40 Days of Joy

Rommie’s Favorite Christmas Present

Hopefully everyone had a joy filled Christmas yesterday

I enjoyed lots of fun, food and laughter with Joe’s family.  I am so blessed they still want to spend time with me even though Joe is not around. So many widows find their in-laws turning their back once the husband has passed.

Since it was late last night when I got home, Rommie opened her presents this morning.  I managed to get a picture of her with  her favorite present.  It remains her favorite year after year – tissue paper!

She even finds it more fun than tennis balls and carrying around my stinky tennis shoe!


It's Tissue Paper!
It’s Tissue Paper!


"Take That You Dirty Rotten Tissue Paper!"
“Take That You Dirty Rotten Tissue Paper!”


Coming tomorrow – quotes for 2014


An Ah Ha! Moment About Good Will

(Authors Note: The post “Seeing Hope In Actions” is still being worked on and will be published next week. In the meantime enjoy this brief article originally published November 9th, 2011 about an “Ah Ha! moment I had while decorating.)

November 2011

I was putting out Christmas decorations the other day and found some made for me by a deceased person. I was grumbling because of some questions I have about our relationship and the person’s character.

Then while decorating the cedar chest, I found myself humming:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day

Their old familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet the words repeat

Of peace on earth good will to men.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Well Duh!

Then it dawned on me – “good will to men” applies to dead men (and women) as well as the living.

You show good will towards them by honoring their memory, which includes not speaking ill of them.

Your relationship with them might not have been perfect here, but it will be perfect in heaven because –

everything is perfect in heaven.