It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Chapter 11, Page 2, Book 08

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together..

there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem,

and smarter than you think.
but the most important thing is, even if we're apart..

I'll always be with you.

Winnie the Pooh


November 2nd in our church is All Soul’s Day. A time for remembering all those that have died. There is a Mexican saying that we die three deaths: the first when our bodies die, the second when our bodies are lowered into the earth out of sight, and the third when our loved ones forget us. We forestall that last death by seeing the faithful dead as members of the Church, alive in Christ.

Today is a good day to not only remember the dead spiritually, but to tell your children about their ancestors. Bring out those old photo albums and family trees! Write down your family's stories for your children and grandchildren! Impress upon them the importance of their ancestors

My parents shared many tales of their ancestors and I’ve tried to pass those on to my children. Our family tree has been the topic of many discussions around the kitchen table with a good cup of coffee.

I have many happy memories of those that I loved and lost and always treasure them in my heart. I feel that as long as those memories live so will my loved ones be with me.


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did,
what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

‘On Ya’ - ma

The autumn leaves of red and gold....I see your lips, the summer kissesThe sunburned hands, I used to holdSince you went away, the days grow longAnd soon I'll hear ol' winter's song.But I miss you most of all my darling,When autumn leaves start to fall.
Johnny Mercer, lyrics, Autumn Leaves


Jenny said...

Have a lovely Sunday, God loves ya!
Jenny <><

Ally Lifewithally said...

Have a wonderful weekend ~ Ally x

Adirondackcountrygal said...

I have just starting doing my family tree and have learned some interesting things about my ancestors!

Joyce said...

Always love your have a special Sunday...many hugs and love,

Joan said...

Lovely entry today you got me thinking with those words. Have a peaceful and restful Sunday. Love Joan.

Kathy said...

Your thought for the day is so true. I really believe that. Also I agree on keeping the young informed on their ancestors. Have a wonderful Sunday. Get lots of rest on this day of rest. Blessings.......

Beth said...

"I feel that as long as those memories live so will my loved ones be with me."

I have some family members that were taken too young, and I miss them dearly. But I've always felt that I carry a little bit of them around with me in my heart, so they're not really gone.


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Alice said...

I haven't heard the song "Autumn Leaves" in years and I always loved it along with all the other old classics. I'll never forget the words to that one. I should look it up and listen :)......

betty said...

such a cute Winnie the Pooh, and great entry Ma, for us to remember to share our family stories with our kids; so much can get lost with it if we don't pass it down to our children

I like the be thankful for your mistakes for what they will teach; my son is learning some of this and its a good thing :)

enjoy the rest of your Sunday


Janie said...

Our family have told many stories of the past. A lot of them we laugh about. Nothing like a joyful heart. Hope you have a blessed week. Janie