Christmas TogetherWe're here year round and even though we are scattered all over the world and most of us have never met face-to-face we find ways to celebrate the season together. From our annual Christmas exchanges to scheduled chats our Christmasing together is discussed here.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
My Top Ten list would not be complete without:
All in the Family - Christmas at the Bunkers
Andy Griffith Christmas episode
Dick Van Dyke Christmas episode
Mary Tyler Moore 1st Christmas episode...
Remember when Black Friday was on Friday?
Imagine what will happen if the stores are allowed to stay open all night Christmas Eve until lunch time on Christmas Day! This year, more than 50,000 restaurants, bars, convenience stores and...
My Dog Sam
Dear Abby, I too was picked on when I was a child and I too turned to our dog Queenie. She always gave me love and she always listened. Bless you.
Louann was one of the first people to reach out to me and welcome me in to the Christmas family. I joined MMC a while back but mostly lurked until I decided to reintroduce myself this year. I jumped right in to the countdown thread and got to know Caninemom better. I loved reading her posts every day. She was so compassionate and kind, she had many words of encouragement and always lots of hugs and kisses. She cared about all of us. Even though I never met her in real life I think she had the biggest heart out of everyone I know. Last week I had posted a picture of one of my cats with his Santa hat on. I was so excited for Caninemom to see it. But she never got to see the picture. My heart is heavy and I miss her presence here. What an impact she had on so many people. I am so very thankful that I was able to get to know her and be her friend, even if it was for a short amount of time.
"Some people come into our lives,
leave footprints on our hearts,
and we are never the same"
May Louanns soul rest in peace.
Love and miss you xoxo
Well, in just a few short hours, we will all be standing around sharing memories of our beloved Louanne. There is such a hole in our lives right now, as I find every one of us who knew her wanting to talk to HER about what we are feeling right now. I want you all to know that her furbabies are well taken care of, and I want you all to know how much she loved you all. There was never a furchild she didn't adore, and so anyone who loved a furbaby was a kindred spirit and anyone who loved Christmas was also a kindred spirit. She and I shared a holiday we called "Christween." It began with her birthday in September and ended at the end of December. It was our favorite time of year. I only regret that life got in the way this past year, and I did not send my usual Christween card. I know she forgave me. There are so many memories and thoughts I have...I had no clue my sister's bridal shower would be the last time I ever saw her again. But with true Louanne style, she gave me a big hug and told me she loved me, as she did every time. So I feel good knowing she died knowing how much she meant to me and how much I loved her. For those who are wondering...she had not been in bad health. She had a stomach bug...a simple lousy stomach bug that probably caused her to become dehydrated. It definitely came as a shock to all of us!!! But as many have said, she is now reunited with so many who were so dear to her...I could tell so many stories of her furbabies. But alas! For now, I must go and organize my thoughts. Thank you all so much for your kind words yet once again! Many hugs!
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I'm not one to spend much time on MMC. On days when I'm free or feeling sad or lost I might log in to read, submit a post or two, or play around in Fun & Games. I joined last summer after having found the site through the podcasts and stalked a couple of the forum posts and thought I might have something to share. Of course one of the first to send words of welcome was Louann. I have not been one to frequent the Christmas Countdown forum, but when I had some rough times and logged in there to find friendship with MMC folks and encouragement through tough days, Louann was always there to provide comfort to a fellow Buckeye.
A few things struck me beyond just learning of her passing. I never really paid attention to the fact that she had only joined MMC in 2009. But she had amassed over 102,000 posts in just over 3 years! By my math that works out to about 90 posts per day. I'd be shocked if even one of those posts was negative. I can't help but see that Louann was about a year younger than my mom and a few months older than my dad. We all take for granted that we will be able to see our loved ones into their 70s or 80s or beyond, but it's important to share some love when we can. My biggest regret is that I didn't come around here more often or make a bigger effort to chat with Louann. Just a few weeks ago she sent a message about being happy to see another Buckeye on MMC. I meant to respond with a picture I took just a couple weeks ago on one of our first warm days in Ohio when I took my kids to the Columbus Zoo. I thought of CM3 when I was taking that picture, and never thought I didn't have more time to share it.
