December Note Cards

It’s time to join Vee at A Haven for Vee for her December Note Card Party. If you want to join in the fun you can click over and read the rules.

I cannot tell a lie, my choices made me cry.

Palisade 025December 2012 celebrating Katie’s 27th birthday at Palisade Restaurant on Elliott Bay in Seattle. I should have used this for our Christmas photo this year. This December we are missing Andrew and hold him and all of 1/9 Bravo Company in our prayers as they serve in Afghanistan this Christmas.

Hoar Frost 1 069January 2013 ~ My first experience with Hoar Frost.

IMGP9112March 2013 ~Wedding Shower Love with my sisters and mom.

IMGP1040December 2013 ~ Something new I bought for Christmas this year.

I’m not one you’d call emotional but this Christmas season in the midst of all the Joy it brings we are surrounded by loneliness, too. My dear old Pop is so lonely for my mom who died this past September. He praises the Lord for all the good things in his life and he knows his dear wife is with his Lord but he cannot get away from his loneliness. It is so understandable after living day in and day out with someone for 70 years and now to turn around ready to say something to them and they are gone. Our daughter is living with us while our son in law Andrew is serving with the Marines in Afghanistan. This Christmas they’ll celebrate Christmas half a world away from each other. This Christmas as never before I am reminded and earnest to think and pray for those who are living with loneliness, brokenness, illness, and loss. In no way am I saying Bah Humbug. I am embracing the Joy and celebrating that Joy that came down to us at Christmas time long long ago and putting my Hope in Christ and lifting up the hurting to Him.

…A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born…

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

24 thoughts on “December Note Cards

  1. This a beautiful post and something to think about —there are many that find Christmas a difficult holiday because of loneliness or loss and more … this is our first Christmas without my dear mom who was always at the center of our family. Missing her a lot. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas!–and wonderful note cards!

  2. Hi Ellen,

    I so enjoyed your cards today, seeing your family gathered for special occasions. And, I couldn’t agree with you more; there are so many people who are having a difficult time this Christmas, and we must make sure to be there for them, now and all through the year, for that is what the Christmas spirit is truly about.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas!


  3. Hi Ellen,

    I would have known if I had stopped by before emailing you….
    Love the pictures… and I do so love your Mom’s smile… tears are flowing. Will be praying for you!

  4. So true Ellen and something I need to be reminded of from time to time. Love your pictures.
    The hoar frost is so pretty and it’s something I love seeing when we go to the prairies.

  5. Two very special family photos. I am glad of them for they remind me to say a little prayer for our soldiers and the widows and widowers, all of whom are missing ones they love. Just came from reading a blog where parents have said goodbye to their precious four-month old son. All these sorrows are why we need Him so. Have very much appreciated reading the loving thoughts on your mind.

  6. Lovely photos and so very special. We all need reminding to remember those who are struggling with loss and loneliness at Christmas. I have several friends who have just recently lost loved ones, so trying to be extra thoughtful to them. Merry Christmas.

  7. The family photos are nice and you captured a wonderful example of hoar frost.
    Christmas will be a hard time for those who have lost a loved one this year. I hope your SIL is safe during his time away. Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  8. It sure feels different when your loved ones are apart during Christmas. I’m sure His presence can link you all … Immanuel, He is with us. Thanks for a moving post, Ellen!

  9. Wonderful family photos, Ellen. Saying a prayer for your son and his Company. Also adding his wife and you and the rest of your family and your father to my prayers. This is the time of year when lonely people feel even more lonely. A difficult time for many. Bless your son for his service, and bless your father for his long marriage to a woman he obviously loved deeply. laurie

  10. O Holy Night is playing in the background as I read this post. Beautiful song! So glad we have that Hope…and can rejoice despite all that is hard to handle this Christmas.

  11. Ellen, this is just beautifully said. My heart goes out to you and your dad. We lost our young-adult godson in February, my precious MIL this summer, and my BIL’s sweet wife two months later, and we find ourselves a bit at sixes and sevens. I am doing my best to get with the spirit because Christmas is my favorite holiday, but not hearing that cheery voice we know and love so well leaves a big void. I cry at the most inopportune moments. But that is part of the healing process.

    I will be thinking of you and your loved ones this year and wishing you not only a Merry Christmas, but a wonderful 2014 filled with blessings overflowing!



  12. Ellen, this is so beautiful and so true. Every Christmas as I’ve grown older, I find this season to be such a poignant and somewhat bittersweet time of year. I remember my family members who are no longer with us, and I find myself so thankful that my husband and I still have our parents, our son, and each other. I don’t think that’s being “Bah Humbug” at all.

    We are so grateful to your son-in-law, Andrew, and all the others just like him who are on the other side of the world during this joyful season fighting for us and the way of life that’s so important to us. I pray that God will watch over him and his entire unit in Afghanistan. Your note card pictures are wonderful; I especially love the picture of hoar frost. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that here in North Carolina, but I’ve seen pictures previously. Thanks for sharing you pictures and thoughts with us and have a blessed Christmas season.



  13. What a beautiful post Ellen, thank you for sharing your thoughts and beautiful photos. My thoughts and prayers are with your son-in-law (we’ve had two sons on tour of duty during the Christmas season and so I know what you all are feeling right now) and I’ll keep your dad in my prayers as well.

  14. I love seeing family pictures and what beautiful notecards you’ve made with them. I certainly understand your Pop’s loneliness, having lost my beloved after 43 years. Prayers go with your son-in-law and for your daughter, too. Merry Christmas blessings to you, Ellen.

  15. Beautiful photos and sentiments, Ellen. It’s good to remember that Christmas will be difficult for many people, and to cherish our loved ones as we celebrate the birth of the Lord. Also a good reminder to reach out to those who might be hurting.

  16. Beautiful December Note cards Ellen.
    Wonderful photos of your precious family.
    It will be sad not to have your mom with you – mine died 13 years ago and I still miss her at this time – she made Christmas so special for us all.
    Wrap your arms around those who are still with you Ellen and give thank to the Lord for their special gifts.
    BIG Christmas hugs
    Shane XOX

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