Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Holiday Blues

I miss my mom.  I miss my family in Ohio.  It's Christmas and I'm terribly homesick.

But this... This video/commercial made me cry and smile at the same time.  It's filled with family and happiness and well... check it out. 


A million thanks for the kind comments in my last post about my mother's passing.  There are no words to say how much I appreciate the love from Blogland--Truly, from the bottom of my heart.

Merry Christmas one and all.  May your holidays be happy and filled with love.  I'll be back after the New Year.

xoxo Joanna

27 comments:

Brian Miller said...

this holiday wont be easy...be ready for that...the first holiday is not easy at all...i know this from my wife...

you'll be alright though jj.

hugs.

Mari said...

That clip had the same effect on me.
Brian is right, those firsts are hard but it does get better.

Eddie Bluelights said...

As you may imagine, Joanna, we are in the same boat. Christmas is so very difficult - but I am told things get easier in time.
Special hugs to you ~ love Eddie

DJan said...

You are very much loved and a special person to many of us out here in Blogaritaville. Sending you lots of love at this time. And virtual hugs. :-)

Christine said...

You will get through this difficult time Joanna

Jeanie said...

I hope you can find a way to celebrate the joys of your memories this holiday season. Sending many warm thoughts your way.

Jeanie said...

Thanks for posting that. Most needed at this time of year.

It's not like the world gets better one year after the passing, every holiday is "OK." But that first year is the hardest, doing things new, differently, without someone you love so very, very much. Be very kind to yourself, Joanna. Allow yourself the time you need to grieve along with the time you will celebrate. Light a candle in your mom's honor, welcome her to the table with teary memories and share her stories with those who love. All those things help heal -- a little. Time and love help with the rest.

Sending superhugs across the miles.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Those first holidays without a loved one are so tough. Hugs.
I hope you have other people giving you extra doses of Christmas love.

Hilary said...

Beautiful Joanna, I know how very difficult this first Christmas will be without your mother. I'm sorry you're hurting and feeling lost.

Big holiday hugs to you.

Yes, it's a very touching video. It's important to remember that all that sweetness that lurks beneath the aloof exterior of a teen.

Ami said...

I hope you're surrounded by people you love and who love you through the whole season.

It's okay to cry and be sad. And to be glad you had such a wonderful mom.

Www.fatgirlslimblog.co.uk said...

When you're feeling really down just remember, the first is always the worst.

Mocadeaux said...

The holidays are so hard after a loss like yours. Hoping you will find small moments of joy sprinkled in amid your sadness. Sending warm wishes for a peaceful Christmas.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Christmas is a tough time when you are grieving. I still miss members of my family that I've lost. Peace to you this holiday season.

It's.a.crazy.world said...

There is nothing I can add that hasn't already been expressed in previous comments, with their kind words and suggestions. I just want to add...I am thinking of you, and wish you the best.

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

I understand your feelings. Losing those we love at the holidays are especially painful and their absence is felt even greater. I lost my dad years ago in Dec. and my mom on New Year's day. It's difficult but your love will sustain you. It just takes time but allow yourself to feel the loss. I think that's important to do. Holding on a little tighter during those hugs you are sure to be getting will help too. I'm thinking of you and wishing your mom well on her journey home.

Holly said...

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing with a new voice added to the choir. I love you. I hope your holidays are gentle. I hope you walk into the New Year with a continued sense of how much we all love you and thank you for sharing with us. And, I hope you know you'll always be my Snarky Sister.

Cathy Clementz said...

Hugs and Merry Christmas to you...

CiCi said...

Dear Joanna, Good to see a post from you. I know you miss your mom. Grieve and heal, my friend.

Paula Wooters said...

Love and blessings to you, Joanna, as you face this first Christmas without your mom. You're in my thoughts!

Formerly known as Frau said...

JJ sorry about your moms passing I've been off the computer for some time sending ((hugs)) to you!

Suldog said...

I'm just now catching up on so many blogs... A belated Merry Christmas, Joanna, and a very Happy New Year to you and yours!

Eddie Bluelights said...

Belated Happy Christmas, Joanna, and hope 2014 is much kinder to us all. Take care and I think about you often. Hugs ~ Eddie x

Antionette Blake said...

I hope you made it through the holidays as best you could and I am wishing you a blessed and prosperous New Year - stay strong!

Mike Smith said...

Thanks for a fabulous blog, JJ. I've not visited it as much as I had hoped recently but will rectify this in 2014. All the very best to you and yours, my friend.

Relyn Lawson said...

Hello, dear friend.
I have a few wishes for you.
May 2014 bring you much joy.
May we all have peace in our homes,
laughter by our firesides,
time spent with family,
and contentment in our hearts.
Be well, my friend.

Cindy L said...

Thinking of you, wishing you peace and rest and good memories of Mom. xo

jeannettestgermain said...

You are the Joanne Jenkins who commented on my blog earlier (thank you) - am so sorry you have to miss your mom. Grieving is rough - the good thing is that it will eventually pass and you will be able to think of all the good and beautiful things of your mom without that gnawing pain in your stomach or throat. Meanwhile you will get to know your real friends - the ones who won't convince you to "get over it" asap.