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Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Memories

Two of my cousins are arriving from Minnesota today!

Truthfully, it couldn’t come at a better time.

My deep grief over the loss of my grandmother created one huge dark cloud that hovered above me through most of January.

But the anticipation of their visit has lifted much of it.

It’s as if the sun is now peeking through.

I think a good portion of my grief is the realization that I am now the oldest living member of my family ….on both sides.

The loss of family members who knew me as a child….

The loneliness is palpable. Memories of times past are now solely my own.

We all need to love and be loved.

I have never been shy about reaching out.

I connected with cousins at my Grandmother’s memorial.

Now, here we are getting ready to spend one glorious week together.

Goody goodness!

Here’s to the making of new family memories.


“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” ~ Joshua 24:15


Sandi said...

I can really relate to this.


Jan Tanis said...

Have a wonderful time Laura! Share the memories you have and then create some new ones, too!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Have a wonderful visit and do lots of fun things to make memories! Sweet hugs, Diane

Lorrie said...

I hope this week together will strengthen old bonds and forge new ones. I lost an aunt this week and am feeling that members of my parents' generation will be slipping away more frequently now. They've lived long, wonderful and Godly lives and have been a great inspiration to me.

Sarah said...

Enjoy your time together. Family memories in the making!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I am so happy for renewed blessings and reconnecting with family members. It is funny how our lives get so busy that we temporarily loose touch. Make some fabulous new memories and enjoy every second. If they are younger, then you can share family memories that they don't know. That's a Blessing for everyone.

FairfieldHouse said...

I too can understand and have been experiencing much the same. I hope you have a lovely week with family creating new memories.
Your Friend,

Linda said...

That's wonderful, Laura; I hope you all have a marvelous time!! :)
I understand those feelings, last night Jim and I finally took care of something that we had been putting off (I had been putting off) - My Dad and Mom who live next door wanted to go through all of their paperwork with us - well, actually Dad did because Mom has dementia and is incapable of handling those details. My Dad is 89 years old and Mom is 85. I cried before going over and then prayed for strength and had peace while there, very responsibly going through everything with Dad and making written notes to myself so I'd remember where everything is. Then we had laughs, looked through old family mementos, many of which I hadn't seen before, we reminisced and I went home and cried again because life is strange, it goes far too fast, and I'm not ready for any of it to be over with though I know the inevitable given their ages within the next 10 years at the most.
Love, Linda

Rita C. said...

How fun! You can explore your new surroundings together!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Just catching up on your past few posts. I hope that you have a wonderful visit with the cousins and I can't wait to see what you did with the stairway area of your home! Have a great week!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

It's wonderful that you reached out. Time is precious- we never know how much of it that we have with each other. Have lots of fun!

Auntie Em said...

Some of my favourite childhood memories are times spent with my cousins. :) I hope you folks have a wonderful visit and many more to follow.
And your job, as the oldest in the clan, is to share and relate those wonderful memories to the younger folk so they can enjoy them as well. {{{hugs}}}