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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please Join Me~