Sunday, December 16, 2012

Lighting a candle with love

I have decided to post tonight although my heart and mind have been wrapped around the families and children in Connecticut.  It's hard to pretend things are normal when they are not normal at all.  I just put my Christmas decorations up yesterday.  I almost didn't.  But because I use a lot of soft lights inside our living room, I decided to put the decorations up and have the lights be symbols of love and hope for the children who are no longer with us, the children who have suffered so much trauma, the adults who left loving families and children behind and the grieving hearts of so many especially the parents.  My heart weeps.

I dedicate my Christmas blog to the Light of the World in whom we put so much trust - may our prayers be heard and solace be given to those who are in pain.  Peace and Grace my friends.

Sandy




56 comments:

Kelly Neis said...

My dearest friend, your words are amazing to me! Your heart is just full of love! This is the most beautiful post I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing your feelings with us all. May we all hold our loved ones close in our hearts and be as generous as you to people we have never met!
Love You!
Kelly

Kelly Neis said...

So about those tags! I love the first one as it reminds me of a candle for everyone you mention. Also because the poinsettia is sparkly and the center is gorgeous like the snowflakes on the tag so I need to Pin this one!
The other two are just as gorgeous and festive for Christmas. I love the style with the snowflakes in the background and the rich poinsettia with beautiful centers. These are perfect.
Big Hugs and Love,
Kelly

Scrap Affair said...

Yes it made me feel more love an appreciation for my own family, to to hold them closer then ever.
And I lit candles for the lost souls... my hert weeps for their parents-I know how it is to loose a loved one. I pray for strenght and for peace for each and everyone who's life has been shattered by these events. Honestly, I do not feel like celebtating, but, I have to pull myself together for my own kids-they do not know about this.

Scrap Affair said...

And Sandy, I love all of your tags-they are beautiful!

Marilyn said...

Beautifully and eloquently said Sandy. This is such a terrible and tragic event that it is difficult to put into words and I thank you for saying what I mean.

Marilyn said...

These tags are beautiful! Love the liquid pearls... perfect for the Christmas and snowflake theme.

May said...

Sandy this is a Beautiful post, It is heartbreaking the loss of such innocence and the teachers on that tragic day! The whole world is feeling America's pain!! May god bless the families & ease their suffering.. It is so hard to put into words just how heavy my heart feels, Thank you Sandy for your heartfelt post!! Hugs May x x x

Kathy said...

Such a beautiful post Sandy. I agree, let the lights shine in remembrance. Thanks for such a beautifully heartfelt post.

Your tags are so pretty, too. Love the white poinsettias.

Susan Flynn said...

Very beautifully said Sandy. I don't think there is anyone across the globe who has not been deeply touched by the horrific happenings in Connecticut last week. Our hearts go out to the families that have suffered such devastating loss.

Your tags are just stunning Sandy, the poinsettias are so striking! Hugs Susan x

Redanne said...

Your post has really moved me Sandy, as indeed it should. Such a tragic loss for all those families and my heart too is very heavy. I do like the idea of putting up soft lighting in remembrance - such a lovely thought on your part.

Each of your tags is stunning.

Hugs, Anne x

Shannon White said...

Wonderful said Miss Sandy... Its such a momental tragedy and so hard to express all the feelings that stirred.. Thanks so much for expressing it so Perfectly..
And I agree putting up soft lighting for all the Sweet souls lost too soon is such a wonderful remembrance.

And your tags are Absolutely Gorgeous my Sweet friend!

Big Hugs
Shannon

cathylynn said...

Amen Sandy. The light always exposes the darkness and what the enemy meant for evil God can turn around for good. My heart is heavy as well and I feel the pain for all the families. Your post is beautiful as well as all of the tags. Merry Christmas sweet friend!
Hugs, Cathy

Imke said...

Sandy your tags are very pretty !

EnblogSail said...

Yes Sandy I second everything you so beautifully said. At a time like this, when everybody is looking to celebrate the season, such an insane carnage had to take place. We are indeed living in perilous times!
As for your tags, they are as lovely as your caring words. Praise God that we have Him to comfort us. Merry Christmas!
Caryl

Myrna I said...

Beautifully said Sandy. You have such a way with words. Your tags are beautiful!

Pat said...

Such a lovely post Sandy and so beautifully said, sentiments we are all feeling but you have put it into words so well my friend.

Your tags are beautiful too.

Pat xx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

A very touching post Sandy. So much sadness in the world, seems all the more tragic at this time of year.

