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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

It's Christmas Time

 It's Christmas Time


Our little home is 

decorated, and looks very



I have received so many beautiful cards

and each one has touch my heart.


But this is where I have to

apologize to each and everyone

that doesn't receive a card from me.

Doing my cards this year was the 

hardest thing that I've tried to do

to get through this lonely season.

It set me back in my journey 

through grief to a couple of 

sad and empty days of tears. 

Therefore; I quit . . .

doing cards for the year.

Consider this post 

your card from me.


 This is an ornament that I

gave to Steve one Christmas.


And this is the true 

celebration of Christmas.

I have to bring myself back to

what is real and what is now.

It's a time to rejoice and be glad,

a Savior was born.


He is bigger than all of our pain,

He came that we might have

life eternal.

He is my Rock!  

Butchy and I are receiving

a wonderful gift of love 

this Christmas.

 Meet Beulah!

Steve told me that he wanted me to

get a big dog . . .

So Beulah is our Christmas gift from Steve. 

Her Mama is a mix of 

Chocolate Lad & Poodle

and weights 45 pounds.

Her Dad is a mix of

A Chocolate & A White Poodle

and weights about 60 pounds.

So, Beulah has the potential

to be a very big girl :)


Though that is hard to believe 

when she's snuggled in my lap.


Well, that's my post for today . . .

I'm sad and I'm happy . . .

I'm walking every day with Jesus

and He will never let me down.


Merry Christmas!


God Bless You All!


Your blogging sister,

Connie :)



  1. Dear Connie, I know this will be a hard Christmas for you, missing your beloved Steve. But you have a new bubble of you in your home Beulah is such a pretty girl. Do hope your two dogs become firm friends and I'm sure you will enjoy your extended family. Sending you Christmad Wishes from across the sea, from us here in New Zealand.

  2. Merry Christmas Connie,
    Your home is indeed very pretty. Butchy is adorable and Beulah is precious!
    You're so right...Jesus will never let us down...
    Blessings, Linda

  3. Thinking about you this season. The pain never goes away. You don't need to apologize if you don't send a card. I know my cards are a "thinking of you" and when I care about a person, I don't care if I get a card in return. Hopefully the cards you received and the NEW PUPPY comfort you at this time.

  4. Merry Christmas Connie. I think Steve had the right idea when he encouraged you to get another dog to love.
    Beulah is a cutie and I hope she and Butchie will get along well.
    (Beulah was the name of the little prairie town where I was born).

  5. I'm sending you a bushel of hugs to get you through. The "firsts" are the hardest. When the load gets too heavy you just need to step back so you did good in stopping the cards. Beulah is adorable and I hope she brings you much joy. What does Butchy think of his new sister?

  6. Your home is very warm and welcoming and showing the Christmas Spirit. I send you a hug and wish you and your doggies a Very Merry Christmas.

  7. Thinking of you this Christmas time. I hope your adorable Butchy and Beulah bring you comfort during the festive season and into 2021. xx

  8. Merry Christmas, Connie, Butchy, and Beulah! Don't worry about the cards. People will understand.

  9. Thanks for sharing your holiday home decorations and your new addition. Please be safe and healthy.

  10. Sending prayers...Happy Advent! God bless you.Your beautiful post is a great Christmas "card"!Thanks!

  11. Connie, dear, you have been so brave and such an inspiration during this long hard time. How very sensible to allow yourself time to step back and rest awhile. You are much loved with or without cards. x

  12. Connie, I loved the ornament you made Steve. I hope your new dog will help you and Butchy. Your home does look very pretty. Take care of yourself sweet friend. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

  13. Oh Beulah is so cute. I'm sure you will become great friends. Don't fret about the cards, everyone will understand.
    Your Christmas decorations look lovely.

  14. Sending good wishes from up here in Canada.
    Your home is lovely decorated and what a cute addition Beulah is to keep you company.
    God bless you.
    Merry Christmas

  15. Aww Connie - I think Beulah is so cute and I know Steve would be happy that you have her. I'm proud of you for doing that decorating and I can see how hard cards would be. I have to confess that I lost your address and have meant to ask you for it, but I keep forgetting!

