Friday, May 22, 2015

Until We Meet Again

The plethora of photos that we have of my mother in law is overwhelming.
Each one tells a story.
These are just a few that show her love of her family.
We are because she was.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roller Coaster

The last week and a half has been a true roller coaster of emotions.
From the high of my Mom getting a clean, cancer free report to the low of losing my mother in law.  Crying has been a daily occurrence.
Happy and sad.
Bittersweet and mournful..
Tears of pride for my daughter and her cousins as they received a scholarship that honors their heritage.
Pride when Lollipop Pop's junior high school history teacher turned superintendent presented 4 other tiny country school alumni and her with scholarships.
I inadvertently cut off the 5th kidnick...oops...sorry, Israel.
Gratitude when said superintendent stayed and posed with my girl.
8th grade graduation
Senior. Scholarship Night
Humbled when I had to purchase more bags to fit all the items our 4-H Club members donated to bless women who find themselves at our battered women's shelter.

Laughter and happiness for my girlie, her cousin and their friends as they beat the Juniors in an encore Powder Puff Football game.
   (This game is usually played every other year, but these girls pushed to be able to played as Seniors also)
Lollipop Pop woke up the following day and said she felt like she had been run over.
Scoring points in football is hard work!

Watching my niece and nephew discuss the game plan...not sure that is smiled upon when one is the quarterback and one is the ref. 
Oh well.
Stress at getting items to the fair as well as appreciation for all the leaders and parents who make such a thing possible. 
Teaching our youth to preserve foods or decorate a cake, take terrific photos or how to care for critters,  are things they will carry with them throughout their lives.
Awards are kind of a nice added benefit as well.

Being surrounded by Sugar Plum Fairy's friends helped a great deal. 
We were all able to put aside our sadness for a moment.
Happiness in watching Sugar Plum Fairy play in her first band concert. 
This girl loves music!

 Last night, we were blessed to attend Lollipop Pop's Baccalaureate. 
There were students from most of the high schools in town.
 As Father blessed them while they formed a semi-circle, I cried. 
 I cried when they sang Amazing Grace.
I always cry when they sing Amazing Grace.
Watching these three handle the recent events in addition to their finals and "end of high school stuff", I felt such joy and pride in who they have become.
This morning I will wake my daughter up for the last time to get ready for school.
Her final day of high school.
Tears are sure to fall again.
The next few days, we will be surrounded by friends and family.
 The roller coaster is slowing down and while the emotions are sure to be raw and close to the surface for some time, we are comforted in the knowledge that the loss we feel now will ease a bit.
We know that she will be watching down upon us as we laugh together and cry together and heal together.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Truism and What I Know

 Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in me.   
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places.
If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 
  And you know the way to the place where I am going. 
 Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’
   Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me. 
  If you know me, you will know my Father also.
 From now on you do know him and have seen him.’
~John 14:1-7
This I know.
There is a party filled with dancing and music happening in Heaven right now.
Lots of music.
And reunions.
And laughing.
And music.
And dancing.
After nearly 92 years of serving the Lord and everyone around her, my mother-in-law
went to be with Jesus yesterday.
As much as her grandchildren and children adored her, the love and pride she felt for each of them was no match.
As we learn to navigate a world without her, we must remember that her love...compassion...kindness and Faith live in each of us.
That is her legacy.
What a gift.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

And Another

Music sooths the soul, don't you think?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

My Favorite Hymn

What is your favorite?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday Truism

Blogging has not only allowed me to pour out my heart and preserve my memories, it has introduced me to wonderful blogging friends. 
 Melinda is one such lady whom I have never met in person, but whom I am confident I would like in real life.
 I mean just the name of her blog, Blue Jeans and Cotton Tees is perfect.
Take a peak at her blog and introduce yourself .
Her comparison recently of raising children to gardening and being in a season of transplanting hit my heart dead on and had me in tears.
On this Mother's Day, may all of our children know that this prayer Melinda composed is prayed over them.
Over and over.

And my momma heart prayed, “Take care of the roots, children!”
Those precious roots that your dad and I have tried to build into your lives.
Roots that will anchor you in the bedrock of strong faith.
Roots that will help you stay strong when the world is storming around you.
Watch those roots!
Tend them carefully.
Water them.
Give them good soil.
Let them grow deep and strong.
Please children, hear your momma’s heart.
Take care of the roots.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Look Back

It has been strange to have our two oldest children attend the same high school I attended. 
In the years since I was there, many things more more intact mosaics in the campus more flower beds.
Cars are allowed to park on campus in places that are not meant for cars and our original mascot Moe was retired as not being appropriate.
Dana Hosfeldt Collins's photo.
The art teacher who created Moe passed away last week as well. 
 Time does indeed move on and things change, I suppose.
May 7, 2009
It boggles my mind that this post was when our son was ENTERING high school and in mere weeks our oldest daughter will be LEAVING high school.

May 9, 2010
This look back is appropriate for Mother's Day this weekend. 
 The truth has only become more evident to me since I first posted it!
May 9, 2011
This would still be done today given the opportunity.
May 9, 2012
Boy, do I remember this May
It was completely off the charts, crazy busy.
I am counting my blessings that while busy now, it resembles little of that year.
Although, I would like to see the green grass and water again.
May 10, 2013
Last night marked the final high school baseball game for my nephew.
I know it was an emotional game for parents and players alike.
This is one of my most favorite shots of Chris and baseball...his final high school game.
May 9. 2014
This is STILL what Moms want.
Time passes and many things change...but not everything.