Sunday, March 18, 2012

Family Matters

 
This week has been a roller coaster of emotions.
We were thrilled to finally see and spend some time with my sister Lynn and her husband Steve.


 We shared special loving memories as we marked the first anniversary of Mom's passing.
We all miss her so much.


On Friday, we were shocked and saddened to learn that my dear cousin Rich
 suffered a massive heart attack and passed away.
 We had just lost his brother Doug to cancer at Christmas.


 ...an unwelcome and painful reminder of just how quickly time passes...
and how fragile life is.


And yet we are so grateful for 
  God's many blessings.


Today we celebrate Daniel's 28th birthday.
The best son ever!


My Mom with Dan when he was just a little guy.
(She loved this picture of herself with Dan).


Remembering the angels in our lives.

Seashells...courtesy of a beautiful day at the beach!

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hoping the week ahead brings all good things!



36 comments:

Tirabaralla said...

Sorry for your losses...
Beautiful pics of the shells and hpayy birthday to your son.

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Laura,
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear cousin!! I have been thinking the same thing lately about how fast time passes and how fragile life really is. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!!
And happy birthday to your dear son!
Hope you have a lovely week.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh Laura how sad..I am sorry. I just wanted to let you know I am mailing your jar in the morning,I just had a crazy week last week and did not get a chance,sorry!! Take it easy my sweet friend,xoxo

Dottie said...

Laura,
I lost my mother a little over 2 years ago. Her birthday was earlier this month, so she has been on my mind. I miss her and my dad so much, but like you I have wonderful memories and the gift from them of knowing how important family is. Thanks for sharing the beautiful thoughts and images.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Family sure does matter, What a reminder to remember deaths and celebrate births.

Carol

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am sorry to ready about your family's loss. (((hugs))) Yes - family does matter.

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Dear Laura
So Sorry to hear about your loss
sending you all love and prayers
xxoo
Pam

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What an important reminder and sentiment.

You have had your share of loss - may you all be comforted in the love of friends and family...and know your blog friends are keeping you in their good thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

Michele

French Basketeer.com said...

Laura, I lost my Auntie this week so I can feel the pang of loss....life is indeed fragile, and I am happy to enjoy each of my days! Wishing you a lovely week and a generous bit of solace~

oldgreymare said...

Laura,

I was so sorry to read this. Your family has dealt with so much in such a short time. Thank goodness for those that love us to guide us through the loss of those we love...
Blessings to you all sweetie

Suzan

Sherry said...

Sorry to hear about the losses your family has suffered. It is wonderful to focus on and celebrate the blessings God gives each of us even though we go through trials.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Life really is so unpredictible...I'm so sorry for your family's loss. And I'm glad you were able to celebrate your son's birthday!

Bliss said...

It's always good to read these kind of posts... makes me stop and remember too.

~Bliss~

Bleudelavande said...

Yes Life is sooo fragile and short! and we are so lucky....
Have a nice week my dear friend.

PURA VIDA said...

Very sad, yet so sweet to know they are in heaven together. Love those pretty shells from the sea

W. theAntiquesLovers said...

Time goes really quick, so let enjoy every second!! Love your shell pics!!

Marilyn said...

Soetimes life just goes in waves.... both good & bad!!
Marilyn

It's me said...

Congratulations with your son darling !!!...owww your sweet mom.....love from me...xxx..

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i am so sorry for your recent losses. heavy hearts indeed.....mourning their passing.... one so suddenly and remembering your mother. sending thoughts, hugs...prayers.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

My dear friend Laura,
What a sad period you are all going through. First of all,I cannot believe that it's a year since your mum died. It only seems like yesterday. My husband and I have lost all of our parents and not a day goes by that I don't think of them.
....and, to lose two cousins in such a short space of time is so tragic. All I can say is that you must have many happy memories, I'm sure, and that we should all be grateful that these people were a major part of our lives. I'm sure that you all shared some lovely moments when you saw your sister and her husband and that it's lovely that you all have each other.
Thinking of you all and sending love from the UK. XXXX

Jan said...

Laura I am so sorry to hear of your family losses. We don't know what god has planned for us but those he takes home are in a better place. One day we will be reunited. Hope your week goes well.

ariadne said...

I am sorry for your losses! We lost a dear friend this week and I also blogged about it!Speaking of coincidences!AriadnefromGreece!

Jane said...

You said it so well....life is fragile and sometimes much too short.
I am so sorry to read of your cousins passing. I'm sure your mother would have been very happy to know that her family was together sharing memories of her life and creating new ones together.
Take care.
Jane

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm so sorry about your cousin, Laura. Blessings to you and your family.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

So sorry for your losses, Laura:( Life is just way to short. That's why we have to enjoy every single minute of it. On a happier note Happy Birthday to your Son!!!!! I hope this week is brighter for you and your family.
~Debra xxx
Capers of th vintage vixens

A Cottage Muse said...

I am so glad you were with family to share memories of your Mom. I am also sorry for your losses, hugs to you.

Fort lapin said...

Dear laura what a vehement it is time for you guys.
Thinking of you!

Congratulations on your son! Enjoy each other!

love Peet

Madelief said...

Dear Laura,

Happiness and sadness in one week. So sorry to hear about your cousin and your mum. You must miss her very much. She looks like a lovely lady on the photo.

Congratulations to your son. I hope he will have a happy birthday!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

Sarah said...

Laura, I'm sorry you've had more loss in your family. Your post with the seashells is incredible. Such a beautiful tribute to your family. I'm in awe that you actually see so many beautiful shells on the beach. I need to visit your beach. ~ Sarah

Linda said...

Such a lovely heartfelt post...
my brother and sister and I always get together to celebrate my younger brother's passing....we always end up laughing about some silly thing that he did...
we also meet at my mom and dad's grave...they did the same day...28 years apart...so we know they are together...

thanks for such a beautiful sentiment

Linda :o)

JunkStuffTreasures said...

So many losses for your family. We celebrate who/what we have and we honor the memories of those now gone. Lovely pictures and post.

Dorthe said...

Dear Laura,
So sad reading this-
What tragic losses, and then when remembering your mother.
I feel with you and your family-
Blessings- Dorthe

Nella said...

Dear Laura, I am reminded of my own losses reading this....gratitude at this time in our lives is something I try to practice every day.Memories of those we have lost is what sustains us, and all the goodness and love they have enriched us with....thinking of you, N.xo

Cindy said...

Laura, I am so sorry for your losses. This post was a lovely tribute to your loved ones and a reminder to me to be grateful each and every day for the blessings that I have...

MEM said...

Have a 4yr old grandson who loves rocks and shells.....he'd be thrilled to hold these beauties!

Michelle Palmer said...

heart hugs to you...