Remember and Celebrate

Category: lessons from my children and grandchildren

April 1, 2016

Oceans, Seashells and Jesus’ Love

If you were walking Miami Beach along about 72nd  and Collins Avenue last week, you just might have seen someone that looked a lot like me, sitting at the ocean, texting and thought, “Now isn’t that crazy – an ocean to see and she’s texting.” Before you render final judgement, about me texting at the...

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July 19, 2015

To my Sons

A letter written to my sons on Mother’s Day. Yeah, I know it is July and way past Mothers’ Day. Today, May 9, 2015,  I celebrate my 33rd Mother’s Day. Three sons Three Daughters in Law Ten  grandchildren And one husband who started it all with me. “Be a mother” was #3 on my dream list. #1...

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December 16, 2014

Missing Baby Jesus

Last year we started the tradition (doing it the second time makes it a tradition, right?) of hiding the Baby Jesus from the nativity sets I have around the house and having the children find them, bringing them back to the Nativity set.  Then the children listen to Grandpa “read” the Luke 2 Christmas story. ...

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July 27, 2014

Goodbye’s, Clover and Presence

Of our three grown children and their families, two of them live within a ½ hour of our home. And one of them has lived all their married life in Philadelphia andnow they are moving to the Portland, Oregon area with their 4 boys. Recently I wrote a prayer to God in my journal. (A...

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June 7, 2014

Today’s Experience

Losing an elderly parent "when it's time" . . . It’s a strange unpredictable mix of feelings It's hard to file these feelings into folders marked Grief Gladness Relief Sadness It's more like the "curious blend" I referenced here on this blog a couple of weeks ago the day after my dad died. Confusing at...

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May 24, 2014

One Generation to Another

Psalm 145:4 Generation after generationstands in awe of your work;each one tells storiesof your mighty acts. This we will do. It is up to us now to tell of God’s mighty acts. Papa Neckie, as he is affectionately known by his Great Granddaughters has now joined Great Grandma in heaven.They are no longer here to...

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March 26, 2014

Psalm 42:1 in my own words

Psalm 42:1 As the deer longs for the water, so my soul longs for you, O God. As I meditate on this scripture, I begin to think of the things I long for, the things that make my heart ache if I go too long without them. I start to make a list. As a...

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September 6, 2013

Watching Grandpa

There he sits, watching grandpa create a play yard for him and his little brother. So much room in this new great big yard in this new place Perfect for the big boys And even bigger ones! But two of them are still  little And to be safe, they need some help from the grown-ups in...

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July 23, 2012

New Year’s Eve thoughts on Holding Hands

I walk with him across the snowy parking lot. clinging tightly to his hand. He’s only 3 years old,- too young to trust that he will hold mine. Always I hold their hands.  And think of how You hold mine. They will get older. I will not hold their hand. I will never outgrow my...

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March 27, 2012


   I’d forgotten she was coming to her cousin’s basketball game today. But there she is, standing at the foot of the stairs, all smiles stopping to look around like she’s trying to adjust to all the noise and activity before she steps the rest of the way into the gym. She comes right to...

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