Five Years Ago

What were you doing five years ago.? Five years ago my daughter was in high school. my son was in college, and husband and I were working hard as usual. Fast forward five years, my son has a degree, my daughter is close to getting her degree, and my husband and I are still working hard, but can now receive senior citizen discounts!

On this day, five years ago, I spent time with my mom. At the time she was 83, was moving better than some 70 year olds, and still quick with her words. Only problem was her mind. One minute she’d be fine, the next minute she was back in 1980. Alzheimer’s was there, but so was mom. We enjoyed our visit with her and she made us laugh as usual. It was a good day.

Here I am today, mom isn’t here physically, yet all around me. When I see everyone laughing and the kids playing I see her. When we eat all of the delicious food I think of her. And when we hug each other goodbye I feel her.

So thankful for having her in my life for 54 years. Thankful I had her. Thankful for the memories.

Today go out and make some memories. I plan to.

“So it’s the laughter, we will remember. Whenever we remember, the way we were.”

Spring Cleaning

Are you an organized person? You know, the type of person that has their pantry organized, has their clothes in order by color, or labels on the bins in their garage? I am. In fact, I just described myself. I have no idea why I’m like this because I don’t think any of my siblings are like this. I also love rearranging the furniture in my house. Don’t ask me why, but every so often I just have to change it up. Either I get bored with it or feel it’s time to reorganize everything.

My husband is completely opposite and has a hard time getting rid of things. He can keep things forever, which is why it took us so long to get rid of our old microwave oven. This microwave oven was older than my son and my son was 24 at the time! It was a huge microwave oven that took up lots of counter space.

Recently I was thinking about how it’s easy for me to get rid of things, yet I’ve been holding on to some things. Things that I should have let go of a long time ago. I discovered I was organized on the outside, but still had clutter on the inside. Once I realized this, I asked God for help. I asked Him to help me get rid of the bad stuff on the inside. A few days later I read this in The Message version of the Bible. So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. Romans 8:12-14.


I read that a couple of times then laughed. God had spoken to me thru my love of organization. He knew I didn’t like clutter and I still had some of it buried inside of me. Like I do with our furniture, I kept rearranging it so that it didn’t take up lots of space, but it was still there in a small corner collecting dust.

Now that I’ve let go of the bad stuff I have room for more of the good stuff. The stuff I like. The stuff that makes me feel good. It’s like getting rid of my old microwave. I don’t see that old thing sitting there anymore. I have space now and I can put whatever I choose to put there.

Everything I have isn’t perfect, but now I can work with what I have. I read somewhere the best way to find out what we need is to get rid of what we don’t. Do you have things to get rid of? Spring is almost here.