Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Great day for the girls...then the phone rang...

Well starting on a positive note, Hayley had her friend over for a play date today and it went great! This is the first time this particular girl has been to our home. They had a great time working on jewelry and playing with littlest pet shop. I did a tea party lunch for them as well and they had a blast! The day went by pretty quickly.

Unfortunately I received a phone call around 2 PM, that took me by surprise. My husband's Aunt Barb passed away suddenly today. His uncle Mike was the one to find her. No details about the cause just yet. What a wonderful person she was, we are still in shock, so unexpected. What's really sad and bizarre is that he lost his Uncle George to a heart attack (age 58), 2 months later he lost his uncle Charles (51) to a heart attack, then a week later Uncle Charles's son Charlie had a heart attack and died (age 28 years old). Then 6 months later his cousin Jake (age 38) dies of a heart attack. This one shook him up bad, they were very close. At this point he went to a heart specialist to see if it was something that ran in the family. Thankfully everything looks good with his health. He even trained for a 1/2 marathon and ran it in Jake's honor. Then more horror, 4 months later his Aunt Connie (48 ) dies (married into the family) from a heart attack, and now 8 months later we share the grief of the sudden death of his Aunt Barb (also married into the family) I just find it hard to understand so much loss in such a short time. It's heartbreaking. Waiting to hear more details. Sorry this is the darker part of my post, but felt I needed to express my thoughts on this today. R.I.P Aunt Barb.....

This weekend when we were taking a drive, I saw this home abandoned on the road side and asked Jerry to pull over so I could take some pictures.

Have you ever been captivated by these old abandoned homes? Ever wonder who may have lived there? What their life was like or how many generations came before? I have always been interested in the past, how others lived back then, the stories they left behind. What happened to them?
When I came across this homestead, I got to thinking of the family, or the generations of a particular family that could have lived here. The farming they may have done, how they fit into society. It always saddens me to see a home fall by the wayside. Perhaps in all it's glory it had beautiful gardens, and blossoming trees. Perhaps the barn was filled with animals that helped to keep their farm running. Maybe children ran through the fields laughing and playing.... See I feel there is so much more to this home then just a shell. It has a story to tell, perhaps waiting for someone to uncover it. I just find it inspirational to talk about. I'm guessing at one time this was a house full of life, love and wonder.

Have you ever felt this way? Do you wonder what happened in these homes that have fallen into neglect and disrepair? Do you ever think of the legacy you are leaving behind for generations to come? I do, that's why I have decided to blog, so that after I am gone, my blog along with my journals and scrapbooks will live on for my girls, and their children, and so on from there. With all the grief I've faced in my life losing loved ones, I know to live every day to the fullest and to live with gratitude and love. It's not worth sweating the small stuff, when you just need to see the bigger picture. Hope you hug your loved ones extra tight tonight, as there as those of us who wish we still could.

Blessings,

Jill

7 comments:

Angie Berry said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. It's a good thing your husband got checked out. Heart problems also run in my husband's family.

What a gorgeous abandoned building! Can you just see it all fixed up, oh my it would be beautiful! I also think on those things when I see old buildings or when I buy antiques. I always wonder about the owners and imagine their life.

colonialhomestead said...

I am so sorry for your families loss. May God comfort you all today and in the days to come as your hearts heal from this sadness.

I can see the beauty of what this homestead could be again. A wrap around porch with a porch swing calls out to me. A beautiful full garden with birds singing and of course a nice big fish pond and fountain. A dream home to fix up and make memories in.

There is a wonderful blog http://countryblossom.blogspot.com If you go into her older posts but not to far back she posted about her blog book coming that she purchased. There were some pics of it too.

Blessing to you & yours.

Vicki said...

Hi, Jill,
I am so glad your daughter and her friend had a fun time together. I can remember play days with my friends and the fun we had. So sorry to hear of your family's loss of your aunt. You have suffered quite a few losses and my condolences to you for them. I am glad your husband's heart checked out okay. Thank you for coming by for a visit and giving me the opportunity to meet you. Love and blessings~ Vicki

Sheila said...

Jill,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your husbands aunt--and all the other losses y'all have sustained in such a short time. I'm glad your husband had his heart checked out.
I'm glad the play date was a success.
I love the old house. A month or so ago, I told one of my daughters that I want to do a post called "Abandoned"--about all the sad, neglected houses around here. There's just something about them that touches me. Have a blessed day!! Sheila

Kat said...

Hi Jill I love old homes and I also do my family Genealogy so I am so into what that time period was like and Love to read about the 1700's and 1800's and into the early 1900's. Do you do Genealogy you would love it, I can tell.
I recently just came back from a trip to Oregon where I photographed old covered bridges, they have the most covered bridges west of the MISS.
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband's aunt Barb.
I pray her family to be comforted by God during this difficult time.
I remember when Morgan played with the Littlest Pet Shop, she had all these cute homes for them and so many darling pets, but she is 11 now and she is like teenager in her likes and dislikes these days.
I so wanted her to stay a child for just a bit longer.
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs

~Krystle~ said...

I'm sorry to hear about your loss, I know what you are going through right now, I will definitely keep your family in my prayers. With the old houses I feel the same, sometimes I wonder how much it would cost to just take one over and bring it back to life, especially those huge homes. We have a lot of abandoned plantation homes too that would be gorgeous to fix up.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Jill,
I'm so sorry for the losses you have experienced. That's never easy. I really appreciate you being vulnerable and sharing this!!! I'll definitely keep you all in my prayers, if that okay :) :) :)

That abandoned home is beautiful....can you just imagine what it would look like all fixed up? yeah, I love abandoned homes too...and like you, I wonder about the lives that were lived there.What sorts of stories happened there!!! I hope that there was lots of love in homes like that!!!

Thank you for joining my blog :) :) Extra love and hugs for you and your family...Heather :) :) :)