Ornaments I Have Made

Sharin’ Ornament Photos December 20, 2015

I am not sure if this is going to work. Folks have been sending me photos of their ornaments from me. I thought it would be fun to share them.  I am going to post those photos here and update when a new photo comes to me. I will not use names unless given permission.  I do not know why it has been fun seeing my ornaments creatively displayed, but it has been. I hope others will get the word and send me photos. I am sending out my last batch,  for 2015. Now I can start on the ornament for 2016. I do not know how many folks remember the song: “This Little Light …”  ???

Here is the photo that gave me this idea:

Velinda's Ornaments

Here is another one:

Lisa Poindexter

And Sign

Paulette's Ornaments

And Sign

Okay folks, send me some more photos !!!

   

I am still  hoping Mom will send a photo of her tree so you could better see how things are displayed.

And Sign

Dawn 1         

My beautiful cousin Kathy Million-Kitzmiller makes these ornaments every year. Always a different on. I love it Thank You !

Swiss Cross Wall Art, Cross Print, Blue Swiss Cross,Plus Sign Printable, Scandinavian Print, Modern Printable Art, Geometric Art, Blue Cross

My Aunt Alice had fun fixing a place for the ornaments. We learned that she is missing one. Guess I have some work to do !!!      a.-alices-ornaments.jpg.jpeg IMG_25251

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My Grief Challenges

Just A Repost From: December 5, 2013

Today is December 3, 2015-PM. My emotions have been bothering me. I have been on edge, not because of my cold. I am just having a hard time. For some reason I searched to do a reread of the events of Shawn’s house fire. Then  I noticed I could make a couple changes in the post.  I sort-of hoped it would help me ???             Something I never mentioned before: the fire investigator came to the conclusion, that the wall heater/wiring were the cause of the fire.                                                         Wednesday, before going to bed, I heard about a house fire: a mom and 3 children were saved. An elderly woman, died.

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To start off, this has been such a frustrating couple of days. Most likely because every month, the 3rd is …   Plus, everything I put my efforts to, has been extremely challenging, which has put me WAY behind on my ornamenting.

I just want to take this moment, to send out my deepest thanks to the many precious and selfless neighbors, of Shawn’s, who helped  so heroically, on December 4, 2012 . I thank God for all you did. I thank you for bearing with me, as I needed to hear from each, the details of that morning.  I pray for God to  bless you above what you ever could imagine. I am, also, so thankful that none of you  were hurt.   Again, thanks, for all the love you showed, my precious son, that horrific day.20131130_200150

On 12.3.12, I was told how Shawn had proudly displayed, on the kitchen table, all the ornaments I had made, making sure each had it’s appropriate card. The next day was going to be the day for the family to decorate the Christmas tree. Shawn had also borrowed the neighbor’s ladder, so he could get a couple strings of lights, on the outside. The cording for the lights, was scorched, but they still work.2013-11-30 20.15.08

It was around 6:30 or 7 AM when J (Shawn’s fiancee) smelled smoke.  Quickly, Shawn was trying to get an opening through the barred basement window. The fire left no other exit. A neighbor was outside trying to help pry the bars off. Shawn, at this point had received many cuts and burns.  A few  toes were burned on the baby’s feet. The baby was safely out of the window. While Shawn tried to get J out, the baby kept trying to get back in.
The girls safely out, the neighbor went to the front door. It was too hot to touch, so he went to the bedroom windows. I believe the windows were broken to get the 2 boys and girl out. I think all had been accounted for. In the chaos 3 year old, Lil K could not see Daddy Shawn-he charged back into the house. When Shawn found this out, he must have thought Lil K would have gone down to Shawn’s room. I know at that point, there was nothing going to stop Shawn from rescuing Lil’ K. A fireman had gone into the main part of the house, finding  Lil K, suffering from smoke inhalation. Shawn had gone back inside, into the basement, where he must have thought, Lil K would have looked for him. 

For a moment, no one was sure what had happened to Shawn. Lil E. was being watched by a neighbor, while the search was on for Shawn. Another neighbor, at the back of the house,  had seen Shawn head down into the basement. So that neighbor turned the hose on-directing the water, hopefully, toward Shawn. The neighbor, said the heat, from the fire coming up the basement stairs was very hot, and made it difficult to get very close.

