Sunday Sentiments this week shares more of what’s going on here at our little French Ethereal home… First off I’d like to share that Leaves is a metaphor for life and I am really feeling it with the loss of my first cousin Joanne Pimentel Garlock early on the morning of October 31st, this year. Even though we haven’t lived close-by since our family moved from Hanscom Field, Concord, Massachusetts to Oahu, Hawaii back in 1970, Joanne and her brothers and sisters have always been a huge part of my life.
Always there to visit with through cards and letters, phone calls to their mom (when they all lived at home) at Christmas, and these past 10 years or so with the many photographs and stories shared with the genius invention of Facebook. We have become closer and I got to join their childhood memories whenever one of the six kids (plus my other two cousins) would share favorite stories of their growing-up.
photograph courtesy the Pimentel and Garlock families
Joanne lived a happy life traveling the world during her 20 career with the United States Air Force but these past few years she missed her husband Paul very much, who pre-deceased her. Now she can be home with him… My cousin Bill (her second youngest brother) wrote in a lovely tribute saying how much Joanne loved fall and its leaves ~ hence the title of this post ~ and their brother Mark sent her a box stuffed with New Hampshire’s fall foliage finest in mid-October, just in time for one last present to Joanne and her home in North Carolina!
God says that “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord,” in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (my paraphrase) was taken from this lovely passage and I feel confident that Joanne is happily “Home.” She was a Christian and believer.
6Therefore we are always confident, although we know that while we are at home in the body, we are away from the Lord. 7For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, then, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we aspire to please Him, whether we are here in this body or away from it.
Paul to the people of Corinth ~2 Cor. 5, Berean Study Bible
Time keeps passing and I know I feel it in my stiff joints, muscles that ache now working with kids from tough home situations. Some days I am ready to go Home, too. How about you?
If you haven’t talked to God in a while, He is always there ready to listen, ready for you to be another friend in His wonderful kingdom. I would ask you not to put off accepting Christ as time keeps ticking onward and none of us are getting any younger.
The garden is coming along and I posted a little about it this past week. I drove back up to BandB Stone again on Friday and picked up more chop stone to finish this bed and I’ll share more of that this coming week.
Anyway, I hope you are all well and enjoying a little rest this fall! I’ve been keeping up with blogging but I feel like I am not managing it all very well. The kids at school are really combative and it is taking its toll on my body and mind. Did you know that people with mental health distress don’t get dizzy when they are spun around??? I didn’t either but when on a particularly bad day I came home so frazzled, I tried it. I didn’t get dizzy! Weird, huh?
It’s because when your head is “already spinning.” the mind doesn’t feel the affects of spinning. Just one of the cool things about motor learning function…
And that’s where we will leave this Sunday Sentiments for today. I am happy as our daughter will be driving up to stay a few days with us!
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Barb, my sincere condolences on the death of your cousin. Your sentiments are moving. I hope your new week is uplifting.