Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!



I just wanted to come by and wish everyone a wonderful Christmas. Things for me are improving health wise, and because I've stayed off of sitting directly on the swollen area (other than driving my parents where they need to go) for 3 weeks now, life is starting to be easier for me physically again. I'm going to continue staying off the computer through the next week though, as the holidays will bring some extra sitting for me and I don't want to get myself back at the place where I was. But, I think I will be able to return at the the start of the New Year as long as I don't spend 5 straight hours here as I was doing!! So, hang with me a little longer....I'm getting there!!


I have to tell you a short story though. I had to take my folks to the airport on Wednesday afternoon to pick up a friend of theirs coming to visit, and got the surprise of my life. I'm standing there with my parents and in walks Mandy & her little dog.....OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I screamed her name, ran over to hug her, and cried like a baby.....I cried and cried and cried LOL!! Her & my Mom really pulled that off because I really had no clue she was coming, I really bought the story that it was my parent's friend who we had to pick up. Then we got to come home and surprise Marv too....it was a lot of fun. She had to go back Saturday morning, but oh what a lift it was to see her smiling face. She spent a lot of money and gave up her two days off just to give us a hug for our Christmas gift......it's the best one I'll ever receive. She knew I needed a lift, and it was just what the Doctor ordered!


I miss all of you so much and this has been hard to do since I'm feeling good otherwise, but now that the swelling is reducing, I know it was the right decision. I hope your holidays are filled with joy & happiness. For those of you missing a loved one, I know these days are especially hard and my heart is aching for you.....and for those who are physically ailing, my prayers have been going up and will continue to do so. Thank you so much for all the snail mail & Internet Christmas cards that have filled my mail box......what special friends you are.


Much love & many blessings.....





47 comments:

a corgi said...

Merry Christmas Linda and Marv and Abby (and Mandy in Florida)

What a wonderful surprise for Mandy to come home for that surprise visit!!! what a sneak your parents and Mandy were but I'm sure you enjoyed every single minute of her visit!!!!

so glad you are feeling a bit better, thank you Lord! been praying for you!!!

I hope you have a great Christmas Day!!!

betty

Estela said...

Linda, so glad to see your post this evening. That sure was something of a surprise for your parents to pull off with Mandy. My parents are 80 and 81 and they sometimes have a hard time hearing and understanding, so you are lucky that your parents agreed to work out this surprise with Mandy.

You take care of what ails you, if you don't, then who will??

We miss you!

Have a WONDERFUL Merry Christmas!!

Estela in Sunny South TX

Joann said...

What a WONDERFUL SURPRISE FOR YOU!!! She's such a sweet & thoughtful daughter!!! What a blessing!! I sure hope you are feeling better very soon!! Take Care, and have a wonderful Christmas!!

Becky said...

Linda,

I have been an absolutely terrible friend in terms of keeping up with journals and making an effort. I got the Christmas card you sent and was so touched that you had remembered me in that way, ESPECIALLY after hearing about all the heartbreaking trials you've faced this last year. Hopefully you will get back into your house soon and it will be all pretty and fresh, but still be warm and "home".

I smiled from ear to ear to read about how Mandy surprised you. Nothing like a daughter's love and hugs and laughter to make everything right. And you must be so proud of her success, moving up so high in such a short time!

Here's wishing you and your family a peaceful and pleasant Christmas, and a new year filled with hope and joy. Thanks so much for your sweet friendship.

Nancy said...

Thats so great that Mandy and your parents surprised you like that!

I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and hope you continue to feel better each day. Merry Christmas to you all and Happy New Year!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I'm so glad your daughter could be home to see you. That was a wonderful surprise. 'On Ya'-ma

LYN said...

Now that made me smile!! what a beautiful early xmas gift!!

Thinking of you and missing you so!

xx

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Glad you had such a wonderful surprise. Merry Christmas.

Sugar said...

Love ya kiddo!!!!!! My 'sister' in life!
How great that Mandy is there, so happy for you!
Also nice to hear you're feeling better.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friend!
Have a wonderful time.
Huggies...

Julie said...

I am so glad your doing better. I have been sending you daily healing thoughts and prayers. What a great surprise seeing Mandy. I know that cheered you up. Merry Christmas.

Phyllis said...

I've so missed your journal! Merry Merry Christmas!!!!!!

I completely forgot to ask you about Marv the other day if he knew about Mandy's visit!!! LOL - glad he was surprised too!!!!

Much love, phyllis

Shelly said...

yay!!!! I'm so glad your beautiful Mandy came to visit you. What a wonderful gift!! And thank you sooo very very much for the snail mail.. I loved it. Merry Christmas Linda to you and Marv and Abby too. Pooh hugs. : )

Janis said...

Merry Christmas! Glad you are feeling better and can't wait to hear you are 100% again!

So glad you got to see Mandy...I remember surprising my parents a time or two in college - it was as much fun for me as it was for them!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
God Bless
Janis

Michelle said...

Merry Christmas Linda!!

What a wonderful early Christmas present!!!!

You have such a wonderful great family!

I'm happy that you are feeling better!!!!

Love and hugs,

Michelle

Diana said...

Merry, merry Christmas!!! I've been thinking about you and hoping everything was better. I'm glad things are! How wonderful that Mandy came to surprise you both. What a great Christmas gift!!

Will wait for your return when you know the time is right. I wish you and your family nothing but the best in 2009 and the happiest of holidays ever!! You all deserve it!

