Monday, March 25, 2013

Turning The Page

It is Spring!  Time to turn the page on winter and greet the bright green trees, tender grass and blooming flowers.  I have been waking up to the sound of busy birds chirping outside my window.  It seems like there are more people outside lately too.  The longer days have something to do with this I suspect.  I love daylight savings time!

Two weeks ago we turned the page in a chapter in many lives.  We said goodbye to my mother-in-law.  For the last five years or so I have thought of writing about my mother-in-law and resisted, she had Alzheimer's.  As my cousin said so eloquently in her card,   
" Alzheimer's takes our loved ones from us even before God does."  We watched an intelligent, vibrant, involved, energetic woman slowly lose herself.  Over the course of ten days I went to two funerals for Alzheimer's patients, my unlce's and my mother-in-law's.  What a cruel disease.  Both people were true forces in their lives and lived them to the fullest and both became shadows of themselves while dealing with Alzheimer's.  We are turning the page to the next chapter without them.

I learned a lot from my mother-in-law.  One of  the biggest things I learned from her was how to entertain.  I met her when I was 19 years old and had no idea how to cook for a family or throw a party.  My family was never big on "entertaining".  My Mother still plans for weeks when she has bridge club at her house and a party would take months of stress and planning.  Our house was never "that house"... the one that always had something going on and people visiting and hanging out... my husband's house was.  I always wanted to have "that house".  I learned how to cook a beautiful meal for a large group from my mother-in-law.  She did it with such ease....and sometimes chaos....and I loved it and learned by watching and helping.  She loved to have people over to the house.  She welcomed me and I thank her.  She taught me and I thank her.  She loved our family and we loved her. 

This weekend we celebrate Easter.  It kind of puts things in perspective.  We will celebrate Jesus' death and resurrection.  We have eternal life because of His death and resurrection.  We are able to say goodbye to the people we love with the faith that they will live in their heavenly reward because of Easter.  Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring! Snow! Sunshine!

Rather than leave the blog blank for a week, I am posting a few pictures for your viewing enjoyment.  I have no profound thoughts other than if you ever doubt there is a God, go to the top of a mountain in ski season on a bluebird day and take it all in.  Truly majestic!  Maybe that is the reason I enjoy skiing. 

Steamboat....we're here!

Just a bit of snow!

enjoying the view at break time

He's cute!  Maybe he'll ski with me....

Just playing in the giant snow bank in the driveway....because it's there.
Back home, the trees are budding with leaves and the wind is blowing like it always does in Texas in the spring.  Best of both worlds if you ask me.  Hope your spring is full of sun and smiles.
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