Sunday, July 26, 2009

From My Heart to Your Blog

Wow, what a day of parties! I want to thank everyone who stopped by to visit me today and share in this great Christmas in July! Many of you stopped by as existing friends and followers, some came only for a chance to win a Christmas giveaway, others came through links to Maggi's CIJ party at Just Add Glitter and Stir or through a link from my Playing Dishes CIJ Tablescape Party or my Memes for Me blog, or just found this site by chance. No matter how or why you arrived, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Christmas is truly a magical time that I hold dear. However, July is a particularly difficult time in my life due to life's unexpected losses. Each year I struggle with the entire month of July, but this year, I shifted gears and extended my usual CIJ to include the entire month. Each of you has played a part in helping me through this time, even after my family experienced another two losses this month with the death of a wonderful uncle Leon, my husband's only brother, Larry, and our late son's beloved dog Blackjack.

My faith continues to guide me through these times.

I have enjoyed each and every comment you have left and have spent way too many hours reading and laughing at things on your blogs and countless wonderful hours working on my own CIJ parties, posts and giveaways.

Wow, I sound like it is all over---not so! There is still another full week of CIJ and I have a huge family holiday dinner next weekend. Family is so important, so it is really fitting that that will be the final event for this fun filled month.

Tonight, I just want to thank all of you for this wonderful weekend. My birthday was last week and I told my husband that all I wanted was some great holiday cheer and wow, did you all deliver!

I copied and pasted the names of all the participants in Maggi's party into the post below and the links worked! That way I will be able to go back and revisit and savor the wonderful things found there.

I will be visiting you often, please do the same. My Christmas Memories in My Heart blog will only have posts around Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month until the end of November, when I will be posting daily again. So check back around Rudy Day for a visit of holiday fun. Playing Dishes will continue to have posts related to dishes and my obsession with thrifting. My newest blog, Memes for Me will be devoted to the fun things in blog land. I will post things as they hit my fancy.

Until next time, I am roping all of you Christmas lovers into my Christmas Memories in My Heart.

I love things from the Southwest and the little musical cactus at the top is one of my favorite Christmas things. So, it is only fitting that he uses his lasso to pull us all together one last time.

Enjoy the cartoon video with Paul baby singing about a wonderful Christmas.

Merry Christmas in July,

Please excuse me for posting this on both of my CIJ intensive blogs. I am way too tired to write another post to thank you all.

I have an out off town on Sunday for a meeting and will post the giveaway for Playing Dishes on Monday. I want to make sure that everyone has time to visit and I have time to add all the new names!


  1. Very nice, very heartfelt post!
    Thanks for sharing. And what a wonderful way for you to deal with some of the sadder things life offers us, and wonderful of you to include others. A beautiful way to heal a heart.
    I've had a 'personal blog' since late February, but I've only just begun a 'house and home' type blog recently and it's been fun discovering this whole new world and so many new people!
    God Bless!
    All the best,

  2. Oh Felicia!
    I have so enjoyed your CIJ. I think personally it would be fun year round. It makes us happy and there are so many joyous things to make you smile. I have about 9 singing snowmen, that I keep up year round. I just do not want to put them up anymore. We never get snow here in Phoenix and I can see snow everytime I look up. I also keep my large Santa's on top of my china cabinet, year round. I love to look at them and smile. They are so heartwarming. People have the goodness of giving at the holidays, but truly we should have that year round. I too love the Christmas spirit. Thank you for sharing this wonderful July. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Uncle and your precious baby, Blackjack. This has kept you busy. Take care my friend. Country Hugs and love, Sherry

  3. So sorry about all the losses stacking up. You have been a busy girl. I finally started a new blog just to try things out. I am learning to put new things on my blog, videos and audios and things you girls are way ahead of me. Blessings

  4. Thanks Felicia for inviting us to your Christmas In July party! It's been fun seeing what everyone did and I enjoyed participating too. Yes, the older we get the more precious our family becomes -- I'm so sorry for your losses (the "empty chairs" at our holiday tables) and I do hope that in some small way we were each able to help you have some moments of joy. You're on my "list" so I'll be visiting you often as well.

  5. I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weekly event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..

  6. Hello Felicia
    I am so sorry for all your losses,I commend you for finding a positive way to work through your pain.What better way than to celebrate the birthday of our Lord,in July.I feel just terrible that I was not there to help out.Looks like I missed out on a lot of fun.
    Happy belated birthday.
    Blessings to you, may our Lord keep you near to him through this month.

  7. Hi PD,
    Just stopping by to say hello and see what you have been up to! Haven't seen you around lately..
    Sorry for your losses, and I am glad your events help to distract you, if even a bit..
    Take care!

  8. I firmly hold to the truth that family is forever in heaven! your posts are so beautiful and a loving tribute to the ones who have passed on before you.