Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rosary Blessings

Happy 2013 Everyone!
Where did 2012 go? It was by far the fastest year of my life. The saying as you get older the faster it goes by is so true. I am ready for a new start and am happy 2012 is behind me. It was a tough year full of highs and lows. Never had I felt a time when prayers were needed more. My father is sick and suffering with alzheimers. He was diagnosed in 2009 and it has taken over his mind quickly. He is in the final stages and it is so hard on all of us. My Mom the most of course since she is his primary caregiver. If any of you have delt with this horrible disease I know you definitely understand. I know some of you do since you have talked to me privately.   
In late November a dear blog friend of mine Jan from The Comfort of a Safe Place
had posted about giving away a rosary to someone in need of prayer. I will be honest, I don't read blogs all that much anymore and the fact that I stumbled across her post I just knew it was meant to be. I left her a comment and after some email exchanges Jan not only decided to make a rosary for me but to give one to each of my parents and to each of my sisters. She is a caring and very generous person. If you do not know Jan please go by and visit her beautiful blog. She offers great decorating tips, recipes and most of all prayers and encouragement to all. I have known Jan for the entire four years I have been blogging and I am honored to call her a friend.
Thanks again to Jan and thanks from my family as well. They have all received the rosaries and are very pleased with their beauty. Take a look at the rosaries and photo collages she made.
This is my rosary in Swarovski crystal. Isn't it gorgeous?
Jan really went above and beyond. She is so talented.
I bought this pretty jewel stone box to store it safely inside.
I found this small mirror jewelry chest at Marshalls.
It all makes for a matching mirrored vignette on my dresser.
As you can see each rosary is lovely, unique and very well made.
My parents, Christmas Eve 2012. April will be 52 years of marraige for them.
It's wonderful to be married that long but very sad my Dad remembers none of us.
If you would like to know more about alzheimers click here.
Chestnut agrees ... let us end this terrible disease for good.
Thanks for coming by. I hope to be posting more often in 2013!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, living with this nasty disease is heart breaking, there isn't anyone that can describe what we go through as caregivers. I think of you often, sending warm thoughts your way. hugs ~lynne ~

The Comfort of a Safe Place said...

Blessings to you my dear and thank you for your lovely post. ♥

Pat Freymuth said...

Thank you for this post, Melissa.

Judy said...

melissa, i had no idea about your dad...i'm so sorry you and your family are having to deal with this disease.

those rosaries (sp?) are beautiful and i can see why you love yours.

i miss seeing your posts but i'm not blogging as much either. this past december was 5 years for me and while i still enjoy it, i don't let it take over my life. but i do keep up with you on FB!

i hope 2013 is a better year for you.

Janet said...

So sorry to hear about your Dad, Melissa...will be keeping your family in my prayers. We went through this with my grandmother some years's sad for all concerned. Those rosary beads are thoughtful and generous. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Kimberly said...

I miss your posts! They are beautiful. I recently purchased a rosary bracelet. I am sorry about your Dad and that your family has had to deal with this disease.

Stacey said...

Hi Melissa. The rosaries are such sweet and thoughtful gifts. Perfect for you at the time. We are going through Alzheimer's with my father in law. He is 78. Each day is different and hard in ways that we'd never have guessed. I'll be thinking about you and your family.

Denyse @ Crazy Beautiful Life said...

Melissa! I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I have not had to deal with this disease personally but I have a dear friend who's mother has it. It is very heartbreaking.

I wish I could reach out and hug you!

Denyse xoxo

as always starzie said...

Dear Melissa,
I have been a follower of your blog for some time. So sorry to hear about your Dad. I do know what you are going through! My husbands uncle has azheimers. My husband is his conservator. So we have been the ones that make sure he is well taken care of. He had full time care givers that stayed with him 24/7. He is entering the final stages of this awful disease and has run out of money. So just this past weekend we put him in an assisted living home. It is heartbreaking to watch someone go through the stages of Alzheimer's. My prayers are with you. And the rosaries are just beautiful! What a lovely gift.
Take care,

Barbara F. said...

Alzheimer's is such a difficult disease for the family and friends of the patient. I didn't realize this was what had you so busy, and sad. I am happy you decide to share this with us. There are many prayer warriors in Blogland. Sending you blessings, and I do hope to see more posts from you this year. ((hugs)) xo

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

I am so very sorry that your family is suffering from this heartbreaking disease. I say "your family", because with Alzheimer's, the entire family suffers. It is such a cruel disease, and I pray a cure will be found.
Your rosaries are all beautiful, even more so because they were made with loving hands. What a sweet and thoughtful gift from a very special and generous heart. Hugs and blessings.

