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Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Memories


God bless the USA and
Those who gave their lives for our freedom

Wherever we travel on this Memorial Day, 
let us remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.  Whether we travel the Interstate to be with 
family and friends, 
or just travel to the back porch to grill some hamburgers, 
let us consider it a privilege to live in the good old USA.


I wish you smooth sailing on this special day and 
Oceans of blessings!

My Father, a war veteran.
Now celebrating his first Memorial Day in Heaven.
Congratulations Daddy.
We miss you.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Travels aren't always fun

Don't let your ship sink
Belize 2008

I love reading uplifting and encouraging blogs.  
I love to write uplifting and encouraging blogs.  
Whether I'm writing about travels, family, writing, gardening (my latest fun pastime), 
I enjoy writing happy-go-lucky words, especially in this sometimes dreary world we live in.

But lets face it, life happens.  
You have your challenges, I have mine.  
And I like to be as transparent as possible without giving out any 
deep, dark family secrets *smiling*

This week we've been traveling back and forth to the hospital.  
Our challenge has been Rob's 89-year-old mother.  
She's been in the hospital four days. She ia slowly getting better, 
but her dementia is getting worse and its so hard for me to see her like that, 
but even harder for Rob.  
His s so caring, patient, and loving.  
She always says, "You're the best son I ever had."  
And he replies, "That's because I'm the only son you've ever had."  So cute.
Mom's favorite restaurant "I-Hop"
Strawberry pancakes every time!

When they release her from the hospital, 
we might have to move her to a nursing home, 
which will be hard because we love where she is now.  
But we will do whatever we can to make sure she is comfortable and well cared for.

For any of you who are going through this with your parents, 
or who have gone through this, 
you know how challenging it is for everyone involved.  
Just know that you're not alone.  
God is with you each step of the way and 
He will guide your decisions if you reach out to Him.  
He is our strength and support in hard times.

I must add that it is very important that 
family comes together to make some of these hard decisions.  
Although I was thousands of miles away from my brother and sister-in-law, 
they were wonderful as we made each decision for our Daddy these past five years.  
In his last months, when he told us that he was working in the circus, 
we smiled. 
When he said he was building a Boeing 737 airplane out back, we nodded.  
We followed along with him on his little journeys.  
When our 90-year-old Daddy went to be with the Lord in January, 
we drew on each other's love and strength as 
we made final arrangements.

Even if there are family differences, 
it is important that you put aside all pettiness when important matters need to be discussed.  
I always ask myself, 
"How do I want my family to interact when the time comes to make decisions for me?"  
Hmm, good question to ask before we act selfish.  
The "IT'S ALL ABOUT ME" syndrome has to be swept under the rug in times like these.

Life is full of ups and downs.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 says it best.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born,
 and a time to die;
A time to plant,
 and a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
 and a time to heal;
A time to break down,
 and a time to build up;
A time to weep,
 and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
 and a time to dance...


I wish you oceans of blessings on the rough seas as well as on the smooth waters.  
May you keep Jesus at the helm of your ship, no matter where you may sail.

www.sharonleaf.com

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Traveling back in time with my Memories


Mother's Day flowers from son, Shawn, 2010

I wish all mothers out there in 'blog land' a love-filled Mother's Day.  

Whether a biological mom (not to be confused with bionic), a step-mom, a mother-in-law, you love your children, no matter what their age.  And I pray that every child will take a few moments out of their busy schedule to drop by or make a phone call.  A card is also nice; flowers are lovely too.  Doesn't really matter as long as the gesture comes from the heart.  And if circumstances beyond your control prevents all of the above, you can do what all mothers are called to do: pray.  

My four grown children are out-of-state this Mother's Day, and Rob is working, so I plan to take a trip to the Riverbank Zoo and the bionic gardens.  I'll take a journal and write down my blessings as a mom, step-mom, and a mother-in-law.  Yes, I'm all three, and loving it.  I'll also spend time traveling down memory lane, reminiscing about my Mother's legacy of faith, love, and laughter.  What a sweet southern belle she was.  We had sixty-six years together, and I plan on spending eternity with her sometime in the future.  So until next time,

I wish you a smooth sailing Mother's Day and oceans of blessings!

I miss you, Mom,
but we'll be together some day
 in the sweet by-and-by.