Monday, December 11, 2017

Sweet Christmas Ideas

On Saturday I had the privilege of joining these ladies
for their first Christmas lunch together. From left to right, starting in the back row are
Mindy, Wanda, Sissy, Andrea, Priscilla, me and Marilyn. All of them but Mindy went through my book
"Postcards from the Widows Path" last winter and they've been getting together about once a month ever since.
Mindy, on the other hand, is a Facebook friend of mine and made a special trip from NC to join us. And last but not least was Pam, who took this picture and prefers to hide behind the camera!
I hope you have widow friends to get together with over Christmas. Our conversation around the table was precious and full of hope!! If you don't yet have a widows group, pray and ask the Lord to help you start one in 2019. It's one of the most effective ways to grow through your grief.

And for any time you need a super-quick, super-great Christmas take-along, try these turtle candies.   

Here's all it takes: 1 small pretzel + 1 Rolo candy + 1 pecan half    

Here's all you do: 

  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. 
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 
  • Lay pretzels on baking sheet. 
  • Place a Rolo on top of each pretzel and bake for 4 minutes. 
  • Place a pecan half on top of the Rolo and smoosh it down (my favorite part, besides eating them). 
  • Let the chocolate harden back up and try not to eat too many!  

Sometimes starting to bake or make things for others is a helpful way to work out those blah- can't- wait- to- get- this- day- over- and- done- with feelings.

Hang in there, and if you're having a hard time today, talk about it with the friends who understand in our Facebook group called "Lifeboat." Lifeboat is a private group--only members I add can find it. If you'd like to join in, please send me (Ferree Hardy) a friend request on Facebook and a message that says "Lifeboat." I'll accept your request and add you in as soon as I can. 
Sorry, gentlemen, Lifeboat is for women only.
♥ ferree

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