A brave firefighter went downstairs to look for Shawn. Near the laundry room door, the rescuer found a body passed out, in the fetal position-arms over face.   The rescuer scooped up Shawn’s limp body, burnt beyond recognition, clothes melted to the body with 75% deep tissue burns. It was unclear if Shawn was alive, certainly not probable.                       For some reason this still jolts my heart: a few months earlier Shawn and I had spent quite a bit of time talking and folding laundry on the opposite side of the wall, where Shawn’s body was retrieved from.

*** A side note-I heard a radio personality, on a Christian music station,  mention about painting himself into his basement, leaving no way out. It was a cute story, but my senses are heightened. I shook from deep within, as I listened to him describe the details of his story. I am a very visual person, my mind went back to the events that caused Shawn’s end. Sometimes being visual is a bummer.
A couple questions I have: How many basements have a second way out? How many basement windows are barred, preventing an escape?

Us bus drivers have to give  Evacuation talks,  in hopes that if an event happens, our passengers will be prepared and able to remain calm  and collected and maybe even be  helpful to someone in distress. In my evacuation talks,  I have always  encouraged my listeners to think carefully where-ever they go-in case of emergency, where is the escape route ?   Preparedness, is a good thing.

So much was destroyed in the fire. I was told the ornaments were not destroyed. Amazing.  I was given back the plaque I had made for Shawn, February 14, 1989. Amazing-it was not destroyed.  Someday I will post it and the details.  I wrote an earlier post about Shawn’s baby clothes. Amazing.  Not sure why the mom in me is thrilled to have these reminders.  I would much rather have my precious Shawn.

I previously, posted about the last conversation Shawn and I had. I must have  told Shawn about the 2013 ornament.  I recollect how thrilled he was about it. It was already on the top of his favorite list.   The 2013 ornament was the simplest design, so I thought.  I made many changes, to try and get it right (?). I am so behind.  Each one is made with a whole lot  of angst, tears and love, thus, taking longer. I also know, that if Shawn could tell me personally, he would encourage me not to give up on the ornament-no matter how challenging the process.  So, as I endeavor moving forward, I pray all my family and friends will be encouraged, no matter how simple (?), challenging or painful something might seem, “Keep Moving Forward”.  Leave the outcome to God.                       Here is the 2013 ornament:                           For my Shawner.2013-11-30 20.07.38

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Regarding My Ornaments: 3 of 3 September 13. 2014

These are the last of the ornaments  I have made.  If you see one you do not have, after the 1st of the year, I will try to make extras to send out.    Just let me know:   kpaxalot@gmail.com 

2009 = J Cross:

Gold,Frankincense and Myrrh represented. Wire shaped to look like thorns.

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh represented. Wire shaped to look like thorns.

2010 = Glory Notes:

2010 / Glory Notes

2011 = Jesse Stump:

A hidden star.

A hidden star.

2012 = Trinity / 3 Horns:

I found pictures of 3 types of horns, from a Bible history book. I put them together as a puzzle.

I found pictures of 3 types of horns, from a Bible history book. I put them together as a puzzle.

2013 = Lamb:

Psalm 23 was one of Shawn's favorite scriptures. Before the fire Dec. of 2012, I had told him my ornament idea for 2013. He had commented that this would have been his favorite ornament.

Psalm 23 was one of Shawn’s favorite scriptures. Before the fire Dec. of 2012, I had told him my ornament idea for 2013. He had commented that this would have been his favorite ornament. He never saw it.   The design may seem silly, but I cherish it as my memorial ornament for Shawn.

Here is the list:       

’03 = Wire / Copper Star                                                                                                                            

’04 = Wire Rose                                                                                                                                           

’05 = King Of Kings                                                                                                                                     

’06 = Heart                                                                                                                                                   

’07 = Star                                                                                                                                                      

’08 = JMJ / Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus                                                                                                   

’09 = J Cross                                                                                                                                                 

’10 = Glory Notes 

’11 = Jesse Stump                                                                                                                                       

’12 = Trinity / 3 Horns                                                                                                                                     

’13 = Lamb                                                                                                                                                       

I hope this is helpful for all my ornament receivers.

