Celebration of Life

Moving beyond my pain and celebrating life.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Celebrate the "Sweetness of Life."

I snagged this picture from Lynetta's blog. (Sorry Myneeta, I just couldn't help myself!)

I have found that as I grow older, life affords us very few "sweet times." I don't mean I don't have them but it seems they get fewer and farther in-between. So when they do come along such as having the grand daughters overnight and witnessing a beautiful sunrise or seeing a bird sitting on your patio railing and looking in the window at you in the middle of winter you have to celebrate it, appreciate it and keep them close to your heart.

In Ms Creek's blog she had a picture of her and Monte at the campfire when we were all singing. We sang the songs that Dad taught us, the hymns that Mom taught us and all of the songs that brought back such sweet memories. I barely remember the cold wet rain as we all huddled together and sang, but I do remember snuggling with my nieces and our voices ringing in beautiful harmony. One niece who wasn't around us while she was growing up knew most songs that we were singing because her mother taught them to her and to have her sing the songs and her voice blend with our voices sounded so precious to me. Yes, we were all there for our Mother's funeral but the pain of that is minute compared to the sweet memory of all of us singing together.

Let's not just talk about it, let's really plan on getting together again this coming summer! Let's pick a date and a place and just do it! Let's celebrate the sweetness of our lives and set aside the pain and just be together!

I love you all dearly!


  • At January 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    I do not think that grandma wanted us to be sad. we wanted us to sing and be happy together. :) It was really a sweet time.

    I think we need to pick a time and date to be together.

  • At January 11, 2008 at 4:55 PM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    I think september

  • At January 11, 2008 at 5:21 PM , Blogger velvetginger said...

    I doubt I can go.
    And if I did it could only be in summer months not september.
    and yes Jo...everything you said is spot on!

  • At January 11, 2008 at 7:08 PM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    true. hm...I do not know. maybe july?? lol.

  • At January 11, 2008 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Lynetta said...

    Nice picture! :-) Yes, it's important to celebrate the sweet times when they come along. I'm grateful every day for those cherished memories.

  • At January 11, 2008 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    even if we can't all get together real soon, it's just as important (maybe moreso) to just keep in touch with each other...see each other when we can...talk, yack on here...

    mom would understand our sadness because she knew what it was like to have suffered loss (more than any of us!) and yes, be very glad we were there for each other in comforting one another with our love she taught us and that flows through us.

    good post, ditty!

  • At January 12, 2008 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Asta said...

    Hi Jo
    This is Ami,Asta's Mommi
    thank you for youw words about my story..what youwrote about the celebration of life is wonderful and so true..my husband got sick years ..he's been well foralmost two years..he's my whole world, I have no family left ...but wonderful friends and the best husband and wire fox terrier in the world..you have to hug them close and celebrate every moment
    I loved the pictures around the camp fire onyour sister's blog and could feel the warmth
    smoochie kisses
    fwom Asta

  • At January 12, 2008 at 4:01 PM , Blogger San said...

    SWEET post, Jo. And that picture makes me want to go on a sweets binge. But I'm trying to be good in these post-holidays. Time to atone for the dietary indiscretions.

  • At January 12, 2008 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Celebration of Life said...

    Ami: Thanks for visiting! I think your dog Asta is real cute and talented. (If anyone hasn't gone to Asta's blog you are missing a story about Ami's life journey that has touched me on so many levels!)

    San: Fortunately for me, the sweetness of life that I cherish does not leave 'love handles' on your hips but on your heart! :o)

    A.Bananna and Velvet: You two and Bryan are the ones that have to travel the longest distance so pick a time and then we will get a place reserved.

    Lynetta and family: I hope you will all plan on coming out too! It wouldn't be the same without you!

    Ms. Creek: Don't forget your guitar and kids! ;o)

  • At January 14, 2008 at 8:11 AM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    have a great week aunt jo! I love yah!

  • At January 14, 2008 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Lynetta said...

    If at all possible, I wouldn't miss it! It will depend on money and time, of course.

    Love you!

  • At January 14, 2008 at 4:48 PM , Blogger velvetginger said...

    I highly doubt i can come....but it would be nice!
    aj & rick are planning their vacation in march to see ricks grandparents.

  • At January 14, 2008 at 6:55 PM , Blogger M&M FAMILY said...

    Yes we all should get together that would be great.The times we had around the fire were so much fun i just wish i had known the songs.But all you girls sounded GREAT.I am glad that monte got the chance to be with his family. jojo i have a new post finally ,have a great week little lady.

  • At January 15, 2008 at 10:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Seeing all that sugar makes my teeth hurt.

  • At January 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM , Blogger velvetginger said...

    I said in another blog ... at this pic...and it got deleted...
    that I can't stand someone that is "fakey sweet" lol that's what this picture reminds me of...of course what you wrote Jo has nothing to do with that.....
    I don't like to eat candy either chewy...exccept red licorice.

  • At January 15, 2008 at 1:58 PM , Blogger San said...

    Just popping in again to savor the sweetness!

  • At January 15, 2008 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Ms. Creek said...

    too many sweets make my teeth hurt!

  • At January 16, 2008 at 8:55 AM , Blogger A.Bananna said...

    yes we are going to take a trip to see ricks grandparents. His grandpa is not doing very well and we want the kids to see them.
    Hopefully we can all meet up someplace and have a great time. lol. love you all!!

  • At January 23, 2008 at 10:31 PM , Blogger Lynette said...

    COL, I think your blog is wonderful and that picture of all the candy looks so delicious! I still have a bunch of candy canes left over from Christmas. eek, I hear you on getting older, I'm getting ready for my 54th bd. I saw your link in Bab's 'Off the Wall' blog. *waving*


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