Hugs,

Diana

debijeanm said...

Thank you for making my year brighter, Linda. My wish for you is a Happy Christmas and a much happier new year in 2009.

Robyn said...

Merry Christms to you and your family hun! What an awesome surprise for you to see your beautiful daughter standing in the airport! :) I am so happy the planned that for you. I am glad that you are feeling better and finding ways to make it tolerable. I wish you and your's a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!
Hugs, Robyn

Winivere said...

Merry Christmas, Pooh Girl!!! I love surprises like that! Hurry up & feel better fast already! LOL
XX

Missie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Linda :) said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Dutch said...

Merry Christmas. What a great surprise. I am so happy for you.

gina said...

lol what a wonderful surprise!!! i know that made your Christmas. :) you have been in my thoughts and prayers and it's really good to see this post. Merry Christmas!!!

lisa jo said...

i never knew you called last Sunday. I probably had already went to bed....thank you very much for calling and i hope we DO get on the phone together and get to talk. I am SO happy that you saw Mandy. I know what that meant to you. I hope your Christmas day was a joyful one. XOXOX

Arlene (AJ) said...

Linda, how wonderful having your Mandy home for Christmas, what a special present that was for you and Marv. Glad you are starting to feel better dear, you've been in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, Happy New Years to you, may you be blessed with good health, happy times when you move back into your home again and and lots of happy times. Hugs to you dear.

Julie said...

Glad to hear that you are doing better. What a great surpise to have your daughter home for Christmas!! Get well soon! Julie

breakaway said...

Linda, I sure hope your feeling better. I wanted to stop by and tell you I got your card in the mail and it was lovely! I LOVED that pic of you and marv. So cute! I did not get ANY cards out this year and I have been doing all I can to keep up with thing here and haven't had time for computer at all :( I miss everyone so much! I sure pray that everything you have going on turns out all good! I will be checking on you later to see how you are doing. My prayers go out to you Linda. Keep your head up!

FrankandMary said...

Nothing better than the gift of Mandy. So happy for you.
~Mary

ADB said...

Linda,
I'm pleased you had such a great surprise for Christmas. After the year you've just had, I really hope 2009 will bring only the good.

Guido

Liz in Virginia said...

So glad you are getting some relief, no matter how small. I am glad you all had a great christmas, and Mandy coming in was the best part I know. She is some daughter! I stayed so busy, cookin, cookin, cookin, that I didn't get around to journals or sendin christmas cards this year. Hope you didn't think I forgot you. Thank you so much for the lovely christmas card and picture, that was so thoughtful, I was so surprised!!! You are such a thoughtful, good friend.
Love ya!!! Have a Happy New Year!!

Julie said...

Happy New Year.

LYN said...

happy new year Linda!!!!!

Miss you so..thinking of you and hoping you will be all better soon ;-)

Liz in Virginia said...

HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU AND YOURS!!

Kathy said...

Happy New Year, my friend. Glad you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You're doing the right thing by just resting and taking good care of yourself.

So thrilled for you that Mandy was able to be home even for a few days. What a blessing!

Hugs, Kathy

Linda said...

I am very behind on my blogging! What a wonderful surprise to have Mandy come visit! I would of cried my eyes out too. I hope your Holidays were wonderful and I hope that 2009 brings you good health and much happiness. Linda

Lin said...

Hi Linda,
Just missing your blog and hoping you are feeling better. Happy New Year!
Lin

mishia said...

Happy New year Linda....my hope for us all is that this is the true new good beginning...hey..it doesn't even have to be a great year...I'll settle for good!!
May you have many new blessings this year!

Mishia

Nancy said...

Was just missing you Linda and wondering how you are doing. I hope you are getting better and things are going good!

Robin said...

What a wonderful daughter! Happy new year my friend...I miss you

Heather said...

I wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful New Year. I received your card and was so sorry to read all that you have gone through this year...a lot of it I had no idea and was just reading your letter with my mouth open. I'm praying that things start to come together and this turns out to be a much better year for you and Marv (Abby too). Much love to you and I hope you are feeling better soon hon! What a wonderful surprise that Mandy gave you...now that I'm a new Momma I can imagine just how joyous you felt at seeing her in the airport.
xoxo, Heather

Christy said...

I hope you're doing well. I was coming to check on you since I've not had an update from you in a couple weeks.

God Bless

breakaway said...

Hi Linda, I sure hope everything is ok and that you are doing well. I sure miss you. Just letting you know my thoughts and prayers are with you!

Monica said...

Hi Linda, just checking back in to see how you are doing. Keeping you in my prayers.

Monica

~Ann~ said...

Just stopping by...
Just checking in....
Miss my Linda Pooh!

I dont know if you got my email or not, but thanks again for the card. Loved it! What a thoughtful surprise! :)

Janis said...

Linda--
Hope you are healing and feeling better. I miss hearing from you but know your health must come first! :)

Praying for you often!

Janis

Dutch said...

I just wanted to stop by and say you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope everything is going ok with you and your family. Big Hugs, Detje Bea

Debi said...

Just stopping in to say hello and hope you are continuing to progress toward recovery. Hope the house will be ready for you soon, too, and that you will soon be feathering your own nest again. HUGS!

Patty said...

Linda,
Hope you are doing well. Have been thinking about you alot, and hoping that things are okay!!!!
love ya,
Patty