Tuesday, December 20, 2016

With Heartfelt Gratitude

Hello, my dear friends, I want to thank you
from the bottom of my heart for your sweet 
condolences and prayers for our family's 
recent loss. 

Those cherished words of kindness 
and comfort mean so very much
to me and to my whole family. 


We are back home now and trying to 
get back to a normal routine, 
minus our Bright Angel, but she 
is with us in spirit and always in our hearts. 

This time of year is filled with Angels
and it is a sweet reminder of the love 
we shared. 

This little one is from our first year of marriage,
so many years ago, and sits atop our tree <3 

I do love Angels....

Always watching over us.....

Now, more than ever, this troubled world truly 
needs these divine beings to guide us. 

Even if you don't believe in them, 
they are there to assist. 

My favorite movie of all time is
'It's a Wonderful Life.' 

Especially the last line.......

"Every time a bell rings, 
an Angel gets its wings." 

I truly love this time of year
when goodwill and kindness 
help to overcome the sadness in the world. 

Like ripples in a pond, kindness grows 
ever larger the further it gets from the source. 

We can never know the impact that loving
acts of kindness can truly have. 

It's worth remembering......

This time of year and always. 

Sometimes the true impact is never really known 
until all is said and done. 

When love transcends all.....

It truly was a wonderful life. 


I think I hear a bell ringing! 



  1. Sending you my deepest condolences.

  2. Oh Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother-in-law sounds as if she was the most beautiful lady, both in appearance and soul.How very sad for you all. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Thinking of you and your family this Christmas time.

  3. Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother-in-law sounds like such a lovely person and what an example to us all. May God bless you and comfort you and your family with precious memories. xx

  4. Hugs to you and your family Karen. My deepest condolences.


  5. Our family Angels do indeed watch over us Karen. We have twice been on the fringes of terrorism, and escaped twice, leaving us shaken, but unharmed. If that isn't Angels guarding us, I don't know what is. I'm hoping that cherished memories of this darling lady, sustain you through the festive season. Wishing you a peaceful heart this Christmas. Much Love, Mimi xxx

  6. Thank you darling, precious Karen, for sharing such a touching post, so moving to me !


    Xx Dany

  7. Dear Karen. I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your family will receive comfort from the treasured memories that you share of a very special lady. May you know God's love and peace this Christmas season.

  8. i do believe .... mom is now the most beautiful christmas angel ... i love you sis

  9. Hello, what a lovely tribute to your MIL. HUGS and prayers to you and your family. The angel is beautiful on top of the tree. Wishing you and your family a blessed and merry Christmas.

  10. Such a wonderful, heart felt tribute to your MIL. I have a feeling she is looking down from Heaven and smiling.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  11. I've just watched The Bishop's Wife with Cary Grant as an Angel and David Niven as the Bishop, all black and white and lovely. They don't make films like that any more. Have a good Christmas. x

  12. I´m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother-in-law. Wish you a blessed Christmas with lovely memories to her.

  13. Love is forever and you all have so many wonderful memories locked in your hearts.

    May you all have a lovely Christmas ~ FlowerLady

  14. Lovely post and a wonderful reminder that we are being watched over and cared for all the time. How wonderful it will be when you see your dear Mother-in-law again!

  15. I have a little bell on my Christmas tree that I always think of as the bell ringing to tell of an angel getting their wings, I will ring it in the hope that it encourages all angels wings. Hugs to you and wishes for as good a Christmas as you can. xx

  16. Thank you, Karen, for sharing her with us...letting the wonderful ripples of love from her life touch us, encouraging each of us to create loving ripples of our own. xx

  17. What a beautiful post, dearest Karen, and yes, I believe in angels. God bless you and your family as you remember your special angel during this difficult time. Love, hugs and prayers are sent to you.

  18. So lovely and so true...at least the way I believe too. :) We're cut from the same cloth dear Friend.

    And those Angels where we know their name are the most special of all! Love, Peace, Healing, Family and Christmas blessings all sent your way dear Karen. xoxo

  19. Oh dear Karen, I am so sorry for the loss. Sending comforting hugs across the miles xxx

  20. Dear Karen, my God bless you and your husband and family as you go into this Christmas season with a big hole in your world. Wishing you peace and joy. Blessings, Pam

  21. Beautiful post Karen, I just love your nativity scene!!

  22. Dear Karen, I am sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law. You wrote such a beautiful previous post about her and her life, it feels like that she was very loved by her family.
    "We can never know the impact that loving
    acts of kindness can truly have."
    I couldn't agree more!
    Wishing you and your family a Merry and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
    Warm regards,

  23. I'm soory for the loss of your mother in law. She will stay alive in your heart. Merry Christmas to you and may this new year bring you joy and laughter. To be happy is the greatest wish in life!
    Love, Olympia

  24. A lovely post and some wonderful photo's you have shared.
    As you and all the family come to terms with your sad loss I send my good wishes for the Christmas season, may you find comfort and joy ...with special times and memories shared.

    All the best Jan

  25. Dearest Karen,
    Not an easy Christmas with so many mixed emotions.
    Love the photo of the four siblings in a tight embrace... They embody their Parents and that's how they will live on.
    Sending you hugs,

  26. Hugs to you this Christmas season Karen. I want to share a little conversation I once had with my mom when I was young. I had heard that someone famous had died on Christmas day, and I commented to my mom that that would be the worst day to die. She disagreed. She said she thought it would be a wonderful day to pass into heaven on the same day that Jesus was born. So although your heart is aching and you are missing your sweet mother-in-law at this time of year, maybe the thought that it IS a wonderful time to pass into heaven will ease your sadness just a tiny bit.
    I just love that last photo.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Karen, and God bless you all.
    Wendy xox

  27. Beautiful post, and again, so sorry for your loss. God bless.

  28. Lovely and thoughtful post.
    I hope your Christmas will be beautiful...
    Love from Titti

  29. A big hug to you and your family dear.... Merry Christmas <3

  30. So sorry for your family's loss. That last photo is a treasure. Blessings of peace and comfort.


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