Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Different Kind of Christmas

My Friends, it was a different kind of Christmas for me. 

I did what I always said I'd never do again, 
participate in the hustle and bustle of the season.

I had decided when moving to Nashville that
this was my season of joy, peace and rest. 

Well, circumstances change and life happens. 
Working outside of the home was a necessary change.
So, it was rush here, rush there, plan this, attend that, 
cook, clean, host and now I am totally exhausted. 

I loved on my family and sat and enjoyed their joy, 
but my joy was dampened by a cloud of sorrow.

Some of our best friends back home lost their 2 month old grand baby.
A precious couple from our career class, lost their baby.

I don't mean to dampen your holiday spirit,
but I would like for you to read her blog, 
and write an encouraging note to Mary Michael and Kyle.

The blog is called,

The above is the post about their Christmas without Brayer.
If you read from the beginning, you will feel their heartbeat.

I would encourage you first to read the following,

Mary Michael gives first hand advice about what to 
say and what not to say to someone in their time of grief.

I went home this weekend and saw our friends,
the paternal grandparents of Brayer. 
I wasn't able to see Mary Michael and Kyle who 
live elsewhere.

Kyle was like my little boy growing up.
He has my son's build and every Sunday I'd go up 
to him and say, "Let me hug you.  You hug just like my boy."

When he and Mary Michael started dating, she became my girl.

I never got to hold Brayer.
I never got to see him smile or feel his fist around my finger.
I never got to snuggle with this precious angel, but 
there are so many more "nevers" for mommy and daddy.

I hope you'll support them with your on-going prayers, 
follow her blog, encourage her, but listen and pray more than anything. 


  1. Thank you for sharing. It's always the perfect time to feel someones sorry and hurt, and send a comforting word and say a prayer. Heaven is so full of precious babies.

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I read most of the posts. There are no words to describe the pain the young couple is going through. Prayers going up for them...and YOU! ♥

  3. How very sad for everyone who knows that family.
    May God give them comfort

  4. So sad for that family. I will visit their blog. It is hard to make sense of something like this and I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. Dearest Bonnie, thank you for sharing. I am so very sorry. Asking our Lord to bring His comfort as only He can do. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Thanks for sharing the blog. The posts there are wonderful - good advice and an adorable baby. Still praying!

  7. Bonnie- I am so so sorry. As a grandmother that has lost a grandchild I so understand what they are going through. You just feel totally helpless and so many other emotions I can't even name. I am praying for the family. xo Diana

  8. Bonnie so sorry for this loss. Prayers for this heart broken family. Loss is so hard especially when it is a child.
    Hugs and Prayers,

  9. {{{Bonnie}}}} sending you tons of hugs and love.

  10. Yes, there was sorrow around this holiday season for so many. I'm sending you hugs today and saying a prayer for all who are grieving!
    Bless you today, my friend!

  11. I'm so sorry to hear this, Bonnie. Prayers will be said for sure. I am sending loving thoughts and comfort to you during this sad time.

    love, ~Sheri

  12. SO SAD:( I will listen and pray! Sending HUGS your way!

  13. Bonnie, I just can't read her blog. I am still grieving the loss of my best friend on December 20th.


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