July 1956, more than 57 years ago, my parents wed. I just saw this picture and it made me miss them. I look back and see them as they were - a young couple in love starting out on their journey in life without any idea of where it might take them.
My dad was 24 years old and my mom was just 17 years old (*Note - Mom started college at 16!). They were married just shy of 39 years until my mother's death at a young age of 56. Four decades of a life together; five children; thirteen grandchildren; lots of dreams, lots of lives changed. They built an incredible legacy that will continue to reach thousands of lives each year. Who could have imagined the things they would accomplish when looking at this picture from nearly six decades ago.
Be true to yourself. Live life to its fullest. Reach out to others and help without the expectation for anything in return. Dare to dream big and who knows what you'll accomplish.
I went home to Iowa this week and got to see my whole family. My reason for going was for my oldest brother's ordination as a minister. I was so proud of him. I got all choked up when I saw him on the altar with the other candidates for ordination. My mother always thought my brother would make a wonderful minister. She died more than 18 years ago - but I could feel her watching over the ceremony and beaming with pride! I know I was. By the way, Mom was right. :D
My brother, the Reverend Bradley Jackson and family
So if you're ever in Oelwein, Iowa - please go visit his church and say hello. Brad and his family have the most wonderful faith in God. I've never seen miracles happen for people the way I see them happen for them. They are truly blessed.
BF and I have been huge NCIS fans for many years now. I'm not even sure when we got hooked - probably 2005 or 2006. We used to watch it on USA network and especially loved the NCIS marathons (and still do). Somewhere along the way, I started buying the DVD sets. We watch them like old friends. Now Secundogeniture is watching, too. I think he's on Season 5. BF and I are ready to start watching season 9.
It doesn't matter which season I'm watching, I'm sure to have my knitting with me, or maybe that should be NTNG.
Thanks for all your great messages and suggestions for ways I can help my sister and her family. I really appreciate all of it - especially the positive thoughts and prayers. Many of you emailed me with suggestions you have seen work elsewhere - yarn sales, ebay auctions, selling a Major Knitter designed pattern, etc. I like ALL the ideas. I'm going to get organized this weekend and start my official fundraiser on Tuesday (because Monday's a holiday).
I thought that in an empathetic gesture, since Ellen has to purge her household goods, I would likewise take this opportunity to purge my yarn stash - giving you the opportunity to get some fabulous yarns (and I mean FABULOUS) at great prices while helping me help my sister. BF is going to help me figure out how to post the yarn for sale (although I might just do that directly on my blog).
I'm also going to see if I can write up my favorite hat pattern (yet unpublished) for sale. I'll call it the Sisterly Solidarity Hat. All proceeds will go to help Ellen and her family.