Who Are You Thinking Of?

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Who are you thinking of?

When you think of someone, make the call, write the letter, tell them you love them, tell them you miss them, tell them you’re thinking of them, tell them they matter, let them know how important they are to you.

When someone tells you that they miss you, doesn’t that feel so good, isn’t it nice to know that your presence and spirit is important to them, isn’t it nice to know that you make a difference to their life.

Who are you thinking of?  And more so, what are you going to do about it?

Clarabelle

 

A Christmas Hug

Give someone you love, a big Christmas hug today, it will make you both feel so good.

A Christmas Hug

Please give,me,
a Christmas Hug today,
Warmth from your soul,
In every way.

A loving touch,
a happy embrace.
Sparkling eyes,
A smiling face.

It feels so nice,
It feels so awesome.
Your cuddles of joy,
Make my heart blossom.

By Clarabelle

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Missing at Christmas

Are you missing anyone very special this Christmas? I am, I am really missing someone right now and I won’t be with him this Christmas but I will be with him. every Christmas after that.

I try not to feel too sad about it because there isn’t anything I can do to change the situation this Christmas, so I keep my mind focused on all the other beautiful Christmas times we will have together. I also put lots of focus on what I do have to be thankful for in my life right now and there is a lot, a massive amount actually.

When I am having thoughtful “I am grateful” moments, I feel at peace, I feel inner happiness, serenity and very blessed. So if you are missing someone right now and they can’t be with you for whatever reason, think of what you do have in your life, right now and think of the blessing that is also you.

Love Clarabelle

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Mr and Mrs Snowman

A little Christmas festive poem to you from me. May Christmas spirit rejoice in your heart forever.

Mr and Mrs Snowman

There was a competition,
Whose snowman was the best.
All the villagers took part,
This was a frosty test.

Snowmen of different sizes,
Displayed a smiley face.
They stood there icy proud,
In this marshmallow place.

But one thing that stood out,
Oh so very clear.
Was all of the snowmen,
Were alone this Christmas Year.

How can you build a snowman,
All alone in this town.
That’s not very fair,
His heart will have a frown.

No snowman should be lonely,
At this Christmas time.
They should be with another,
Sharing mistletoe and wine.

Then in the corner,
A house on a quiet spot.
Had two snowmen standing,
Beside a tiny tot.

Why do you have two,
Snowmen standing tall?
One is a lady she said,
Both going to the snowman ball.

Oh little one,
How beautiful that is.
Mr and Mrs Snowman,
Can share a Christmas kiss.

See them holding hands,
She whispers in the air
Mr and Mrs Snowman,
Now have each other to care.

The people they all smiled,
For indeed their hearts did melt.
This little bundle of joy,
Revealed feelings they never felt.

You are the winner,
A snowman trophy goes to you.
You ignited Christmas spirit,
Removing lonely by building two.

Thank you she said,
This is a happy day.
Now we’re all happy together,
Like one big family.

Mr and Mrs Snowman,
Were built to live together.
May the story of who made them,
Live in your heart forever.

By Clarabelle

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So Happy

Today, I collected my first ever paperback book from Amazon. I was the happiest person ever picking up the book. I excitedly opened up the package on the street and wanted to shout out to everybody, “Hey, this is my book”, I was wearing the biggest smile ever. This book’s content has spanned over a 3 year period and I honestly can’t believe I’ve written it. I read each page with new learnings and rejuvenated wisdom and I am amazed all over again.

I know some of my best writings in this book have been written at some of the toughest times in my life, when I was going through some inner challenges of lost love, tough business times and knock back after knock back. These writings, through that inner pain were inspiring me to “keep going”, to “never give up” and to do my very best to help myself achieve all that I have ever wanted. It was like I was connected to something else when writing these musings……like something else was speaking through my heart, mind and soul. I would just sit there alone in the silence of my own home and write…..it all just flowed out of me so easily and I would instantly feel an inner calmness after it.

So, in my humble opinion, this book, Clarabelle’s Musings are miracle writings, whispers of my soul to share with the world and connect in a very special way with other hearts and ultimately help you positively move forward in your own journey of life.

I often wonder where I got my writing spirit from, as my Mum and Dad don’t write but my younger sister Leanne is a fabulous writer, although I am sorry to say that she doesn’t write anymore.

I remember Leanne came home from High School one day, she was about 13 years old and she was stunned because the Head of the English Department, at the time, didn’t believe she had written the essay she wrote, she was upset that she had to convince him that she did write it all herself. He was so amazed by her talent, he took her School book from her and showed it to the other English teachers in the department. Not very inspiring for a 13 year old, when your teacher doesn’t even believe in you. I wish Leanne would write again, her story writing, really is amazing but she is so happy being a wonderful mum of 3 children with another one on the way in February next year. Leanne also home schools my nieces and nephews……her children will always be inspired, she will make sure of that.

I think we got it from my Grandfather, Eddie, who told me, at 90 years old, that when he was a child, he came first place in a UK and Ireland wide School writing competition. I felt so proud of him when he shared that with me, he hadn’t told anyone, until then, sadly he passed away at the age of 92.

So today is a momentous day and I am dedicating this paperback to my Granda Eddie and my younger sister Leanne, both inspirations to me.

Clarabelle’s Musings, this is my new bedtime reading book.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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Goodbye Sunshine, Hello Moon

A poem dedicated to the kindness of new friends and the goodbye memories in my heart.

Goodbye Sunshine

Goodbye Sunshine,
Hello Moon.
Brightest stars,
So long bloom.

