Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Our mom, whose nickname was "Cookie", was a talented artist and seamstress. She passed away from cancer in September 1974. My sister, Debby, is now facing a cancer battle of her own. It is a stressful time for us, but some comfort came today in the form of a quilt sent from heaven.
About a month ago I saw a baby quilt at a garage sale for 50 cents. It looked like new, so even though we aren't expecting any babies in the family, I bought it to snuggle with while I rock this winter.
It has been a little chilly the last few days so I got it out to keep me warm while I took a nap in my chair. I noticed some writing on the bottom corner of the backing. I got my magnifying glass so I could read it's message. It says:
This quilt has been designed and made in honor of "Cookie" for all of her relentless and unselfish time and energy, making a time of illness less frightening for so many past, present and future. It was designed as a child might have drawn and colored it. May you enjoy the quilt as much as I have in making it. Signed Opal L. French
This gift sent from heaven is meant for my sister. It will comfort her and warm her soul as she fights her own battle with cancer. Yes cancer sucks and I hate to see her have to go through all the procedures; but it is such a blessing to feel our mother's presence again.
No amount of time or space can separate you from your mother's eternal love.
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I was thumbing through my journal this morning when I ran across this entry.
I could eat cause Iím happy; I could eat cause Iím sad.
I could eat cause Iím bored; I could eat cause Iím mad.
But now I am a walker, knitter, reader, writer or even crier.
For I have discarded my demand for an edible pacifier! (JLS 03/30/09)
I plan to get through today without an edible pacifier, how about you?
Enjoy this wonderful Wednesday. Janet in sunny central Illinois
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
It has been awhile since my last blog. My attitude and commitment to healthy living has been suffering lately and I felt like I really had nothing worthwhile to share. I finally decided that admitting the truth in a public forum might shake me to my senses. My perfectionist defect tries to get me to hide in shame.
I have been back to some old grazing habits I think because of fear. So much is going on right now that I have no control over and I am afraid of facing the unknown future. Coping by overeating will only compound my problems, but stopping is sure not easy!
Thank you for listening. I am not going to give up hope. I am not going to graze on junk tonight because I don't have anything left but fruit and veggies. I resisted stopping at the store today because I knew I was not strong enough to resist the temptations. That is one gold star for me today. Take care. Janet
Monday, August 24, 2009
You should always part company with loving words. It may be the last time you are together. Jan Seg
We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. Stacia Tauscher
Confidence is not something that comes to just a lucky few. Everyone who has real confidence has earned it, one accomplishment at a time. Start with what you have, with what you know you can do, and then add a little challenge to it. The biggest achievements come to those who have the confidence to take on the most difficult challenges. Confidence requires work, and it is well worth the effort. Use every opportunity to earn yourself more confidence, and many valuable doors will continue opening for you. -- Ralph Marston
Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. Winston Churchill
Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
We'll be friends until we are old and senile. Then we'll be new friends! Author Unknown BGA
A little boy went up to his mother and asked: 'Mom, where did my intelligence come from?' The mother replied. 'Well, son, you must have got it from your father, cause I still have mine.' AUTHOR UNKNOWN BGA
SOME DAYS IT°ĮS NOT EVEN WORTH CHEWING THROUGH THE RESTRAINTS. AUTHOR UNKNOWN BGA
ĘĺĘĺ Today I will be patient. Life isn't going to leave me behind! ĘĺĘĺ AUTHOR UNKNOWN BGA
Thank you for visiting me today. Take care of you and your health, Janet
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I love the soothing sounds of wind chimes. I am grateful to the inventor who not only realized a breeze could produce a melody, but also followed through and created an instrument to receive the tunes.
One of my wind chimes is particularly special. I discovered this heart-shaped chime with a cameo in the center at a gift shop that was going out of business in Hackensack, Minnesota. I didnít know how special it was until Thanksgiving rolled around and all my siblings were here for dinner.
I needed some relief from the mounting heat being generated by the oven and so many warm bodies, so I turned on the ceiling fans and opened the front door. A gentle breeze made most of my chime collection gently sway; however, the heart-shaped cameo started dancing merrily.
My sister quickly noticed that solitary excited chime. Without thinking I said that is Motherís echo from heaven letting us know she is also enjoying our family get-together. I donít know where that thought came from, but after I said it I knew it was true.
Last weekend when my sister and I were spending some quality time together trying to prepare for her diagnosis, that chime started dancing and delivered another echo from heaven. Our mom, who has been physically separated from us for nearly thirty-five years, was letting us know she is sharing these intense family moments with us. What a comfort it has been to know that even death and time cannot separate us from her loving spirit!
For your listening pleasure and spiritual comfort, may I suggest you shop for a wind chime. Wouldnít you like to hear the echoes from heaven meant just for you?
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