I wanted to share that I received in the mail today a beautiful ornament. It is a minature shoe, all glitz and glamour, and a note that read, As we walk the path together, we deserve beautiful shoes. The ornament truly touched my soul (no pun intended) and lifted my heart. It is so much more than an ornament, it a tangible part of the heart of the giver. It showed care, concern, love and a true kindred spirit. The note was as beautiful as the ornament but neither one are as beautiful as the sender. We all reach out to one another and I so enjoyed hearing all of you excited about your ornaments, anticipating the arrival and describing how you felt when you received it, opened it and how they touched each of you. I didn't sign up to do the exchange because Den and I are in such a limbo state right now. And I have not embraced the holidays since my mom passed away (her diagnosis was at Christmas and by mid January she was gone). Last year was the first year I did a tree and that was for JJ and Baby Jo. I had just had my surgery that Thanksgiving and was going to be starting radiation after the New Year so I was not feeling the holiday spirit. My ornament giver sent me a private message and gave me such a lift in spirit and asked if she could send an ornament to me. At first I was going to decline but realized that she had reached out in kindness and with extreme caring and I knew that I would say yes. I need her and you to all know that this ornament is so important to me. It epitimizes the Christmas spirit. And it will go on my tree and whenever I look at it, I will realize that there is a Santa Claus, a spirit for the holidays whatever our beliefs that the world is good, full of peace, full of caring people, full of love and that is what this holiday always meant for me and I feel renewed and full of that spirit once again. I will continue to miss my mom as all of you who have lost anyone they love will miss them, but I will not let her loss diminish my joys at the holidays. So to my kindred spirit, Chenheart, thank you. Does Chen mean full because you are my dear a FullHeart. And to all the kindred spirits, I am blessed to know you all.