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Saturday, December 21, 2013


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I'm glad you are here to celebrate! For more information, check out the CELEBRATE This Week page. Please use #clebratelu to share.

What happens when you don't want to celebrate? When you think you are too exhausted to celebrate?

You CELEBRATE anyway!

I'm keeping my brain focused on the things I can rave about this week.

I had three conversations via Google Hangouts with educators across the country. They gave me energy and reminded me how very much I like working in a coach capacity. Thank you Katie, Colby, and Aileen!

We celebrated our first "official" Christmas with Andy's parents and sister's family tonight. It is very good to be a forever family.

I'm celebrating the life of my grandmother. She celebrated her 87 birthday last Monday. She passed away on Thursday. It is a bittersweet time of remembering, celebrating, and missing her. We will be in the midst of a 14 hour car trip as many of you read this post.

Christmas. Even though there has been a major change of plans (and my family will spend 50+ hours over the next 8 days in our car traveling), I continue to celebrate the season I love. I'm reminded it is not about my plans going smoothly that makes for a lovely holiday, but rather it is about being led by faith with its roots in a stable.

Looking forward to your celebrations. Please take a few moments to jot some down in the midst of your crazy-busy-life. I promise, you won't be sorry.


  1. Ruth,
    Sorry to hear about your grandmother... Losing a loved one is never easy but seems even more difficult around the holidays. I'm glad you are celebrating her life! I'll pray for safe travels for the fam!
    Thinking of you...

  2. Ruth, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We each lost important people in our lives this year. It is difficult, but celebrating their life and your moments together will help you. You are in our thoughts.
    Clare and Tammy

  3. Thinking of you in this holiday of joy and sorrow. Keep your eye on the joy. Celebrate every moment possible. {{hugs}}

  4. Ruth, keeping you in my prayers as you travel. A different holiday than you'd planned, but one that will be rich in love and family. Thanks for reminding us to pause and celebrate.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Wishing you many new family memories in all your travels this year to help create some joy with your sorrow.

  6. Just when we think we have it figured out, something goes askew. Your family will be at the forefront of my thoughts and prayers during the next eight days. If you pass through my city, you can stop for a break from the car. I'm so sorry for your loss. Be careful, roads may be treacherous.

  7. Even with your grandmother passing, your words ring so true; it is not about the holiday and presents, it is about faith with roots in the stable. Prayer for your safety as you travel. May God's love shine even brighter for you during this holiday.

  8. I am sorry for your loss. I wasn't planning to post today, but your encouragement changed my mind. Hug.

  9. So sorry for your loss, Ruth. It's a tough time of year for loss. I hope you are enjoying the celebration of her life and seeing family, hugging and connecting. There are blessings.
    I forgot it was Saturday because I was just thinking about the break and all the catching up I had to do. But I did a post and am glad I did. Thanks for this reminder to celebrate every day!

  10. Oh, I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandmother! I hope you find many blessings in the celebrations of her life.

  11. My condolences. It's nice that during our down times, there are people who lift us up, even if they do it unknowingly!

  12. Thinking of you, Ruth, and wishing your family the loving gifts of the season.

  13. So sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hope you are able to have a wonderful holiday season despite this big change in your plans. I am sure it is wonderful to celebrate being a forever family and celebrating holidays together as well. Be safe in your travels.

  14. Thinking of you and your family, Ruth. Turn towards the light in time of sorrow, there is always light. Safe travels.

  15. Oh my, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. Safe travels. You are ALL in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Please accept my condolences Ruth. I am sure your grandmother would want you to celebrate and have the best Christmas you can have. Stay safe.

  17. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  18. Such a bittersweet post. I think I hear the sadness in your voice, even though you are putting up a strong front. Please don't forget to take some time for yourself to grieve. It is necessary.


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