Tara G. said...


You are precious to be so vulnerable when your heart is so sensitive right now! Just said a prayer for your family! {My Granny had the disease, and thankfully it never got to the point she didn't remember us before she just went to sleep and joined the Lord.}

Veronica said...

I love your blog and have been following it for about a year. When I noticed that you had not posted in a while, I knew to pray for you. Thanks for sharing about your family. Your Dad and your whole family will be in my prayers. My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 91, it has comforted and reassured me through many times in my life. My God give you and your family peace during this time.

Gypsy Heart said...

It is an insidious disease and I'm so very sorry for your Dad and your family. My mother deteriorated from strokes and dementia and it is the most horrible thing to watch. My heart goes out to all of you.

The rosaries are indeed beautiful! She is extremely talented isn't she?

I will hold all of you in prayer and please know that his spirit will be with you forever.


Emelia DiCarlo said...

Melissa, I remembered a long time ago you briefly mentioned your father's illness. I have had you in my prayers and lately. You were so prayerful when I was, lost my father a year ago, November 27th. May God give you all strength, love, and blessings in this most tender, difficult time. All my continued prayers for you, yours and love, your friend, hugs.

Traci said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My hubs grandmother has been diagnosed as well. Your parents look sooo young!

Richella Parham said...

Oh, Melissa. Alzheimer's is such a cruel disease.

I'm stunned at the beauty of the rosaries your friend made for you! What a blessing for each of you to have one. A friend of mine gave me a special rosary just before my middle son's open-heart surgery in 2008. It's now made six trips to Duke Hospital with me for different surgeries--what a help it is to have it!

Every blessing to you for a wonderful 2013, Melissa!

Pamela Graham said...

Just sending you a hug ((((Melissa)))), sometimes that is all we can do and I know it helps...God Bless you and your Family...bless your Dad. Blessings, Pamie G.

Lisa Bee said...

What a beautiful gift! I am so sorry to hear your father has Alzheimer's. I know too well how difficult it is to see a loved one suffer from this. My mother past away from complications of Alzheimer's a year and a half ago. I pray everyday for a cure for this terrible disease. God bless your father and your family.

Stacy said...

I am sorry about your father. I love your blog because you are always so positive. I hope that you feel the love and support of your readers!
That rosary is beautiful.


Marla and Steve said...

Oh Melissa, I am so so very sorry about your dad. Bless your heart and your moms for all the care - it's so hard for everyone. My mom has Dementia and goes in and out of reality, sometimes in this time, other times she's a young again.

Carol said...

We've had it in our family, so my heart goes out to you, Melissa. Prayers and blessings to you and your family.


Cathy's World said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dad. My mom has dementia. It is so hard sometimes. She lives with my husband and I. She is 85 years old and I think, at times, she does really well. Then there are days that she is so lost and so mean.
My mom still prays the rosary every day. She really is amazing. I love her so much. It is really hard to watch this happen.

The rosaries are simply beautiful.

Happy New Year and I hope it is a blessed one. Keeping your dad and all of you in my prayers!


Infuse With Liz said...

Hi Melissa-
I didn't know about the tough year you were experiencing. I'm so sorry about your Dad. My mother is 90 and has dementia so I know a little bit about how it feels. That was really sweet about the rosaries. I hope you will have a better year in 2013 and pray for your peace of mind. Hugs and love, Liz

Jenn said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you and your family are going through this.
It really is a horrible disease.

The rosaries are beautiful, so original and unique... what a lovely gesture.

Wishing you strength and peace for this new year,

¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*¨)
(¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

I am amazed by the beauty of the rosaries - they are breath-taking! I've followed your blog, but never comments, and the rosaries drew me into the comfort of your wonderful blog. I hope they have brought you and your family comfort in these trying times.
May the year ahead be one of blessings.
Thank you for the lovely post.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Each rosary is beautiful and comforting. Prayer is the best medicine to get through something as hard as this. I know because my mom went through it and passed on just over a year ago. Hang in there Melissa. There is no easy way around it as you are finding. Watching someone you love slip inside themselves makes a person feel so helpless.

Wendy said...

I am so sorry about your dad and yes, lets put an end to this disease!
The Rosaries are beautiful and love the box you choose to keep it safe in.
Hugs to you.

aarond said...

