Thursday, December 27, 2012

In Honor Of...



There isn't proper verbage when a loved one passes.The pain is immense.I believe every individual experiences pain and death in a different way.The only truth is descriptors of pain:  it is ugly, intense, overwhelming.  In my opinion, when a parent loses a child, this is the worst type of pain.I have composed a list of songs, in the light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut.  My heart bleeds for every person that has lost a loved one.  It is my hope that you can "feel" one of the songs and somehow relate toyour specific pain and believe that your healing process will somehow begin.



Charllote And Jonathan 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smapURUby58

Billy Joel - Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)

Libera - Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel)

Ryan Dan - Tears of an Angel 

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge over troubled water

Sarah McLaughlin - In the arms of an angel  

Sarah McLaughlin - I Will Remember You 

Avril Lavigne  - Keep Holding On 


Gordon True - Heaven Got Another Angel 

Linda Ronstadt - Goodbye my friend

Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day

Cindy Marro - Heaven Sent

Kathy Troccoli - Goodbye For Now

Amazing Grace

Mariah Carey - I’ll be there

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

Alexis Price - You can Let Go Now Daddy

LeeAnn Womack - I Hope you Dance  

The Band Perry - If I Die Young

Josh Groban  - On Eagle's Wings

Josh Groban - You raise me up

Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman - Time To Say Goodbye

Bring Him Home:
Valjean Quartet -  Les Misérables in concert
Colm Wilkinson - Les Miserables 1987
Jamie Pugh - Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009

Lea Salonga - On My Own Les Misérables [720p]

I Dreamed A Dream:
Lea Salonga - Les Miserables

Andre Rieu Kimmy Skota - Ave Maria

Please Don't Go

Let There Be Peace On Earth:
Choirboys 
BEST group

Lea Salonga - Fantine's Death (Les Mis 25)

Memory - Barbra Streisand

Andrea Bocelli&Laura Pausini Dare To Live

Sarah Brightman Don't Cry For Me Argentina

Prayer of St. Francis, Make Me A Channel of Your Peace sung by Angelina 

The Prayer:
Celine Dion & Josh Groban Live (HD 720p)

How great Thou art

Liam McNally - Danny Boy




Unsure if the following songlist would be appropriate above...
THE ROSE by Bette Midler
CHILD OF MINE by Carole King
  BEAITIFUL by Christina Aguilera

RETURN TO INNOCENCE - Enigma
A DAT WITHOUT RAIN - Enya
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW/WHAT A WONERFUL WORLD - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
DANCE WITH MY FATHER - Luther Vandross
I'M YOUR ANGEL - R. Kelly with Celine Dion
ANGEL - Sarah McLachlan 
BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME - Celine Dion
HALLELUJA - Jeff Buckley
AS I LAY ME DOWN - Sophie B. Hawkins
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE - Stevie Wonder
THE DAY YOU WENT AWAY - Wendy Matthews
I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU - Whitney Houston
CAN’T CRY HARD ENOUGH- Williams Brothers
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS - Bette Midler
YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE- Gerry and the Pacemakers
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
MY HEART WILL GO ON - Celine Dion 
 THE PRAYER Charlotte Church 

-dedicated to my mom and Aunt Rita (I love you)
-dedicated to each parent that lost a child in Connecticut









Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Cards and a small Favor

Do you send Christmas cards?


I follow Aunt Peaches blog.
Her post:  http://www.auntpeaches.com/2012/12/go-tell-it-on-mountain.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+auntpeaches%2FHxHT+%28Aunt+Peaches%29 was so interesting.


She writes about the lost art of hand written Christmas Cards and she also asks a favor. through this blog:
http://mrsgreene.info/2012/11/asking-a-holiday-favor-cards-for-grandmas-last-christmas/#comment-5262 

If you do send cards, what is your Christmas card handmade-ology "level":

MAKE MARTHA PROUD:  Do you hand make the card, envelope and hand write a personal message on each one?  Obvious that you hand sign your name(s) and to/return addresses... this is the handmade-ology that would make Martha proud!  Everything is hand-made (whether you be a seasoned crafter or have your child make each one with their own "preschool flavor".  This might include a personal few paragraphs written directly to that person - each message being somewhat unique.  If you haven't been published on Martha's website, send one of your ideas, I can assure you her staff will post it!  I so want to be this person!

DR PHIL FAMILY TIME:   Do you send one of those picture cards (your family, kids, pets,  or all of the above)?  This would include hand writing your name(s) and addresses.  Also included in this might be a family letter that you wrote about the wonderful things that your family members have accomplished in the past year.... this letter is then copied and put in the cards that you send.  I believe this is the very type of person that Family Fun Magazine would publish a special article on!  This person may watch Dr. Phil and be able to give the same advice that he does without fail each and every show!  I envy this person!

THRIFTY NIFTY: Are you somewhere on the scale of sending out a card where you purchased several boxes from the after Christmas sale last year?  These were most likely 50-90% off! You hand write your signatures and addresses and get them in the mail as fast as you can... time is of the essence!  You do it all - and then cook for the holidays too! You probably have a Christmas list a mile long - and never ever try to forget anyone!  It is the thought that counts!  The gifts you buy are smart!  Nothing wasteful only useful!  You get a bang for your buck!

GET 'ER DONE:  Boxed cards from whenever - free return address labels - quick written signature or stamp - Christmas cards check!  Decorate tree done!  Enjoy Christmas - done!  Put decorations away on New Years day - done until this year!  Not sure but thinking this person is so busy they don't take time to smell the roses or to fully enjoy the season or (take deep breath not sure I should write this) to even enjoy their own family.  The love is there - but things are so busy the roller coaster won't stop.  This isn't me - I would rather not do those "traditions".

THE INDEPENDENT (NOT DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLICAN OR EVEN TEA PARTY):  Then there are those folks who are humanitarians.  Send out Christmas cards to people you may not know, volunteer at a soup kitchen on Christmas day or help out Meals on Wheels or some other charitable cause.  You don't follow any traditional rules but you make your own.  What may be one way last year will be completely different this year.  You are you.  Family or friends may not understand but it is okay.



Can you tell who I am? If not here is another hint.  I am asking if you have or can make a card and send it to someone, please will you.  The information is here: http://mrsgreene.info/2012/11/asking-a-holiday-favor-cards-for-grandmas-last-christmas/#comment-5262 
This is also the favor that "Aunt Peaches" asks in her blog post.  I am asking the same favor.



Now can you guess who I am?  I wish to be the MAKE MARTHA PROUD kind of person, but I am not.  Deep inside she is wanting to come out, but life coupled with who I am makes me the INDEPENDENT.

I'm sure I missed a few groups... perhaps THE SCROOGERS, THE COMPETITOR, THE LOVER OF LIGHTS (ELECTRIC COMPANY's BEST CUSTOMER), Etc.

Due to time constraints and length of the post, I had to stop writing.

Today, I plan on starting our one card that will be sent out this year!  It will be a doozie - there will be a message from my son, one from myself and a handmade picture that my son will make, and perhaps a piece of jewelry that we will make together.  It is things like this that make me happy during the holiday season.

Even though I haven't sent cards since the Christmas of 12/95, there are people that still send us cards every year.  I open each one with delight and we all read them that evening together.  Then I decorate a special place in the house with our cards (each year something different).  I keep saying to myself that things will get easier and I will send home made cards out next year.  Looks like this year isn't the year yet.  Maybe next year.


Could you please send a card to her grandma? Please?

Thank you for reading!
xoxo