Monday, December 24, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Butler family

Christmas can be bittersweet. If you published this year, you may be experiencing the low that follows. If you're alone, you may be faced with memories of better Christmases past. If you've lost a loved one, the hole may feel much larger this week.

Life is a highway. Sometimes it's clear and beautiful ...


east on Highway 16 to Cluculz Lake
sometimes it's not...




In our family we understand the sadness that may accompany Christmas. The memories of our loved ones have sustained us in a bittersweet way. We've learned to focus on the wonders of life and to take one moment at a time. But even so, some days are overwhelming. We get through those moments mostly by remembering how very blessed we are.

If you're more happy than you ever thought possible, we rejoice with you. But if you're hurting this Christmas, if you're lonely and struggling, please know that my family and I are praying that you experience a peaceful Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year even under the worst circumstances. Prayer may not seem like much, but experience has proven to me that it's not that God won't bless you if you let Him. It's only a matter of accepting the gift despite the pain. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

42 comments :

  1. Amen. And through the highs and lows, God's gift is always true.
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Joylene!

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Merry Christmas! Hope all your dreams come true.

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  2. Hoping you have a peaceful day and that the upcoming year is filled with dreams and lots and lots of good food.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  3. Merry Christmas from one Butler to another! *Hugs*

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  4. Merry Christmas, Joylene!

    I hope your day is filled with happy thoughts, good food and lashings of bubbles :)

    Cheers from Down Under xxxx

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    1. And Cheese Cake! Wendy, hope your Christmas is perfection!

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  5. Dear Joylene,

    Such poignant, powerful sentiments within your heartfelt message. Your accompanying photos tie in so well to the varying ambience one can experience during what can be a joyous yet sad time. You reach and your beloved family reach out to those in joy and those in pain. Bless you all. I'm grateful to know you.

    Wishing you and your loved ones, a most peaceful, positive Christmas.

    In kindness, peace and goodwill, your way,

    Gary

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    1. Thanks so much, Gary. Words do not adequately express my thanks. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Back at you, Keith. Here's to a great Christmas and New Years. Best to Jack.

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  7. I wish you peace and many blessings during this holiday season.

    I hope that cheesecake you were telling me about turned out great.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia, it's looking good! Merry Christmas!

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  8. This is my second Christmas without my Dad. We're trying to make new traditions, but moving on can be very hard, as you know.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stay warm! :)

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    1. Thanks, Lara. Happy New Year making new traditions.

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  9. Thank you for those beautiful words. For us, it has mostly been sweet. Merry Christmas. I hope your day is a happy one!

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  10. Joylene, you always have the sweetest, most calming words to share. I know your kids are lucky to have such a comforting person as their mother. :) Thank you so much. Hope your Christmas was peaceful too, in spite of the sadness of your losses. ((HUGS))

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    1. Thank you, Adriana! What a nice thing to say. My husband and I had a lovely Christmas just the two of us this year. Have a wonderful New Year. Looking forward to sharing more with you.

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  11. Christmas has been a cornerstone in my life. Little by little the ones I share it with changes over the years. The grandparents of yesterday are gone, but not forgotten. My wife and children enter the picture. My parents become the grandparents of new. If I live long enough the cycle will repeat itself.

    Still, as long as I am alive, Christmas will be a cornerstone in my life.

    Merry Christmas to everyone.

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  12. The word 'bittersweet' always seems to apply, doesn't it?

    We've enjoyed having our younger daughter and her family here with all the delight that two young granddaughters bring to the occasion. They're here for almost a week, too, so I'm smiling.

    There were two services at our church last night and we attended both (my choir was singing at the midnight candlelight service) and worshiping in the beauty of those serene hours was a wonderful and holy experience. There is such comfort in faith!

    I hope your day has been full of special blessings, Joylene.

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    1. Happy New Year, Carole. Somehow I knew your Christmas would be wonderful. Looking forward to many wonderful blogs in 2013. Can't wait to see what photos you've taken.

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  13. Hi, Joylene. I hope you had a nice Christmas with your loved ones.

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    1. Happy New Year, Susanne. It was just me and hubby this year, but it was lovely. We ate way too much! LOL.

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  14. Great sentiment. Thank you for sharing and have a Happy Holiday.

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  15. I loved you likening life to a highway..your pictures illustrate this so well. Christmas is the season for reflection on the past and a time to look forward to the path for the future. Life is an adventure full of ups and downs but God is always constant. Thank you for your thoughtful post. Hope you enjoyed a fantastic Christmas. Wishing you all the best in 2013!!

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    1. Thanks so much for all your support, Janet. You've been an inspiration. Happy happy New Year!

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  16. Thank you for such a heartfelt and caring post for the holidays. I hope your 2013 is a positive one.

    Shannon at Writing From the Peak

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  17. I hope you had a peaceful and blessed Christmas Joylene.
    I'm so glad I met you. Here's to a continuation of our friendship and respective writerly journeys... *toasts*
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle. Here's to many more years of sharing. Happy happy New Year!

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  18. Your photos are beautiful. I wish you a Happy New Year with lots of good news.

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    1. Thanks, Brinda! Happy happy New Year to you too!

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  19. Your photos are so good. And the message of your post sweet.

    Even though life changes and the world beats us up, God never changes and is full of love. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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  20. I loved reading this inspiring post, Joylene!

    Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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