2014 / Hint   Just a hint for 2014.

 

*** Regarding organizing:          I was so thrilled to receive a text from my friend, regarding our organizing project.  She shared with me some of the things she had accomplished.  She has been, joyfully, taking garbage out, daily. She VACUUMED !!!   The dishwasher-inside and out, looks great !!! The stove and dishwasher look brand new.   The hours, at her job, have increased-so I will rework our game plan.                                                                         I went over Friday, after work. I wanted to reshuffle and figure out some future goals.    When my friend arrived home, she asked if I looked around to see what she had done.  I had not, I wanted her to give me a tour and tell me.  It was my hope she would realize her accomplishments, by verbalizing them to me.   The result- well, I will use her word from a text*** “YIPPEE !!!”               The both of us have busy schedules. Our organizing task may take some time. I must tell you, though, there is a reward in hearing the happiness, in my friend’s voice, as she shares & shows her accomplishments.

*** Regarding exercise:   Firm 30 is the name of the 2nd workout, on this DVD.                                                                                                          It is surprising for as simple as the exercises are, this workout makes me shaky.  I am finally able to get through the whole workout. My joints aren’t so creaky. The lunges are hard to do, but my knees feel so much better.  When doing crunches, I am having a hard time keeping my head up, the whole time.    It gets me how much I have been sweating, for several minutes afterward.   This is 7 of 33.   Forward On !!!                                                                                                                                     Oh wait !!!   One of my friends, at work, one morning, was talking about how she needed to start walking the track before work. Her doctor had told her that exercise at the beginning of the day was best.                 I  have been so tired, at the end of the day,  that I was afraid I would fall out of my exercise routine.  I asked her if we  could start walking, before we clocked in ?  We have been able to walk 4 laps, Monday – Friday.     For the both of us, that is a BIG deal.     What is more exciting—another co-worker joined us.    PLUS, I heard someone else is interested.   For now, we are enjoying  the dry warm mornings. I mentioned that it was going to be more challenging when the weather changed to rain.  I have decided that I am going to make every effort, then, to continue lapping.   BUT, if I am unable  to lap,  I will use Firm 30  for 33 times.     After that I will decide which workout I will start.   I must admit, the lapping has been enjoyable !!!

In closing, this week was very stressful with many challenges. The thing that gets me: Why do I catch myself having sad moments regarding Shawn’s goneness ?   Why do I, still, have so many regret filled times.   Why is there such a gaping hole ?                                                                          I am looking  for the light at the end of my tunnel. My apologies.                                                                                                                        Bye, K                                                  mygriefjourney

 

 

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Regarding My Ornaments: Part 1 of 3 August 30, 2014

My ornament journey began about 1993, with this book:For The Ornament Tree. Melissa, Shawn and myself, made this felt Nativity Tree:

Melissa & Shawn helped me  paint the designs. Melissa had a steady hand for painting the sun.  Shawn had less steady hands painting the manger, which left a paint smudge on the fancy wood table, I failed to protect.

Melissa & Shawn helped me paint the designs. Melissa had a steady hand for painting the sun. Shawn had less steady hands painting the manger, which left a paint smudge on the fancy wood table, I failed to protect.

Around 1995, this is the card Bob and I sent out:

Bob made the card. I had the task of enveloping and mailing.

Bob made the card. I had the task of enveloping and mailing.

For some reason, I started making ornaments.  They are unusual.  After going to a Christmas Bazaar, at the Expo Center, December 1, 2012.  I had told Shawn, that night, that I should stop making ornaments-mine were too different. He was very adamant in telling me how much he loved everything I made. He wanted me to keep making the ornaments for his children to have.  He said, “Something special from Gram K.”  The fire happened December 4, 2012.

