yes, Christmas is love. In fact, life is about love. Didn’t Jesus prove that when He gave His life for us? The greatest love of all, the greatest gift ever given, came from Jesus.

So when I think about Christmas, I think about what love really means. Christmas and love…synonymous words. Lifting my cup of tea and wishing you all an abundance of love this Christmas, both given and received.

Expressing My Joy In Color and Pictures

My 3 month old great grandson, Leighton, and me

Let me start this blog with a picture that warms my heart. This little guy was born in September and I finally met him in person. He is such a sweet and happy baby! What surprised me was how much he weighed. He is such a tiny little guy, but when I picked him up I couldn’t believe how heavy he felt. Even more special, he gave big smiles when this old lady babbled at him. He even shared his own babbles with me. What a wonderful way to begin my Christmas week this Saturday evening. My six-year-old great granddaughter Rhyan was there as well. She ran up to me and hugged me and said, “G.G. you smell just like your house!” I immediately thought my house might have an unpleasant odor. Yikes. I said, “I don’t know if that is good or bad.” She replied, “It’s good! Smell!!” And I laughed. I’ll never forget that moment. Here are the beautiful gifts she made for me.

Picture frame hand painted colorfully by Rhyan

Ornament for my tree that says, Rhyan 2020 loves you GG

This is how I will remember this year, exactly as Rhyan has written it!!

And this is a bonus gift from her (which she told me her grandma placed in the bag…tee hee). It is holding up two other pictures she colored for me. I guess she got her love of colors and coloring from me!

Here it is..a magnet holding up two pictures Rhyan has colored just for me.

Earlier in the week, I received a surprise bouquet from my son and daughter-in-love who live in SC. Isn’t it beautiful!!

Beautiful surprise!

Lots of color and beauty blessed my life this week. I’m so filled with joy as I enter this week of Christmas celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus. He came to bring joy and hope to all people. Through Him, I know I have an even better permanent home waiting in Heaven.

And now it is time to share the pictures I’ve colored this week. This first one is a double page spread. I followed a tutorial on You Tube by Colorfully Optimistic

Double Page Spread from Seasons by illustrator Hanna Karlzon

This guy was from Colouring Heaven Dragons Special Issue #63 artist Douglas Carrol

Book Rose Windows by Creative Haven, Illustrator: Joel S. Avren

And that is all the color I have to share this week! My wish for all of you is a safe and joyful Christmas and may your heart be warmed by what truly matters in your life. Until next week….