Wednesday, October 7, 2015

THERE IS A SEASON...............................

I turned 69 on Saturday, October third. It was a bitter sweet birthday this year since my son was not with us.  
We went to one of our favorite  spots for my birthday dinner.  In fact, it was one of the last places my son was with us while he was alive.  The familiarity was somehow comforting for us..although some  tears were shed by us because of the vacancy that was felt by his absence. 
Which really brings me to the point of this post for today....THERE IS A SEASON.  

These pics were taken by us on a trip 2 years ago.  We toured down the Danube  and the Rhine rivers in Europe.  It is pretty evident that it is Fall in these was an incredible time for us.

It was before our move and Brad's  surgery.  It was before our son's death.

Who would have known  what was in store as we were viewing this incredible part of the world.

It was a season of all  joy and hopefulness. Then came the season of hurting and sorrow.  Every life has it's seasons....and each of them leave their mark.

Here in America we are in the Autumn season and for me personally it will be the healing and hoping season.

All the season's are necessary for one's soul development and each will appear in its own least this is what I BELIEVE.  

Any thoughts on this?


  1. Oh, my dear friend, my heart goes out to you. I recently lost my mom, and though we'd been estranged for many years, it doesn't hurt any less. I, too, am in the Autumn of my life and had always hoped we might one day put aside all the pain and anger of the past but it was never meant to me. This season will be one of healing for me also. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

  2. I am so sorry for what you are going through. However, I see you pushing through the pain to live your life and find some joy.

  3. I find that almost everything becomes bittersweet the older we get. What can you say, apart from "life!" Perhaps its greatest blessing is that we cannot know the future. Best birthday wishes to you, dear Jo!

  4. Hi Jo,
    it is always nice to see a post from you, and your pictures are always the most beautifully inspiring for me. Nice to celebrate a birthday but the sadness of your son....I'm sorry, I don't believe I heard about that, I'm sorry.
    There is a season for everything and I have been feeling fleeting moments of my own season too, coming to an end.....things are temporary for everything and everyone.....often this is a good thing. Beautiful blog.

  5. Beautiful post - Happy Birthday to You!!!

  6. Happy Belated Birthday to you...I wanted to say Thank You for the mention of a book you made on your blog.... The Untethered Soul...I looked it up and it sounded perfect for me to read .... I ordered it......I took my time reading it... when normally I blow through a book in a couple days.. Wonderful book!!!! It was just what I needed to read ... I am now reading it again... I rarely ever read a book a second time......

  7. Hi Jo,

    This post truly touched my heart. And yes,I agree that all things are necessary, as inexplicable as they may be. But that doesn't take away the hurt, the sadness and the loss. I send birthday greetings, however belated, to you and trust that this first of the "new" birthdays will be the hardest and while there will always be that empty seat at the birthday table, you will know you have made it and that you will get through -- a bit easier, perhaps, with every pasing year. Sending hugs

  8. Dearest Jo,
    There are no words of comfort really, when we loose a loved family member.. but to loose a son, must be heart breaking. Did I miss, where you wrote about him!! forgive me if i didnt say anything.
    I think it lovely that you went to the place where you had been with him. He was there in spirit.
    Wishing you a happy birthday for the 3rd.. its belated but sent with a big hug. You are 8 months ahead of me. We are baby boomers.
    I so agree about the seasons.. and I love the way you explained it in this beautiful touching post.
    we do need all the seasons. We grow with each passing one. We learn something new, our emotions change.. and so the wheel keeps on turning.
    Sending big hugs and well wishes.
    val xxxx

  9. Jo,

    It is such a gift that we don't know what the future will bring. I loved "there is a season". I have tried to always hold the philosophy that we should not worry about what is to come until it does. You have pointed out that we should not live in the past even though we honor it. Best wishes to you and yours.



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