"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you.
You have to go to them sometimes."
Winnie the Pooh

Monday, March 19, 2012

Woodland Tempters...

Junie is on high alert these days.
 We have had record-breaking, 
warm temperatures 
this Spring.
The average is 44*.
Yesterday was 80*!!!!!
With warm temps come so many
temptations for giant Beagles.  :)
Squirrels, birds, chipmunks-
All kinds of woodland creatures!

Happy Happy Spring!!!


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bits & Pieces II

Here are few more treasures-
Priceless to me...
Mom, Uncle Tom & Aunt Joyce

My Mom journaled a lot.
Her words are so dear to me.
They make me feel like, for a moment,
I am with her again.
I really don't think that she would mind if I 
shared this entry with you.
She lost her precious sister 22 years ago.
Her baby sister.
It never feels right when we lose people
we love "out of order".
She adored both her sister, Joyce,
 and her "Baby" Tommy.
My little brother and I
 are both named after them.  :)
Uncle Tom, Aunt Joyce & Mom
Thanksgiving with LOTS of yummy food!

 This is a letter from Mom, to her family, while she was in college.
Very Dramatic!
I love the young girl, in her, in this letter!
 Another letter from school

This is later in her life-
She is married with two little ones.
I can tell from this letter that she 
really wants to see her Mom.
She has a whole plan laid out for
Grandma and Grandpa to come visit.
So Sweet!
Aunt Joyce, Julie, Grandma, Diana, Mom & Billy
Mom and Aunt Joyce are both expecting Mindy and me.
Cousin Diana, Brother Bill, Cousin Julie, Cousin Mindy & Me
I am sorry to some of you younger cousins.
Pictures of you will be posted later.
That's just the price you pay for being so young. 

 My Grandma & Grandpa's
Marriage Certificate


This is where it all began...
I had never seen this before.
There will be more things to come.
Things that mean so much to me.
I hope that you-
 Cousins, Uncle Tom, Aunt Karen,
along with the bloggers
 who read this,
 -I hope that you have enjoyed
 this walk down 
 Memory Lane!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Bits and Pieces

Here are just a few treasure
 I found at my Mom's house.
My Mom, Dad, Me & Big Brother Bill
I love the picture of Jesus on the background.
I wonder what happened to it?

Several years later...
Mom, Dad, Bill, Me,
Little Brother Tommy & Little Sis Sherrie.
All I can say about the outfits is-
Wow
Mine and Sherrie's dresses are hot off
Mom's sewing machine.
So Sweet!

I remember reaching into this cookie jar
to grab freshly made chocolate chip cookies.
Is she the cutest?!?
I'm not sure exactly where she came from. 
 I think that she was a wedding gift.
But, I'm not sure.

We found hundreds of index cards 
written by my mom
 with scripture, quotes or
 little "tips" for the day.
Anything with her handwriting
on it is Priceless to me.

I also found this gem-
This is from 1967 and I remember my mom
doing the exercises from this little book
in the middle of our living room.
There are some very "Yoga Looking" 
moves in this little booklet.
I may use it myself.
Timeless!

This is a little mini quilt that I found.
Probably made by my Grandma.
She was a quilter.
So Cute!
 I will share some more of these 
treasured treasures next time.

Love,
Joyce

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Journey


Picture of Roads - Free Pictures - FreeFoto.com
For two and a half hours I drove along.
My goal was basically to not think about,
 or feel, any feelings about what was at
the end of my journey.

As I rounded the last corner of my trip
every single emotion that I held
at bay flooded over me. 

I looked in my rear view mirror
 at my sister, Sherrie,
who had been following me on this trip.

Was she experiencing the same thing?
Was she flooded with emotions
and memories so strong that it 
felt like they could take over?

We pulled up to a big, old house that 
had once been bursting at the seams
with a family of six, 
friends,
 dogs, 
(Our Beloved Jessie)
hamsters,
guinie pigs, 
and even a snake.


Now that same house is empty.
Not of stuff.
No, there is lots of that,
but so, so empty of life.
Our childhood home.


We were there to take anything 
that meant something to us.
Treasures.


As we entered the house,
both of our throats burning with 
unshed tears.
 We looked at each other.
and the floodgates opened.


Can I even tell you enough how
thankful I am for her?
For my sister?
To face something that hurts so much
with someone who feels it too, 
is such a blessing.
Our precious Mom passed away
a year and a half ago 
and our dad, who has dementia, is in a
 memory care center near Sherrie.


The house is empty.
It may be full again someday,
but not with our family. 


It was painful and healing
all at the same time.


I will write about some 
of the treasures that we found.
Things that someone else would
 pass by, but so priceless to us.


Thanks for listening to my story.
Love,
Joyce

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