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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I THOUGHT OF YOU TODAY ....


Memories In The Making 
 Christmas Now..... 2014
Welcome to my home during this Christmas Season!


Memories To Share of Christmas's Past .... 

And Christmas Future ......?
not a clue!
Except! Danielle and Rob are expecting a baby
to add to our Christmas 2015 Joy!
Christmas 2015 .... 13 Great Grandchildren!
Now that's a whole bunch of Christmas Joy!
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Christmas 2014
Musical Revolving Christmas Globe
The first decoration I put out. 
Lovely tune, 
cheery winter clad dancing people 
and Snowman revolving around and around 
a base covered with sleighbells, and winter scenes. 
But where shall I put the tiny Nativity Scene
and Angels ......?


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A step back to Christmas's Past ......
 Betty Kaemerer, my mom, 2004, Walmart Shopper!
This was Mom's Christmas card that year!

Hunter ... my favorite picture of a little kid at Christmas! 2006

The gifts that keep on giving ... and giving ...2006
Eldon and Vicki

Sooooo ..... where's Monica's stocking? 2007


"Eldon's Shirt Quilt" 2011
Grateful Laughter, Jill and Monica
(Jill along with family and friends helped make the quilt out of Eldon's flannel and denim shirts!)

Appreciative hugs and grateful tears for the quilt

"Grandpa Bears"2011
(my Bear is sitting on the top shelf of my desk...
smiling and happy, looking down at me .....He's 
the one at the far left in the picture)
Each Grandpa Bear wears a custom made 't-shirt' from
one of Eldon's t-shirts.

2009 Eldon and Monica
Jill made these "handsome fellows" out of Eldon's bathrobe 
and t-shirt emblems.
Another was made for 
David, his brother,
and one was given to Joyce, his sister.
Christmas 2011
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CHRISTMAS PAST 
Posted on my blog
2011
"I THOUGHT OF YOU TODAY ....."
Original Poem written by Monica Lawson, 1984

Thanksgiving is past
and the joys of Christmas season 2011 are upon us.

This morning I thought of another holiday season
that brought sadness...
 Dec. 1984
my Dad died.
 ....
 I had written this poem a few weeks before his death and sent it to him:
"I Thought Of You Today And Said A Little Prayer"

'Out of sight
not out of mind
nor out of heart and prayer,
just because I'm over here
and you're ......................way over there.

I see the joy upon your face,
it warms me here right now.
How can I see you far away?
God showed me you,
that's how.'
Monica Lawson, 1984
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I also sent this little poem - Dec. 17, 1984 - to a special lady I'd never met.
Betty Harwell
She was dying from cancer.
She was my daughter Jill's mother-in-law.
I changed the wording a little before sending it to her.
Instead of saying "I see the joy ....
I wrote, "I see the pain upon your face,
and pray for you right now.
How can I see you far away?
God showed me you, that's how."
I grieved that she would not live long enough to
see another Christmas,
or know the beautiful grandchildren
who were coming into her family.

My daughter ministered to her body and soul,
and she was ready to meet Jesus when she died. 
I'll  meet her one day when,
as my little poem said.
"God showed me you ...."

 Do you have loved ones
rejoicing in life,
full of joy and expectations.....
or struggling to find anything joyful about this
Christmas?

Please share this little poem
with my blessings.
And as I did,
 over time,
 I sent it again...
and again....
and again ...
 heartfelt words
to relatives,
co-workers
friends,
and strangers.
Some of the people I sent this to
are no longer here .....
but if I close my eyes
and open my heart
I can see them because ......
"God showed me you,
that's how."


This photo taken Christmas Season 2008

My Christmas prayer for you ......
if you have nothing to give
a loved one this Christmas ...
there is no greater gift
than your love.
And after all,
that's the greatest gift of all!
Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
Monica Lawson,
Little Old Widder Woman



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