Several Things Today, This Beautiful Sunday

This morning it is beautifully light around the blinds. Feels like promise and hope. Light is so wonderful, so necessary to do work, for those of us who work by sight and with our hands. I love the promise of a new day.

Gather Victoria

First of all, a marvelous website. A treasure of a find. This site has stirring photos and a wealth of information on gathering, harvesting, traditions, and more. I have only started to delve into this site: Gather Victoria. You might need a cup of tea before sitting down to browse this one. I will be placing a link to Gather Victoria on my page “Interesting Stuff from Around the Web.”

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Photo from GatherVictora.com

Grandchildren

They grow so quickly. I see them and just want to squeeze them with joy and delight, but they sure do love their mama and daddy. They certainly know me as their grandma, or “mawmaw” as Grandson L likes to proclaim loudly, but the littlest would prefer I not scoop her up and keep her from her mama’s arms, and that is a sweet, sweet love between a mama and baby.

I love this picture, capturing the personality of Princess A as she watches a movie. She and her brother closest in age both love Frozen. Would not surprise me if that was what she was watching. I did not really even look at the movie. I looked at A. She balanced her wobbly self at the couch edge and wondered, is grandma going to scoop me up again? Yes!

Princess A
Princess A

You can see that A wants down, but she is not crying. She is familiar with me and feels safe, but her inclination is just go ahead and pass me to mama, please.

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You can see Little Princes A wanting to move on to more familiar arms. So darling. That said, as they get older, they want to be with “mawmaw,” and I love that!

Meanwhile, daddy was holding Grandson G.

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I am so thankful for my children! We have all come such a long way! I am very thankful to God, that He allowed me to know through the years that they would grow quickly; that He put in my heart a love for them to give them time and attention and to tell them about Him. We all still have a long road of healing. But we are getting there!

Enjoy this day!

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It Feels So Right

Dear Friends,

I am in shock at how good this feels! For so long I have tried to blog on the iPad, with wavering success. It becomes so cumbersome to try and get pictures published, I give up. Really, the design and layout and template functions are hard to work with. I give up. But over the past week, Jason has transferred literally thousands of photos from CDs and thumb drives onto an external storage drive for my use! I am using his desktop to blog right now, but I am so very hopeful that soon I can purchase a Macbook or Mac Air with a keyboard! On this big screen, I can see everything! I am able to drag photos from here to there. With a mouse!

Going down memory lane this evening, I found this.

 Christmas 2007

From Christmas 2007. My princess of the universe looks so tiny! That was nearly 9 years ago. She is now 18. I was carrying on, pushing as hard as I could for the life I wanted for myself and my children. It was a lonely road, but I loved (love) my children so dearly and so much! They were a very bright fire that kept me going. Daniel is in this photo as well. What a hard few years, as things got worse. If I had known that only a few years down the road from this I’d finally implode and leave my home, I may have cried. But I might have felt overwhelming hope. Unless you have walked in the shoes of despair and loneliness and grief and, dare I say, abuse, you will never know the ache to be somewhere other than where you are!

 Christmas 2007

I walked with my mom around their pond. My sister was probably somewhere nearby. I always love going out and looking at plants. Taking pictures. I was probably thinking of my work day the following day. And lesson plans! And food! It was Christmastime, after all, and my mom always has a spread of delicious food for the holidays.

Fast forward…

 

Grandma Lynn with Addie and Leighton

Life is so different now.  So full.  I think most of my discontent, when it is present, comes from agonizing over what things should be.  I have to remind myself that for me, this is what things should be.  I am exactly where I should be.  I am healing and being a parent and a grandmother, making the best choices I can day by day.

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I could post so much more right now, but I will stop. It is getting late, and I have not even had dinner yet! I won’t even tell you how late it is, because most people don’t eat this late! I also would like to pick up the Martin and strum a bit. And tomorrow will, Lord willing, be another day in my sweet caboose, Sidetracked, so I better get off of here. I do want to share just one more photos. A scan from the shop today. This one is by William Shew. You can google him to find out more, but seems he read about photography in the early part of the 1800s, took off to learn about it, his brothers in tow, studied under Morse, and finally ended up in San Francisco with a photography studio. He was obviously very good at what he did.
 

William Shew photo circa 1870

Isn’t she just lovely!  I would love to know her name, but it is a mystery.  She knows her name.  God knows her name.  Ah well.  I love old photos!

Enjoy this day,
Lynn