Showing posts with label CHRISTMAS VILLAGES. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CHRISTMAS VILLAGES. Show all posts

Saturday, December 15, 2012


We are all in shock and grieving for those touched by the horrendous tragedy in that small town in Connecticut.
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We grieve from a distance, as we search for answers.  We cry out, “why” and “how”, knowing that there are no logical answers.
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We cry, we pray, and we know that our grief is small in comparison to the grief of those who have lost someone they knew and loved, or of the children and those who educate them, who survived this horror and will be dealing with the after-effects for the rest of their lives.
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We grieve as we think about these families, just like my family and your family.  They dropped their children and grandchildren at school Friday morning, just as many of us had done, saying “have a good day; see you this afternoon”.
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We wonder if they held their children or grandchildren in their arms and read a bedtime story to them on Thursday night.
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We know that the sick feeling in the pits of our stomachs cannot compare to the broken hearts of families who have lost a child who had just begun their life. 
We remember to hold our children and loved ones a little longer and a little tighter, and we pray for them, for ourselves, and for this world.  Though we can’t make sense of this tragedy, we can remember that there are still good things happening in this world – good deeds that we don’t hear about as often as we hear about the bad deeds.  As I pray for those so horribly touched by tragedy, I also thank God for the good people and their good deeds that still exist among us – those people and events, which are so easily ignored or forgotten in the midst of the horror – those whose lights shine in the darkness.  I pray that I can be one of the small lights, shining in the darkness. I pray that I remember that a small light can light up a room, and many small lights can light up the world.
I am linking to The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.  God bless us everyone.  laurie

Sunday, December 6, 2009


I am joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday and Susan at Thoughts from Over the Rainbow for the Tuesday Deck the Halls Party. Thank you Mary and Susan for giving us links to great posts all over Blogville.

The intended use for the room I am sharing today is a formal dining room. We are much more comfortable serving family and guests in our family room, so our dining room is used as a study/music room/library! Yep! I've packed a lot into one room, and yep, it is wall-to-wall "stuff".

I have always felt that, since Christmas decor is only up for a short time, it doesn't matter how tacky I get with my decor! That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it (the implication is that normally my decor is not tacky, but a lot of people might disagree with that implication)!

I have been collecting village pieces since we got married 40 years ago. Being the bargain hunter, I have never paid full price for any piece in my village. I buy them at "after Christmas" sales, estate sales, and garage sales. It doesn't matter to me that all of my pieces are not one type, or that they are not all even the same brand. The way I see it, towns are made up of a lot of different styles of houses, stores, etc. I'm probably just justifying having so many different styles in my village, but again, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!

You may need to get your sun glasses before you enter this next area of the village!

Don't forget to go to Little Red House on Monday for mosaic links and to Thoughts from Over the Rainbow on Tuesday for Deck the Halls links.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. The villagers were so glad to have you visit. laurie