Thursday, September 15, 2011

Seasons of Life


They begin in your childhood...memories.

Happy Times.

These times for me...were with my grandparents. Each year my sister and I would visit them. Sometimes both of us...or separate for our own special visit.


I'm the one in the photo with my grandfather wearing a King hat. I don't recall why...but, that's what Grandparents do for their little g'kids... just go along with the kids and be one too!

I loved this place called "Fairyland". It still exist and so nice to know it has not changed much. The dragon that greeted us is different...and a few other attractions, but, overall the same wonderful childhood place to explore and learn.

We entered through the "Old Woman's Shoe"... and onto the dragon to pull his tongue and hear his greeting. We climbed on the back and tried to walk the length from tail to head.


We would place a key given at the entrance in little boxes to play a story and song that went with the theme of the display. The schoolhouse played "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and the little lamb was there to pet...or "The Three Pigs" and three live little pigs.





Willie the Whale's staircase led to a big walled aquarium at the bottom of the stairs. I had a plastic Willie the Whale bank...sure wish I had it now!



I loved eating the PINK POPCORN...taste just like a popcorn ball only colored and square. I always looked forward to that treat. It only taste good then. Every feel that way? It's the place or people with you that even makes a flavor just more enjoyable.

Sometimes when I'm outside...the smell of the air brings me back to these times with my grandparents..AMAZING..how time comes back ...for a moment.

A SEASON...passed...childhood.

What did I learn from this experience in my life?

As I look back now...it was a time of security with people I could trust and knew they loved me. I had no fears...at THAT moment. I'm sure that is why we sometimes keep those "moments" and recall them often. We loved that time in our life.

A reminder...of how in our hearts, that is what we truly desire in life.

Peace, security and love.

Moments and seasons...that speak to our hearts.

What did I learn...then, I remember how thankful to be. My mom was a single mother working to raise two girls. My grandparents made up for some of the "times" she couldn't afford. They gave me happy moments to remember.

Do you give people in your life HAPPY MOMENTS to remember?

Think of each time you are with family or friends and what you left them with in those moments together.

I have a little saying whenever I am doing something special or new with someone..I tell them.."we're making memories"!!!

I did that this weekend on a short visit out of state to see dear friends in Christ... and today, here at home with another Sister in Christ...going to lunch in a quaint little eatery "THE COTTAGE" and after lunch sharing a yummy dessert and strolling through some local shops in a nearby town. Just peaceful, secure and yes with love..both loving the LORD and having the blessedness of his Fellowship with us.

As a child..in that Season, the innocence of being with my grandparents gave me a warm secure memory to keep in my heart.

Today...the memory of the fellowship with a dear Christian friend...THIS DAY ..THIS SEASON...gave me a warm, secure blessing of more to come.

Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore.
Psalm 16:11


THIS IS THE DAY...I thank the LORD for the moments in our Seasons of life that stay in our hearts and bring joy.

Blessings
HOPE

5 comments:

Debbie said...

So good to see your post today. And good also to hear about your outing and time with a friend. Fellowship with other ladies is something we enjoy so much, especially in a nice place surrounded with nice things. I didn't have many 'happy times' as a kid, but God has more than made up for that in my life with my own family. I never knew my grandparents. I'm looking forward to being one! :D I'm glad you had them and that they provided such good memories for you. What an extraordinary park!

Pam--in America said...

Such a nice post! My family and I definitely have many wonderful memories of time spent with you. :)

Deborah said...

Lovely post...I have some sweet memories of my grandma....we only saw her in the summer when she came to visit, and I always looked forward to that time.

To Pam-in-America....long time no see! When are you going to start blogging again?

Joy said...

Beautiful post, HOPE, and a good reminder of what sort of 'flavor' we leave in the mouths of those we have been with... was it a pleasing taste, or a bitter one?

I've had certain times when I strongly remember being on the playground at grade school. There was a little house nearby that I could see, and I wanted it to be my house, and I wanted my mother to be living there. Then, I could run to that house and be with my mother. I missed her so much during the day! That was a season of life I recall as being one of the best seasons of my life.

May God bless your day, Miss HOPE!

Farming On Faith said...

Oh such a fun post~ so enjoyed my visit here today.