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Old 12-20-2012, 10:10 AM
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Yes this is a very hard time for me - when I got out the Christmas decorations and found Casey's stocking, then hanging the ornaments on the tree and finding hers the tears started flowing..... 15 Christmases with her and now she is gone.

Last year after Christmas I bought two dog ornaments with angels wings for my tree, one for Casey and one for Desi. Dear Casey passed away a month later but now her angel hangs on my tree.

Hugs to everyone else who is going through the same sadness. Luckily I am babysitting 4 dogs over the holidays as well as having Desi and Oreo so the house will be full of wagging tails Christmas morning.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:29 AM
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Oh Ellen, I can imagine how bittersweet it is for you to see Casey's little angel on your tree. We have little photo ornaments so there is a picture of every one of our furbabies on our tree -- even my beloved kitties from way back when I was a little girl. It is kind of a wall of memories that hurts and comforts all at the same time.

I know all those wagging tails will be filing your house tomorrow morning. But there will also be one wagging tail that you will be missing so much. I will be thinking of you and Casey's little angel when I look at the photos of my own dear spirits.

Sending many hugs across the miles on this Christmas Eve,
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:20 AM
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I just want to remind you all of our special candle-lighting site:

http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/...m?l=eng&gi=K9C

We can fill the page with our lighted candles, and even though our eyes may be filled with tears, our hearts will be filled with our love that burns so brightly. Just like a beacon in the night. Just like the flames from our candles.

I wish a blessed Christmas to all ~
Marianne
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:51 AM
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i did go to this site and it gave me peace.thank you xoxox patty
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:13 PM
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I lit a candle there for my Kodas memory. I too, found a box from last Christmas labled "to Koda Love Mom and Dad. It was the Boston Bruins coat that we had gotten him last year for Xmas and saved the box.
It was very sad.I also pulled out his ShihTzu dog ornament for the tree and put it beside another angel that was my daughter\s from her grave.
Koda is definitely with her...I know she would have loved animals as I do. Her name was Nicole and she was my first baby, born Dec 31,1991.
She died of SIDS a month later while we were napping..Next to her death, Koda's was the hardest...
Rest in peace my angels...I will see you again.
Hope you all at this site,had a merry Christmas. It is hard on the holidays, but we have to count the blessings that we still have.
Thanks for all the hugs and support here, it means ALOT.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:57 PM
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Theresa, I am so very sorry for your losses. There is no doubt in my mind that your baby girl, Nicole, was there to meet Koda when he crossed over. I am also sure that they will watch over you and your family until it's time to meet again.

Rest in peace Nicole and Koda.
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:11 PM
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In all honesty, this has been the most difficult Season since my daughter passed away in ’06. Letting Tasha go around the same time just added to. Memories of family and babies gone before have been so close, bringing both tears and laughter. And about the time I was getting my feet back under me, the shooting at Sandy Hook occurred. There are no words to describe what that did to my Soul. All I could think about was those poor parents who would open closets and look under beds to see presents that would never be opened. I know about those presents. I still have those presents.

Gia and I collected ornaments throughout her lifetime. Every Dec. 26th, we were standing in line at the crack of dawn in front of high end stores we could never afford to shop in, our Christmas money clasped tightly in hand. We would gather all the ornaments that we liked, then go off by ourselves with our cart and sort them, choosing the ones we could afford to buy with great excitement. Once home, they would be lovingly packed away with the rest, anticipating next year when they would hang on our tree. Most of the ornaments we bought were glass and quite fragile, and there are those we made as well as some from when my mom was young. When Gia’s oldest son was born, we used those ornaments his first Christmas then put them away until he was older. We got soft, unbreakable ornaments to use meantime.

This year, I was able to put up the Glass Tree. It is set in my bedroom at the foot of the bed where I can see the ornaments we gathered over the years. Every night I turn the lights on and feel my child near for a little while. One of Tasha’s beds is lying under the tree where she left it and that seems fitting. I allow the sorrow to come in all its manifestations then light a candle in gratitude to honor my Beloved Dead. Each was a gift, each brought many Blessings, and each has taught this old bag of bones about living as a Spiritual being.

My Journey will one day end as well and I hope they find me worthy of the Blessings they so freely gave. Until that day, I will continue to mourn and celebrate their lives in equal measure to the best of my ability.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:00 PM
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Leslie, thank you for sharing the milestone of your precious Glass Tree with us. What you have written touches me more deeply than words can convey. So I close my eyes and imagine your tree in all its glory, and I find myself in a place where no words are needed. Because the feelings are all that really matter.

In loving memory, always, of all those who are near and dear to us all ~
Marianne
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:00 PM
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Just a few more hours remain for me before turning over the old year and ringing in the new. I've just been to our "Remembering" thread and allowed my mind and heart to rest for a moment on each one of the names that have been entered there during this past year. On one hand, it is beyond sad to see so many loved ones listed there. But on the other hand, it settles my own spirit to know that they are all together and that we are able to honor them always.

There is nothing that would please me more than to think that we would not need to begin a new list in 2013. I hope against hope that many days will pass in the coming year before the list begins. But that is not for any of us to know or decide. What I do know is that it helps so much to know that we have a family here, each of whom cares and understands how much our dogs matter. Each of whom knows how much it hurts when they are no longer by our sides. And each of whom will do their best to support us when we need help.

So in honor and memory of all those who passed on during this past year, I salute you and I salute our family. I hope the new year will bring solace and comfort to us all!

Marianne
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:53 PM
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Amen, Marianne and Happy New Year everyone.
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