Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holiday Hope

This is the time of year when many people complain about what they don't have. They make huges lists of material 'must haves" for Santa to bring or for other people to buy because they think life will be better with them.

For others, this is a time of year when we remember the less fortunate. Those without food, shelter or warmth. Those who are battling life-threatening illnesses. Those who don't have any family members left and feel totally alone. Big TVs, Ipods, computers, diamonds or fancy cars wouldn't fill their needs or their hearts.
What all of us need to keep in mind in any of these situations is that people care. I still believe that good outweighs bad. So let's remember the less fortunate in this season of giving. Let's show them that hope is always on the horizon.

Wishing you all who celebrate, A Very Merry Christmas. Sharing with you week after week is one of my greatest gifts of all!

( And for those of you who don't know my secret signature, the 3 cypress trees are always in my heart. They represent the 3 cats we drove from Rhode Island to California with 18 years ago. I miss them dearly and feel blessed to have had them in my life for so many years. Merry Christmas, boys.)

( click the image to see hope on the horizon!)

This is a repost from 2007, but worthy today.



  1. I hear your message and take it to heart. Wishing you a joyous holiday season and everything good and hopeful in the new year. Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderfully creative art too.

  2. Merry Christmas, Lo! I consider you one of my gifts this year. :) xox!

  3. I made a X mas post with more or less the same feeling only your words are more perfect. Yes I have those things in mind.
    Germain asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him nothing.
    But I am one of the fortunate ones. I consider myself very lucky.
    But the people you mentioned are in my mind so much these days.
    The thought of them make my heart hurt. But I know That Hope on the horizon is the important one.
    I hope next year our sister lives closer. You will work better hours. KJ's heart will be healed more. And that our friends with those terrible diseases will be on the road of recovery.
    I hope that we can make a difference for them just by being there.

    I know you are one of those gifts to the world dear! You make this world a little brighter.
    Your friendship is the best gift to me.

    Wishing you Bri and the girls a Merry Christmas

    Love to you all ♥

  4. i;m with Pam!! Friends are our best gifts.

    Hope and love and cheery hugs to you and Bri and the sweeties. No iPODS for Emma!!!! No Big TV for Bliss - just maybe some catnip for a midnight snack.

    much love, mim

  5. So good to hear from you Lolo. I hope you and yours are well. Merry Christmas.

  6. thank you hope your day is peaceful and full of friends and laughter. love, suki

  7. What a beautiful post! It is so true.....FAMILY/FRIENDS ARE the real gifts! We are all so blessed - because we have each other.

    Happy Christmas dearest *BS*!

    (Oh how I laughed at Mim's comment....cos' I *KNOW* you already bought Emma an IPOD and Blissy a BIG SCREEN TV! A-ha-ha!)

    Your love and friendship is the GIFT to all of us who know and adore you.


    ♥ LS ♥

  8. Good Christmas morning to you, Laurel. Love the packages above. These are His gifts to us that keep on giving.

    Merry Christmas.

  9. Such a sweet and thoughtful post. It's the way you are, full of love for everyone.

    Hugs and Merry Christmas.

  10. Merry Christmas Lo! May we all remember those less fortunate and do what we can to ease the suffering of those around us. I too am going to find a better balance between work and the rest of my life. I'm so tired of work taking priority!

  11. Such a very sweet post, Laurel. God bless you and your family!!! Happy day after Christmas!!!

  12. I'm with you, girl, and I couldn't have said it better. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  13. Indeed. Merry Christmas and peace to you, Lo!

  14. Belated merry Christmas to all and HAPPY NEW YEAR IN ADVANCE..
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  15. Simply beautiful and heartfelt. It's a time a year filled with many emotions. I find myself coming tears so easily :)

    Love and Hugs and blessed New Year!!

  16. I'm late, so Happy New Year, Lo!

  17. Hello there Laurel- has been awhile- hope you're well.
    Beautiful painting and note here- what's in your sky is so much more worthy of highlighting than my cheeeese. Hope to visit more often in the new year- may you have a very happy, healthy one!

  18. I totally agree with you dear LO. Have a wonderfully happy and healthy and arty 2012, and may all your dreams come true- but above all we will count our blessings. Love ya. xxxx

  19. i'm really late, but your words are staying in my heart. wishing you a happy blessed new year dear lo. and all the best in 2012.