In keeping with the Christmassy nature of things here, I have to quote Clarence Oddbody: "Strange isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he's not around he leaves on awful hole, doesn't he?... You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life."
Whenever I'm feeling sad or I've lost someone, I have to listen to Leon Redbone in 3/4 time .
You never know what you're holding 'til it starts slipping away. Your best protection is show some affection to those who are with you today.
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One of my best memories will be when she joined Made and I during last year's QVC Christmas in July marathon,.,,,- late at night she joined in our screaming at bad decorations.. she was so much fun... Thanks Louanne.. we will continue...
Kalamazoo: Where are you?
DARLENE LOVE ON LETTERMEN, DECEMBER 23, 2014!
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Saturday, before I knew she had passed, I thought of her when I was at Petsmart. Someone had a shirt on about dogs and I thought, "I bet CM3 would love that shirt."
I did that while on vacation with my family at SeaWorld a couple years ago. I saw this shirt and I thought to myself, "I need to take a picture of that for Louann."
She had the personality that you had to love; you had no choice. When she first joined MMC, I wasn't sure anyone could be that nice all the time. She certainly taught me a lesson about being able to trust in people. What a wonderful, loving, noble soul we've lost and Heaven's gained.
I'll miss her concern for the problems of her friends, her trust in us with her own problems, and, most of all, her love of Christ and of Christmas. I think this Christmas will be a bit sad for us, but also special as a celebration of a season that Louann loved as much as we do.
Bless your heart, Louann. You gave us more love by accident than I've probably ever shown to anyone on purpose. What a wonderful, wonderful person. The world seems somewhat diminished without you.
__________________ (((Seawaters))) - We're rooting for you!!___***Remembering Louann***
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Sweet, sweet Louann, you always made everyone feel so special. You were genuinely concerned for everyone.
When I think of MMC, you are always first to come to mind. The love for your furbabies was profound. I will surely miss your photos of them & the stories that accompanied them.
Louann, you seemed to be able to read through the lines on a post & could always tell the mood I was in & ALWAYS sent me encouraging messages to let me know you were there for me. Friendship like this can never be replaced & I will miss you forever.
Fly high, you precious, precious angel!!!!!!
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well, in just a few short hours, we will all be standing around sharing memories of our beloved louanne. There is such a hole in our lives right now, as i find every one of us who knew her wanting to talk to her about what we are feeling right now. I want you all to know that her furbabies are well taken care of, and i want you all to know how much she loved you all. There was never a furchild she didn't adore, and so anyone who loved a furbaby was a kindred spirit and anyone who loved christmas was also a kindred spirit. She and i shared a holiday we called "christween." it began with her birthday in september and ended at the end of december. It was our favorite time of year. I only regret that life got in the way this past year, and i did not send my usual christween card. I know she forgave me. There are so many memories and thoughts i have...i had no clue my sister's bridal shower would be the last time i ever saw her again. But with true louanne style, she gave me a big hug and told me she loved me, as she did every time. So i feel good knowing she died knowing how much she meant to me and how much i loved her. For those who are wondering...she had not been in bad health. She had a stomach bug...a simple lousy stomach bug that probably caused her to become dehydrated. It definitely came as a shock to all of us!!! But as many have said, she is now reunited with so many who were so dear to her...i could tell so many stories of her furbabies. But alas! For now, i must go and organize my thoughts. Thank you all so much for your kind words yet once again! Many hugs!
My favorite memory of CM3 was this year's ornament exchange. I received my ornament from her around the 15th of December....and it was one of those ornaments that you can just tell.....how much thought she had put into it. It was perfect. It was like she looked and looked until she found the perfect one...just for me.
But the best moment was when she received the one I sent her. You would have thought I sent her $1,000,000! It was so cool to do the ornament exchange with her...to witness, first-hand, how kind and thoughtful she was.
Oh....and don't forget Lovemas....that was a great night.
I think those are my favorite events that included CM3...but everyday was a favorite "memory" because I always thought to myself that people should strive to be as kind as her.....
So there you go...my favorite memory of her....the thing I'll never forget...is her compassion, kindness, and love for others.
God bless you, CM3....
Have glove will travel
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