Over the past several months I’ve had the opportunity to travel and visit family and friends on both east and west coasts. In addition to quality time with precious family in Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and later my son and his family on the west coast, I must have taken a couple thousand photos and want to share some with you. Don’t worry! I’ve narrowed them down to 37 in the “Recent Photos” under the “Shop” tab.
You will also find them within their specific shopping galleries under “All Creatures Great and Small”, “Landscapes”, “Inspirational”, and “Flying High.”
This year has gone by so quickly and by the time I get back home, the new school year will only be a month away, and then . . .
. . . CHRISTMAS! My favorite time of the year! When I moved, I had to downsize big time. My parents lived in the home we had before we did and many of their things were left behind. It was difficult deciding what to keep and what to let go after 5o years! I decided not to bring my Christmas items, except for two containers of hand blown glass ornaments I purchased over my five visits to Egypt.
The only problem was that after I moved, those red containers were no where to be found! After a phone call I learned they were taken by the people who came to “help” get rid of things. Somehow these two containers were in the wrong pile and were already sold at a flea market, of all places! I was heartsick! Over the years I probably spent at least $400 or more on those beautiful ornaments and now they were gone!
Did I mention I was heartsick? (Yes, I know I did!) At least I was until the Lord reminded me these ornaments, no matter how beautiful, expensive, or important they were to me – they are just among the “stuff” that in the long run is not as important as we think. The Scripture verse that came to mind is I Timothy 6:7 – “For we brought nothing into this world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (ESV).
The pain of “losing” those ornaments is easing, especially as I think about all the treasured moments I’ve experienced during my travels over the past couple of months. These are all memories I won’t lose and no one can take them from me. It’s impossible to put a price tag on these memories!
As I think of decorating my first Christmas tree since Ed went to be with the Lord, I know exactly what I’m going to do! Over the years, since the first four grandchildren were very small, I made ornaments with their photos and the year printed on each one. Now there are seven grandchildren with probably more than 60 ornaments. I haven’t made any the past three years so I have some catching up to do!
Although my Egyptian hand blown glass ornaments were very special, they can’t hold a candle to seven very precious kids who are priceless to me and will be the decoration on my Christmas tree!
Oh, and I’m praying that my seven grandchildren will all accept Christ and live for Him. That way, I CAN take THEM to heaven with me – although I’ll probably beat them in getting there!
As you think about those special treasures in your life, I hope you realize that whether you are a parent, grandparent, son, daughter, brother or sister – your relationships should be among your most prized possessions! Ask the Lord to use you in strengthening those relationships and giving you some prized possessions you CAN take to heaven with you!
I’d love to hear from you! Tell me about your most prized possession.