Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Trains


    



It's Christmas Eve! I'll get back to that later, however. First, I want to tell you about the days before today.  To begin with, my week was a extremely sad. My grandmother passed away last Monday and her funeral was Thursday. Needless to say, it was a rough week, but in the spirit or remembering her I'm focusing on Christmas, which she loved and knew how to celebrate.

Saturday was my church's Christmas concert of which I had a small part.  It went  very well and I enjoyed being a part of it as well as watching the choirs and the Nativity. Sunday, my good friend, Mel came to visit me! We went for ice cream and hot coca at Ballyhoo.



















After that, we enjoyed snacks, yes , we had more, it is Christmas time after all, and watched movies. The next day after breakfast we traveled to Scranton to the Steamtown National Historical Site.



  



It was wonderful seeing the trains and the exhibits as well as the seasonal decorations.  Later, we went to a local shop, The Post, that sells handmade candles, soap and other goodies, then picked up our friend Nicole for some frozen yogurt.  It was a wonderful day!

All too soon, Mel had to return home, though I know she's having a great Christmas Eve with her family.  I had to return to work, but Christmas cards and cookies were waiting so it wasn't too bad. Then, at last, I was home for Christmas Eve with my dad!  We ordered Chinese food, opened gifts and watched Doctor Who Christmas specials! Of course, it would not be a proper Christmas Eve without remembering the true reason. Thank you, Lord Jesus for loving us enough to come as a Baby only to grow up and die for our sins. This is all for you. Merry Christmas!





Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Lights and Grandma


oh christmas tree, oh christmas tree

Yesterday, I heard that my grandmother from my mom's side of the family passed away.  She was a great woman who raised four children and worked long after most women had retired. She and my grandfather were excellent cooks and threw the most wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

While I'll miss her terribly, I can't help but think that she's going to get to spend Christmas in Heaven, with her husband and two daughters. And I will get to see her again someday.

Tonight, a friend and I drove around Nay Aug park to look at their impressive Christmas lights display and it made me think that losing loved ones is very much like those lights. They shine brightly, enhancing the lives of all they touch, until season's end where they are packed away. Their absence is noted and lamented until before you know it, they make their reappearance. 

So, Grandma's not gone for good, she's just away with the Lord, until I can join her. Merry Christmas, Gram and tell Mom, Pappy, and Aunt Pat, I say hello.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas :)

Well, I have my tree up, the Nativity scene out, and I even have some cards sent and gifts bought! I may be ready for Christmas after all. I'm excited that I'm enjoying the holiday. I helped decorate the church, made cookies with me niece and nephew and work my elf hat to work. Tis Christmas time for sure!