Christmas 2012

A special thank you to many of you who continue to remember McKenzie and me during the holidays and other sensitive times. Your kind words, cards, calls, visits and emails are reminders that Bonnie’s life is far reaching.  Your prayers and friendship are very much appreciated.
The holiday season reminds us, and many of you, that some of our loved ones are no longer with us.  As years go by, the list of loved ones who have passed on; either grows longer or for some of you, your list has started. This year Bonnie’s mom, Lorraine, and my brother-in-law Chuck joins Bonnie, my dad, my mom and so many others in heaven.
Obviously and without a doubt Bonnie added a great deal to our family and was a wonderful wife, incredible mom, encouraging sis and faithful friend to so many people.  She made the holidays special in many ways and her presence continues to be missed. This year we finally replaced our 19 year old tree and McKenzie used all of Bonnie’s crystal ornimats to decorate it.
I’m reminded to have a grateful heart for the blessings I do have.  Sometimes it is an emotional tug of war, but a spirit of thankfulness and a heart of gratefulness proves to be a healthier choice.   In the Bible (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19) we are reminded to give thanks IN all situations, not for all situations:
17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit.
I speak for McKenzie when we both say how thankful we are for faithful friends who are with us in all situations.  The love expressed from friends makes it easier to give thanks and reminds us that God presence continues to be with us throughout the year, and not just at Christmas.   I’m once again reminded of the importance that we all have to be ‘Jesus’ to someone who may have lost a loved one this year.   Click here for additional ideas I hope will will help you in your own journey.
Merry Christmas…

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