Your tags are beautiful.

Wishing you and yours all the best xxx

Lau W said...

So lovely words Sandy, thank you for this tribute. What happened is horrible, so tragic ! Sweet thoughts for all the families...

Your tags are beautiful, love this big poinsettia !

Bisous mon amie.

Pam Sparks said...

Gorgeous tags Sandy! love poinsettias and red! and your pretty embellishing! God bless you and yours this Christmas time and I'm praying with you, God comfort these families because I'm sure they are heartbroken and don't know how to carry on. May they find hope and may we all be more loving and kind in our relationships. We don't always appreciate what we have in all the busy-ness of life. ugh. Take care! Appreciate your friendship!

Netty said...

Beautiful tags Sandy. Your words for the families and children are very moving and beautifully written. Sometimes its so hard to come to terms with all the evil in the world. Sending hugs my friend, Annette xx

Kjersti said...

A beautiful post Sandy!
Have a nice week and take care!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Cat's sCrap said...

Very elegant tags ! Magnificent flowers of Christmas. Wonderful ribbons. Same but different ! I like ! Good idea !

Hugs from France.
Catherine.

Linda Palmer said...

My heart also goes out to all of the families of the 26! I've prayed my heart out and feel that is all I can do and I have shed lots of tears. Today I got word from a dear friend Lena that her 23 yr. old grandson was killed while walking down a dark road. She is on her way to MN from Texas. My heart is breaking for her to. Such a sad Christmas for the CT families and Lena. She was in our image swap group Sandy. I did as you ask and didn't send a card so wishing you and Art a very wonderful and Merry Christmas with your families. I love your tags, so beautiful.

Ira Huberts said...

What a heartfelt post Sandy... Even we here in Europe all feel the pain and devastation of the parents and relatives of those innocent victims... We should keep the lights in our hearts alive for them and for those who have gone before them. Blessings to them all...
Your tags are all so beautiful, really love that gorgeous poinsettia! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, take care, Ira x
irascreacorner.blogspot.nl

Chris said...

No-one could say it better Sandy, you always have the right words to say my friend. Chris

Paper Tails said...

Sandy, What a beautiful post. My heart breaks for those families. Thank you for sharing.

Your tags are beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Karen

Paper Tails said...

Sandy, What a beautiful post. My heart breaks for those families. Thank you for sharing.

Your tags are beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Karen

Di said...

Oh Sandy, like so many others around the world, my heart breaks for those innocents. A beautiful post - with love for Christmas and let's hope a happier and safer world in 2013. Di xxx

Lori said...

Oh, Sandy, it's so hard to believe what has happened in Connecticut. Just can't wrap my head around it. Your tags are gorgeous - love those poinsettias! Have a perfectly fabulous Christmas!

Sandra said...

You've got such a big loving heart! You've said it perfectly and my thoughts go out to them.
You're tags are stunning, so glad you've decided to put the decorations up. Hugs, Sandra

julieprice3 said...

love the tags Sandy, the poinsettia is gorgeous.
My heart goes out to all the families affected by this awful tragedy, love and prayers to those who have suffered such a horrific loss, Wishing you and your family a Happy and safe Christmas Take care Hugs julie P

Danielle said...

Sandy, I was touched by your words, and my heart is very sad. I pray that Light grants Serenity to all parents and family. I send you a bigh HUG, because I believe Love is the perfect medecine.
Your tags are all so pretty! love this yellow one very very much! full of light! the pointsettias are so beautiful!
Sending love from Montreal. Hugs. xoxox

Madge H. said...

Sandy, your thoughts and blessings are beautiful. Tragedies leave us feeling so helpless and vulnerable - making us hold our loved ones closer. My heart is heavy for the losses, but also for all the others who have been touched by this senseless tragedy that will have devastating trauma for a long time to come, especially those dear little children in the school.

On a happier note. Your tags are gorgeous, my dear! Have a blessed Christmas. Am sending many hugs across the miles.

koala said...

Hello Sandy, these tags are sooooo beautiful !!! (^o^)/"""
Each beautiful poinsettia looks smile and heals for the people who got hurt from sad news in Connecticut.
Flowers and ribbons are sooooo beautiful, very nice texture and details...
I love them all...(^.^)/"""

Marjie Kemper said...

These are so lovely, Sandy. Keeping all those in CT in my heart. No words are accurate, or enough.

