It’s quiet here, on this first Monday of 2009.

All I can hear is the crackle of the wood in the stove and Jack purring by my side.

It’s cold outside, but Sophie, the kitties and I took a morning stroll around the property.

 The sun is shining brilliantly, casting long, blue shadows on the snow.

The storm left all sorts of interesting drifts and curling snow formations. I’m looking forward to a longer walk  this afternoon .

We had a wonderful farewell weekend for Sarah. She requested her brothers, her sister-in-law and her brothers’ girlfriends for her last evening home. Lots of laughter, games, talks, hugs, and good food. We tried out our DIL’s new Christmas game – Pop 5  by Cranium – fun!!

We were up early Saturday morning to leave for the airport. We have an airport on the Island but it’s less expensive to make the  four hour trip to the mainland and leave from Halifax International airport. Besides, we wanted to make sure she got through customs without any problems.

You wouldn’t believe all we fit in that backpack and suitcase. Let’s just say it required two people, with one sitting on top, in order to get the zipper zipped!

Yes, I’ll admit there were  tears but we managed a few smiles too 🙂

Thank You Lord for phone cards. A call from Logan Airport and then another from Orlando  to tell us she arrived safely. She is settling into her new home – grateful for her feather puff, her own two pillows, and her fleece blanket from Nannie (I tried to dissuade her because of the packing problems. I told her she could buy a new pillow down there but to no avail – this girl loves her bedding). She’s feeling a little homesick so your continued prayers will be much appreciated.

What’s on the agenda for today? Taking the tree down, packing away the Christmas decorations and general tidy-up.

I have some “help”. In fact, Lily has already started.

Jack isn’t lifting a paw but he’s watching over to make sure everything is put away properly.

A big thank you for all your wonderful encouragement, prayers and kindness over the last little while. You’ve been such a help!

Now, if only you could pop over and help me with this clean up! 🙂

Happy Monday!

with love,

20 thoughts on “Monday

  1. mary smith says:

    What a sweet post, Kathie!! Your snow is so beautiful! I wish ours would stick around with the sun too! Love your header! Great photos! Happy New Year to you and your family!!


  2. Sara says:

    Glad to learn Sarah arrived safely, and with her own familiar bedding too! That was some mighty determined packing you must have done.Your cats are so sweet! Well, I’m partial to cats anyway – and they look very happy in your home.We are off to a new year and lots of wonderful adventures ahead…in books and in real life too. It’s great walking along this journey with others like you who share similar interests!Sara


  3. Praying for you both!!You’re reminding me that it is time to take down the decorations…sigh. It’s a big job!~Jeanne


  4. Tracie says:

    It is bittersweet, isn’t it? But you’ll both be fine… it does get easier! (but I can’t deny, as hard as it is with sons, I can’t imagine with a daughter!)I think it would be great if we could all take turns helping each other put away the Christmas things! It’s much more fun getting them out. My mom used to put candy canes on the tree when she put it up, and we couldn’t have any until we helped put it all away. Great plan, worked well!


  5. Deb says:

    I’m just reading your post on Tuesday morning, Kathie. I know there must be an emptiness there after coming home from the airport. The picture of you and your daughter is great and one to treasure! You are beautiful! I will be praying for you all during the time apart.


  6. Dulce Domum says:

    It’s such a sweet picture of you and your girl. I hope that her homesickness goes soon, I’m sure it shall.


  7. Susanne says:

    What a great pic of you and your girl! My daughter is the same way about her pillow! And I must admit she gets it from me. It certainly is bittersweet when they go off isn’t it? Saying a prayer for your mama’s heart.


  8. Willow says:

    I remember reading about the blue shadows on snow but I don’t remember ever seeing them. The snow really does look blue!Keep the tissues handy and smile even when you’re crying. It’s ok.


  9. Believe me, I know how you and your daughter both felt at this parting. I did it so many times when my daughters were in college. I’m glad she arrived safely and I’ll bet she has little need of that warm looking coat, where she is. :-)Christmas came down at my house today too. I was about ten days late. It always feels so good to get it down and get the house back to normal.Your snow photos are beautiful.


  10. Silvana says:

    Oh my, I can automatically start crying whenever I think of my kids leaving home. I’ll keep all of you in my prayers! Beautiful pictures as usual.(HUGS!!)~Silvana


  11. Julana says:

    Your blog has me thinking of getting a cat. And my husband is allergic to them. . . .


  12. tiggiefoc says:

    Well, even if the tree is gone, your cats will make the place still look great. They will be missing Sarah of course, cats do need their humans to feel settled just right. Perhaps Sarah could call them…and they of course will be happy to send a few tuffs of fur to her. That’s what we did when our "Sister" moved out; we sent "hair mail" to her to put on her dark colored clothing, to make her feel like she was right back home.


  13. Thanks girls! Dawn – now that would be quite hard to have a son in service. I’m sure you are so proud of him. I will be praying for you and him.Pam – she doesn’t have a laptop but I think she will have Internet access in a library across the street from where they are studying. We’ve been chatting on the phone and she is doing fine!


  14. Pam says:

    Will you guys be able to email and instant message? That sure helps a lot. Enjoy your snow as I am sure she will be enjoying sunshine.


  15. kelli says:

    beautiful pictures:) Thanks for taking us along on this bittersweet journey. I will continue to pray for you all:)


  16. Dawn says:

    I do know the feeling.I am thinking of my son…one of my youngest…who will deploy once again…soon.I take comfort in the fact that he is in Good Hands.I have no idea when we will see him next.So much easier to be a mom when they were little.


  17. Home Again says:

    I could feel your heartfelt thoughts about your daughter leaving.Beautiful pictures of your family. She’s in the Lords’ hands.How comforting.


  18. Bev Klassen says:

    It’s obvious from your pictures that your family loves to be together and has alot of fun. How nice for your daughter to have that loving support behind her as she ventures out on this adventure. Our prayers go with her and with you as you stay behind.


  19. ellen b says:

    I love the photo of you and your daughter. I understand the parting tears. Praying now for comfort and peace while your apart (for both of you)The snow photos are great…


  20. Willow says:

    I remember reading about the blue shadows on snow but I don’t remember ever seeing them. The snow really does look blue!Keep the tissues handy and smile even when you’re crying. It’s ok.


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