It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, November 24, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 24, Book 08

Downtown they've put up Christmas lights,
And decked the streets with tinsel bright.
The windows of each store you see
Contain at least one Christmas tree.
In shopping centers everywhere
Christmas carols fill the air.
And Santa's broad and merry face
Is seen in almost every place.
From all these signs, one thing is clear....
. .Thanksgiving Day is drawing near!
Author Unknown

I do not have to thank anyone
for anything I have," an old miser grumbled.
"Everything I have I got the hard way-
by the sweat of my own brow."
"But who gave you the sweat?" asked his neighbor.
The old miser hung his head in guilty silence.
He could not ignore the fact that God had given the "sweat,"
the strength to work hard and gain material wealth.
Yes, everything that we are or that we possess
is because of God's loving kindness.
Therefore, it is good for us all
to pause at least once a year and say,
"Thank You, God." Actually, everyday
should be one of thanksgiving.
Because of spiritual and material blessings


It does seem that our Thanksgivings gets pushed back in the corner where no one looks and that the Christmas season starts a little earlier each year. Our family has always had so much to be thankful for that we try to make a big ‘to do’ about it each year. This year the death of our little one is overshadowing the thankful spirit that we usually have.

We were supposed to have a grand family reunion and really celebrate so everyone was planning on being home anyway; however the plans have changed drastically. We can celebrate the life of my little ‘pumpkin’ as he was a blessing to us all. But we are so full of sorrow that the word celebration is taking on a whole new meaning. As I watched my children together at DS#3’s house this evening I experienced what love is all about. They bond together and just lean on each other. The kind words, the hugs and tears of all just made my heart want to burst.

Today we’ll know more about arrangements for the funeral and most of us will take the week off from work. I’m hoping that after I do payroll today I’ll be able to be off work till next Monday. My son and his wife and the children all need us to be with them for support.
The weeks following this one will still be very hard for them but due the distance we all live from them it won’t be so easy to be with them.

I’ve been overwhelmed by all your beautiful thoughts and prayers and I do thank you all for them. Just knowing that so many are praying is an awesome feeling. I know that God will hear those prayers and send his loving comfort and strength to my Son and his family.
Today I’m thankful for all the loving support from all the thoughts and prayers of so many wonderful people.


God’s love is just like the sun,

constant and shining for us all.

And just as the earth rotates around the sun,

it is the natural order for us to move away for a season,

and then to return closer,

but always within the appropriate time.

Betty J. Eadie

‘On Ya’-ma

Write it on your heart that every day

is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jan said...

Dear Pam ,another day and it is still a shock ,and no easier to bear ,and still you find the strength to post ,I do admire you ,and find comfort in your words as always ,but it should be me comforting you ,but I dont know how, I feel at such a loss to help you my dear friend ,please be sure of my love ,thoughts and prayers Jan xx

Hollie said...

I will continue to have you all in my thoughts & prayers!

Hollie said...

I will continue to have you all in my thoughts & prayers!

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Ma,I continue to pray for your family and you of course... Linda

Alice said...

Hi Pam. I do wish I had some magic words to make you feel better but they just don't exist. It is truly a blessing that your children are all so close. Not all families are so blessed to be like that.....

Donna. W said...

Prayers from me for you today.

egtara said...

My prayers are with you and your family.

Lainey Laine said...

Awwwwww Pam - such a sad time for you and your family. Im so glad that you are all close to hold each other through such a difficult time. Lots of love to you all. Laine xxx

Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts today.

Sandra said...

Hi Pam,
God be with you all as you go forward.... It isn't easy but God will help. I will continue to pray for you and all your family

betty said...

((((Ma and Family))) what a beautiful testimony to the Father and the Son and the strength,peace and comfort they will give you and are giving you and your family in these most grieving of days. He is right there with you, walking this path holding each of your hands. You will all continue to be in my prayers.

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know I am God.


Sandra said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Jeannette said...

Pam, my dear friend, I just do not know what to say. I have only just read the news. You know that normally I visit you every day. But I was unwell over the weekend, had the hospital this morning and fell asleep this afternoon.

I just feel lost for words. Neither you nor your family deserve this but it is in God's hands not ours. I feel your pain, tears are springing into my eyes for you and yours. I can only begin to imagine the shock and grief. I know how much you have prayed for me. Now it is my turn. I shall light a candle tonight and pray for all of you and for the little angel now safe in the arms of Jesus. Big hugs my dear friend. I wish I could do it in person.

Joan said...

Hi Pam like the others it is so hard to think of words to say today but you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Joan.

ADB said...

You are all in my thoughts at this very sad time. Naturally, your perspective on the festive season would be changed. Wishing you strength,


Ally Lifewithally said...

Pam I have just read your last entry I cannot tell you how sad this made me feel ~ and what a shock it must have been to all of your family ~ I am so glad you are so close to each other and can be a comfort to each other at this sad time ~ you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers ~ Ally x

Sybil said...

I can't work out why my coments do not seem to get through so I am trying again...I am thinking of you all so much at this time. Much Love Sybil xx

Bunny said...

I hardly know you Pam, but I feel so very deeply for you all in this unthinkable sadness.
My love to the family.

Jenny said...

I am so sorry to hear your very sad news. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Jenny <><

Sugar said...

praying that the Lord be with you all, & give you strength to get through the difficult days ahead.
God bless...

Joyce said...

All my prayers are with you at this sad time...many hugs...and lot's of love


Chrissie a.k.a. HoneyB said...

I come here and still have tears in my eyes for precious angel.
I was so touched to hear you talk about your children coming together. We hope when we have children that they grow to understand that their support and love for one another is so important. What a blessing for them to have that kind of love which says a lot about their mother who raised them. They are a reflection of you.
Continued prayers going out to all your family.
Rejoice in his time with your family and all the love and smiles that he made happen.
God bless you all, Chrissie

Anonymous said...


Someone from Tennessee is praying for your family... said...

My heartfelt prayers for you and your son and his wife and children.

Celeste said...

I am so sorry. My prayers are with yall

lunarossa said...

Dear Pam, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. The lost of a child is the deepest possible sorrow. Just remember that your lovely grandson is now an angel in Heaven. Good bless you all and give you the strength to carry on. All the best. Antonella