If you look just to the right you will see my favorite photo.
This photo has been there for three years, and this is the
fourth Christmas for it to be there.  This year I have added a special
ornament to the picture.  The story of the ornament is told at the end of our blog.
For those who do not scroll to the blogs end, we retell the story here.
~ ~ ~
When we first met, and soon after came our first Christmas together,
there were no ornaments for our tree.
We each bought one for the little tree.
Mine ~ to him ~ had a little bear on it.  Ever after, for nearly 40 years,
he received a new bear ornament just before Christmas.

Often I shopped for these early in the year, always wanting to find one
that was unique and different,
one that was better than the year before.

This is the very special one that remains. 
It will always be on "my tree".
It was to be his "bear" for Christmas 2012.
I haven't yet found out how to mail it to heaven . . .


  1. What a sweet ornament and story. Thank you for sharing them.

  2. Wow, that sure is a very pretty ornament. What a wonderful tradition for you and Vic. Glad you told us the story. Very nice.

  3. Very sweet and touching Ann...until you meet again.

  4. Beautiful post. Beautiful ornament. Hugs to you, Ann.

  5. Oh, Ann....Hugs and purrs to you.

  6. All the good memories far outweigh the bad ones. Happy traditions should always remain. What a beautiful story..


  7. It's a beautiful ornament. You may not have been able to mail it to heaven, but Poppy Vic has for sure received it from the love in your heart. (((hugs)))

  8. Dearest Ann, what a special and unique ornament. I loved reading the story, what a loving tradition. I am so blessed and thankful that you are my friend, thank you for the email and all you have said your word sure do help me. I never knew one could produce so many tears. And sweet friend if you do find out how to send things to heaven please let me know. Much love and many hugs, Maggie

  9. Dat's a beautiful ornament and weez sure he knows. Weez sendin' hugs and purrs fur a blest Christmas.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  10. Lovely tradition. Hope it continues to warm your heart with good memories.

  11. Ann

    sure as I type this; I can guarantee Vic has found a way to accept this ornament; and hang it on his tree in heaven...


  12. Ann
    I think your dearest Vic can see it hanging on "your tree" and I know that he is smiling. What a beautiful story and ornament.

  13. I wish I knew the address. XO

  14. We think Vic has had that ornament tucked into his loving heart for a very long time:) Another of those wonderful memories Mom always talks about. <<>>

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  15. Anonymous12/18/2015

    I can see how my story (Hearts) touched you. Of course, my story was about Bill & I. But, your story made me teary, too. I am sure that Vic is right there when you hang his ornament. And will be always. Peace.

  16. Your story touched me deeply. I wish we all had an address for heaven. And then I realize that we do - it's in our hearts. I hope that you can smile in memory of your wonderful husband when you hang that ornament this year.

  17. (((Hugs))) a beautiful tradition and a beautiful post. We know he's smiling down at you every time you put it on the tree.

    The Florida Furkids

  18. I didn't realise with was a tradition with you Ann but we're sure that Vic would be smiling when you hang that special ornament.
    Luv Sue x