Hearts gone by,
Tears collide,
Hugs of warmth,
People who guide.

Sparkling eyes,
Whispered treasure,
Thank you friends,
It’s my pleasure.

By Clarabelle

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My Childhood in Carfin

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Carfin Past and Present

There is new facebook group that was created last week and it is about the village I grew up in, “Carfin Past and Present”.  What a wonderful idea it was by Maureen Strachan, I feel it really is bringing that community spirit back together again, even though the group members now live in all different parts of the world.  A very special thank you to Maureen for creating the group, what a tremendous idea it was.

Old Photos

So the lovely people who lived in the village of Carfin when I was a child are posting up their old photos and I must say they are absolute crackers (in a good way) and many have brought a tear to my eye.  There was one in particular (below) which I thought I would share with you.

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A Young Clarabelle in the red track suit

The photo is from the Carfin Carnival Week sports day in the 1980s.  I looked at myself in this photo and I honestly just wanted to be that child again, because the happy memories I have from my childhood are second to none.

I feel very very blessed to have been brought up in a small village with such beautiful community spirit, where everyone knew your name and looked out for you – I miss that lovely feeling.  This facebook group and the old photos, inspired me to write the poem below, I hope you like it.  Maybe this has given you the idea to start up a similar facebook group or connect with some old friends.  Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle.

My Childhood in Carfin

I look at that child
I want to be her
I forgot her smile
My memory is blur
She looks so sweet
Just happy and content
Laughing with friends
Time well spent

As time goes by
Photos bring tears
Fun loving memories
From Carfin past years
A community with hope
and full of pride
A village of families
Where love did reside

A strength and spirit
very special to us all
My childhood in Carfin
with kick the can and football
We made up the games
for lots of children to play
We sometimes did fight
But were friends the next day

So when I think of this time
More than 30 years ago
I only remember good
and the Carnival talent show
Carfin was the best
I’ll say it till I die
My childhood in Carfin
Happy tears I do cry

By Clarabelle 18 January 2014

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I’ll Never Stop Missing You

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The Eve of Christmas Eve

Welcome to the eve of Christmas Eve and Day 23 of sharing a Christmas Poem with you. We all miss loved ones at Christmas who can’t be with us but they are always on our minds, even more so at this time of year.  This next Christmas Poem is a precious sentiment to all our loved ones who can’t be here in body but I am sure are with us in spirit, every part of this Christmas Day.  Lots of love to you this Christmas.

I’ll Never Stop Missing You

I’ll never stop missing you,
At Christmas and the whole year through.
You’re in my heart, everywhere I go,
In my tears, when I feel low.
Only because I want you here,
To hold you tight, to have you near.
Just one more time, to see your face,
To hug you close in a warm embrace.
When you did go, darkness fell,
You went to heaven, earth felt like hell.
I battled I struggled, my heart was torn,
You were always there, from the day I was born.
And even though, time has past,
I remember our chats, forever they’d last.
The fun times we had, walking together,
Hail, rain or snow, whatever the weather.
Christmas is upon us and I want you to know,
When I look above, I know you show.
I know you’re here, every step of the way,
Every move I make, every whisper I pray.
I love you more, than you’ll ever know,
Beyond the stars, beyond their glow.
And on this Christmas morn, my heart does smile,
You want me to be happy, forever and a while.
So I’ll take a deep breath, and rejoice this Christmas Day,
Because that’s what you’d want, I can hear you say.
So when I see little Robin, chirping at me.
I know it’s a symbol that you are free.

Created by Clarabelle, 23 December 2013

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Father Christmas

Christmas Poetry Santa Claus

Sharing a Christmas Poem with You

A special Christmas welcome to Day 17 of sharing a Christmas Poem with you.  Here is a little cute fun one for you and one to share with the family.  I HO HO HOpe you like it!!  🙂 Love Clarabelle

Father Christmas

 Will Father Christmas,

say hello,

When he visits my house,

in the snow.

 Will I hear him sing,

ho, ho, ho,

Will I see the light,

from Rudolph’s nose glow.

 Oh Father Christmas,

I love you so,

Please stay a little longer,

before you go.

Created by Clarabelle, November 2013

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Christmas Love

Christmas Spirit

Wow, this is Day 13 already of my Christmas Poems, how quickly time goes by.  I share with you today some beautiful Christmas music from Nat King Cole, together with a short Christmas poem below, entitled “Christmas Love”.  I was writing out my Christmas Cards this evening and getting into the Christmas Spirit, I really do love this song, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”.  I have a Christmas shopping day planned for tomorrow with my sister the kids and my mum, looking forward to some family good cheer and a fun filled day.  I do hope you’re getting organised for Christmas Day.  Christmas love to you Clarabelle

Christmas Love

Christmas with family
is so good.

Love in the air,
and luxury food.

Embrace this time,
treasure it well.

Christmas love,
is a magical spell.

Created by Clarabelle, 13 December 2013

Happy Christmas

 

 

 

Christmas Poetry: I Miss You Forever

 

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Christmas Poem

Every day between now and Christmas I am going to share a Christmas Poem with you. The one below speaks from my heart this Christmas time.

Loved Ones

Christmas is a beautiful time to spend with your family and close friends and this is often a time when you also think about your loved ones who can’t be with you right now and I know you can relate to that, just like me.

This next Christmas poem is all about that and this one is dedicated to my Wonderful Dad in heaven, “I Miss You Forever”.

