Thanksgiving Reflections & Wishes

November 24, 2016
Often times the Holiday season can be a bittersweet celebration.
So today it was important to me to share some stories of life, hope, and love on this Thanksgiving with a hopeful heart that we will all live mindfully each 1440 minutes of every single day.
Our family has been through the seasons of life these past two weeks, life can change so quickly.
God blessed us with the sunrise of two healthy, beautiful and strong new grand-babies, while at the same time the sun set as our Heavenly Father called one of our young men home.
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The Sunrise of Life
The ages of my children are spread out like seashells on the seashore, I began having my family at 20 years old and although my youngest and oldest child are 13 years apart they each increased the size of their families by one more these past two weeks.
Oh yes, they are angels direct from heaven above and they are mesmerizing to watch and love.
I am delighted to report that our two new grandchildren are thriving under the watchful eye of their adoring parents.
You know, it is really an amazing thing to watch your children parent, you see snippets of their own youth in your grands.
The love you have for your grandchildren is as powerful as a locomotive and even if you don't see them much as you'd like, they are always in your heart.
I spent a week in Oklahoma this past week with my sweet family and their new baby.
I couldn't help but think how the parents were like watchful birds tending to their nest of little ones.
It's a beautiful thing, this messy, wonderful, heartbreaking, delightful thing called life.

The Sunset of Life
Just as the sun rises it also sets and during those moments of grief there have been four services that will forever be embedded in my mind.
My Mama's, Dad's, sister and my Mama-in-law. Each one of them was a testimony to a life well lived, and a savior who was waiting at Heavens gate.
Each of these Pastor proclamations had a resonating theme.
"Tell the life stories of those that are departed, doing so you honor them while keeping their memory alive."

So I am sharing a story with a little life lesson from our family member Brett Deyo.
Brett was a dynamic young man who was just 30 and the beloved brother of our son-in-law.

Brett was an intelligent, kind, genuine and articulate man with the gift of wit and hunger for reading and writing. 
He truly felt, saw and lived a life with passion for his family, filling those 1440 minutes to the brim with time well spent with them and he was crazy over his one year old nephew too.
Brett never saw the duty of family as a duty...but as a gift and to treasure those people nearest and dearest to him.
Plain and simple he loved them fiercely.

You know how some people take a entire life time to really "get," it. Brett got it from the start.


There may be some empty chairs at our Thanksgiving table, but we won't be short on memories or stories to tell of those that have gone on before us.
Wishing each and everyone of you a blessed Thanksgiving with beautiful moments and memories to share.~ With Love.


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  1. Very well written, with life-loving remembrances, Jemma. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Oh dear Jemma -- what a topsy turvy time you have had. I join you in your celebrations of lives to be lived and in the beautiful memories you share of a life cut short. And through the tears and laughter of this day, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, knowing full well that you understand and celebrate joy and those who bring it, even if only for a short time. Sending big hugs your way, jeanie

  3. Such a wonderful and thoughtful post. You been through a lot lately, sweet friend. Some things are easy to be thankful for and others can tear your heart out. We, too, will have missing ones around the table...some to death and others through estrangement (which is a whole tragedy in itself - feeling for my MIL). Still we choose to gather with grateful hearts and enjoy each other's company. Have a wonderful and blessed day!

  4. Good morning Jemma! I am glad to see you here, to hear of the blessings of new life and the celebration of a life well-lived, called home.

    May your recollections today around your table bring sweet speech to your lips, and seasoned images of days past. But we look forward, taking our past with us as life lessons. Blessings to you and your family dear friend.

  5. Hi Jemma,
    I am so sorry for your loss of a dear family member. Someone once told me, "hearts speak when words cannot." My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. It is so wonderful that you are sharing Brett's story of his life. So many good things come from it and it helps to heal. At the same time, I congratulate you on the new arrivals to your family. Babies are truly angels and give meaning to life. I am sure you will cherish and enjoy watching them grow. I pray that God will watch over your family.

  6. You've written this beautifully and sadly...we had something similar happen to us on our trip. So with all the happiness, we mourn our losses too. Happy Thanksgiving my friend. Sweet sweet hugs, Diane

  7. What a sad but important reminder to appreciate every moment we have with family. Your beautiful family is very lucky to have you!

  8. This is beautiful:)
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    You are such a blessing.

  9. Beautiful and loving post, Jemma...I'm so sorry for your loss and so thrilled for your two new grandbabies.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I'm sure the stories will be even sweeter this year.
    xo, Tina

  10. Jemma, what a beautiful tribute to those you've lost and a wonderful welcome to those precious newcomers to your warm family circle.

  11. Jemma this is beautiful.. A wonderful glimpse of insight as it was shared with extreme light and hope, you're a blessing! Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. I love the analogy of sunrise and sunset Jemma, as it truly does describe life for us all.

    May you enjoy the day with your beautiful family!


  13. ((((Jemma)))), such a beautiful and heartfelt post...thank you for sharing! I'm so excited that you have two little angels in your family now. There's just nothing like a grandbaby. I'm so very sorry about Brett. It's difficult when a young person is called home so early. Abby was like Brett in the fact that she "got it" from the start!

    My heart goes out to you and your loved ones. I do wish you a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!


  14. Beautifully said Jemma. Hugs to all of you.

  15. Very meaningful post Jemma. So sorry for your loss. Also congratulations are your new grandbabies....the circle of life..

  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Jemma! Congrats on the grandkids and sorry for your loss...Christine

  17. I can just imagine your own children being wonderful parents just as you were to them.
    You've done a wonderful job in honouring Brett by sharing with us what a caring person he was. So sorry that he has gone at such a young age. A bittersweet Thanksgiving for your family for sure. Hugs to you Jemma, and I hope you and yours find much comfort together.
    Wendy xox

  18. Beautiful post Jemma. New life is always a blessings. So sad to hear a young one was called home so soon. One never knows when it is our turn. I lost my little sis when she was 52. I miss her each and everyday. Enjoy your new blessings and treasure the memories. I hope your Thanksgiving was as special as you are. XO

  19. A beautiful heart felt message. Thank you. Life is indeed so very precious. Sheila

  20. Just written from your heart and shared with us all, a beautiful post.

    But I am sorry for your loss, whilst being excited to learn about your two new grand-children.

    Take care my blogging friend, sending my good wishes

    All the best Jan

  21. Thank you for sharing your stories today, Jemma. Brett sounds like such a wonderful man. I, too, lost my mama, dad, brother, and many others, so I've seen how fragile life really is and to appreciate what we have and each moment that we have. The orange daisies are simply beautiful. Here's to you, dear Jemma, a wonderful woman of gratitude!!

    love, ~me

  22. I am so sorry for this terrible loss in your family, especially at such a young age. The gratitude for life is something we can't take for granted. We never know what the next day brings. Love and hugs to you, Jemma!

  23. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's hard to lose someone so close to Thanksgiving.


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