Saturday, January 2, 2021

Christmas, 2021 and Sadness

Here it is the 2nd day of 2021 and not much has changed since the last day of 2020.  I look back on 2020 with mixed emotions, as I'm sure many of you do. But, I won't even "go there."  I'll just look forward to 2021 and all it's uncertainty. ~sigh~

One of my high lites of the Christmas season was spreading a little cheer at the assisted living facility where my Dad lives.  We have a Karaoke machine and I took it over and sang some Christmas songs for them and had them sing along on some carols.  It was so much fun and they were such an appreciative group. And, of course, just as any parent, Dad was as "proud as punch." 

Talk about a lapful! We have a 16 month old, 2 , 5 year olds, an 11 and 12 year old.  They have such a good time when they get to see each other.  They are a lively group for sure and our house was full of fun and noise.  It's a deafening quiet when they leave.  We made a lot of precious memories for sure.

One of our gifts from the children was a hammer.  We both got one.  One side of it said, "thank you for building your foundation on what truly matters."  The other side had all the Grans names engraved.  It was such a special gift and with such special meaning.  In case you are wondering, it came from Etsy.  Someone had a great idea!

The past month and past days have brought some extreme sadness to our hearts.

This is a picture of some of our dear friends, Charles and Gerri.  This past year Charles has been plagued with a host of health issues after being the picture of health  all of his life.  On November 24th they found out that Charles had a gigantic brain aneurysm and it was the cause of the issues he was facing.  They were able to connect with a renown brain surgeon out in Galveston, Texas and he had surgery 30 days ago today.  His journey has been tough and he has faced more obstacles, since his surgery, than one should have to face.  Charles and Gerri are such Godly folks and are the "real deal" and Gerri's faith throughout this has been such a testimony to all of us as she has sat  by Charles' bedside these past long days.  I ask for your prayers for Charles' healing. 

And, regardless of where you live in the US, if you watch the national news you likely heard about the untimely passing of our newly elected Congressman, Luke Letlow.  We have known Luke for about 30 years.  He went to school with our children and I knew when he just a kid that he was destined for great things. Luke would have been one of the best Congressmen for our state, no doubt about it!  I could go on and on about Luke but I'll just sum it up by saying he was a great, great guy with a heart of gold.  And, his precious wife, Julia, also went to school with our kids.  Together they were such a dynamic couple and have two adorable children under 3 years of age.  Luke, 41 years old, died from complications of Covid this past Tuesday.!  My heart has been so sad for our loss and especially for Julia and the children.  A loss I just do not understand.  I ask your prayers for his family as well.  His service will be held this afternoon at our church and will be live streamed.  I'm so glad that I will be able to be a part of it.

And, praise God for this truth!  He has been enough for my friend Gerri as she takes this tough journey with her husband and He will be enough for Julia as she navigates her life in the years to come.  That doesn't lessen the difficulty of the journey but both of these ladies know and trust the Lord and that's where their strength comes from and He will see them through one step and one day at a time.

And, we go forth into 2021........


Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. A beautiful post, Lea, in spite of the extremely sad news you've shared with us. I grieve with these people.

    The gift of the hammers is wonderful. How very meaningful. And your grandchildren, I always enjoy pictures of them.

  2. Onward we shall go into 2021. Praying it be better then 2020. God bless us everyone.

  3. A very touching post Lea. Loved seeing your grands and your friends, so very sad for the loss of Luke and what your friend is going through. Praying for the Lords healing hand on him.
    Hugs to you sweet friend!

  4. Oh, Lea, I am so sorry to read the sadness you shared. Praying that Gerri's amazing strength and faith continue to see her husband through to complete recovery. Holding Julia and those sweet babies up in prayer, too. This virus. Just so devastating in so many ways.

    Glad you were able to see that lapful of babies over the holidays. Those hammers are indeed precious gifts and testimony to the foundation you gave your children. I have a cross on my cross wall that is simple but heavy. When I look at it, I am reminded to give God gratitude for the parents I was born to and the foundation they gave my siblings and me.

  5. Sending love and prayers to you and the families who have lost loved one. Prayers going out for Charles for his recovery. ((Hugs))

  6. There are so many creative people selling amazing things on Etsy and those hammers are just one example. How wonderful! I am so sorry for the health issues and terrible loss you shared with us. So, so, sad. Prayers lifted for all. Let's please have a better year ahead!! xo

  7. This post made me smile and be sad at the same time. My husbands brother and his wife has had covid. They were both in the hospital. Thankfully they are home now and improving. But my BIL had a heart attack. Covid impacted. So much sadness all around. Prayers for your friends. Hoping this year is better. Happy New Year.

  8. I love that you could connect with your Dad and the grandkids over the Christmas season. What a fantastic idea that hammer was as a gift! Truly special!
    Praying for your friends and that he heals completely and totally and that his wife finds peace and serenity during this tough time.

    The loss of that young Congressman is just too hard to even imagine. How awful for not only his family but the political world.
    Blessings to you in 2021. xo Diana

  9. My prayers for Charles' recovery and for Luke's family. I read about him, but to realize (once again) that in Blogland there are no strangers. Love the gift of the hammer. Wishes for good health and happiness in the year ahead.

  10. You and your family have my prayers for Charles healing.

  11. Lea, your post touched my heart. Your faithfulness to your Dad and your family is moving. Happy you were able to be with them for Christmas.
    I am so sorry for your friends and will pray for healing for Charles. The picture of Luke and his family is hard to get out of my mind. So very sad and such a great loss. I will be praying for his family and friends.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of these folks in your life who are hurting. I have added them to my prayer list. Life is hard. But it is also joyful. Glad you got to spend time with your family and your grands. What a thoughtful gift those hammers are.

  13. What a special gift! That hammer means a lot and a lot of thought was put into it. I know your Dad enjoyed the happy times together and I am sure was very proud that you all shared your love. The Congressman Luke, I saw that on TV and it made me gasp. This virus is awful and I will be praying for this family. I will pray for Charles and Gerri too, such a beautiful couple. In these most troubling times we have to pray a little harder and be thankful for our good health a little more! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  14. Yes, so much sadness in our world right now. I was sad to read that story about the congressman. I have friends who were widowed at a young age and it is so hard. What a bright light of encouragement for the thoughtful gift of those hammers! How creative! Thankful you were able to see your dad over the holidays.

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