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Nine Years, Life Lessons and No words

9 years ago I registered for this blog site ~ 9 years!

In my very first post I wrote about topics I love: Mom, cooking and life lessons.

  • Still do.

A lot has changed but a lot stayed the same.

I am still cooking.  Still learning.  And I still write about Mom .. but now it’s about how much I miss her.

But – I had the most wonderful day yesterday ~ out & about between meetings, snapping pictures of my Autumnal drive.  Just Magical!  The colors, the brilliant blue skies and the sights & smells cannot be captured in mere photos.

a worthy stop alongside a Michigan back country road ..

 

Bright & colorful Mums – smiling and grateful for a route such as this one!

Then – last night we received the terrible news that a dear friend’s Dad suffered a massive stroke.  No chance of recovery.  Hushed whispers and tears ache in our throats while we wait the news of what comes next.  There are no words, nothing we can do or say that will make a lick of difference.  All we can do is show up, lean in, and do our best to love and comfort all of them.

So, in the meantime, I will cook the foods, learn the lessons, and give thanks for my favorite season *Autumn* and that He gave me the world’s most wonderful Mom.

  * * * * *

 

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.”  Joe L. Wheeler

 

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15 thoughts on “Nine Years, Life Lessons and No words

  1. I adore the season of autumn as well. It’s hit or miss with the weather and if snow arrives too soon, the leaves freeze and there is no hope for colors. That happened in Colorado last week. Now our trees are holding on to crispy leaves just waiting for the wind to come and blow them down. Sorry to hear the sad news about your friend’s dad. No matter what age, it’s hard to say good bye to a parent. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • … well here in Michigan, we had a long & wet spring, 2 weeks of summer and a long/wet fall – so I figure we should, at the least, be rewarded with spectacular colors and we are! It’s another sunny day, the colors are majestic and I’m leaning in.

      Our friends’ Dad passed on this morning; considering the alternatives his passing was for the best, but it’s never easy to say good-bye to a parent. Hard days ahead.

      Thanks for stopping in!
      -MJ

  2. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Beautiful photos; so glad that our blogs brought us together. That’s so sad about your friend’s father; I’m sure you’re a great comfort to the family.

    • I agree – so glad our blogs connected us!
      Our friends’ Dad passed on this morning, with his wife of 50+ years at his side, their sons, families, grands and greats.
      Cooking now …
      Hugs,
      MJ

  4. 9 years. Congratulations. You are a bright light…

  5. Marsha Snowden Hulce

    This is just beautiful and yet the end brought tears to my eyes. I don’t know your friend, but I can feel their pain. 😓

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

    • It’s another reminder that tomorrow is not a given and that we should all live every day to the fullest. We don’t, but we should.
      Our friends’ Dad passed on this morning .. soup simmering now.
      Hugs
      MJ

  6. I am so sorry about your friend’s dad. There’s no easy way to lose a loved one, but when it’s sudden and quick … well, it’s just that much harder.

    I’m loving this autumn too. And miss my mom every day as well. Life is too short and we need to remember to make the most of every single minute.

    • Thank you ~ it was very quick but, given the alternative, we’re grateful he didn’t linger. That would have been worse, I think.

      Life is short – eat the eats, dance to the music, be goofy, and live a little 🙂
      MJ

  7. Hey MJ,
    Congratulations on making it 9 years in blogging. I can appreciate that after only being at it for 2 years! Love your pictures of fall in Michigan as the leaves haven’t changed as much in North Carolina. Fall is a wonderful season and you’re right to enjoy those moments because we don’t know what comes next. Blessings to you in this season,
    Connie

    • .. thank you, Connie!
      I just love Fall ~ the colors in Michigan are spectacular usually but even more so this year, maybe b/c of all the rain … everywhere I go I just ooh and ahh .. I know the next season coming can be fierce so I’m leaning in and trying to find the good where I can ~ Cheers to you 🙂 MJ

      • Enjoy every ounce of fall you can squeeze out! Yeah–winter follows so store up that Fall warmth. Best to you, too, Connie

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