Friday, July 22, 2011

Words to Live By


Isn't this a happy spot? It is the cottage where my dear sweet husband grew up. There were 5 little acorns that grew here. They ran the woods and fished in the lake. Total childhood paradise on five little acres. There are very sweet memories of family gatherings. And as each one grew they did not wander far from this cottage. Two live on the same property and the others are very close by.

I know a lot of people have difficulty with their in-laws, but I have been blessed with a family that I never had growing up. My mother in law has always been such an inspiration to me. She has a huge heart and the gift of hospitality. My father in law is a little on the quiet side, but has a sense of humor and a heart of gold. Guess that is where my own dear hubby got his. They are 90 and 92, respectively, and continue to show love to each other, even if only in the smallest of ways. In June they celebrated 69 years of marriage. Not many marriages last half that long. Or one fourth that long. There were heartaches and disappointments, but they have hung on to each other through it all.

As I watch this dear couple in these, their twilight years, try to hang onto their independence as the zest for life is waning, I continue to stand amazed at their love for each other. And their sweetness of heart for their children, grandchildren, great-grands and friends.

"So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend."
Robert Louis Stevenson

" Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow but woe to him that is alone when he falleth for he hath not another to help him up.
Again if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

10 comments:

Marydon said...

Oh,Jocelyn, melt my heart with your share. How sweet of you to have such a loving & warm relationship.

Question ~ can you or anyone explain why yours (& others) comments don't go to my blog comments but to my email instead? Can't figure this one out. TY for any assist.

Happy PS weekend ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

Charlotte said...

What a touching story! And a wonderful place to grow up...with a loving family. Thank you for sharing:)

I like your quotes!

Charlotte/For Such A Time As This

Anita said...

What a lovely post and beautiful scripture!! So happy you stopped by so I could find your beautiful blog!!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a beautiful and touching story, Jocelyn, it just makes my heart skip a beat, wish and hope we're so fortunate to be together when I'm 90 and hubby 94!! Love your hubby's childhood home, so lovely to have grown up there and with such a loving family. Have a great weekend. FABBY

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful legacy. The house is lovely and looks like a wonderful place to make lots and lots of memories. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Charlotte

LivingSoAbundantly said...

That is so sweet! Having a good in-laws is such a blessing for you! :)

Pamela said...

What a precious post. I, too, was blessed with in-laws who loved me like my own. Their home looks blessed with love. How special for them to get to spend so many years. "Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful."

Allie said...

What an amazing family, I love to hear this!

Lisa notes... said...

69 years of marriage. Wow! We just returned from a trip to the beach with my in-laws to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. I am so thankful for examples like these!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a beautiful story! What a blessing to have such a sweet family. The cottage is so precious.
Blessings,
Ginger