I Miss You Forever

I miss you forever,
forever and a day.
But it seems to get harder,
when Christmas comes our way.

I think of your smile,
I think of your love.
When Christmas is with us,
And you are above.

Kindness is in the air,
All I want to give to you.
Is the biggest ever hug,
This is what I’d do.

If only Santa Claus,
Could make my dreams come true.
We’d be putting up the tree,
Instead, I’m feeling blue.

But Christmas is upon us,
and you are in my heart.
Shining like a beacon,
Flowing through every part.

I miss you forever,
and on this Christmas Day.
I love you more than you’ll ever know.
And in my heart for you I pray.

Created by Clarabelle, 1 December 2013

It’s All About Christmas

It’s All About Christmas

Well I’ve been at it again and if you read my earlier blog post from today you will know that I am in S.F.A.M (Super Focused Action Mode), hence all the wonderful eBooks and Songs I have been creating recently.  I am so passionate about this stuff and I am keen and eager to share it with you.

Why a Book on Christmas Poems?

I LOVE Christmas and I LOVE Christmas with the family so I integrated my passion for poem writing with my LOVE for Christmas and this is what you get.  Whenever I post a Christmas poem on my facebook page or on here it always gets lots and lots of wonderful likes and positive responses so I know people really love them a lot.

A Family Christmas Poem for Everyday of Advent

If you are interested in purchasing this 34 page self published Family Christmas Poem eBook then please,

CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

The eBook costs, one single payment price of £2.99 and it is delivered in the universally accepted PDF format. As soon as you pay, you will be instantly taken to a secure page on Gumroad where you can download your eBook.

Family Christmas Poems

It’s All About Christmas is a 34 Page eBook by Clarabelle

Christmas is such a special time of the year to celebrate with the family.

This eBook created by Clarabelle contains 25 Original Family Christmas Poems, one for each day of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.
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Festive Family Christmas Poems in this eBook are:

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1.  A Christmas Gift
2.  Oh Mr Snowman
3.  This Christmas
4.  Christmas is Here
5.  Father Christmas
6.  Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell
7.  The Christmas Tree
8.  Sweet Christmas Angel
9.  Merry Merry Christmas
10. Christmas is Coming
11. A Christmas Wish
12. It’s Nearly Christmas
13. Merry Christmas Everyone
14. My Christmas Life
15. Christmas Is
16. Little Christmas Robin
17. Jump on that Christmas Cloud
18. Christmas is a Happy Time
19. Christmas Merry Christmas
20. I love the Snow
21. Christmas is Special
22. A Happy Christmas
23. Christmas is Here
24. On this Christmas Eve
25. On Christmas Day
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These Family Christmas poems are loving, heartfelt and make a beautiful start to each day of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.
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Enjoy with the family and let the magic of these Christmas poems melt your heart with Christmas love and joy.
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The eBook costs, one single payment price of £2.99 and it is delivered in the universally accepted PDF format. As soon as you pay, you will be instantly taken to a secure page where you can download your eBook.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

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Thank you for purchasing this eBook and if you have any queries in relation to the purchase or this eBook, please email me, Clarabelle at claire@murraypeople.com

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Oh Mr Snowman

Festive Spirit

I seem to be getting into the festive spirit already and accordingly to the recent UK weather forecast there will be plenty of opportunity over the next few months to make as many snowmen as we want.  I hope you like this Family Christmas Poem below, it is from my latest eBook, “It’s All About Christmas”.  Sending you some early Christmas love, Clarabelle

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A young Clarabelle, Age 10, (2nd from right) with friends from School.

Oh Mr Snowman

Don’t believe a snowman,
Has no heart inside.
Because he was built,
By a child with pride.

He was a dream,
A vision of fun.
He brought the family together,
And lives in everyone.

Oh Mr Snowman,
You stand still, with a smile.
I could look at you forever,
Come walk with me for a mile.

Oh how I wish,
That could be true.
We’d be dancing and laughing,
Yes, snowballs fight too.

So when the snow comes,
In the big icy freeze.
Your snowman’s heart, lives in you,
Remember this please.

By Clarabelle 21 November 2013

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Family Christmas Poems

Please check out Clarabelle’s eBook of Christmas Poems, entitled “It’s All About Christmas” – it contains 25 festive poems for all the family, one for each day of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.  Please CLICK HERE for more information/to purchase. PRICE:  £2.99

Happy Birthday Mum

My Beautiful Mum
My Beautiful Mum

It’s my lovely Mum’s birthday today, she is 71 years young and looks wonderful on it too.  🙂  I love birthday celebrations, lots of smiles, hugs, fun and laughter……and of course, yummy birthday cake too!!

Below is a little poem I created this morning, which I will write on the inside of the birthday card I give to my mum today.  Looking forward to celebrating this special day with my mum and the rest of the family.

Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Mum

Happy birthday,
to my beautiful mum.
You’ve always been,
my number one.

So lovely and caring,
a heart made of gold.
Your hugs warm me up,
when I’m feeling cold.

Such a loving touch,
and engaging smile.
Your words of wisdom,
walk the happiness mile.

So may today,
be so special for you.
I love you mum,
May your birthday dreams come true.  🙂

Created by Clarabelle, 4 November 2013

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What is Happy Ever After?

True Happiness

I believe “Happy Ever After” has nothing to do with the “after”, I believe it is in the now, right at this very moment, because this moment, right now, is always we have.  I created a poem this evening about “What is Happy Ever After?” and I also recited it on Youtube for you.  I hope you like it.  May this moment, right now in your life, fill you with true happiness, lots of love Clarabelle.

