Monday, November 27, 2017

Fall Beauty Around our Yard, Halloween and Hayley's Induction to the Honor Society

"He said, "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live"  Dalai Lama

I saw this quote the other day and I just absolutely love it. In my grief of losing my mom the days are hard.... I've been journalling to collect my thoughts, memories and more and reflecting on it all. I am taking the time to enjoy my days however long I may be here to see them. I have several posts planned so I wanted to back track a bit to the fall beauty in our yard, Halloween and Hayley getting inducted into the honor society. Wishing so much my mom was here in the physical presence to see all the things going on with us and the girls. I miss her so very much.

Walking around our yard, I took a few photos of when the leaves were changing and all their pretty colors. I will soon do an updated post of the bareness of the trees as winter is pushing its way towards us. We desperately need some rain soon! Our pond is at the lowest it's ever been! Come enjoy a little walk with me :-)

Fall has always been my favorite time of the year. I love the beautiful colors and the crisp air... it's also when Jerry and I started officially dating... October 21st, 1990 :-) So this time of year always holds a special place in my heart. :-) I think to think back on our good memories of sitting around the bonfires, watching the high school football games and more.

Change is the only thing guaranteed in this life, and walking through the yard and seeing the leaves that have already fallen it reminds me that all things are reborn in some way. We have to look forward to that new growth and carry on.....

      A deep breathe... to enjoy the beautiful, sunny morning and the crisp air that fills my lungs.

This particular tree is right outside our sun room and soon I will be hanging our feeders back up for the birds to enjoy. I love sitting in there and watching them.

For Halloween this year the girls chose some pretty easy costumes. Kathleen was Harry Potter! We actually found the costume awhile back at a consignment store and she was right away saying I want that for Halloween!! :-)

                                                   She looked so cute dressed up in it. :-)

Hayley loves Stitch, it's one of her favorite Disney characters so we ordered it from Amazon and she loved it! I think it's so adorable! Was definitely warm for her too walking around and trick or treating.

We also took Hayley's friend Courtney with us to trick or treat. The lines were really long in town so we didn't stay there long. We decided to go to a couple neighborhoods.

We also drove over to see my dad. It was his first Halloween in the new house and he said he did get a few trick or treaters. Was really hard not seeing mom there. She would have loved getting those trick or treaters to come and see them. Growing up we lived out in the country and no one came out that far. So many things she was looking forward to in her new home....

We are so very proud of both girls as the have straight A's in all their classes. The high school sent us a letter to induct Hayley into the National Honor Society and we are so extremely proud of her and how hard she works! She puts a lot of hours into her school work and it certainly has paid off!

     Very thankful my dad is now close enough to share this day with us. I love this picture of them.

My childhood friend Dawn and her husband Sam (whom the girls refer to as their aunt and uncle) moved down last year to be closer to us too and it was so great to be able to have them there for Hayley and support her! Love these two!!

Never ever stop reaching for the stars Hayley.... even after you catch them keep going!!! Love you so much!!!

Our dear friends Ed and Lynn whom we also consider family came and supported Hayley also. They had to leave a little early after the ceremony so I wasn't able to get pictures there but this is after we got back and they came to the house for dinner along with dad, Dawn and Sam. I wanted to be sure to get their picture with her, even if they did change clothes at home, lol. I don't care what they wear they are wonderful people and we love them!

We just celebrated Kathleen's birthday so that post will be coming up next! Looking forward to catching up with all your blogs though it may take me a couple days :-) As you know this is one of the busiest times of the year and the whirlwind has started! :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog today and catching up with me. I appreciate it and love getting your comments and emails. Have a wonderful week!



Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Hi Jill! Happy to meet you, thank you for visiting my blog! I'm so sorry to read about your mom, I can't imagine how hard it must be to go through the holidays for the first time without her! You have such a sweet family, and much to be thankful for! I loved walking with you through the fall colors in your area, truly a gorgeous setting! I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving :) Many thanks to you for visiting me, and I look forward to getting to know you better!

Laura Lane said...

I am sending you a great big HUG! I know the pain of holidays and any days without mom. My mom moved in with Jesus back in 1999. I've missed her every year, but the pain is less than it used to be. This year, I'm thankful that I get to be here for Christmas, but I am more aware than ever of just how short life is.

Your photos are wonderful, and I'm sure you are so proud of your daughter.

Grasp today for all you can!
God bless us every one!
Laura Lane
Harvest Lane Cottage

Julie said...

WOW!!!! Just plain and simply WOW!!! The Honor Society, the Halloween and your colors. I LOVE IT ALL!!! And so proud of Hayley too!!
I put up my mama's outside Christmas tree today, without daddy. I cried and hit my head 10 times on the windchime he made and he was there with me, hitting me on the head telling me he's fine and thank you for doing this for mama. I just know it.
Take care Jill. Blessings my friend!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Congratulations, Haley! Quite an accomplishment! Such lovely, bright girls, you must be very proud of them. So cute in their costumes. So nice to have the support of so many wonderful friends and family, especially their Grandfather. The fall color is so pretty with all the deep reds among the tall pines. I miss the scent of pine - we don't have them here on this side of the mountains. I grew up in Mass. in a pine forest. Sending hugs xx Karen

Billie Jo said...

Beautiful, both in photos and in words, dear friend.
I am so happy to see all the love you and your family have surrounding you.
And the memories of your dear mother to pull out anytime you need.
Congratulations to your lovely daughter!
That is an accomplishment!!!!

Red Rose Alley said...

It's nice to hear that you are writing in a journal now, Jill. You can write down all the feelings you're having for your beloved mother. Kathleen made me smile dressed up as Harry Potter. Jess was Hermoine from Harry Potter a few years ago and looked just like her. : ) I see you still have some color left, and you live in such a pretty area. What an accomplishment this is for Hayley, and that's so special of both of the girls getting straight A's. This picture of your dad is a treasure. : )


Barb said...

Hi Jill~

I love the quote - what a wise man.

I know the pain of losing your mom, and the holidays are especially hard and painful. But, you really do just have to put one foot in front of the other. Remember the fun things your mom loved about the holidays, recreate them, try creating a new tradition that has to do with your mom. You will always love her, you will always remember her in a way that no one else will. Continue to show that kind of love to your dad, your kids, your husband, and remember that you can do hard things. You are a strong, wonderful mother, wife and daughter. She is still with you in all that you do!

I love your walk, what a beautiful place to live, the colors are so pretty!

Congratulations, Haley!! I can see that she has some amazing support, what a lucky girl - and smart too!

Have a wonderful week!

Hugs and Love,

NanaDiana said...

It is so nice to see a post from you, Jill. I know this will be a hard few months for you with all the 'firsts' that happen when you lose someone...the first Thanksgiving dinner, the first Christmas...each one casts a bit of shadow on your heart. However, as time moves on the shadow lightens and you are left with the happy memories you shared with the loved ones that once graced your life. I am sure your mom is smiling down and I am so glad that your dad lives close to you now.

The girls are adorable and look like they had fun. xo Diana

Karen Ann said...

Adorable - I love Harry Potter! and Congratulations! Your trees are beautiful - I just posted on the same thing. I love trees - They truly add ambiance to a yard.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Great Halloween costumes! And congrats, Hayley! I'm glad both your girls are such good students -- it will take them far!

Carla from The River said...

It was great to catch up.
The Halloween costumes are great.
Sending high fives to your girls! Well done!