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LeBeau 12-21-2012 08:22 AM

The Winter Joys, Concerns and Prayer Request Circle
Winter has officially arrived, we've had the longest night of the year and, from now 'til June, we'll see just a little more light each day...... and so, time for a new thread.

If you need a prayer/good thought/healing energy(or whatever term your faith or tradition embraces) put it here.

If you have a joy that you want to briefly share, here's the spot.

This is for all denominations and traditions.
There will be no debating of whose truth is "right".
This won't be a good place for asking questions about the details of one another's religious/spiritual practices, just a shady, sheltered spot for dropping your cares and counting your blessings.

On a practical level, this will be a bit like the "chitchat" threads in other forums- each season (assuming this proves to be a good idea ) a new circle will be started and the previous thread closed.
The biggest difference between this and the other limited time threads is that this will focus entirely on our joys and concerns (Somewhat like the prayer request thread) rather than being a catch all for any and all subjects. It will be, maybe, a bit overmoderated for a while to ensure that we get in the habit of NOT using it as a "chitchat" or Q&A(I sure hope that made sense)

There will be changes, no doubt, as we go along and I'd absolutely welcome feedback by private message if you have suggestions for making this a welcoming, useful spot for sharing those matters that want sharing but don't quite want a thread of their own.

"December finds himself again a child
Even as he undergoes his age.
Cold and early darkness now descends,
Embracing sanctuaries of delight.
More and more he stares into the night,
Becoming less and less concerned with ends,
Emblem of the innocent as sage
Restored to wonder by what he must yield."
- Nicholas Gordon

LeBeau 12-21-2012 08:26 AM

Whatever your faith, whatever your traditions, I wish you a joyful Holiday Season. May your hearths be warm, your friends and family healthy and your spirits bright

HesMyForever 12-21-2012 11:00 AM

Just wanna say I hate winter. :blah:

I have always disliked this season 'cuz of the snow, ice, bitter wind, etc. I don't like driving in it, I don't like shoveling it, etc.

But today, I have another reason to hate the winter even more.

I am supposed to be at a visit right NOW with m'love....holding his hand, looking in his eyes...we had a lot of important things to discuss....stuff that can't really be covered thoroughly in a 15 minute phone call (especially with limited money for limited number of calls). But no....instead, I'm stuck at home....because of the weather. The lady I was supposed to ride with, she is stranded at the airport in MN....all flights have been cancelled...they told her the earliest she can fly here is Sun; the earliest she can fly home is late Sat evening....I feel so bad for her being stuck there. And, I feel bad for both of us not being able to see the men we love. I can't afford to make the trip alone....if I could, I would already be there. :sad&blue:

LeBeau 12-21-2012 11:08 AM

I'm so sorry, Sweetheart, that the weather has screwed up your plans- that's massively annoying and disappointing.

HesMyForever 12-21-2012 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by LeBeau (Post 7031887)
I'm so sorry, Sweetheart, that the weather has screwed up your plans- that's massively annoying and disappointing.

Thanks LeBeau. The visits start at 9am...and don't you know, I woke up at exactly 9am, without an alarm clock or anything....and that was after going to bed at 5am. Crazy. He had another inmate call me to find out if I was okay since I didn't show up this morning.
This month just sux...I've been dealing with a bout of really bad depression; and then earlier this month, we were informed that Cali denied our marriage packet because we weren't explicit enough in details about why he is in prison (we each had to write a statement about it). So, that was one of the issues we were gonna discuss at the visit (are we gonna still try for a Jan wedding, even though it is highly unlikely at this point? if we don't get approved in time, should we do a proxy marriage? if so, how/when/cost? etc etc).
But, now I can't be there to discuss that, or the other issues we need to talk about.

spiffy-heart 12-22-2012 01:25 AM

Hi Moms! Looking for Christmas miracle...
One thing I know, is that on this site, I can ask for prayer, and feel relaxed to know I will get them. My sons appeal will be Jan 15th. We've done all we can now. His lawyer filed a beautiful brief. Couldn't have done any better! will soon be over, and we will be either elated, or totally shattered! I won't know what to do for my son, if this completely fails. All I can do is pray. It has "felt" as though things are changing for the better in some ways, but I don't know...might be wishful thinking.

My blue Christmas has been extended, because we couldn't go there this week end. The warden cancelled all visitation for 22,23...this week end, so we are still home, nine hours away! Next week end! I hope your Blue Christmases were,


Spiffy-Heart, mother of a good son!

spiffy-heart 12-23-2012 10:57 PM

Our Blue many?
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I read you parents out there, who are going through such similar trials, fears and hopes. And it helps me. This is our first Christmas with son in prison. I kept it simple, as some of you have, with the blue theme, reflecting my feelings and remembering all those men and women.....and children who are in jail during these Holy Days!

We were given the gift of an Appeal date!!! January 15th @ 9:30am! Real soon! Can I ask you other parents to pray with me? I have prayed for those of you hear, but on that day, I will be at my church Chapel, in an old beautiful church in Pensacola, Fl. I felt the Holy Spirit in this church, the moment I stepped into it! It's a special place.....

Here is my Advent wreath with blue poinsettias, and tiny blue LED lights....

Spiffy-Heart, mother of a good son!

missdebbie92025 12-23-2012 11:37 PM

My prays are with you and your son. I hope everything goes well for him.

