As I debate what to write about today, I find myself glancing upwards at the bulletin board hung above my desk. There are so many memories and bits and pieces of people and "things" that I have accumulated over the years. Let me give you a tour of what I am remembering through these little tidbits of my life.
1. Pictures of Gary the first time he held both our children after they were born.
2. Notes my dad wrote to me on scraps of paper that he left laying around for me to find after he and mom had visited us in Pittsburgh and were headed home to Virginia.
3. Beautiful handmade birthday cards from a dear friend.
4. Anniversary and wedding napkins from my grandparents' 50th; my mom and dad's 35th and one from our wedding in 1980.
5. Poems about the beach...one of my favorite vacation spots.
6. Pictures of our Compassion and Feed the Children kids.
7. Family group pictures; a vacation picture from Disney with Lucy; a picture of the kids with Gary on his birthday when they were young....and, one of my favorites....A Wish Poem that Kimberly sent me a long time ago.
8. A mustard seed....
9. A newspaper announcement when my father-in-law and his brother-in-law (now both deceased) went to Washington to attend the funeral of John F. Kennedy!
10. A calendar that Kimberly gives us each year that catalogs our year (especially hers and Lucy's) in memorable pictures/events.
11. Messages of faith on measuring spoons!
12. A lovely crocheted cross to be used as a bookmark.
So many blessings, so many memories....I am blessed beyond measure and it's a great time for reflection! Thank you, Jesus, for giving yourself as a sacrifice so that I might live eternally....and thank you to my heavenly Father for the gift of life this side of heaven.
The Wish Poem
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye."