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Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

Thanksgiving Reflections & Wishes

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.
Babies!
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.
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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.

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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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My Heart Lives HereLove Of HomeLife and Linda


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Aging With Style Detours

We began the Aging With Style Series back in January, and it has been awhile since I did a post on

this topic. Some things popped into my mind and heart as I was driving back from Oklahoma

yesterday afternoon, after spending a few days with our

youngest daughter and our granddaughter- Molly.

Naturally,  I just have to share them with you.



These thoughts popped into my mind as I was forced to take a detour home because of mudslides

along I35 from Oklahoma to Texas.

My altered route took me along 287 - a route which I had never been on, in fact my GPS annoyingly

kept recalculating and wanting me to make U Turns and go back to the familiar route that both of us

knew.

At one point I told my GPS to be quiet, that we couldn't go that way because the highway was closed.

Finally she gave in, and accepted that we had taken a detour and should make the best of it.





Detours-we have all had them, we fight them, they are uncomfortable, unfamiliar, unwanted.

We have to recalculate-our plans, our life, they affect our emotions, our thoughts, our outlook and

our attitude.





As a woman, I am acutely aware that I am aging-a detour that quite frankly has caught me off

guard just a tad-it may be a natural part of life, but I just didn't know our bodies would go in one

direction and our minds and souls go in another!

Seriously, this requires a certain mindset and a game plan.

It is more important to me today than ever to accept graciously the detours in my life and recalculate

wisely, intently, and purposefully in order to live a life with style.

A style which comes from within, from the heart and the spirit- a style that is timeless.

Oh, and when those pesky detours coming knocking at our doors, and they eventually find us all,

It is vital to learn how to manage those emotions, thoughts and anxieties.

To let go of the familiar, the comfortable, the journey which we had so carefully planned

and embark on the new route.




As I look back on my life, and as I look to the future, as I look into the eyes and hearts of my

dearest of dears-my children-and mostly centering in on my daughters.

(Because you do know, that women think, feel and hear different than men.)





I would want my daughters, the ones I gave birth to and those which I lovingly acquired from my

husband I would want them to know this.






Life is filled with detours, many of them hurt-badly.

They make our hearts ache and our heads spin.

Sometimes we want to run, but if we must run, run with intent and Run With Passion.

Emotions and thoughts are part of the process of detours, but  recalculate, knowing that

what you are thinking and feeling are just that-they do not define you.

Embrace your Faith, your connection to your Heavenly Father will comfort and guide you.

Seek comfort from those who love you.

Your previous journey has not been a waste, it has been a tool to prepare you for this detour.

Take these tools, add them to your handbook of life, punch the new destination in your

personal GPS of life and truly know that All of this is part of the remarkable journey of living.

Of Aging, at any age, with Style.


If you have a moment, please share how you have managed the detours in your life.

xoxox

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Don't Sweat The Small Stuff


I am writing this today straight from my heart, I am THANKFUL.

Thankful for the beauty of family and the complexities of it too.

I grew up in a small cluster, My Mom, Dad, Sister and myself.

Even as I write this I find that my sentences are short and small.

A symbol of the tight and tiny unity that we shared.

Growing up on a farm in Idaho, far removed from the rest of the world,

I was sheltered, protected, and nurtured.







My sister grew up.

I grew up.

We left the safety of our parents and our home.

I went on to marry and have a family.

My sister moved away and married.

My sister went on a boating trip, she never returned from that trip.

Only one of the four people who went boating in Puget Sound that day did.

He was not alive.

That was 38 years ago.






Naturally, there is not a day that goes by that Sandra is not in my heart and thoughts.

I always wonder how different all of our lives would have been.

I wonder who and what her children may have been like.

I miss her.




This tragic experience forever altered my little family's  response to situations, attitude, expectations,

mind set and behavior.

We were forced to focus on what we had, because what we had lost was so great.

We became increasingly aware, with a deliberate mindset, of what we had to be THANKFUL for.

We prayed, we read, we prayed some more.

We worked, and continue to work on learning how to cast aside-

sweating over much of the small stuff.






Now we are in full Holiday mode and there are many sentimental triggers for most of us.

We are swinging into Thanksgiving, and then Christmas is just around the corner.

As much as we embrace these times of gratitude and thankfulness, it is very easy to become

overwhelmed with family expectations, old hurts, sweet and sad memories and loss.


"To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest

ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being."

~John Lubbock





During my usual morning routine, while drinking my coffee and folding clothes.

(This darling tin apron, which hangs on my laundry wall, thank you Samantha!)

Got me to thinking about how all of us, every single one of us...has a messy life.

Those of us who are buying Turkeys, making pies, chopping celery for the stuffing.

We are all a mixture of our messy life experiences, but we can change ourselves and the scars

in our memories by going with a deliberate and conscious mindset into each day.

We have the beautiful opportunity to create new experiences, new memories, and stronger

bonds by choosing to live a life with thankfulness, inspiration, forgiveness, and letting go.


"Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what man does with what happens to him."

~ Aldous Leonard Huxley





Today I am thankful for all of my family, for those who have gone to be with our Heavenly Father.

For my beautiful children, grandchildren, and step children.  Your lives have enriched mine.

I am thankful for having the complexities that go along with  having you all, to call you mine, to be

with you, to walk with you, to love you.

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Ones, with all of my love.

XOXO