Love and Loss

December 20, 2014

By Laura DiFatta

I was in line in a local store today and noticed an elderly woman in line in front of me. She had lovely white hair and was stooped and obviously well advanced in age. I asked her if she had a lot of people coming to her house for Christmas. She smiled and sweetly replied, “yes.” I noticed that she had several sets of pretty towels in her cart. And then, I felt the lump in my throat and the stinging evidence of tears approaching. My precious grandmother passed away in December 2005. The lady reminded me of her. I have towels in my cabinets that match none of my “colors”, but I can’t give them up because they are from Munner. She had 69 people at one of her Christmas gatherings. She made sure that everyone… EVERYONE, had a gift under the tree. She was on a fixed income, but she was generous. Once, during one such large Christmas Day gathering, she sent me running next door to my house to find something to wrap for a surprise guest who had been brought to her home for Christmas. No one would go without a gift if she had anything to do with it.

I miss her. This little lady at the store today reminded me so much of my grandmother that my tears started streaming (darn it) right there in line. I managed to get myself together by the hardest.

At times like these when the ache for my loved one is so acute and feels so fresh, I take great comfort in the hope that is promised through faith in Jesus Christ alone. My hope for comfort in grief is built on nothing less than Jesus’ own promise: “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” (Luke 6:21b)

And lasting Hope also comes through the Word from the very throne of God regarding our promised eternal future, as witnessed to us by Jesus’ beloved friend John: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away’.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

Goodness, the holidays can make the missing stand out. If the pain of your missing is great today, how deep will be your comfort and rejoicing when God Himself wipes away your tears… Forever! And fills your heart so full that you overflow with laughter! You can have hope. That day is coming! The baby Jesus grew up! He conquered death! He lives and reigns!

Take comfort! His promises are true!

My love to all who are experiencing the missing this Christmas.

Thought You Might Like to Know About Groopdealz

December 19, 2014

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Lauryn Walker

By Buffy York

I really don’t consider this as much of a fashion post as I do a Public Service Anouncement.

Last week when it was crazy cold one day I pulled out a blanket scarf I recently purchased from and threw an outfit together that I wasn’t 100% sure about.  So, doing what I do I took a “full-length mirror selfie” and sent it to my friend Lauryn Walker and asked what she thought.  Said she loved it and wanted a scarf like that.  Since everything on Groopdealz is dirt, and I mean dirt, cheap I had purchased six of the scarves (for gifts I am not a hoarder).  I told Lauryn I would be right over with a scarf for her and camera in hand so we could take some pics for the blog.  Understand that only about 50% of the pictures I take ever make it to the blog so I really didn’t think much about posting it.  Then, Sunday I received an email from an acquaintence at my daughter’s school who saw me that day at the grocery store and wanted to know where I found my scarf.  I responded back to her and being the community service gal that I am, I also posted a few of the pictures on Instagram and got lots of comments on the scarf, not only on Insta but also in real life.  It was a $14 scarf and you would have thought that was busting out an Hermes.  That is when it hit me that much like City Lips and Baby Foot people need to know about Groopdealz.

Groopdealz is an online daily boutique similar to Rue La La or One Kings Lane, but much less expensive.  Think Pier 1 furniture, potientially disposable inexpensive.  Once you go online and register they will send you daily emails with a new ” themed boutique” with 25 or so items that will run for 5 days.  The four categories are Fashion, Jewelry, For the Home and Kids and they fit alot of randomness up under each category.  Things like vests and knock off emi-jays and phone chargers.  There are lots of personalized items for sale from jewelry to vinyl wall decals and there is always tons of monogramming going on.  Items do tend to sell out quick and the scarf I am wearing is long gone but I found this one that I might get in pink.

You’re welcome.

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