We have a finished daylight basement. Beyond a laundry room, hallway, and "boiler" room, we have a large open room with an attached 3/4 bathroom. This room has housed out of state visitors and other family guests. In the past, I've had a scrapbooking day or two in this space as well. My sewing and craft area has also occupied a small portion of the room at one time. With the recent changes in our lives, we decided to rearrange and clean up the area once again. We have a lovely curtain that will section off the smaller side of the room for our visiting guests, and the larger portion of the room will become my Stampin' Up workshop and class space. Saturday, we began the process of letting go of unused items to make a little extra room.
Sunday afternoon gave us the opportunity to drive to my Aunt D's home and deliver the previously mentioned items for an upcoming barn sale. Aunt D lives in my great-grandparents old homestead and the barn is perfect for an event like this. There is also magic surrounding every part of the land and space where two of the most endearing people in my life once lived. In my childhood days, there weren't many places that I loved more than my great-grandparent's.
My boys enjoyed giving Aunt D's ducks a shower and then ran wild for a little bit. Then C, Aunt D, and I unloaded the car before admiring the restored barn. We all marveled at the garden, Uncle R is a green thumb. Afterwards, M picked raspberries with Aunt D, while O mostly enjoyed running around the wide open spaces. Seeing my boys enjoying the place that I did as a kid, not to mention the previous generation of my Mom & Aunt D, was such a wonderful feeling. I can imagine my great-grandparents were smiling down on them and loving them just as much as they did every child that was a part of their lives.
Our day was not yet over, so we traveled to visit Grandma (my Mom) quickly, before heading over to my older brother's home. He had been working on a dog haven for his beautiful German Shepard, but took a break to visit with his only nephews and amazing sister & brother-in-law (not to toot our own horns or anything). The boys had a blast with Uncle M & Aunt S! They went for a short hike and enjoyed all of the nature that surrounds the home. Later they moved inside to play a round of Lego Batman while the adults talked on the deck overlooking the river. We enjoyed good conversation and a lot of laughter. Then we stopped to see my Mom for hugs and I love you's before we headed home. The evening ended all too quickly.
Among all the bitter sweetness we face in our lives, moments with family (and true friends) who loves you is priceless. When others turn away or stomp on your heart, it's these precious people who will be there to pick you up and help put you back together. Even the memories of loved ones who have gone on before us help to heal our spirits.
Who in your life has supported you through the rough spots? Who has given more than they have taken? Who on this earth can you count on the most? Who are you grateful for today?
<3 Extra love goes out to my family today! I appreciate and am grateful for you! <3