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  1. Beautiful trees! You never fail to inspire. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please give yourself some time to heal. Christmas blessings, Deborah

  2. Friend, I have realized (though have always consciously known) through loss of my parents also, that nothing stays the same. the grief rolls in like the waves at unexpected times. I have comfort knowing I’ll see them again, but still I found sadness when Decorating my tree this year seeing ornaments given to me by my dad and mom and remembering sweet times because Christmas was always special. BUT, I am thankful for good memories and I will take those and with me for the rest of my days. Life keeps rolling along. Hugs to you and Merry Christmas.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to lose a parent anytime but around the holidays I think it’s harder. Take the time to heal and grieve your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

  4. Cyndy Hall says:

    So, so very sorry to read of the loss of your parents so close together. May your Precious Memories sustain you.

  5. Teresa M. says:

    Lorie, I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. How difficult Thanksgiving must have been for you! The beautiful post you put together for today is proof of your wonderful resilience! May God continue to comfort you and surround you with loving,
    Caring, supportive friends. Thank you for your beautiful posts.

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. Dementia has touched my family as well, and I still mourn the loss of my sweet Grandmother from this horrible disease. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Beautiful presentation of Christmas Trees! I am also dragging on decorating for Christmas. My mother was in the hospital around Thanksgiving time and her health is slowly deteriorating. I am so sorry for your loss and many prayers sent your way

  8. Oh! Lori my love,my heart felt sympathy…..wish I could give you a hug…God bless you..
    Daphne ?

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is difficult – whether it is expected or not. I am looking forward to seeing your concept for the pretty bronze Christmas tree next year – or the year after that. Whatever it takes.

  10. Lynette Forrest says:

    Thank you for reminding me that sometimes holidays occur during significant loss and cannot be carried out in creative, excited fashion. Honoring our situation and the memories of someone we have loved and now grieve becomes the goal and the challenge. Your post is lovely and does great honor to your Mother. I am reminded that “for everything there is a season”. Please accept my condolences and my wish for a peaceful holiday.

  11. Joanie McLaughlin says:

    I am sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My mom passed in 2010 after a long Alzheimer’s journey. Losing them is so hard, but already “losing” them while they are still physically with us is also painful. Hope they can find a cure for dementia/Alzheimer’s in the near future. I hope you can find some joy this holiday season even among the sadness.

  12. Teddee Grace says:

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. It is an especially tough time of year to lose a family member. Next year, dedicate that bronze tree of your dreams to your Mom! I’ll look forward to seeing it.

  13. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    So sorry to hear about your dear Mom. I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

  14. I am so sorry to hear of your parents passing so close together. Very hard indeed. Thanks for giving us your best even when you’ve experienced such loss. You always deliver and remain one of my favorites! Love to you and your family.

  15. Truly, truly sorry for your loss.

  16. Thanks for sharing my holiday decor, Lory! Such beautiful inspiration you have gathered here!!

  17. I’m so sorry for your loss. Moms leave a big hole behind…big hugs and lots of prayers going your way!

  18. My deepest sympathies at your loss. I, too, have had both parents die in the past few years. Just remember that after the grief diminishes, the good memories will hold you in good stead. This post is simply beautiful and I plan to sit on the couch with my iPad and spend some time browsing through these wonderful photos.

  19. So sorry for your loss. My Mom, too, had dementia. It’s hard to lose them a little at a time. But it is so final when they pass.

    Please be good to yourself while you work your way through the mourning process. You were wise to wait to do the special bronze tree. There will be other Christmases.

  20. Faye Crane says:

    Oh Lory
    I am so sad to hear of your mum’s passing. I lost my dad almost 6 months ago now. This is my 15th Christmas without her and and I feel like my last physical link to mum has also gone. I can’t imagine the pain you are experiencing.
    The grief will come in waves so be kind to yourself. We will all still be here when you are ready. Your creative spark will return. I’m the meantime sit with your grief and do what you do.
    I’ll be praying you’ll know a sense of peace and know God’s loving arms around you.
    Faye (Australia) xx

  21. Paula Des Ormeaux says:

    Hi Lory, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mom. Losing a beloved family member is never easy! May God grant you a spirit of peace and comfort you at this time, even as you give of your time and talent and inspire us to share in the love and beauty that is Christmas! I lost my loving husband, at age 57, to Lung Cancer in March 2021, and was unsure as to what I should do at this Christmas time … if anything. Then I thought that I would do it for my mom (who now lives with me and, at 87, is showing early signs of Dementia) and as a tribute to my husband. We love French decor! So I’m happy that I came upon your post. Thank you so much! Paula Des Ormeaux, Trinidad

    1. Paula, thank you much for your very kind words! I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, as well. Wishing you only good things going forward. 🙂

  22. Paula Des Ormeaux says:

    Hi Lory,
    Thank you, too, for your encouraging words! I know that I would be happy to follow your work and that of your French Country blogger friends. God bless!
    Paula Des Ormeaux

  23. Nina Paul says:

    Thanks for sharing these stunningly beautiful ideas.

  24. Jean Windham says:

    What a treat to see so many different type Christmas trees. I do enjoyed reading all the different styles, colors and decor. Thank you Jean