  16. Merry Christmas back.. to you and Butchy and Beulah. I bet Butchy is missing Steve too, so another pup to keep him company and distract him will be so good! That new little girl is just a doll.. and I bet she'll be a beauty as she grows up. Your home looks beautiful and cozy... and I understand totally about doing those cards. Good that you just put them away for this year and enjoy what you receive.. and like someone else said, your post is like a bright Christmas wish! Take care of yourself, pamper yourself and rejoice in the wonderful memories you do have... those memories keep us going sometimes! Love to you dear friend... Marilyn

  17. I love Beulah and she will bring you much joy along with Butchey. He is so cute too Your fireplace and tree are so pretty and the red and white tablecloth just sets everything off. I love the ornament you made that says about the kiss and snowflakes.
    I think I was one of the lucky ones to get a Christmas card. I am sorry it brought you so much pain doing them. Thank you. Jesus is our rock. Sending hugs, Nancy

  18. Hi Connie- I just adore your Mantle- you have decorated it perfectly - looks brilliant and very homely. Thinking of you and I wish you a very Special Christmas Connie. Regards. KEV. (Sydney-Australia).

  19. Hi Connie, I was just praying for you just before I opened up the laptop to check blogs. I'm not going to say I know how you feel, because I don't. This year has been so hard in so many ways. Not only Steve's passing on to Glory, but because of Covid, people haven't been able to be around as much as they would have been at any other time. We're grieving the loss of my brother and Dennis's sister this year too. Sometimes it seems to be too much.
    I do believe stopping the cards was the right decision. We all know how much you have everyone in your heart. Your home looks beautiful and cozy and warm. Little Beulah is going to feel all of the love you have in your heart. She's the perfect gift. I pray you have peace in your heart this Christmas my dear friend. We're fairly close by, please let us know if we can help you in any way.
    Blessings and hugs,

  20. You have a beautiful home, that looks so cosy and the new fur addition is a delight, so pretty. Hopefully tthe two will become firm friends. Take care of yourself and rejoice in all your wonderful memories.

  21. Oh, Beulah is lovely! How wonderful!

  22. Prayers for you. I get the happy and sad. Your puppies are beautiful!!!

  23. Merry Christmas Connie, don't worry about the cards, all of us that sent a card just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts more than you know, and praying that God brings peace as you go through the holidays. He is by your side every step of the way.
    Congrats on your new family member, it will be neat to follow her growth over the coming year, such a cutie sitting on your lap.

  24. Wish you and Buddy and Beulah a very Merry Christmas.

  25. Sending you big hugz Connie. It is not easy being on your own. Mxx

  26. Oh, Connie, sending hugs. When life takes you back a step, you know that Jesus is right beside you to carry you forward again.
    You are a brave lady. I am blessed to read your posts.

  27. She is very well named! Beulah...reminds me of the hymn, Beulah Land, where all are reunited.
    "O Beulah land, sweet Beulah land!
    As on thy highest mount I stand,
    I look away across the sea
    Where mansions are prepared for me
    And view the shining glory shore
    My heaven, my home forever more."

  28. Beulah will be such a lovely companion for you. This is such a difficult time of year for those who grieve. Yet, as you've said, there is joy because of Christ's coming to earth. Hugs to you across the miles this Christmas.

  29. Your home looks beautiful. Your new pup looks so sweet. I have a one year old niece named Beulah but it isn't a name you hear that often anymore. Merry Christmas to you!

  30. I just love your cozy fire, and dining area Connie.. and my heart aches with how deep your grief must be, especially in the moments of trying to send out cards. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers throughout this season, but how thankful I am that you have little Beulah with you to care for, and to love on, and for company for Butchy too. Much love to you dear friend!

  31. Merry Christmas Connie!!! Beulah is a wonderful gift!! :) xx

  32. Hi Connie, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God bless you. John

  33. Your cottage is absolutely beautiful, my friend. So perfectly Christmassy. I'm sure Butchy and Beulah are great companions. They both are so cute. I know this is a very tough time for you emotionally, but I know that your Faith in Christ is seeing you through it. He is, indeed, our rock. Much love to you and Merry Christmas. Hugs, Nancy

  34. Thinking of you today. Thankful to know that you do not walk this path alone. What he has given you to do, he will also enable you to accomplish. Hugs and loving thought coming your way.

  35. Dear Connie...I cannot imagine how hard this Christmas was for you...I'm sure you needed a good cry....but you also are such an inspiration to rejoice on Christmas and continue to love your life and welcome a darling new puppy into your blessed.....thank you for sharing your lovely and charming home during the holidays!

  36. Merry Christmas! It's not Christmas. It's January 11, 2021, but I thought I would go back in time a bit to simpler days. The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you. The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you Peace.