October 16, 2016 | My Jottings
Many of our leaves have fallen now and we are past peak, as they say around here when referring to our gorgeous autumn colors. There are still a few trees waiting for the next blustery day to help them let go of their leaves, so I took a couple of photos today at the cemetery.
Our old, beloved Schnauzer Edith died in July, and we decided to spread her ashes on Michael’s grave. We were waiting for a lovely Sunday to do it, and today was the day. Sara, I, and one of our Fosters had a little memorial graveside service for our pooch, thanking God that He dreamed up dogs, for giving us Edith and increasing our joy through her life, and for the thought that she is with Michael now.
Here are some shots looking toward Michael’s headstone (dates obscured because you know, weirdos lurk — you should see the spam this unknown little blog gets), and also from the headstone looking over the cemetery and one of its ponds. Aren’t the colors stunning? You can click to enlarge these if you like.
And this tree was just begging to be noticed.
Who would have ever thought that one of my happiest, most peaceful places would be a cemetery. Certainly not me.
And here is a recent picture of Miriam Loretta, my ninth grandbaby. She just turned two years old, and is the sweetest little girl!
Lastly, I thought I’d share a picture I received by text last week from my dear friend Tauni in California. She and I have been friends since before Kindergarten. She has visited me in Minnesota twice, but she took this picture during her first trip in 1987. Michael was 38, I was 30, Sharon was 10, Carolyn was 8 and Sara was 5.
Well, Sara is calling me to come watch something on TV about Hillsong NYC, so I guess I’ll make this short and wish you all a wonderful week!
Cemeteries are one of my favourite places. I like wandering amongst the old trees & headstones thinking about the people who have died & gone on before us to become part of the great cloud of witnesses. I find them peaceful & serene places ~ which is odd as I have let the kids know they are to cremate me. 🙂 I do not envy you your winters but I do envy you your autumns but as it seems you cannot have the one without the other I will do without.
I find the same experiences where I walk, Ganeida. I love the wordy epitaphs that tell me about the person’s life over a hundred years ago. Yes, our falls are glorious and winters can be “memorable.” I envy your living on an island among (familiar) eucalyptus, but not all your poisonous creatures! xoxo
Cemeteries are also a place to learn about social history. E.g. So many mothers and babies died in infancy in times gone by.
I also like to observe the wildlife in these places, especially the birds.
What a gorgeous photo of Miriam. 🙂 You are so blessed by your grandchildren. We are now seeing our grandchildren twice a week! It’s an example of God bringing something good out of something awful.Finley & Samuel (and their dad, Chris) come here on Saturdays for a full English breakfast. And on Wednesdays they come here for tea. Andrew comes as well on Wednesdays. 🙂 At last I’m a proper Grandma! 🙂
Andrew has had five work interviews with another one tomorrow. He’s been working so hard to find a job. He managed to sell his car today. He needs to get a cheaper to run car. He was a bit sad to say goodbye to his BMW but he’s matured a lot over the past few weeks. Andrew has been to church with us for the last two Sundays(!!!!) And he’s going to a Christian Men’s Breakfast on Saturday.
Please would you pray for Andrew’s salvation? He seems to quite enjoy going to church with us.
Sending lots of love & hugs xoxox
I’m so happy about you being able to see your grandchildren more now, Kay. You are already giving them wonderful memories. I will pray for Andrew, absolutely! For all areas of his life. It sounds like God is working… xoxo
children and grandchildren are God’s blessings to people. Read this passage today. We are all part of building up the Kingdom of God.
Reading 1 Eph 2:19-22
Brothers and sisters:
You are no longer strangers and sojourners,
but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones
and members of the household of God,
built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure is held together
and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord;
in him you also are being built together
into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Hi Nancy, Thank you — yes I love that scripture and am glad you shared it today. It’s amazing when you really think about it, that He would choose to dwell in us! God bless your weekend, Nancy… xoxo