Monday, July 30, 2012

A Blessed Life: remembering the past and looking to the future.

So, this is it. My first official post here on Raggedy to Retro. Honestly, I'll let you know here and now, that my thoughts are almost always random. I'm not a writer, nor will I ever claim to be. I do want to share some of my musings and experiences though, hence the decision to create this blog.

I'll start with the most recent event here in our little community. Memories of Falls Mill. For my whole life pretty much, this community reunion has been an annual event. My favorite part has always been spending time with my Great Aunts Shirley, Vi, and Ellie. What classy, beautiful, smart women they are! All of them have inspired me throughout my life. They have supported me and lifted me up, always encouraging me to do better and to live up to my potential. Unfortunately, Ellie recently suffered a stroke so the sisters weren't able to attend the reunion. Boy, did we miss them!

With my aunts and their families not in attendance, the reunion seemed small. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my time there. That's when I met Clara and Irene. Married to distant cousins of mine, these two ladies were the highlight of my day. We sat and talked for what seemed like hours about antiques, family, and all of the blessings we've had so far. What I love about reunions like ours is the opportunity to witness first hand the blessings that come from the Lord. Generations gathered and sharing news of new births, memories of the past, and celebrating the lives of those who are no longer with us. It's inspiring to me.

I had hoped to share my own blessing with my Aunts, by introducing them to Andy. What a year it's been! The Lord has truly brought change in my life, and I couldn't wait to share it with them. I did get to introduce Andy to Clara. She shared with us how she and her husband have been married 63 years. Like us they started with very little. We can only hope to be so blessed in life and in our marriage as she and her husband have been. At the time I'm writing this we have been married 4 months. 63 years is a long time, and in this day it's hard to imagine such longevity in a marriage. It's something Andy and I look forward to, and  Lord willing we will get there.

Today I'm thinking on Proverbs 3:6 "In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" ...a pretty good scripture to start with isn't it?  So as we start this journey together, I hope we can all remember to put the Lord first and rely on his direction. I know that in life, in marriage, in writng this blog, and in building our home His direction is going to be essential. My prayer is that we  can learn and grow in the Lord, strengthening our family unit through this process. I also hope that maybe the Lord will use this blog not only to speak into my life, but to bless others as well.

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