Over the past few months, several folks showed me their display of the ornaments I have made. Come to find out, many of them keep the ornaments up year round.  All were wanting to know what year each ornament was made, and what card went with it. Most of all, they wanted to make sure they had all the ornaments.    Well, I did not know.  Sooo… I decided to take the next 2 or 3 posts to show each ornament with its card and the year it was made.                        Please do not take this as being braggadocios.   I just didn’t know of a better way to display the ornaments with their card, easily. in one place,  so I could help folks figure what ornament they might be missing.                      I cannot remember when my Mom suggested year markers, so, if you have an ornament with no year marker, I can send it to you.  The year markers can be attached easily with needle nose pliers.  Email me at:  mrskitz@frontier.com                                           Here is what makes me chuckle: It happened while I was visiting my friends near Mt. Hood.  They were showing me how they had decorated their garage, with a pool table. I am not the only person who uses their garage for other than cars—YES !!!   Well, anyway, on one of the cupboard knobs, I saw a neat wire star.  I told my friend how much I liked it.  She laughed, as she told me, I had made it. 

 

1sr try at ornamenting.

My 1sr try at ornamenting.

 

While driving in my van, this past Wednesday, Air1 played this song.  The words hit me to the core.                       

Ashes Remain – Here For A Reason (w/ lyrics)

 http://youtu.be/NvZFjFNcINI

 Bye, K

 

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Regarding My Ornaments August 30, 2014

My ornament journey began about 1993, with this book:For The Ornament Tree. Melissa, Shawn and myself, made this felt Nativity Tree:  

Melissa & Shawn helped me  paint the designs. Melissa had a steady hand for painting the sun.  Shawn had less steady hands painting the manger, which left a paint smudge on the fancy wood table, I failed to protect.

Melissa & Shawn helped me paint the designs. Melissa had a steady hand for painting the sun. Shawn had less steady hands painting the manger, which left a paint smudge on the fancy wood table, I failed to protect.

Around 1995, this is the card Bob and I sent out:

Bob made the card. I had the task of enveloping and mailing.
Bob made the card. I had the task of enveloping and mailing.
For some reason, I started making ornaments.  They are unusual.  After going to a Christmas Bazaar, at the Expo Center, December 1, 2012.  I had told Shawn, that night, that I should stop making ornaments-mine were too different. He was very adamant in telling me how much he loved everything I made. He wanted me to keep making the ornaments for his children to have.  He said, “Something special from Gram K.”  The fire happened December 4, 2012.
Over the past few months, several folks showed me their display of the ornaments I have made. Come to find out, many of them keep the ornaments up year round.  All were wanting to know what year each ornament was made, and what card went with it. Most of all, they wanted to make sure they had all the ornaments.    Well, I did not know.  Sooo… I decided to take the next 2 or 3 posts to show each ornament with its card and the year it was made.                        Please do not take this as being braggadocios.   I just didn’t know of a better way to display the ornaments with their card, easily. in one place,  so I could help folks figure what ornament they might be missing.                      I cannot remember when my Mom suggested year markers, so, if you have an ornament with no year marker, I can send it to you.  The year markers can be attached easily with needle nose pliers.  Email me at:       mrskitz@frontier.com                                           Here is what makes me chuckle: It happened while I was visiting my friends near Mt. Hood.  They were showing me how they had decorated their garage, with a pool table. I am not the only person who uses their garage for other than cars—YES !!!   Well, anyway, on one of the cupboard knobs, I saw a neat wire star.  I told my friend how much I liked it. She laughed, as she told me, I had made it.

1sr try at ornamenting.1sr try at ornamenting.
While driving in my van, this past Wednesday, Air1 played this song.  The words hit me to the core.                       

Ashes Remain – Here For A Reason (w/ lyrics) http://youtu.be/NvZFjFNcINI

 


 

 

 

 

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My Grief Challenges

A Year Ago December 5, 2013

To start off, this has been such a frustrating couple of days. Most likely because every month, the 3rd is …   Plus, everything I put my efforts to, has been extremely challenging, which has put me WAY behind on my ornamenting.

