Sunday, December 21, 2008

Houses of Gingerbread--the final chapter

Seasonal Salutations!!


The holidays seem to be carrying me away! I have been lurking a little though and have been amazed that others out there struggle to find the Spirit of Christmas while providing it for everyone else. I thought it was just me. But I have also been really uplifted by what I have read detailing what others have done to find the Spirit--I love blogworld!!!


Soooo--I promise this is the last of the gingerbread saga--I almost have my book done--my Dad's health is declining quickly and I think he will treasure this as he has to sit around more. One of my dearest friends just lost her father last week---he was helping to lift a freezer out of a truck for his daughter down in Utah--he lost his footing--fell over the side--cracked open his head and never recovered consciousness before he passed away. It was a big, traumatic, unexpected event and they have just all returned here to Montana and the funeral is tomorrow. The logical side of me knows that he has passed through the veil and because of his valiance here on earth--he will be in the celestial kingdom for sure. I also know that his life was full of service and he has left his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren a rich legacy of great examples. He was a farmer/rancher and although he was at least 75 years old--he was in tremendously good health and it would have killed him to have grown old and sickly. But my heart seems to know nothing of these things. It just aches for his loss. It aches for my friend as she enters this part of her life and has to figure out how to care for her mother and carry on for her family. So anyways--that has just added an extra push for me to complete this book--so my Dad can have a visual reminder of how much I cherish him


I will hush up now-----


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That's it--there isn't anymore--
You young mothers--I know that small children can be both physically and mentally exhausting and it seems like you will be in terminal toddler hood forever--but look closely at my gingerbread posts--it does pass--and way too quickly---hang in there--make lots of memories--it is SOOOO way worth it---
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!

16 comments:

Jan said...

So sorry to hear about that tragic accident of your friends father. That just makes me so sad Lisa. I am sorry about your father too. Nothing is worse than watching parents fade. So heart wrenching.

Love all the good houses you posted. Lots of colors that I haven't seen used before. Very cool. The tongue was something else too. Um.. I have no comment there :)

onlymehere said...

I think this is a fabulous tradition. I did this with my Achievement Day girls but only did it with my own kids once or twice. We had fun but just never did it as a yearly tradition. Merry Christmas to you and your's!!

tammy said...

It's a hard time of year. I don't do good with gray skies, either. Usually that's not a problem where I live, but the past few days it's been gray. It zaps all my energy and happy mood. Love your tradition of the houses. We still haven't done them this year. And I don't even know where my gingerbread train mold is. Guess that might not be happening. Hope you have a Merry Christmas. From Jan's comment it sounds like you've had some sad times around there. I'm sorry. We are all here for you in blogland.

nikkicrumpet said...

So sorry about your friends loss...what a horrible time of year for that to happen...not that any time is good. We are so lucky for the knowledge that are loved ones will be waiting for us and we can be together again. I love the gingerbread house saga. I love the sticky fingers and green tongues and that they never get tired of building the houses even as they got older.

Mother Goose said...

sucha sad loss to lose any parent or loved one but to lose them through such an accident. I like your gingerbread houses.

Merrianne said...

Great Post!!!!!!

i hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Tink said...

Sooo sorry to hear about your friends father and also the health of your own father! You're in my prayers and so is this other sweet family. What a tragedy.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful gingerbread houses! They are fabulous!

Have a wonderful and Merry Christmas.

onlymehere said...

I was just over at Nikki's and saw that you don't wear makeup. Another thing we have in common. I don't either. I gave up years ago. It all irritates my face and eyes too much to mess with. Merry Christmas!!

Carla said...

I'm so happy you finished this, blessings to you, your dad, your family, and your friends. May Heavenly Father hug you up and let you know He is still there:)

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

Hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas! ♥ Hugs :) Shauna

Nana said...

There is a poem on my blog I want you to read. It's called My First Christmas in Heaven. My Sunday School teacher brought it to church on Sunday. She just lost her husband who was our Bishop.

nikkicrumpet said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours Lisa! I'm so glad I found you in blogland. I look forward to a new year of sharing little pieces of our lives and a few laughs along the way. Take care and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

DesertHen said...

Hello Lisa,

Deserthen here. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your secret Santa gift. I so enjoyed getting to know you through your blog these past weeks. I will be a regular from now on....=) And you may lurk around my blog anytime....=D I wish for you a wonderful Christmas filled with joys, miracles and love.

Merry Christmas.

Sue said...

Sure, go right ahead and use the poem if you like. I'm glad you enjoy the blog, and I thank you for your kind comments!

Messy Jess said...

My favorite was the green tongue!
Loved the whole gingerbread soga!

imbeingheldhostage said...

Your friend's father! That is so sad. I completely understand where you're coming from. We do know there's more, but it doesn't make the hole people leave go away, does it?

I think your gingerbread pics are wonderful-- and thanks for the pep talk!!