Good evening Friends ~ It has been very windy and cold all day down here in s.e. FL. Right now at 6:59 EST. it is 56 and feels like it is 48. I puttered indoors. Started out in a very positive mood, but had a few relapses during the day. I just have to go with the flow, and it isn’t always easy. Unless you’ve lost a spouse yourself, you really can’t imagine what it is like.
I did have two good dreams about my DH in the week hours of yesterday morning that made me wake up with a smile on my face. Then today when I was going through a little enamel tin of papers, I found a valentine he had written on a scrap of paper, that brought tears of joy and thanksgiving and it’s now tucked into my Bible.
I got inspired by this morning by Karen B. at Todolwen as she posted photos of a magical, wonderful piece of property that’s for sale, which is owned by Robin Brown and John Gray. The place is Magnolia Pearl Ranch. Do check it out at Fiona and Twig. The photos by Anne Lorys Photography are wonderful. What a fabulous place!
I was inspired by these photos:
Many, many years ago we found a ‘mother lode’ pile curbside in an industrial area. Someone must have emptied the contents of someone’s home and we just couldn’t believe all of the goodies. I can’t even remember them all now. Alligator purses, antique lace panels, sterling silver bracelet with my initial ‘L’ on it, and oh so much more. Our care was loaded inside and out. I wish I could remember everything but I can’t, too long ago.
I’ve been thinking about the antique lace panels as I came across them recently in going through things and after seeing the photos this morning I got them out. They are fastened to the lace curtains behind them in both doors. I did the kitchen door first.
Bedroom door. Please excuse the ‘stuff’ as I am going through things and getting rid of some and going to be doing some work in here as the bedroom was one of our ‘unfinished projects’ that I’m attempting to do myself now. We had opened up the two tiny rooms into one room. I’m probably going to ask for help from a couple of male family members but that will be after I do some ‘decluttering’. There’s another 2’width on either side of the curtains in the photo. We/I live in a tiny cottage, around 700 sq. ft.
Now here are some outdoor photos.
‘Borderer’ a sweet little rose.
‘Maman Cochet’ climbing rose
Dahlburg daisies, sweet, happy little flowers
I will close with the following from the wonderful book ~
“One Thousand Gifts ~ Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are”
by Ann Voskamp.
“ The practice of giving thanks … eucharisteo … this is the was we practice the presence of God, stay present to His presence, and it is always a practice of the eyes. We don’t have to change what we see. Only the way we see.”
“God’s grace, God’s grace” (is right here in my little house, and your house too.)
“The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away:
blessed be the name of the Lord".
Precious in His eyes is the homecoming of the saints.” (Psalm 116:15)
It will be 3 months on the 9th since my dear husband went home to God. I miss him terribly, that will never go away. While grief can be overwhelming at times, I do feel the love, peace and strength of Jesus flowing through and surrounding me. I have my ups and downs, as I’ve not been perfected yet. I’m just taking each day as it comes, living moment to moment.
Thank you all for your emails, cards, hugs, prayers, thoughts and comments and continued support. They uplift me more than words can say.