1bird2 12-23-2012 11:47 PM

You can definately bank on my prayers.....
and I sure do appreciate your prayers! Prayers are a life line for me!
I've got you on my calendar for the 15th....but I'm starting RIGHT NOW.

Simply Christmas and the peace it brings is the only way I know how to roll.

Love and prayers,
Peace and comfort,

rebl_roze 12-24-2012 04:43 AM

I will be praying for your son and for you also.

klw9653 12-24-2012 05:45 AM

Praying for you guys!

KC63 12-24-2012 07:35 AM

I will absolutely be praying for you both!!

szcunane 12-24-2012 11:47 AM

I will be praying! marking it on my calendar.

LeBeau 12-24-2012 12:41 PM

A muted but happy holiday here at Chez LeBeau- thought I'd take a moment to count some blessings- I have my husband and my mom with me, my cats are healthy little troublemakers, my extended family and friends are all safe and warm, my baby brother will be home in January after a few years as a "guest" of the state of California and I'm recovering well from the surgery I had two weeks ago- All in all, I could find a lot to complain about if I wanted to, but it would be turning my back on everything that's right with my world so, today, I choose gratitude.

CDCsMom 12-27-2012 10:16 AM

These are lovely posts. I choose gratitude a great statement. I will also choose gratitude today and not discuss the caveat ("even though...."). I know where my son is, I pray he is healthy and safe and surrounded by white light, as are all the other "guests" at the State's hotel where he lives, and even all the COs! I hope to see him in two weeks, I have a roof over my head, a cat at my side and good coffee. A full fridge and a car that runs ...I really am blessed, when I consciously reorient my thinking and tamp down the anxiety and sadness. Best of all, I am not alone ... thank you all for being here, and for understanding, sight unseen. That's a miracle.

deedeeortiz 02-03-2013 07:04 PM

Got some info
I'm honestly not sure if it is better or worse. Feeling very overwhelmed. Not sure how to feel. Please pray for my son.

MrsJones2120 02-21-2013 08:23 PM

Prayers that visitation gets approved for me to visit my husband PLEASE! :)
Well I'm finally DONE with court! And faxed over my papers stating that I was done with court to the visitation clerk! And called to tell her that I faxed them & her supervisors secretary! So HOPEFULLY he approves me before this weekend to go see him! I haven't seen him since Dec 15th 2012! Seems like forever to me & him though! :( Please pray for us that this gets approved! Thanks y'all! :)

officeremily 02-21-2013 08:53 PM


Originally Posted by MrsJones2120
Well I'm finally DONE with court! And faxed over my papers stating that I was done with court to the visitation clerk! And called to tell her that I faxed them & her supervisors secretary! So HOPEFULLY he approves me before this weekend to go see him! I haven't seen him since Dec 15th 2012! Seems like forever to me & him though! :( Please pray for us that this gets approved! Thanks y'all! :)

Prayers! Hope you get to see him! =)

mrse.d.84 02-24-2013 10:35 PM

first plea deal; please pray
My man has his first plea deal presented on tuesday. Im do nervous because he's so antsy to get out that hes willing to sign any plea. I could only support his decision. Him signing could could me SO charges and i have a little so life will be difficult for us in those regards. Please pray that things go well!

patchouli 02-24-2013 10:44 PM

Sending positive energy to you both :thumbsup: Stay strong!

HesMyForever 03-02-2013 11:11 AM

I guess I should update here....earlier in this thread I talked about how Cali denied our marriage packet back in December. We went ahead and did a proxy marriage in January. It was an ORDEAL! Smh. Lol. I posted all about the wedding here:

Also, any that want to see, I posted pix from the visit that weekend when we got married...they are in my "Visits" photo album on my profile here at PTO.

January and February were pretty stressful for me...the week before the marriage, my car broke down. I needed a new motor. So, I had to find a way to scrape together the money for it, because I need my car for work and for school (I commute 30 min one way for class). I finally got my car back last week and am trying to play catch-up in all my classes. Thankfully I have a pretty easy course load this semester. Funny though, normally this sort of situation would have me incredibly stressed and depressed...but even that stuff can't bring me down from the happiness I feel being married to the love of my life. :lovestruck: I've been taking his advice and just trusting in Allah, one day at a time, and keeping in mind the promise Allah made to us....that with every difficulty there is relief....and, you know, that has always proven to be true.

klw9653 03-02-2013 05:24 PM

So happy for you, hmf! I like the pics you posted in your profile.

My son starts a pre job skill program at Goodwill this mon. It's just classroom type instruction for 4 wks and then it's supposed to be 2 wks job placement. He also has some news to tell me on mon. that I'm praying ends up being good news. He won't tell me what's it about cause he thinks I might worry. I could use some extra prayers that this program helps him become employable and that what he has to tell me on Mon. ends up being good news.

HesMyForever 03-02-2013 10:24 PM

Awww...ty Klw.

I hope things go well with your son with the training and on the job front. Keeping y'all in my thoughts!

klw9653 03-04-2013 10:06 PM

Well, my son's big secret was that he has a new PO. He didn't want to tell me cause this PO is a woman so he thought I'd worry more. But he said she seems OK.
His class at goodwill started out fine. The instructor gave some helpful advice and is being really strict on being on time and wants the students to dress professionally if they can but is understanding if a student doesn't have professional clothes to wear.

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