What is Happy Ever After?

Peace from within, joyful inside,
Gratefulness in the moment, being your guide.

The brightest star, shining on you,
The rainbow smiling, on what you do.

The deepest love, you ever could feel,
Hugging each other, on the family and friends wheel.

A kiss, a cuddle, a warm embrace,
Being in the now, no happiness to chase.

Calmness in the soul, free from stress,
Creating space, living with less.

So on this journey of life, enjoy the laughter,
This is my answer to, “What is Happy Ever After?”

Created by Clarabelle on 27 August 2013

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Snap Happy

Balmaha Bay

Today I am going to go on a day trip to Balmaha Bay, Balloch, Scotland with my mum and during that trip I am going to be “snap happy” as I will be taking some beautiful photos for my new eBook that’s coming out, “It’s All About Gratitude”.  I am excited about doing this and it will also be really lovely to spend a day with my mum.

I love Balmaha Bay, for me it is a place of deep beauty and peaceful tranquility and sometimes this is just what the doctor ordered.  🙂

In 2011 I wrote a poem about Balmaha, I have already shared it on this blog before, but here it is again, just in case you missed it first time round:

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A frozen Balmaha Lake January 2011

Sweet Balmaha Bay

Balmaha, an inspiring place,
Oh how I love, your beautiful face.
The silent lake, speaks many words,
A magical paradise, beneath the flight of birds.
My soul’s at home, when I visit you,
I feel at one, below the sky so blue.
As I tie a yellow ribbon, around the old oak tree,
I appreciate your world, for all to see.
The air is clean, fresh and new,
The shimmering sunlight, makes a stunning view.
And the many boats, who sail in leisure,
Uplifting spirits, you provide great pleasure.
In hail or rain, sunshine or snow,
Your tranquil beauty, will always show.
For the depths of your heart, are in everyone,
Sweet Balmaha Bay under the horizon sun.

 Poem By Clarabelle, 2011

Wherever you go today and whatever you do, I do hope it brings you sweet happiness and fulfillment, much love to you Clarabelle.  🙂

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Me and My Mum

Me and My Mum, 1 July 2012
Me and My Mum, 1 July 2012

Ponder, Think, Reflect

I am 10 weeks into my 16 week marathon training programme and my long runs at the weekend can be quite challenging.  Yesterday, I had to do a 16 mile run, this took me about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I stopped taking music with me on these runs and I now use the time to ponder, think and reflect on whatever comes up for me at that time – very often these thoughts turn into a blog post, just like today.

Carfin

My running routes are through my local town and often take me into other connecting villages and towns.  Yesterday I found myself running in the village of Carfin that I was brought up in and where my mum lives.

Whilst running up hill towards my mum’s home I thought about the times when I visit her and then a sad thought came over me, one day I will not be visiting my mum in her home, because one day my mum and just like the rest of us will not be here.  I didn’t ponder this for too long because I didn’t want to make myself feel too sad.  I suppose that is life and that is the reality of it all but it did make me think about me really wanting to spend quality time with my mum whilst she is here and whilst I live so close to her.  I then immediately thought of all the nice things we could do together, places we could go and visit, conversations we could have, holidays we could go on…..lots of special time together.  So I now have a little plan of action to put all of this into place.

Loved Ones

Sometimes in life without even realising it we can take our loved ones for granted, especially when everything is going well with their health etc..  My run towards my mum’s house yesterday made me really think about that, I want to spend as much quality time with my mum as I can and I will and I look forward to sharing those lovely fun stories with you on this blog.

If this post has made you think about a loved one, please give them a phone, visit them, drop them an email or text…..just connect with them and let them know you are thinking about them and are there for them, it will make you and that person feel great today.

Wishing you a beautiful day filled with love and happiness, Clarabelle

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True Story

True Story

I would like to share a true story of mine with you today.

When I was 16 years old, my first full-time job was as an Office Assistant in a Solicitor’s Office in Glasgow City Centre.  I really loved that job, mainly because I really loved the people I worked with, it was really fun at times and I learned so much with it being my first permanent job.

Escape

Unfortunately, I was in two serious car crashes when I was 18 years old and was in crutches for a year and half and sadly, my position at the Solicitor’s Office had to be terminated because there was no real indication when I would make a full recovery and was likely to return.  So there I was at the age of 18, in crutches for 18 months, no job and no real indication from the Doctors at the hospital when I would get fully better.  I could have been really depressed about being in that situation, but I wasn’t.  I decided to use the extra time I had to read lots of books from the library on subjects I was interested in at the time, it helped me escape from my current reality.

A Christmas Gift

There is a significance to me telling you this story and that is because of a Christmas gift that was given to me when I was 16 years old from the staff when I was working in the Solicitor’s office.  They very kindly got me this lovely mug, that I totally treasured, it had my name on it “Claire” and a short poem about the meaning of name.  Here is the little poem:

CLAIRE
MEANING:  LIGHT

You’re quick to solve puzzles
Without hints or clues
And shed light on situations
Known to confuse.
The inner glow you have
Because of your name
Makes your life a lighthearted,
Whimsical game.
You’ll always know happiness,
Love and delight,
For you follow a lifelong path
Cheerful and bright.

 
It was my job to make the coffee and tea for everyone throughout the day in the office and every time I made myself a quick cuppa, I would read the little poem and smile with delight, I really loved it so much.  

