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Friday 21 December 2012

Only Four More Sleeps ....

My dear blogging friends, I probably won't be posting again now before Christmas, so I just wanted to drop by to wish each and everyone of you a very happy, peaceful and blessed Christmas. 
It has been another year of wonderful friendship here in bloggyland, and for that I am truly grateful.  I know that people who don't actually blog themselves, sometimes find it difficult to understand just what friendships are made here.  To me, I count all of you a real blessing.
I feel that I know you and your families personally.  I know when you are happy, I know when you are sad.  I know when you have things to celebrate.  I know when you are feeling 'down'.  I know when the miracle of new babies arrive in your families, and all the other family celebrations that occur throughout each year.
Just imagine if we all met up - how wonderful would that be?!  There would be so much chatter, so much laughter, and I know that it would be just as if we'd known each other for ever!
There have been lots of celebrations this year, especially in my own country, but we all know that there have been the most terrible tragedies as well, and I shall light a candle for all those lost souls at Christmas.  BUT - we MUST look for the light, and look for the good.  If we do not do this, how on earth would we be able  to carry on. 
Happy Christmas To You All.

Hubby and I, along with my youngest daughter, her husband, and Eli and Ruby will be leaving early tomorrow morning for our drive to France.  (Well, actually, daughter and family will be leaving later today, as they prefer to travel through the night , as the children will be able to sleep).  We  will be returning on the 27th.  If any of you are travelling during the next few days, I wish you a safe journey.
I am getting quite excited now I must admit.  Christmas is always a special time of year, but having young children around makes it all the more magical.
"Let us keep Christmas beautiful without a thought of greed, that it might live forevermore To fill our every need, That it shall not be just a day, But last a lifetime through, The miracle of Christmastime That brings God close to you." - Anne Schulz.
"Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most." - Ruth Carter Stapleton.
"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?" - Bob Hope.

"The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others' burdens, easing other's loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas" - W C Jones.
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge.



Unknown said...

Merry Christmas Diane! I do count you as one of my dear friends. I am so very thankful to have you in my life. Have a wonderful Christmas, full of love and family. Peace and Abundant blessings to you!

Linda O'Connell said...

Enjoy the little ones and have a wonderful time in France.

Shady Del Knight said...

Hallo, dear Thisisme! If I'm not mistaken, this is our third Christmas "together" making you my oldest (longest running) still active blog friend. I am deeply grateful for your friendship. As you noted we have come to regard each other as family. When one of us is suffering physically or emotionally the other can sense it and offer love, encouragement and support. (Onward and upward.)

At the end of every year I find myself shaking my head and thinking "it can't get any worse than this." As the families of the 26 shooting victims in Connecticut continue to bury their lost loved ones today and mark the one week anniversary of the worst atrocity since 9-11, I hope I am right this time - this will be the worst we ever see. (Onward and upward.)

I hope good weather is in the forecast and that you and the other members of your family have a safe trip over to France. Have yourself a Shady little Christmas, my dear friend. Give Alfred a pat and a biscuit for me. I'll be thinking about all of you. Much love, hugs and SMOOCHES!

Shelly said...

Merry Christmas and safe travels!

Rebecca said...

wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Unknown said...

Hi Dianne,

Nice blog, I feel the same about blogger friends and some Facebook ones too, I know many people do not understand.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

Have a safe journey and blessed Christmas.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Yes Diane, the blogging world does provide a good platform to build friendships, which I never imagined when I first started blogging! Thanks for your friendship and for all of your comments and support this year!

Finally, have yourself a fantastic Christmas and new year!

Suzanne said...

Hope I haven't missed you Thisisme! A beautiful post, yes, it's true...we're like family. I'm so grateful for all of my blogmates! It's like another world, but, not really.

And, as you said, so many tragedies and plenty of good things have happened this past year. We don't have the answers to all of the chaos, although we try to make sense of it. All, we can do is pray and hope.

Have a safe and wonderful trip Thisisme. Thank you for being a good friend, I'm so glad to have you in my life, and,thank you for all you do for others! Merry Merry Christmas to you and your family-Albert too!

Claudia Moser said...

Enjoy your stay in Paris my dear!

Judith said...

What a lovely 2012 Christmas you will be having with your family. The Christmas and little ones just go hand-in-hand. Enjoy yourselves, and I hope Santa is good to you all...J

Chatty Crone said...

Well then I am wishing you and all your family a blessed Christmas and New Year.

BECKY said...

Oh, Diane! You're such a lovely person. I hope to one day meet you in person....and how wonderful to live somewhere that you can just "drive to France."! Wishing you the merriest of Christmases!

Lili Sulastri said...

Merry Christmas to you Diane and wishing you the best 2013 ever. Have a safe trip and enjoy your family time.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Hi Diane. I know you are away now but, at the moment it is such a job for me to get wifi. Here in the hospital. I suppose it's just so busy in the daytime. I have so appreciated both your blog and the thoughts and ideas that you have shared with us all. I pray that you and your family have a really blessed time that your grandchildren will look back on when they are grandparents and want