Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Letting Go"

Hi everyone! It's been twelve days since my last post, a long twelve days too. I lost a dear and close friend last week and with all the holiday stuff upon me it's been a whirlwind of an emotional ride these last few days. Trying to stick to the "normal" yearly "got-to-get-this-done" schedule has been a joke and today I have found that all I really need to do is take a few quiet minutes to remember what really matters and let the rest go...

It doesn't matter if I have the holiday meal planned and everything bought ready to start preparing by tomorrow...

It doesn't matter if there are few decorations that didn't get put up and if everything in the house is not in its place...

It doesn't matter if I didn't get any of the gifts bought much less wrapped and under the tree...

It doesn't matter that I never got the Christmas cards laying on the dinner room table filled out and mailed off...

It doesn't matter that I FORGOT! the Christmas play was last Sunday...

It doesn't matter that I didn't get the fifty handbags made by the end of the year goal achieved...

What does matter is that I take these few quiet moments and remember how blessed I have been and how blessed I am with such wonderful family and friends that will help me throw a wonderful meal together last minute...and awesome friends that will laugh and understand when they get their cards in January with a little note telling them how much I love them. This year I will give the only gift I have to give, hugs from a true heart filled with gratefulness for the times we have together.

In memory of a truly awe inspiring man and my dear friend, Banner


  1. Dear Catlyn... so sorry for your loss, especially at this time of year... your post is so heartfelt and full of love... Merry Christmas to you... xoxo Julie Marie

  2. Hi Catlyn,
    It's so nice to meet you. I'm glad you stopped by my blog. I think your post is so beautiful and a reminder that we all need to stop and think about what really matters during the Christmas season. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
    I'm a new follower. I'll be back often.

    hugs and Merry Christmas.


  3. I'm sorry for the loss of your friend! I'll be thinking of you. I agree, take time for the important things!

  4. Hi I read your post I could feel your pain. I am so very sorry for your loss. It is often difficult to slow ourselves down until something of this nature happens and we are faced with what is truly the end all we really have are our friends and family....and that needs to be cherished for sure. Take care of yourself....xo,jana

  5. Hi Catlyn~ I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your certainly puts things in perspective doesn't it? So much hubbub sometimes...I'm with you, I only did what I really wanted to do and what doesn't get done, doesn't get done. No stress, and I am enjoying things so much more! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments...I'm a new follower, too! So nice to make a new blogging friend! Merry Christmas!

  6. Catlyn, I am so sorry for your loss. You are right... none of that matters. You and your love are the perfect gift for all of your loved-ones. Thank you for the reminder. Thank you for visiting us today. Your blog is beautiful. Wishing you a loving Christmas with your family and friends, as you grieve, remember, and celebrate Christ's birth.

    Mermaid Debbie

  7. I really enjoyed reading your post. It was a nice reminder of what really should matter this holiday.
    Have a blessed Holiday Season.

  8. So sorry that you lost such a special person Catlyn. Hopefully knowing that there is another angel in heaven looking down on you will give you a little needed comfort. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas filled with love, magic and dreams come true!


  9. So sorry to hear of your lost Catlyn. Reading your post today was truly uplifting and does make you realize what is important. Take care and may God bless you this Christmas season.


    P.S. Thanks for your visit. I'm glad I could help with last minute Christmas gifts.

  10. Oh Catlyn Sweetie...
    I am so sorry to hear that Banner has graduated to heaven, but don't you know what a beautiful CHRISTmas he will have this year. That thought is all that gets me through the holidays sometimes, just knowing that my family and dear ones are having the most wonderful celebration of all with our Dear Lord and Savior.

    As for the decorating and baking sweetie, like you said family will pull together and help, that is what family is all about sweet one. It is the being together that is most important, and sharing the holiday with our loved ones.

    I am sending you a big hug for comfort and SO much love to remind you that I care. You are such a beautiful and special lady, and I have so enjoyed blogging with you in 2010. I can't wait to see what 2011 brings us sweet one. Happy days ahead.

    Many hugs and SO much love to you, Sherry

  11. I am so sorry! You are in my thoughts and prayers. He looked like a lovely person.

  12. So sorry for the loss of your friend.
    Great post reminding us of what is truly important.


    barbara jean