Thursday, December 30, 2010

Not Wanting to Let Go....

Christmas in a Jar
As they say… all good things must come to an end.

Sometimes I just want to take life and put it in a jar...hold onto it forever so I can pull it out and look at it again and again.  This wonderful holiday season came with laughter, tears, joy, happiness, bright shinys, warmth, ribbons and bows, family and friends, and lots of good food and fellowship. The reason for the season was felt, captured and cherished. Holidays come and go…family comes and goes…good food comes and goes…well… some of it stays on the hips after it passes by the lips!
None the less…everything has come to a screeching halt.
The house is quiet again…
But I hope happiness and love found you this Christmas and that it lingers on forever like the Christmas spirit in your heart which should never end but live within you always.

I know I have been missing-in-action through the past week or so and did not get to personally express my Christmas wishes for you…but just know; I did think of you often as I spent precious time with my family. I wanted to hold on to those moments so tight and not let them get away…well…reality set in and I came to my senses.
I let go…
Life is scattered in the living room ready to be cleaned up, put up, boxed up and readied for what the new year will bring. I know there will be challenges, big moves, happiness, sadness, new experiences, skinned knees and boo boos.

The circle has been made; 365/24’s have marched by like a parade, and we are all another year older and hopefully a wee bit wiser. I can look back on 2010 and honestly say it was better than 2009. I hold onto each memory I made, not wanting to let go but also wanting to welcome something new and fresh. I thanked God for each day that  was given to me as a gift, I accepted it when I woke each morning…I left it as a memory when I laid down to rest at the end.
I thanked God again.
Another circle will soon begin to form…the circle of life that sometimes will get out of shape and off course, but it will always make it around as time allows.
Some days I will not keep up…others I will see it through.

The circle of life…
Round and round we will go, like a carnival merry-go-round…we choose which ride we will take but sometimes we have to take the one that is left and make the best of it. To the end of this journey we have come, the music has stopped and we exit the ride, only to jump on for another round as it starts up again to begin anew…with hope, great expectations, dreams, sparkle, a song in our heart, and a purpose.

Keep it real and uncomplicated…be true to yourself with what ever life gives you, throws at you, is handed to you…Go With Faith and hang onto the Happy!

Wishing everyone the happiest New Year to come with many blessings.



Cora



17 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Too soon over for me too but maybe we can look forward to next year and all the joys and surprises that it will bring. Happy New Year to you :D

Cindy said...

Cora..I did miss your post..but I knew you were with family..I knew you were absorbing life around you!! Looking forward to your pictures this year!

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Char said...

yay for spending time with real life! :)

i hope that 2011 brings you much more joy and happiness than you can even imagine! xo

Anonymous said...

I like your jar ...alot better than my idea,I used to tell my girls I was going to tie a concrete block on top of their head to keep them from growing...Live is good Cora !!! thats why it hurts so much.

Connie Willingham

Anonymous said...

That's what we do with our "wonderful" memories, Cora.

Brenda Peters

Kamana said...

happy new year to you!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

you put into words what we are thinking...i just read to my hubby..."the music has stopped and we exit the ride". that's just what we feel like. we hate to see it go....happens every year...

sending you happy new year greetings, my friend,
kary and teddy
xxx

Leann said...

So glad that you had a wonderful Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Leann

Yolanda said...

I know what you are feeling . I hope you have a wonderful New year sweet friend.

jackie said...

i feel like alot has changed within me this year...it is a positive change. i felt the same way about the holidays...i would just love to put it in a jar and open it up too. thank you for being my friend cora! you truly touch my heart. happy new year!!!

amelia said...

hope you had a wonderful Christmas, I'm not ready to let it go either. The only exciting part is when I take my Christmas decorations out again, I will be settled back home in the South :)
Happy New Years!

Cinner said...

Cora, I hope you have a very happy New Year and that all your dreams come true. I have really enjoyed our visits and love your heart and your values. you deserve the very best . hugs.

bettyl said...

And a wonderful new year to you!!

sybil kelley said...

We also had a wonderful Christmas holiday!! I have enjoyed my girls and their families so very much and in a more relaxed style this year. Memories are wonderful as we try and mix mix new and old traditions together. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

This year seemed to go by so quickly. The older I get the faster they go:)
Wishing you and your's a Blessed and Happy New Year.
Gwenny

holly said...

It was great spending time in Alabama, at home with the family! Cant wait to see what 2011 brings for us! May it be wonderful and healthy! Missing yall already! Hapy New Year!

Angie Berry said...

Hehe, some of it stays on the hips after it passes by the lips... sometimes TOO much!

I don't know if it's because I'm older or what but I hung on to each memory also. I didn't sweat the details. I just sat back, relaxed, and soaked it all in... the family, the laughs, the fun, the hugs, the love. Maybe it's because this is the first year in 19 years that I didn't have to work retail. That seems to kill the spirit. Whatever it was, I so enjoyed this season. Glad you did too!