However, when my employment got terminated at the office I never seen my treasured little mug again….until 15 years later, yes my little mug came back to me and here is a photo of it below:

Claire's Mug
The Original Claire Mug from the year 1989

So how did it find its way back to me?  This next true story is fascinating.

My younger sister, Leanne met her husband to be Cameron when she was 22 years old and Cameron was 18 at the time.  My sister and I had both decided to spontaneously go out the evening she met Cameron, they instantly fell in love with each other and are now very happily married with three beautiful children.  The interesting fact here is that Cameron had lived in Cape Town, South Africa all his life and him and his family emigrated to Scotland to live, the year Leanne and him met.

Our Claire

A few years after they met, Leanne and Cameron got married and it was a very beautiful wedding.  Shortly after the wedding, Cameron’s mum, Joan, who works in an Accountant’s office, was showing her friends in work the wedding photographs, she then also showed the ladies in the office downstairs the wedding photographs.  Whilst looking through the photographs, one of the ladies said, “Who is that bridesmade girl?”, and Joan said it was Leanne’s sister, Claire, they said that’s “Our Claire”, “She worked here when was 16 years old…..we kept her mug, please give her mug back to her and tell her we are asking for her”.  WOW, Joan had been working in the Accountant’s office upstairs from the Solicitor’s office I worked in when I was 16 years old and none of us knew.

Joan, surprised me one day, she turned up with the mug for me and told me the whole story, what a truly wonderful surprise it was….after 15 years, they kept the mug and it was returned to me.

I still find this story very fascinating and especially that the mug has poetry on it…..which for me as you know, poetry, if part of my life, it is part of who I am.

24 Years Later

I have visited the staff in the office since then, some of the original staff who worked there when I was 16 are still working there, almost 24 years later.  They have also allowed me the use of their offices to hold coaching sessions in…this time I am not the receptionist, I am the business owner meeting with my own clients…..I feel I have come along way since those days as an Office Assistant.

True Love

I am not exactly sure what the moral of the story is here, I think you will have your own take away from it.  All I know is that, my “Claire mug” was meant to come back to me and it took a family to emigrate to Scotland from Cape Town, South Africa and a real love story to make its way back to me…..how lovely indeed.  I really treasure this “Claire mug” with all my heart, I believe, true love brought it back to me and now I share this story with you today.

If you have an uplifting true story you would like to share, I would really love to here it, why don’t you share it on my blog, I would be happy to dedicate a blog post to it for you.

Lots of love to you today, Clarabelle

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Smiling Star

Saras Hope Foundation

I was visiting a wonderful friend of mine in Newcastle a couple of weeks ago and we took a drive to Whitley Bay.  He had some other commitments to attend to so I had about an hour or so to spend on my own.  I went to a quiet little bar and thought, I will be happy writing some poetry.  Next to the table I was sitting at, there was some small flyers/brochures and I picked up one that was entitled “Saras Hope Foundation”.  Let me tell you a little bit about what it said:

Saras Hope Foundation

Sara Hoburn tragically lost a two year battle with a rare form of colon cancer at the age of sixteen in 2001.  Her dream was to help other sick children to enjoy normal family lives away from the hospital environment.  She is the inspiration behind the charity Saras Hope Foundation, which runs a holiday retreat in Crete, offering respite for children and young people with cancer and their families.  Sara especially loved Greece and the Greek Islands and it was her dream to get married in a little blue and white church on the beach.

Sara was known as “Smiling Star” by the medical staff who treated her at the Teenage Cancer Unit in the Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital in Newcastle because she was always smiling and had such a positive attitude.

Sara was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and when she lost the battle on 16 January 2001, Sara became a “hero”.

I was so inspired by the above story and as I looked at the beautiful photographs of Sara on the brochure the following poem poured out of me.  I share this with you today in honour of this brave young lady who has inspired and helped children/young people and their families all over the world.

Smiling Star

“Smiling Star”

I look at her photo, such a beautiful smile,

Her eyes are sparkling, on the rainbow mile.

She brings us hope, she brings relief,

From darker days, felt heavy in grief.

A frozen memory, from a special place,

Now an angel in heaven, and our saving grace.

We are touched with her love, in every way,

Moving our spirits, on this special family holiday.

It helps us relax, we enjoy the now,

A mind free from questions, of why and how?

Her life was short lived, taken away before time,

She is a miracle child, sweet and simply devine.

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 March 2013 

Positive Mindset

Below is a post taken from one of my other blogs, I posted this one on 1 March 2010 and I thought I would share it with you on here.  Wishing you a day filled with an abundance of positive thoughts.  Love Clarabelle

My Niece Megan
My Niece Megan

Full of Character and Excitement

I was looking after my 3 year old niece the other week whilst her parents went off to pick up their new puppy dog.

I love watching my little niece she is such a funny, cheery little girl full of character and excitement. She was happily looking out of the window into my back garden when she shouted “look Auntie Claire, they’re dancing”, I asked her what was dancing and she said “the trees are dancing” and she began to copy the swaying movements of the trees blowing in the wind outside. It was so cute to watch, I smiled and I thought to myself what a truly wonderful positive perception she has on Mother Nature.

Such an Amazing “Mummy”

Later on that day I kept thinking about my niece’s words and how she could have said something completely different using a more negative connotation, but she didn’t. I then thought about my younger sister, who is such an amazing “Mummy” and how positive and happy she is. I just know that my sister’s love for nature and optimistic outlook on life has made such a positive influence on my little niece’s young life.

