Strong In Spirit

She started the day in her garden tending to her prize winning Camellias, then was off to exercise class to which she drove herself; she then met her grandson and his wife for lunch, then came home to bake cookies for the 5:00 dinner and 7:30 meeting she would attend later in the day! A not so ordinary day for quite an extraordinary spirit, my Aunt Jeanne, who will be 93 years old later this year! sighCamellia_japonica She is my dad’s older sister and only sibling, from my Swedish side of the family. In many ways, she has been a mom to me in this lifetime, for which I am grateful. To say that she possesses the fruits of Spirit is an understatement. And I feel these qualities and strengths speak to the enduring legacy she is still sharing with her family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Everywhere she goes, she inspires. Fruits_of_spirit4Everywhere she goes, she is loved. Her life has not always been easy, she lost her 3rd eldest son out of 4 boys to cancer about a decade ago and her beloved husband Bill a few years back. And yet, she embraces life and lives positively and goes out of her way to help others, still participating in organizations she values, the church I was raised in and the community that has always been her home. I’ve been convinced for a long time there should be a National Holiday in her name~ she is surely that kind of treasure. I know for sure she is to me.DSC00996 It’s not her birthday so there is not particular reason for sharing her presence and light today other than the fact she is so completely, graciously, lovingly, faithfully and kindly, her Self. And after almost a Century on planet earth, that is something to be both honored and celebrated. I love you Aunt Jeanne!

Posted in New Day
5 comments on “Strong In Spirit
  1. OMFeet says:

    What a great tribute to Aunt Jeanne! How fortunate you are to have grown up with such a loving aunt <3 xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Karen says:

    How wonderful for you to acknowledge & affirm your aunt’s amazing life thus far. There are so many gently powerful women of Grace & Truth in our world (behind the scenes) to inspire & uplift us…..thank you for sharing..blessings to you both <3

  3. Karen says:

    May I be bold & strong in Spirit…….Blessed BE (((((((+)))))))

  4. DeAnne says:

    It was easy to do Karen – no thought involved really. I am just that grateful for this lineage and the love and support it has been to my journey! My grandma – her mother – was the person who truly saw me and knew me best EARLY on. These truly are God’s people! 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *