This time of year, while it is a time of new beginnings, reminds me of a time 8 years ago when my dear, beloved father passed away.  Exactly one month before that, my dear, beloved mother-in-law passed away.  It was a very unique and difficult time.   Just a few years earlier, my mother-in-law’s dear, beloved husband, a father-in-law to me and a grandpa to my kids, left the Earth all too soon as well.

I know in my heart that they are all in a better place.  It is of great comfort to me that none of them are in any type of pain or suffering, that they are lights of love that shine on us all.  I still miss them horribly.  Some days it feels like it all just happened, and I wish I had just one more hour to ask a question, hear a laugh, or give and receive a hug.

Nothing was more important to any of them than family.  And let me tell you, there are a LOT of us!  (Not exactly “19 Kids and Counting” but we are a big family by average standards)  Because there are a lot of us, there is a lot of love going around.  Several of the nieces and nephews are older, married, or off   at college or a job in another state.  We still make efforts to get together and we offer one another support through difficult times.

We are the most fortunate.  What our awesome, departed parents taught us was to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.   I am sending love out to all my family, friends, and readers today – Thanks to all of you who take a few minutes out of your busy day to read my blog.  I will get “back on track” soon – promise!

In the meantime, I send you all love!



(Some roses just want to keep blooming in spite of the freezing temperatures!)



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