Melissa, so sorry to hear about your Dad. My friend and neighbor's Mother has this disease and my friend Debbie has been her care giver for 8 years. She doesn't know her most of the time. It is so hard on the family. My Dad has been gone for 14 years so I can sympathize with you. The rosaries are beautiful and I can see what work went into them. I wish your family the best as you go through this difficult time in your life.

Maria Elena said...

Melissa, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. We lived with this disease for 15 years with my mother-in-law. She was only in her 50's when she was diagnosed. It is so hard! I know what you guys are going through. My prayers are with you and your family. Take care.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Melissa, I am so sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in my prayers!! The rosaries are beautiful; and I know that they have helped to bring comfort! We dealt with this with my father-in-law; so, I understand what you're dealing with.

Savvy Seasons said...

Melissa, I will be keeping your Dad and family in prayer.
((Hugs)) I'm so sorry you all have to go through this. Your parents look so sweet in the photo, and so young, too!

The Rosaries are absolutely beautiful, what a sweet friend to do that for all of you. xoxo ~Liz

Barb S said...

I am praying for your father and your family. It seems to many people are dealing with this disease and have been for several years. Even though you said your dad didn't know anyone he looks happy! I imagine Chestnut was a bright spot...he would be to anyone's day! Thanks for sharing your story...God's blessings to you.

"Blossom" said...

Melissa, I don't post anymore on blogspot. Since my mother died 4 years this march of the same disease it did something to me. I miss her everyday and my father cared for her everyday. My little sister took care of her with my dad about a year before she passed. My sister continues to care now for my father. Its a disease that faded the memories of who my mother was and how she was as a mother. I watched her not knowing that she had been married for 61 years. It's heartbreaking and I know just exactly how you are feeling. I hope someday to start again bloging but for now I enjoy the friends and blogs I read on her everyday. Bless you and your family.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Blossum,
I'm so sorry about your Mom. I definitely understand. I've known you since the first day I started blogging over four years ago. I don't blog as much anymore either but I believe we are still connected on Facebook and Pinterest. It was nice to read a comment from you. :)

Shana said...

Really sorry about your dad. My uncle has alzheimers. Very sad.

Although I am not Catholic, the rosaries are beautiful!!

Kelly said...

I am just so sorry to hear about your Dad's illness. I had no idea he was suffering from that. I have not known anyone personally with it, but have heard how devestating it can be. I hope you and your family will find a way through this difficult time. Those rosaries are certainly beautiful. I'm glad to hear that you were able to get them for your family and they are helping you deal with all of this a little better. To look at your Dad in that picture, you would never know he had anything wrong. I know that is just the outside though. It's the inside that is missing.

lori carolina said...

Beautiful post Melissa, I'm so sorry about your dad, I will add your family to my prayer list.

Roz cP said...

Dear Melissa,

I lost my father this past January and understand and feel your pain.

I prayed our Lady's beautiful Rosary for many months for him and ultimately decided to pray for my Holy Father's will for my earthly father and not for my own will and that of my father's, but for that of God's Will and wisdom.

My father passed peacefully and without pain in January, 2013. And yet, I know the incredible power of the Rosary and was honored that my family chose me to lead our family in the Rosary for my father's visitation and Rosary, the eve of his funeral and burial. It was very humbling.

To this day, I KNOW the power and the promises for of this blessed prayer for those who pray our Lady's Rosary with petitions placed before her Son whom he never refuses her petitions.

Pray for your father, Melissa, his soul and his salvation, which matter the absolute most.

With sincere kind wishes and prayers for you and your family,

Roz (la bella vita)

Lisa Montsion said...

I love your cat.


Barb @ My Cottage On The Lake said...

Dear Melissa,

I awoke during the early morning hours and you came across my spirit so strongly.

I had no idea any of this was going on in your life. I will be praying for you and your family.

My blessings to you,

Susan said...

Melissa, you've been on my mind so strongly lately I just had to come to your blog and tell you that I've been lifting you and your family up in prayer and am thinking about you all the time. I miss your blog posts, but your family needs you so much more. Take care, my friend.

Roz Corieri Paige said...

Hi Melissa,
I saw on Instagram that you are now back to blogging and MOVING again. I am so glad to see you back on the blogosphere! I love these beautiful rosaries and have always wanted one in Swarovsky crystals! I will look for the link to the designer's blog to order some rosaries for my family and me.