Friday, November 23, 2012


17th to 23rd November 2012

This week I would like to start with a quote by Mother Teresa. "Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”  I love to smile, it keeps me brave, strong, it makes me feel as though I am giving something special to others.

Again my week has been extremely busy and just a little stressful especially at school as we are in the final stages of preparation for our exams which are next week.  There are so many things to remember and if you get a little nervous sometimes no matter how hard you have worked and studied, the nerves can make you forget things.

I had my physiotherapy appointment again this week and Kaitlyn was able to provide me with some relief in my spine and my sore right heel which she used ultrasound on.  Then to finish off my appointment it was time again for those wonderful heat packs, I had three of them and they were so soothing, I often close my eyes and have a snooze whilst I have them on. 

Today I was delighted to see my Occupational Therapist Tom, he always has wonderful ideas and today he had a special magnifier called PageBrite, it means that I can hold it over small print to enlarge it.  I don't have to strain my eyes then to look at small print on sheets and in books.  Tom, like Kaitlyn is like a guardian angel for me and I feel so blessed to have them both helping me to be more comfortable from day to day.

I have been given a very splendiferous task, that is to look after 'Flora' the fund raising bear, she is beautifully hand made and is magnificent to hug.  She was an auction item at a fund raising event for Brain Tumours a few weeks ago.  My wonderful friends Tass and Gloria won her and I am taking extra special care of her, she is going to go to another home when there is another fund raising event. 

Next weekend we enter the month of December and then Christmas will be ever so close, sometimes in the rush of the season people forget the real meaning of Christmas, this may help people remember. 

The green colour of the fir tree  which remains green all year round, depicts the everlasting hope of mankind and all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of people's thoughts turning toward heaven.

The bright shining star reminds us of the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of his promise.

A candle symbolises that Christ is the light of the world.

A wreath symbolises the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.

Santa Claus, symbolises the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.

A holly leaf  represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by Jesus, the red holly berries represent the blood he shed.

A gift represents the gift God gave to the world, his son Jesus. Every child is a gift to their family.

A candy cane represents the shepherds' crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock.

An angel is special as it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior's birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.

Lastly a bell with its soft twinkling sound, symbolises guidance and return when lost.

May you all have a magical week, keep smiling and sharing your gift to others.


Anonymous said...

Dear Dainere
How beautiful your blog is this week. We love the story about xmas and what each symbol means.

You are so right about a smile and your smile certainly lights up a room and fills us with love.

School is always so busy near the end of the year and exam time. One can only do one's best and we are sure you will do very well.

I certainly agree with you about how good the heat packs feel.

That magnifying glass sounds really helpful. These days there are so many aids to help people and you should take advantage of every one available.

How lucky to have a bear to mind. We know how much you love bears and this one sounds so special.

Keep on smiling and good luck with your exams.

All our love
Nan and Pop xxx ooo

Anonymous said...

Dear Dainere
Reading your wonderful blog as always, and I was just wowed by your special xmas symbols and their meanings!What a beautiful message to share with everyone. You continue to amaze me every day.
All my love to you gorgeous girl
Tess xxooxxoo

Anonymous said...

Dear Dainere,
As always it is good to hear your news. I do hope your school week goes smoothly, it is such a busy time of the year.

Thank you for the sweet symbols showing us the true reason we celebrate at this time of the year. It is so easy to be caught up in the hype, it is very good to stop and remember and give thanks.

I want you to know that our family (my daughter, grand daughter and myself) were overjoyed when we heard that Flora was coming to see you after the Hats to Help function, because Flora is a special bear and there could be no one more Beautiful to care for her than you !! Thank you so much for your wonderful words about Flora and I hope she brings you happiness.
I expect you, like us will be having school concerts and end of year chapel services too.

Take care and have a good week.
Thinking of you and your family

Anonymous said...

Dear Shanae,

It takes less effort to smile than it does to frown. So, why not smile!!

I'm sure you will do well in your exams.

You deserve to have the guardian angels that you have.

Flora couldn't have asked for anyone better to look after her.

Thank you for reminding us about the true meaning of Christmas and the symbols used. Have you ever heard the song 'Deck of Cards' about a soldier using his cards as his Bible? I think you would like it. Probably on YouTube.

Hello to your parents and Nalani and Jarrett.



Anonymous said...

Hi Dainere,

I have just read and caught up on your blog as I hadnt been on in a little while. You have been super busy.

I think it is so easy to smile and I am glad you are still smiling.

Aren't occupational therapists great, they have such great practical help which can make an amazing difference to people.

I hope your exams went well, I think they finished today? I am sure you did great, you are extremely clever.

Your christmas reminders are fantastic.

Thanks so much for blogging, I seriously feel so inspired after reading it, you are such a strong person.

xxx Monica

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Anonymous said...

hi Dainerer , we are late reading last weeks Blog , but oh what a lovely way to satrt , Mother Teresa was such an amazing woman .

We hope now that as this week has gone that your exams went ok .

So glad Kaitlyn was again able to help you .

Oh how fantastic of Tom to get you magic light , now you can read the books with small print , as we Know you love reading .

Wow , How lucky is Flora to have such an amazing person to look after her .

YOur message on Christma sis lovely Dainerer, and yes its sad but we foregt the real reason for Christmas sometimes .

lots of love
stuart and Meryl