Merry Christmas 2013

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

GOD JUL

NOLLAIG SHONA

SELAMAT HARI KRISMAS

聖誕快樂

क्रिसमस की शुभकामनाएँ

Pix taken recently by Linn from their condo at Sugar Mt Ski Resort, NC/USA where four of the grandchildren had a few days of skiing. Glad that they are getting their life back on the path and moving forward after the Sep fire.

Words do not justify that feeling to watch your house and everything in it being consumed by fire. It was not even my house but that feeling of helplessness was just totally overwhelming. Tears of sadness had to be constrained as there were children there to take consideration to. If my feelings were as such, cannot image how Linn&Jeff were feeling then 😦

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Proud to see how Linn&Jeff handled the whole tragic situation. The teachers have been observing the grandchildren and have remarked that they are impressed at how resilient the children are and have moved positively forward. Katy/12, Ellie/8, John/7, Sophie/4+ and James/2+

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May&Bjørn and Olai/2+ are doing well in Norway. Looking forward to 2014 when I will for the first time have my whole family together. Will ensure that plenty of shots ( in every ways and angles) will be taken, can already hear the sights of exasperation 🙂

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Happy Anniversary to dear niece Patricia & Albert who could not keep his eyes off Pat then/24 Dec 1998 and still could not keep his eyes off her today/24 Dec 2013… 🙂 🙂

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Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo/Norway have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster/England. The gift is an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain’s help to Norway during World War II.

Now Norway has given Berlin/Germany (#7) a Christmas tree every year as a sign of peace since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Way to go, Norway, that is the true Christmas spirit!

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/19/travel/christmas-trees/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5

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Sobering thoughts as we enter the holiday season! It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with depression and sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. Some people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness.

We all need caring, loving thoughts. May I ask everyone wherever you might be, to kindly give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Nobody is immune…

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