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Book Review: The Christmas Box

December 3, 2008

The Christmas Box
By Richard Paul Evans
125 pages
Finished 12/2/08

As has been my personal tradition since 2003, I kick off the Christmas season by reading The Christmas Box. This book is one of my very favorites of all time. Each time I read it, I feel a renewed desire to bring my focus back home. I think every parent who has lost a child understands when I say that we have an extra dose of appreciation for the children we are privileged to raise in this life. We’d give anything to have that opportunity with our angels. When I lose my patience with my kids, it helps to remind myself what a blessing it is to even have a reason to lose my patience. Oh, how I’d love the chance to scold Zoey over doing something naughty! Reading The Christmas Box is one of those wonderful reminders for me.

It seems that each time I read this book, a line or two stands out to me. There were a couple this year. The first, “Sunday was not proclaimed the ‘day of rest’ by a mother with a family to ready for church, but such is the irony of piousness”, gave me a chuckle because I feel like it sums up my year of Sundays. We’ve had 9 am church this year and it’s a challenge to get everyone up and ready and still be on time. I have to admit that I have a smidge of pride over the fact that we’ve been late only a couple of times this year, and we usually get there with plenty of time to spare!

The second is one of the letters in the box:

December 6, 1916

My Beloved One,

Another Christmas season has come. The time of joy and peace. Yet how great a void still remains in my heart. They say that time heals all wounds. But even as wounds heal, they leave scars, token reminders of the pain. Remember me, my love. Remember my love.

My wounds are no longer raw and overwhelmingly painful. But, I notice my scars much more at times such as Christmas. There are 6 stockings hanging over the fireplace each year, but only 5 of them will ever be filled. The void in my heart will always remain, but I’m so grateful that time has made it easier to deal with.

At just 125 pages, The Christmas Box is an easy book to read in an evening. It’s inspirational and uplifting and is sure to bring a special spirit into your heart at a time when we sometimes forget what the first gift of Christmas was.

2008 Page Count: 9536

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A day of rememberence…

October 15, 2008

October 15th

Walk to Remember 2008

October 13, 2008

Saturday was the annual Walk to Remember sponsored by the local Share group. We were sad to miss the balloon release last month in Logan (it was the first time we’d missed in 6 years), so we were glad to have another chance to publically remember Zoey. The day turned out to be really cold and rainy….I didn’t get nearly as many pictures as I’d hope to because I was either holding a baby, pushing the stroller, or holding the umbrella, but here are a few of what we did get.

5 years…

March 5, 2008

5 years ago today….where does the time go? I’ve been anticipating the 5 year mark with a little bit of apprehension, and I’m sure that this year will have some milestones that will bring some tears. Thinking that my baby would be starting kindergarten this fall blows me away!

We don’t have too many tangible memories to hold onto. I wasn’t nearly as good at taking pictures during my pregnancy, and those that I do have aren’t very good quality. But, given that each of the other kids get videos on their birthdays, I thought Zoey’s 5th birthday might be a good time to take what I do have an make a video for her. It’s really more for my healing than anything else….it’s not something that everybody might want to watch, but so many of you supported us through the roughest of our days that I wanted to be able to share it with you.


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5 years…

March 5, 2008

5 years ago today….where does the time go? I’ve been anticipating the 5 year mark with a little bit of apprehension, and I’m sure that this year will have some milestones that will bring some tears. Thinking that my baby would be starting kindergarten this fall blows me away!

We don’t have too many tangible memories to hold onto. I wasn’t nearly as good at taking pictures during my pregnancy, and those that I do have aren’t very good quality. But, given that each of the other kids get videos on their birthdays, I thought Zoey’s 5th birthday might be a good time to take what I do have an make a video for her. It’s really more for my healing than anything else….it’s not something that everybody might want to watch, but so many of you supported us through the roughest of our days that I wanted to be able to share it with you.


Make photo slide shows at www.OneTrueMedia.com