Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sisters is Quiet...

I am surprised how quiet my life feels now that the lil man has moved.  I didn't realize that just the anticipation that he may drop by brought excitement to my life.  My DIL has been so sweet to text me daily photos  and it seems he is changing day by day!  


I have been keeping myself busy by minimizing.  I think I was inspired by watching the kids downsize their lives from a 2500+ house to a city apartment.   And, with turning a guest room into a music room it meant that I had to clear out some boxes.  And...what a treasure trove of history I found.  some of the boxes were from my mother's house when she passed away.  My mother became a widow at 48 yrs of age and I found a stack of letters she continued to write to my dad about her day to day life and her adjustment to life alone.  It brought tears to my eyes but at the same time they were a gift of strength.   One of the other items I found was a map where my mother made a notation of the route we traveled when I was about 4 yrs old from New York City to Salinas, CA. camping most of the way.  When I showed it to G he thought that it was the Lincoln Highway...maybe some day the Quilt Roadies will travel this route!


I have been doing some stitching so stay tuned 
on Thursday for an update!


11 comments:

  1. how lovely that your mom wrote your dad each day...what a wonderful gift to you!

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  2. Oh my goodness, your mother's letters brought tears to my eyes. Maybe you would publish some of them to give support to other widows out there. Lil man is just the sweetest. Will he be able to play with your other grandson? That would be so nice. Hugs.

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  3. I told my mom that her greatest gift to me was the example she set after my dad died- how she made a good and happy
    life for herself even as she missed him and grieved for him. She was a widow for 32 years and had a very full life filled with friends, gardening and quilting.

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  4. My oh my Silas is looking more like a lil boy than big baby!

    I have many paper maps from trips I've made highlighting in different colours the route I took coming and going to places also.

    Enjoy May Day and the colour it brings!

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  5. I can’t imagine my children and grandchildren moving away. It would be a difficult adjustment. It choked me up reading about the letters your mom wrote to your dad. A window into her private thoughts. That’s quite a gift.

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  6. Those letters sound amazing; what a great tribute of your Mom's love for your Dad.....warmed my heart just to read you sharing about them with us.
    So sorry for the little man having to move; hopefully he will cooperate and talk to Gram on Skype or Facetime. Bet he will love seeing your face on there.

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  7. I love that your mom wrote letters to your dad, what a treasure!

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  8. I thought it was great that your Mom saved those letters to your father. She really loved him. The "Little Man" is so precious and oh how he looks like you.

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  9. So glad you are back! I missed seeing you in my inbox the past few days. Hope your travel was enjoyable .

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  10. My dear departed mom told me how hard it was to get rid of we decades of things when then downsized. We are facing that next year but are staring now. After 50 years of marriage and 27 in our house it will be a challenge so am starting now. The Nomadic Fanatic which I follow on YouTube is traveling along the Lincoln Highway with some side trips. I’m not on Facebook anymore so asked my kids to send me pictures of my grandchildren and greats.

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  11. Oh Anna. Unfortunately, I know the feeling of the grandbaby living in another state or away from you. My first grandson lives in NY, us in Eugene, but our second grandson, Silas lives in Creswell and we see him often. It's hard on us, but facetime is a Godsend for us to keep in touch with Cal. I love the whale project

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