What Matters

What matters the most sometimes does not seem to be evident always in our lives.  I was thinking about my day and how fast it went.  How fast life has gone and how I spend time in remembrance of loved ones past.  Take time to reflect and be thankful.

As I look into the special face of our new grandson, I am sad to think he will not know his great grandparents.  However I am excited to share with him special things about each of them.  His grandfathers  both served their country in the Navy.  My mother loved to draw and write poems. My father was an artistic man.  My mother in law had a laugh like no other and loved her birthday and Christmas as if both were made just for Ann.

My father in law could grow roses.  His rose garden is still blooming way past his descent to Heaven.  Homer’s yard brough Homer great joy.  He would cut bouquets of roses for his Ann.  Homer was a very rare talented man.  When he retired he started painting.  Our daughter Kelsey is an artist and uses the easel her grandfather used.  Homer had a lot of special gifts.  He could barbecue the best steaks.  One thing about Homer is that he was a family focused man.

My husband is a family focused man just like his Dad.  I believe that Homer taught Bryan about God, family and the for  love of his wife.  Ann and Homer were truly in love.  Even when he was loosing his battle with Cancer he wanted to stay for Ann.  Ann was so sad & lost when Homer was called home.  He loved to cut out recipes and would go into the kitchen to cook with his wife.  Ann could not make pickles so Homer would make them.  They were a great team.  Homer & Ann did everything together.  Saturdays were grocery day.  Now looking back this was their date day!  Homer courted his wife!  With all the flowers picked & little things he did for her.

My husband does so many little things that show me how much he loves me,  The seasons of great times along with seasons of trials has been amazing moments to treasure.  Breakfast in bed with my Bryan.  Coffee time & fellowship with my best friend means  more to me as I think of our seasons left.  It seems just like yesterday we were dating and falling in love.  God has taken us places I could have never imagined.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does

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Bryans Dad as a child

not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7*  

Savoring the joy of loving with all your heart is what happens when we allow God to show us his plan.  God placed me in my husband’s family.  Because of these people who I did not always understand I learned about what love looked like.  Because of this example, my husband loved me even when I was struggling and not understanding the love we committed to God has held us together.

Appreciating the people who are part of your life story will one day be something you too will want to share with your children and grand children.   Because what matters is really this!