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Merry Christmas From My House To Yours

Posted by Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author on December 18, 2013 at 1:05 PM
Wreath on my front door.



Christmas Greetings from my house to yours.



Being an organizer, I subscribed to Fly Lady's Christmas emails back in early November. http://www.flylady.net

She gives tips and daily tasks to prepare for Christmas. I love making lists and checking them off. 



But this year, things didn't go anything like I'd planned.


If you've been following me on Facebook, you already know that I lost my dad on Thanksgiving Day. When he was first hospitalized, Jim drove me to Spokane, Washington to be with him. Jim stayed a week and flew home while I stayed with my sister. While helping with dad, I experienced some hard times, but a bright spot was getting a taste of winter. It was the first time I'd scraped car windows since I've been married, cold for a gal used to desert life.


Dad was a special man, known for his bear hugs, kisses, hearty laughter and prayers. I was fortunate to spend quality time with him and even held his hand when he passed. He was so loved in his church that the pastor broke down and cried during the Memorial Service. Besides the church service, Dad had a military interment. Both beautiful.


Jim flew back for the funeral, and we drove home around mid December. Altogether, I was gone for a month. So this Christmas, things aren't perfect. I didn't even put up a tree. Yet knowing God's timing is perfect, and after experiencing the holy moments and bonding a family shares when a member passes, it feels special to me.




This is a very spiritual holiday season


  because I'm aware of God's abiding love.



When I came home, I purchased a few Christmas balls to make a centerpiece without having to drag out boxes of decorations. I normally have a vintage angel collection that I display here. But I'll enjoy that next year, God willing.




My dining room.

(If you're reading this on your computer, all is good, but if you've found your way in via Facebook or your cell phone, my photos are upside down. Not sure what happened, but welcome to my topsy-turvy world.)



I won't miss out on the decorations, however, cause we'll be spending Christmas with our daughter and family, and Rachel always decorates her home in a grand manner. Then, we'll host a New Year's Eve sleep over for our son and famiy.



Truly, I'm blessed.



Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the parties others are hosting and getting my nightly fix of Hallmark's Christmas movies. They have a ton of new ones this year.



What's special for you this Christmas?


Sending best wishes your way,

Categories: Personal life - Reality Posts

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4 Comments

Reply LadySaotome
7:17 PM on December 18, 2013 
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. I'm glad you are feeling loved & blessed.

We aren't decorating much either this year as we are about to move and don't need more things to pack/unpack. I borrowed a tiny tree from a friend so we'd be a little Christmasy for our daughter. What's special for us this Christmas is 1) we are closing on our first house the day after Christmas and 2) we have "adopted" two Nepali students at the local college so we're going to have a wonderful Holiday sharing the season with them. :)
Reply LadySaotome
7:18 PM on December 18, 2013 
Oh, for some reason I can't login anymore. When I try to sign in, it says my account is now pending approval?
Reply Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author
11:05 AM on December 19, 2013 
Hi Lady,
How exciting!! We bought our first house around Christmas too. I remember driving by it and all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. I wish you the best on your move and the new venture. Also that you'll enjoy the experience of hosting the students. Your cup is full.

Regarding the sign in....I had to close down all membership (or my readers page) because it carried the option to friend and message others and spammers were abusing it. This blog still has the option to sign in thru membership so I just chose the option of approval, but I'm not approving because I'm no longer using it on the website. Hope that makes perfect sense....ha. ...However, I added a sign in at the top right hand of the home page for those wanting to be notified of new books or giveaways. It's not connected to the blog.

Merry Christmas!
Reply LadySaotome
2:18 PM on December 19, 2013 
That makes sense. I thought I was doing something wrong. ;) Thanks for the explanation. (& I remember the people abusing it - I got a few of those, too.)

Dianne Christner - Christian Fiction Author says...
Hi Lady,
How exciting!! We bought our first house around Christmas too. I remember driving by it and all the Christmas lights in the neighborhood. I wish you the best on your move and the new venture. Also that you'll enjoy the experience of hosting the students. Your cup is full.

Regarding the sign in....I had to close down all membership (or my readers page) because it carried the option to friend and message others and spammers were abusing it. This blog still has the option to sign in thru membership so I just chose the option of approval, but I'm not approving because I'm no longer using it on the website. Hope that makes perfect sense....ha. ...However, I added a sign in at the top right hand of the home page for those wanting to be notified of new books or giveaways. It's not connected to the blog.

Merry Christmas!