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Sandy, just catching up now. Your post is beautiful and so tenderly worded. Your tags are beautiful too. I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and all that your heart wishes in the year ahead. Blessings, Nicola x

May said...

Dear Sandy, I just popped in to say I hope you & your lovely Family have a Wonderful Christmas... & A Happy New Year.... Thank you for all your lovely comments.. Hugs May x x x

Maria said...

What precious thoughts and prayers for those in Newtown, Conn., Sandy. It's such a sad thing that happened. My heart and prayers go out to them. You made some very pretty and elegant tags...so so pretty! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing for you and family a joyous New Year, hugs!!!

Mary H. said...

You expressed my thoughts so eloquently here...I would never have found the words. So thank you for this post. No words can comfort these parents & siblings, only our Precious Lord can grant them ease, and I pray He will Hold them all close,until healing begins. Thank you for sharing your thoughts along with these lovely tags. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I think this tragedy made all of us feel so much closer & more appreciative of those we hold dear. I know it did in OUR family. Looking forward to seeing all your lovely creations in 2013. Hugs.

CuddlyBunny said...

Beautiful tags, beautiful thoughts and a beautiful message ... may every day of the new year bring you the same comfort that you give to others.

Patricia St Martin said...

Sandy, It is so hard to go on with our daily lives as if nothing has happened when we know their are people out their hurting so hard and their broken hearts, we can offer prayers and try to be their when they need someone but we also need to go on so that they can go on as well, back to some kind of normal life as it will be a long time for them. So by our prayers and kindness they will know we will always be their for them, as life goes on. It is hard to see.

Patricia St Martin said...

Sandy, Wonderful tag. Hey girlfriend this has been an awesome year and I have enjoyed your wonderful creations and I'm looking forward to many more years of great inspiration and sharing our knowledge and learning from each other, so hears to many more years of friendship.
Hugs, Patricia

Mary H. said...

Hi, just wanted to wish you a most Happy New Year, and say that I'll be looking forward to seeing the lovely projects you share in 2013. Will hope that it will be a banner year for you & yours. Hugs.

Janiel/ janny said...

Hello my dear friend Sandy!!!!!!!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!!!

Love you little tags... BEAUTIFUL!!
hugs.......

Nicecrane Designs said...

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Cat's sCrap said...

Happy new year 2013 ! Full of creativity !

Hus from France.
Catherine.

Alice Wertz said...

wow! gorgeous tags, Sandy!! love them! hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! =)

Lau W said...

I miss you my Sandyyy ! Hope you're well, and i want to say you thank you again for the card, love it so so soooo much !!!!
Happy New Year for you and your family !
xx

Victoria said...

Poignant words. I just can't imagine what those families went through this Christmas.
Thanks for popping by my blog - I'm trying to be better at juggling school work and blogging this year but we'll see how I get on! Lovely to hear from you.
Happy New Year (can I still say that on the 8th? Probably!)

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Sandy I have just read your lovely comment on my blog and I burst out laughing, lol, 'gobsmacked' is a sort of slang expression for shocked or amazed, lol. I want to wish you a Happy New Year and to tell you how beautiful these tags are, I know I missed many awesome creations before Christmas as I was very depressed but I am feeling more like my old self again. Thank you for visiting me Sandy.
hugs
lorraine x

Peggie said...

What pretty tags. I love poinsettias and these are beauties.

Leah Ann Gast said...

Hi Sandy, Love that you have left the lights. Everyone is so sadden for this horrific ordeal. I cannot imagine. I love your gorgeous tags! You are such a sweetie, I'm doing o.k. so far so good for my daughter. Have to up her synthroid (spelling?) she is tired, but that's due to needing to up her meds. You asked me about how I come up with ideas, I honestly don't know...Hugs! Leah Ann

*Vicki* said...

Really gorgeous tags Sandy!! Love those flowers hun!! :) HUGS I promise that I've been around and I appreciate all your kind words!!

~Tammy~ said...

Your tags are gorgeous Sandy! This whole horrific tragedy has really ripped a whole in my heart. I think of those families daily as well as that community.

Charlene said...

What a heartfelt post . What happened at Sandy is horrific and all of us feel this terrible tragety . There just aren't enough words for what happened. Makes us hold our families a little closer

And your tags are gorgeous!! I still have mine up in the livingroom and it will most likely stay there :-)

Tan's Hobbies said...

Oh my dear, Sandy! Your post touches my heart so deeply. I heard about that sad tragedy too. All those tags are gorgeous, you are so lovely.