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Candlelit Heart
--by Mary E. Linton

Somewhere across the winter world tonight
You will be hearing chimes that fill the air;
Christmas extends its all-enfolding light
Across the distance...something we can share.

You will be singing, just the same as I,
These familiar songs we know so well,
And you will see these same stars in your sky
And wish upon that brightest one that fell.

I shall remember you and trim my tree,
One shining star upon the topmost bough;
I will hang wreaths of faith that all may see --
Tonight I glimpse beyond the hear and now.

And all the time that we must be apart
I keep a candle in my heart.



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Christmas In Heaven

I see the countless Christmas Trees around the world below
with tiny lights like Heaven's Stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so Spectacular please wipe away that tear
for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas Songs that people hold so dear
but the Sounds of Music can't compare with the Christmas Choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the Joy their voices bring
for it is beyond description to Hear the Angels Sing.

I know How Much You Miss Me, I see the pain inside your heart
for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I can't tell you of the Splendor or the Peace here in this place
can you just imagine Christmas with Our Savior face to face?

I'll ask him to Lift Your Spirit as I tell him of your love
so then Pray for One Another as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your Hearts be Joyful and let your Spirit Sing
for I am spending Christmas in Heaven and I'm walking with the King.

Wanda Bencke
copyright 1998
published by permission

The story behind the poem: Lysandra Kay Bencke was my thirteen year old handicapped daughter.
On Christmas day 1997, Lysandra had a seizure and was in a coma for five days before she died.
During those five days I wrote the poem "Christmas in Heaven".

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Merry Christmas Son:
Almost 9 Years Without You
2005

Yes Son, another Christmas without you. Shopping to be done, food to be
bought and prepared, presents to wrap, songs to be heard over the radio, and then finally
the Big Day... Although I know you're not here and I miss you terribly, I always feel
like you're close by ~ seeing it all. I think about you in all that I do. I still remember our
last Christmas together, just a few months before you left us. I still hear your words
and see your smiling face. The beautiful gift you bought me (Noah's Ark Picture Frame).
I told you that I would put a picture of you in it. Sorry, I didn't. Instead I put the poem
your dad and I read for you at your service. But I have pictures of you all around it...
This will be the 8th Christmas without you. I miss you so much sweet boy. I know Christmas
must be Grand in Heaven, spending it with Jesus and all you Angels singing Christmas songs
together but I sure do wish you were spending it with me. I love you darling and I wish you
love, peace and happiness this Christmas. Mom

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We will be going to a Candle Lighting Service at the Cememtery tonight.
In honor and memory of all our loved ones that are not with us anymore.
We light candles all around the grave sites and then we have a service.
We hang a Memorial Dove on the Christmas Tree.
After Christmas, they laminate it and send it to us.
They sing songs and read poems. It's very touching.
It makes me feel very good inside that we can still give something to you.
So open up your heart and let me in. You are always in mine.
See you tonight my sweet Angel...

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These are some beautiful gifts from friends.
Click on each gift to visit their website.




Thank you, Susie and Angel Jason!




Thank you, Susie and Angel Jason!




Thank you, Susie and Angel Jason!




Thank you, Susie and Angel Jason!




Thank you, Dot!

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Merry Christmas Love:
Almost 10 Years Without You
2006

Another Christmas without you. This one kind of came and went. Ronnie and I have been so busy in the house trying to remodel it. We hardly even noticed. No decorations and no tree for us this year. I did go by your grave and sing you a few Christmas Songs, sorry - ha! I know I can't carry a tune...But I just had to let you know I was thinking about you and missing you terribly. I can't believe it's almost been 10 years since I've seen you. I miss you so much.

I ran into Jan at the mall before Christmas. I was so glad to see her. I hadn't seen her in a few years. She looked so good. I didn't even recognize her. I had a feeling that you were close by, while we were talking. I know you loved her, because of the unconditional love she gave to you. She hasn't got married yet, but she is still with that guy that she was with before she met you. Watch over her and keep her safe Dennis. She was always there for you. I love you always, Mom


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Thank you, Susie and Angel Jason!




Thank you, Angel Mel and Angel Jeffrey!

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Merry Christmas Sweetheart:
Almost 11 Years Without You
2007

Hey Baby,
Christmas is approaching, another year without you...
I always seem to think about you more and miss you more during the Holidays.
I guess because the Holidays are spent with family especially our children
and you're my only child and you're not here.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus.
When I think about him and all his Angels I always know that you're close by.
I miss you so much and wish you were still here with me.
I let myself dream about what it would be like to still have you here.
Things like going shopping and eating meals together
and just cutting up like we use to. I miss that so much!!!!

Gosh, I can't believe you'll be 32 this March.
You're getting old (babyboy).
I can't wait till I can see you again.
I get excited sometimes when I'm talking to you through a letter,
until reality hits and I realize it should not be this way.
A mother shouldn't have to talk to her child in Heaven.
A child should be with their mama, always or at least a phone call away.

I hope God let's all our love ones hear their mom's I love you's.
I love you Dennis with all my heart and soul.
Merry Christmas Son, Forever and Always, Mama


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Thank you, Susie and Angel Jason!




Thank you, Saralyn and Angel Robbie!




Thank you, Saralyn and Angel Robbie!




Thank you, Saralyn and Angel Robbie!


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