ere we are again! Another year, another Christmas. It almost seems impossible that this is the fifth Christmas without Lauren, but it is! Looking back, I can honestly say that although overall, I feel that I have come a very long way on this road I travel called "grief", Christmas is still very hard to handle. As anyone who has ever walked in these shoes knows, it will never be the same.

I believe that Christmas is a time to be thankful. I have many things to be thankful for, I often have to remind myself this very thing.

I am thankful for God! He has walked every step of the way with me, without Him I never would have survived.

I am thankful for my family! They have been there for me, they have shared my grief, without them I never would have survived.

I am thankful for my friends! They have always been willing to listen and they never fail to remember the pain in my heart, without them I never would have survived.

I am thankful for the many, many bereaved parents and grandparents I have met online! They never forget a birthday, anniversary or holiday! They have walked every step of the way with me! They have been there for me, they have shared my grief! They have always been willing to listen! They never fail to remember the pain in my heart, without them I never would have survived.

There are two new things for me to be thankful for this Christmas. My beautiful granddaughter Asia Marie, born September 2,2004. I just adore her!!

I also have a new love in my life, his name is Bill. He is also an old love so that makes him very special! He gave me back hope! He gave me back a vision for the future, our future together! He gave me back the smile that had been replaced by a frown! He brightens my day, each and every day! I love him very much and I thank God for putting him back in my life after twenty two years!





Thank you Susie Dunn



Thank you Beth Hall



Thank you Saralyn Smith



Thank you Diane Kayser

Merry Christmas From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all of the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year

Author Unknown











You are listening to the midi, "So This Is Christmas"

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