It made me think about how important it is for us all to choose to have a positive mindset and positive take on the world. Like in those famous lyrics sung by Whitney Houston “I believe the children are our future” – I do hope the trees stay dancing!!

A Mother in a Million

Happy Mother’s Day

It is Mother’s Day here in the UK and I want to send out a beautiful blessing to all the wonderful Mother’s out there, who bring much love and abundance to this world.  This next poem is dedicated to my own beautiful mum, to your mum too and indeed, if you are a mum.  Wishing you a very special day filled with love.  Clarabelle

My Beautiful Mum
My Beautiful Mum

A Mother in a Million

Mother you are so beautiful, in every single way,

You brighten up each moment, and listen to what I say.

Your love is so very special, to each and everyone,

You’re a mother in a million, stronger than the sun.

I love you so dearly, more than you’ll ever know,

Thank you my wonderful mother, your wisdom has helped me grow.

My Wonderful Dad

A Wonderful Human Being

Today is the anniversary of my Dad’s passing away in 1997 but I remember it all like yesterday.  Even though he suffered with cancer for about 5 years I choose to remember him when he was happy, fit and healthy.  What a wonderful human being he was, full of laughter, always singing and loved his family very very much and even though he is not here today I still feel his unconditional love around me, so very abundant and strong.  When loved ones leave our life here on earth, I believe their loving spirit still shines upon us, more than we will ever know.  Their love is surrounding you right now.  Clarabelle  

Here is the post which I shared before here on this blog:   

His Loving Spirit Lives On

I initially had second thoughts about posting this poem, simply because it is extremely personal to me and tells the true story of my Dad’s fight with cancer over 15 years ago. Sadly, after battling with this disease for 5 years, he passed away on 1 February 1997. The reason why I decided to share this poem is because although it was in some places, painful to write, I do feel other people who have gone through a similar situation with their family members will be able to relate to it and hopefully help them to come to terms with their sad loss and be able to gently move on.  I know everyone deals with grief differently and I think it took me about 5 years for the sadness to truly melt away.  Now when I think of my Dad, I think of the wonderful, happy and outgoing person he was, this then makes me smile and so proud to be his daughter and part of his life…..his loving spirit lives on in every heart he touched and I know he touched many.

Wedding Day
Mum & Dad on their Wedding Day on 16 July 1966, Gran Murray on Left and Gran Stewart on the right

My Wonderful Dad

It was 15 years ago, when you passed away

I must admit, it was my saddest day

My heart felt heavy, from deep inside

I had lost my Dad, I had lost my guide

The tears were painful, unbearable at times

Red bloodshot eyes, were swollen signs

When all alone, I cried out my heart

The deepest sadness, when you did depart

I held your hand, a few days before

And took a last glance back, before I left the ward door

Something told me to look back, when visiting that night

It was 24 hours later, you gave up the fight

I was out with a friend, but didn’t want to go

You told me to ‘live on’ and for the sadness not to show

I came home that night, there was a cold chill in the air

I instantly knew, why no one was there

They were called to the hospital, late that night

You were taking your last breathe, and approaching the light

Everyone was there, except for me

Because I went out, very selfishly

I lived with that hurt, for a few years

Why wasn’t I with you, I cried so many tears

I think it took about 5 years to move on

It was a painful few years, when your presence was gone

But now when I think of my wonderful Dad

I remember the good times, never the sad

I celebrate your life years, there were 58

I was part of 23 and you made them great

You never lived a perfect life, worry got to you

It’s easy to blame, but we didn’t live in your shoes

I think of your singing, I think of your smile

I think of that waistcoat, you wore for a while

You were fond of the mirror, a poser you were

Talking to yourself, as you played with your hair

When you left for work, I missed you right away

When you arrived home, it made my day

You were always positive and friendly to all

You liked to use humour, to break down the brick walls

A charmer you were, fun and caring

A Dad in a million and a little bit daring

You sang at most weddings, with a few whiskys inside

You jigged on the dance floor and flirted with the bride

You loved a laugh and would welcome a crowd

You loved your family, they made you feel so proud

In this physical world, your body is away

In another dimension, your spirit lives on each day

Maybe I can’t see you, but you can see me

You can feel my spirit and its frequency

So I’m sending you this message after 15 years

Life is good Dad, we have no more tears

You are still greatly missed and always will be

You have an extended family, it’s so beautiful to see

As the years go by and the older we get

We must live in each moment, but never will forget

The loved ones of the past, who are present in our mind

Who live in our hearts and are one of a kind

We love you, we miss you and to hold you once more

Would be a dream come true, if you walked through that door

The tears of the past, are now gone forever

They ran down my cheek and joined the river

And as the river flows, my heart does to

It is joined by my soul and reaches out to you

Because on the crest of the wave, there you stand

Holding out your heart and holding out your hand

Thank you Dad, for in me you live

Thank you for the lessons and to others I now give

Live your best life, every moment of every day

Connect with your inner self and listen to what it says

Enjoy the journey, as you sail down the river

Because there are hearts and many hands helping you forever.

poemsbyclarabelle, 6 January 2012

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Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One

When someone close to us dies, often prayer can help us to see through each day until we become strong again and are ready to face the world.  I wrote this prayer after hearing about the loss of a friend’s loved one, I hope its sentiment brings strength to anyone who is going through this deep sadness at this time in their life.  Love to you Clarabelle.

Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One
prayer for the loss of a loved one

Prayer for the Loss of a Loved One

Dear God,

I pray that my loved one, is now held gently in your loving arms.