I just want to take this moment, to send out my deepest thanks to the many precious and selfless neighbors, of Shawn’s, who helped  so heroically, on December 4, 2012 . I thank God for all you did. I thank you for bearing with me, as I needed to hear from each, the details of that morning.  I pray for God to  bless you above what you ever could imagine. I am, also, so thankful that none of you was hurt.   Again, thanks, for all the love you showed, my precious son, that day.20131130_200150

On 12.3.12, I was told how Shawn had proudly displayed, on the kitchen table, all the ornaments I had made, making sure each had it’s appropriate card. The next day was going to be the day for the family to decorate the Christmas tree. Shawn had also borrowed the neighbor’s ladder, so he could get a couple strings of lights, put up. The cording for the lights, was scorched, but they still work.2013-11-30 20.15.08

It was around 6:30 or 7 AM when J smelled smoke.  Quickly, Shawn was trying to get an opening through the barred basement window. The fire left no other exit. A neighbor was outside trying to help pry the bars off. Shawn, at this point had received many cuts and burns.  A few  toes were burned on the baby’s feet. The baby was safely out of the window. While Shawn tried to get J out, the baby kept trying to get back in.
The girls safely out, the neighbor went to the front door. It was too hot to touch, so he went to the bedroom windows. I believe the windows were broken to get the 2 boys and girl out. I think all had been accounted for. In the chaos 3 year old, Lil K could not see Daddy Shawn-he charged back into the house. When Shawn found this out, he must have thought Lil K would have gone down to Shawn’s room. I know at that point, there was nothing going to stop Shawn from rescuing Lil’ K. A fireman had gone into the main part of the house, finding  Lil K, after Shawn had gone back inside, into the basement.  For a moment, no one was sure what had happened to Shawn. Lil E. was being watched by a neighbor, while the search was on for Shawn. Another neighbor, at the back of the house,  had seen Shawn head down into the basement. So that neighbor turned the hose on-directing the water, hopefully, toward Shawn. The neighbor, said the heat, from the fire coming up the basement stairs was very hot, and made it difficult to get very close.

A brave firefighter went downstairs to look for Shawn. Near the laundry room door, the rescuer found a body passed out, in the fetal position-arms over face.   The rescuer scooped up Shawn’s limp body, burnt beyond recognition, clothes melted to the body with 75% deep tissue burns. It was unclear if Shawn was alive, certainly not probable.                                                                   *Just a remember*  A few months earlier Shawn and I had spent quite a bit of time talking and folding laundry on the opposite side of the door, where Shawn’s body was retrieved from.

*** A side note-I heard a radio personality, on a Christian music station, which I like, talk about painting himself into his basement, leaving no way out. It was a cute story, but my senses are heightened. I shook from deep within, as I listened to him describe the details of his story. I am a very visual person, my mind went back to the events that caused Shawn’s end. Sometimes being visual is a bummer.
A couple questions I have: How many basements have a second way out? How many basement windows are barred, preventing an escape?

Us bus drivers have to give  Evacuation talks,  in hopes that if an event happened, our passengers would be able to remain calm  and collected and maybe even be  helpful. In my talks,  I have always  encouraged my listeners to think carefully where-ever they go-in case of emergency, where is the escape route ?   Preparedness, is a good thing.

So much was destroyed in the fire. I was told the ornaments were not destroyed. Amazing.  I was given back the plaque I had made for Shawn, February 14, 1989. Amazing-it was not destroyed.  Someday I will post it and the details.  I wrote an earlier post about Shawn’s baby clothes. Amazing.  Not sure why the mom in me is thrilled to have these reminders.  I would much rather have my precious Shawn.

I previously, posted about the last conversation Shawn and I had. I must have  told Shawn about the 2013 ornament.  I recollect how thrilled he was about it. It was already on the top of his favorite list.   The 2013 ornament has been the simplest design. I have had to make many changes, to try and simplify the design. I am so behind.  Each one is made with a whole lot  of angst, tears and love, thus, taking longer. I also know, that if Shawn could tell me personally, he would encourage me not to give up on the ornament-no matter how challenging they have been.  So, as I endeavor moving forward, I pray all my family and friends will be encouraged, no matter how simple (?), challenging or painful something might seem, “Keep Moving Forward”.  Leave the outcome to God.                       Here is the 2013 ornament:                           For my Shawner.2013-11-30 20.07.38Bye for now.

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