Now that school has started I seem to be busy from the minute I wake up until I get home, and then busy with food shopping, cooking and cleaning. Adding to that is having one niece get married, and a nephew and another niece both get engaged. (They are all actually my great nieces and nephew) So it’s parties and weddings and family get togethers non stop. Here’s a glimpse into some of the fun which has kept me from my blog!
This week for Thursday’s Special, Paula asks us to compile our photos from July and August (not just the ones for her challenges, but from all). You may repost all of them, or your favourite ones. The reasons for this are purely selfish. With her holidays and being busy before and after them, she missed quite a lot of our work and would like to catch up in this convenient way.
Here I have chosen some of my favorites from July & August. Looking through them you will see I spent my summer out in nature and at the beach.
A post from last year on this date- posting it again in memory of my brother.
Today is my brother’s birthday. Or it would have been his birthday were he still alive, though I feel that just because he is gone does not make August 6th no longer his birthday. His age will forever remain at 54, but the date will forever be his birth date. He died by his own hand in February of 2015. I wrote about him on the first anniversary of his death here.He wasn’t married, had no children, and struggled so the last years of his life. Today I choose to remember him before all that, to think of him long ago before the demons set in. To remember him with rose colored glasses on, filtering out the sadness and anger. Remembering him with a smile.
One photo couldn’t say it all, so I opted to make a slideshow. Best viewed in full screen- the icon on the bottom far right
A Momma’s View says: Let’s kick off this week on a positive note. By sharing something good, something that made you happy or you are looking forward to .
So I’ll combine Trent’s Weekly Smile along with a Momma’s View and share what made me happy and smiley this past week.
My niece became engaged! Actually she is my great niece, and a great niece she is! She just passed her Nursing Boards and a few days later became engaged. She calls herself the Nurse Bride now.
The family got together to celebrate, where a good time was had by all. I saw two of my other great nieces, whom I have written about before, one is the Bride’s sister, the other a cousin. They are both 15 and we always have fun when we get together. So next step is the upcoming wedding in September, time to go shopping for a dress!
Here’s the Bride to Be and her 3 sisters- they are a very close knit bunch. The Bride is 2nd from the right.and here are my other nieces, we never miss the opportunity to take a selfie when we’re together
Now it’s your turn to tell me something good, and what made you smile this week!
This week Paula asked if we would join her in celebrating Mother’s Day in Black & White Sunday.
My great grandmother holding my grandmother – 1914
My Grandmother holding my mother 1932
My mother and me 1960
Mothers become Grandmothers
Daughters become Mothers
I received a package from my sister last week filled with old photos that had been in old family albums. I wrote about it here. In among those photos were some of my brother that I had never seen before. Two years ago yesterday he died, taking his own life after struggling with mental issues for many years. Looking at the photos I was reminded of the person he was before he became so troubled, and the life he had lived. I was glad for the reminder, to remember him with a smile instead of sadness.