May their soul now be free and abundant with love and light.

Let their happy loving spirit, shine and guide us here on earth.

I pray that my close family and friends, remain strong for each other.

May we continue to be blessed with your loving presence, every moment of every day.

Amen

 

On Christmas Day

For some reason I have been getting into the Christmas spirit and it’s only October, that’s really really early for me.  So I’m planning ahead to Christmas day and created this Christmas Day poem just for you.  Have a beautifully blessed Christmas.  Love Clarabelle

On Christmas Day

On Christmas Day

Snowstars fall, on Christmas Day,

Twinkling Angels, guide the way.

Mr Robin, joins the choir,

Chocolate hearts, melt with desire.

Family cuddles, and present giving,

Special moments, happy living.

Warm and cozy, life is bliss,

Merry Christmas, to my mistletoe kiss.

***

Blessings glisten, on the tree,

Prayers of hope, and dreams of ‘we’.

Icy tracks, from the sleigh ride made,

Ho, ho, ho, to the Christmas Parade.

Love creates, magic in the air,

Treasure this Christmas moment, so wonderful and rare.

poemsbyclarabelle, 20 October 2012

Family Christmas Poems

Family Christmas Poems

Please check out Clarabelle’s eBook of Christmas Poems, entitled “It’s All About Christmas” – it contains 25 festive poems for all the family, one for each day of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.  Please CLICK HERE for more information/to purchase. PRICE:  £2.99

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Poem

I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  This next Christmas poem is just for you.  Merry Christmas Everyone.  Love Clarabelle

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everyone

Sweet Christmas love,

A snowflake coloured dove.

Princess angels in the sky,

Robin Redbreasts flying high.

Icy winter is calling,

Midnight stars are falling.

Loving mistletoe kisses,

Little children’s wishes.

Mystical magical fun,

Merry Christmas everyone.

poemsbyclarabelle, 21 October 2012

Family Christmas Poems

Family Christmas Poems

Please check out Clarabelle’s eBook of Christmas Poems, entitled “It’s All About Christmas” – it contains 25 festive poems for all the family, one for each day of Advent leading up to Christmas Day.  Please CLICK HERE for more information/to purchase. PRICE:  £2.99

 

Sean You’re Such a Fun Loving Child

This is the poem I created for my nephew Sean last week.  Sean is such a wonderful child, so loving towards his Mummy and very caring indeed.  He has a massive amount of energy and enthusiasm for life, so great to see and be around.  Sean is 8 years old, in his words “a big boy now”.  Sean had a much cooler approach towards his poem but when I read the finished article to him, he jumped up for joy, I know it made his heart smile.  So now Sean has asked me to present the poem in a silver sparkle frame with a rocket ship background in the midnight sky……his creative juices were flowing.  Better get to work then Auntie Claire!!  Below is Sean’s poem, I hope you like it.

Sean You’re Such a Fun Loving Child

Sean & Megan
Photo L-R: Megan (age 6 years) and Sean (age 8 years)

Sean you’re such a fun loving child,

The coolest kid, and a little bit wild.

We love you, you’re our number one,

Your smile shines further, that the brightest sun.

You truly are, a superstar,

Watch out world, because Sean will go far.

poemsbyclarabelle, 13 September 2012

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Megan We Love You

Here is the second of my poems that I did for my nieces and nephew the other day.  The poem below was created for Megan (age 6), such a fun loving, creative child and really so clever, her favourite subject at school is maths.  Megan was so excited to hear the poem I had created for her, “are you finished Auntie Claire…..are you finished yet?” she kept saying.  When I read the poem out to her she had this massive big smile on her face and said “I like it….it’s nice, read it to me again”.  Now, Megan wants me to present the poem for her in a pink frame with silver sparkles around it and with a background of lovehearts, flowers and puppy dogs – a very cute challenge I have ahead of me!!  Here is Megan’s poem below:

Megan We Love You

Megan
My lovely niece Megan (6 years)

 Megan we love you, you’re full of fun,

So clever and special, our number one.

Your style is amazing, so hip and trendy,

Your dance steps are cool, and very bendy.

A princess of our hearts, happy and free,

A star in the making, so full of glee.

poemsbyclarabelle, 13 September 2012

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Oh Little Carmen

I was in Auntie Claire role the other day and spent some quality time with my 2 lovely nieces, Megan (age 6) and Carmen (11 months) and my gorgeous nephew, Sean (age 8). I am so proud to have those 3 beautiful children in my life, I just love them so much.  We were playing around and I asked them if they wanted me to write a poem for each of them and they got so excited.  Below is the poem I created for Carmen and I am delighted to say all of their eyes lit up with joy when I read each of their poems out to them, I could see it really made them feel so very special….and they are.  Here is the first of these poems below.

Oh Little Carmen

Carnen
My little beautiful niece Carmen (11 months)

Oh little Carmen, we love you so,

The cutest little girl, in a pretty pink bow.

You light up our hearts, with the smile upon your face,

A special treasure forever, the sweetest grace.

The brightest light, shines from you,

Stronger than the sun, in the sky so blue.

An angel of fun, with a curious mind,

A bundle of joy, simply one of a kind.

poemsbyclarabelle, 13 September 2012

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Sister Dear Sister

Often we go through life and we forget how influential our closest family members have been in our life.  This poem is a heartfelt sentiment to my wonderful and beautiful younger sister,who through the highs and lows of my life has always been there for me.  Thank you Leanne, you are so very special to me, more than you’ll ever know.

