Sweet Weeds of Future Inspiration

For several months my husband and I have been thinking about downsizing. Finding a house a bit smaller. Maybe even traveling to a warmer state? But in the back of my mind were smiles and giggles of grand-babies. How could I leave them? Then came an announcement that Grand-baby number six was on the way. The perfect package to rock under the Christmas tree. Still, we live about an hour away from my oldest son and his family. Even worse, we are more than states away from my youngest son and his brood of five who live in South Carolina.

Even our closest family is too far away to scoop our grand-babies up for an hour of play or take them for a ride through a shaded park. It’s nearly impossible for a spur of the moment visit. Rarely, are we able to watch our oldest grand-daughter jump off the balance beam or swirl and twirl in pink satin toe shoes. Everything we do together has to be pre-planned with much of their little lives passing us by. We simply live too far away….

So, a couple of months ago we decided to take the plunge. Make a move that will change the whole of our lives. Find a place to live that will give us more family time and allow us more time to travel too! I worked day and night to get our home ready for sale. No easy feat. Nowadays it must look like a magazine photo shoot. The old adage it true, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” After one showing we received a contingent offer which seems to be all wrapped up this week, allowing us to move on to the next phase. Panic has set in because I have no idea where I’m going, and I’m sad at the same time to leave my home. At the same time, I’ll be closer to my family which in the end will all be worth it.

I soon learned that sorting through boxes of memories stuffed in caramel colored cardboard is so very difficult. What to take to the next stage of life? Tape me up and tie me with a string! Of course, material possessions are not the most important thing. Relationships are. My family is, which is the reason for the move in the first place. And yet when I clasp a tiny clay bowl fired and glazed by my son nearly thirty years ago, how can I let go? Why do things like this touch me so?  Forever in the palm of my hand……

Although not finished yet, I’ve done a pretty good job of combing and dividing everything up. There are rows of boxes to take to the next house, wherever that may be, and other’s overflowing with treasures to be donated. Several cartons gently wrapped and packed with dolls carefully chosen for each grand-daughter, many of them handed down from my own mother. If only she were here to one day see joyous little faces pop pink peanuts from the very top! Currently, I’m in the midst of all the ‘fun’ stuff, calling for all inspections, making minor repairs, and praying I find a new home VERY SOON.

Before the end of summer, I’ll be leaving my cozy, turret office space where I’ve written words nearly every day for the last several years. And, yes, the back of my yard too, where deer, turkey, and other wildlife play. My little forest land where red cardinals and blue birds sing in the green of the trees will soon play lyrics for a family of new. They are the perfect couple to live here, which makes for a happy heart beating in my chest. I know the two of them will fill the brick walls of my home with warmth and love for years to come.

This morning, just after sunrise, I woke to walk Doodles where trees and grasses and weeds grow freely not so far away. The air was cool with a slight breeze that rejuvenated me from the inside to the out. Sunlight bounced off tips of trees, angling just right, allowing me to snap pictures of life others might not notice or simply pass by. I, on the other hand, wanted to lay among the damp grass, soaking every wet bead from each emerald blade into my pores while looking into the clear blue heavens above.

Sweet weeds of future inspiration……


Sunshine Blogger Award

A special thanks to Shaun Gibson who Blogs at, Looking for reasoning to a complicated world, http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/the-sunshine-award-3/.  Shaun has awarded me the Sunshine Blogger Award, which I humbly accept. 

The rules for accepting this lovely award are as follows:

1.  Display the Award on your Blog.

2.  Announce your win with a post and a link back to the Blogger who awarded you.

3.  Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award-who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.

4.  Link your awardees in your post and let them know that they are being awarded.

5.  Write 10 interesting things about you.

Thank you, Shaun Gibson, for this award.

The Sunshine Blogger Award


Ten Hopefully Interesting Things About Me

1.  The person who designated this award  to me lives in Scotland, where my Great-Great-Grandfather was born.

2.  My maiden name is, Kirk, which means Church is Scottish.

3.  I have great intuition!

4.  Being a Pisces, I am very drawn to water, although I get sea-sick whenever I ride in a boat unless it is going very fast.

5.  I once rode a brilliant black stallion bareback, into the blue aquamarine waters off Mexico.

6.  Although I’m afraid of heights, I rode in a hot-air balloon high up into the quiet dawn skies of Phoenix.  It was beautiful.

7.  I loved taking my boys to Walt Disney World, when they were young.  It was our tradition for five years in a row.  Great memories!

8. My favorite guilty pleasure is eating milk chocolate, especially unwrapping those displayed famously in the gold foil box.  So hard for me to resist.

9.  I once knitted myself a sweater in three different colors of yarn.  I even wore it out in public.  🙂

10.  My birthday is today!

 The 10 Bloggers I Award the Sunshine Blogger Award to are as follows:

1. Wordsmith Desk, http://butchdean.wordpress.com/

2. Redbird’s Roost, http://birdchirp.wordpress.com/

3. One Way Healthier, http://onewayhealthier.com/

4. Happy Hippy, http://sarvjit.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/

5. Hope For Today, http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/55950175/

6.  Vincent Egoro, http://vincentegoro.wordpress.com/about/

7. Life Beyond My Window, http://lifebeyondmywindow.wordpress.com/

8. Project Light to Life, http://projectlighttolife.wordpress.com/about/

9. Big Dog Diving, http://bigdogdiving.wordpress.com/

10. Ocean of Compassion, http://gedepramascompassion.com/

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