When we were young sis, we always used to fight

Early in the morning and mostly every night

I didn’t really appreciate back then, the special person in you

I now recognise that failing, so evident and true

But as we got older, I changed my poor sisterly ways

You became a best friend and we went on holidays

I love you my dear sister, you are so special to me

More than you’ll ever know, more than I let you see

I always feel so happy, when you are around

You cheer up the room, lots of laughter is your sound

And always when I need you, to my door you come a knocking

There with open arms and then we do some talking

You laugh at your own jokes and I find that very funny

Your spirit is so alive and your attitude is always sunny

Sister dear sister, you’ve made my life so great

I couldn’t ask for a better sister, 10 out of 10 you rate

 poemsbyclarabelle, 25 February 2012

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My Wonderful Dad

Poem, My Wonderful Dad

I initially had second thoughts about posting this poem, simply because it is extremely personal to me and tells the true story of my Dad’s fight with cancer over 15 years ago. Sadly, after battling with this disease for 5 years, he passed away on 1 February 1997. The reason why I decided to share this poem is because although it was in some places, painful to write, I do feel other people who have gone through a similar situation with their family members will be able to relate to it and hopefully help them to come to terms with their sad loss and be able to gently move on.  I know everyone deals with grief differently and I think it took me about 5 years for the sadness to truly melt away.  Now when I think of my Dad, I think of the wonderful, happy and outgoing person he was, this then makes me smile and so proud to be his daughter and part of his life…..his loving spirit lives on in every heart he touched and I know he touched many.

My Wonderful Dad

It was 15 years ago, when you passed away

I must admit, it was my saddest day

My heart felt heavy, from deep inside

I had lost my Dad, I had lost my guide

The tears were painful, unbearable at times

Red bloodshot eyes, were swollen signs

When all alone, I cried out my heart

The deepest sadness, when you did depart

I held your hand, a few days before

And took a last glance back, before I left the ward door

Something told me to look back, when visiting that night

It was 24 hours later, you gave up the fight

I was out with a friend, but didn’t want to go

You told me to ‘live on’ and for the sadness not to show

I came home that night, there was a cold chill in the air

I instantly knew, why no one was there

They were called to the hospital, late that night

You were taking your last breathe, and approaching the light

Everyone was there, except for me

Because I went out, very selfishly

I lived with that hurt, for a few years

Why wasn’t I with you, I cried so many tears

I think it took about 5 years to move on

It was a painful few years, when your presence was gone

But now when I think of my wonderful Dad

I remember the good times, never the sad

I celebrate your life years, there were 58

I was part of 23 and you made them great

You never lived a perfect life, worry got to you

It’s easy to blame, but we didn’t live in your shoes

I think of your singing, I think of your smile

I think of that waistcoat, you wore for a while

You were fond of the mirror, a poser you were

Talking to yourself, as you played with your hair

When you left for work, I missed you right away

When you arrived home, it made my day

You were always positive and friendly to all

You liked to use humour, to break down the brick walls

A charmer you were, fun and caring

A Dad in a million and a little bit daring

You sang at most weddings, with a few whiskys inside

You jigged on the dance floor and flirted with the bride

You loved a laugh and would welcome a crowd

You loved your family, they made you feel so proud

In this physical world, your body is away

In another dimension, your spirit lives on each day

Maybe I can’t see you, but you can see me

You can feel my spirit and its frequency

So I’m sending you this message after 15 years

Life is good Dad, we have no more tears

You are still greatly missed and always will be

You have an extended family, it’s so beautiful to see

As the years go by and the older we get

We must live in each moment, but never will forget

The loved ones of the past, who are present in our mind

Who live in our hearts and are one of a kind

We love you, we miss you and to hold you once more

Would be a dream come true, if you walked through that door

The tears of the past, are now gone forever

They ran down my cheek and joined the river

And as the river flows, my heart does to

It is joined by my soul and reaches out to you

Because on the crest of the wave, there you stand

Holding out your heart and holding out your hand

Thank you Dad, for in me you live

Thank you for the lessons and to others I now give

Live your best life, every moment of every day

Connect with your inner self and listen to what it says

Enjoy the journey, as you sail down the river

Because there are hearts and many hands helping you forever.

poemsbyclarabelle, 6 January 2012

If you really like what you read here on this blog, you may be interested in purchasing one of Clarabelle’s self-published inspirational ebooks available to download now on Amazon Kindle, please refer to the Author page on this blog or click HERE

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Sister Dear Sister

Poem, Sister Dear Sister

Often we go through life and we forget how influential our closest family members have been in our life.  This poem is a heartfelt sentiment to my wonderful and beautiful younger sister,who through the highs and lows of my life has always been there for me.  Thank you Leanne, you are so very special to me, more than you’ll ever know.

Sister Dear Sister

When we were young sis, we always used to fight

Early in the morning and mostly every night

I didn’t really appreciate back then, the special person in you

I now recognise that failing, so evident and true

But as we got older, I changed my poor sisterly ways

You became a best friend and we went on holidays

I love you my dear sister, you are so special to me

More than you’ll ever know, more than I let you see

I always feel so happy, when you are around

You cheer up the room, lots of laughter is your sound

And always when I need you, to my door you come a knocking

There with open arms and then we do some talking

You laugh at your own jokes and I find that very funny

Your spirit is so alive and your attitude is always sunny

Sister dear sister, you’ve made my life so great

I couldn’t ask for a better sister, 10 out of 10 you rate

 poemsbyclarabelle, 25 February 2012

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