Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XV

As Jill sat down it only took a moment for the intensity of this moment to sink in.  At last she had come face to face with spirit of Catherine's father, Hezekiah, the family patriarch, her great-grandfather, the man who had built the farmhouse she now called home.  She thought about how hard life had been for his family and about the losses he suffered, and as she witnessed him now sitting there sobbing and broken, tears flooded her own eyes and she longed to set him free. 
"Grandfather," she began, "Seth and I love this beautiful old house; we want to take care of it for you, and we want it to be a place where love grows again.  You are welcome to stay here with us as long as you like, but I don't want you to be sad anymore; what's done is done and it can't be undone, but Naomi and Catherine have long since forgiven you, and they have moved on to the light.  You can go and join them whenever you are ready; they are waiting for you on the other side,  and Jacob is too."
(To be continued) 
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 I'm joining Zoe at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "sink"
Come and read some great stories and poems and share one of your own!

Worth the Wait

The young woman sat by the window and waited; the neighbors said she waited in vain. Her kitty Jezebel had been missing for six weeks, and friends said she'd never see it again. Then one day a handsome young man rang her doorbell, in the carrier at his feet was none other than her Jezebel. Delighted, she invited him for coffee, but this was not the end of the story. It was instead the beginning of a love affair that would last for the rest of her life .
This was written for In Other Words where Patricia has asked us to  
write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less using the word: vain.  


Join Us At Ten Things of Thankful

The Ten Things of Thankful blog hop was started by Lizzi Lewis at Considerings as a means of seeking out and sharing the good things in her life, changing her attitude in the process. She soon discovered that her sharing inspired others to look for the good things in their lives too, even at times when it is difficult to find those silver linings.
 TToT has been an ongoing weekly blog hop since June of 2013, and many people have taken up the challenge to join in and share their own reasons to be thankful. Lizzi has done an amazing job of hosting TToT for the past three-and-a-half years, with the support of an awesome group of co-hosts, and she is ready for a well-deserved break. She has graciously allowed me to take on the role of TToT administrator and move TToT to its very own blog address.  And so we begin again with this week's link-up!   
The reason behind asking you to list ten things you are thankful for is to challenge you to look hard at your life and discover both the big ways and small ways that you've been blessed in the past week. However, I don't want anyone to feel that they can't participate unless they list ten, so do the best you can, share as many as you've got, and don't feel the need to make excuses if you're short. We're just happy to have you sharing with us!

A new link-up will open early Friday morning each week and will remain open until the following Tuesday night, so you have plenty of time and don't need to rush or worry if your weekend is busy. Life trumps blogging, and it should!

My only requests are that you include a link back to our TToT link-up in your post, and that you take the time to read and comment on as many other posts as you can. The whole point of this blog hop is to share and to encourage each other... that's where the magic begins! I hope we'll see you there! :-)

Thankful Thoughts - February 9, 2017

I am thankful that my friend Lizzi of Considerings has given me the green light to pick up the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop where she left off and give it a new home on it's own blog!  It's a wonderful, uplifting thing and I am excited about hosting it each week!  Because I will be spending time on it, I am going to discontinue my daily Thankful Thoughts posts here, this will be the last one.

 I hope you will consider joining me at Ten Things of Thankful each weekend (anytime between Friday morning and Tuesday night) with a list of ways your life has been blessed this week!  I'll be posting mine there too!

Secrets of the Old Farmhouse - Part XIV

The presence of the ghost of Catherine's father was not a surprise to Jill.  Though she hadn't actually seen him until now, she had sensed him following her around the house as she did her daily chores, and sometimes saw a fleeting shadow out of the corner of her eye; he seemed to like being in the kitchen with her as she cooked meals and baked bread.  Although he was known to have been unyielding and sometimes cruel in his lifetime, especially in his relationship with his wife and daughter, Jill had never felt anything negative when he was present, but rather an almost protective shadowing. 
Uncle Jake had told her and Seth that Catherine's father was a broken man after the death of his grandson, that he never socialized and seldom spoke anything more than what was absolutely necessary, instead spending much of his time in the rocking chair on the back porch staring out across the fields or up in the attic standing next to Joseph's cradle as he peered out the small window facing the family cemetery where Catherine and his grandson had been interred.  
Jill often wondered if Catherine's father had felt any remorse for the actions that caused his wife and daughter, and ultimately himself, so much pain. Seeing the specter of him now, sitting there on the edge of the bed with his head in his hands, sobbing loudly, filled her heart with compassion and she felt drawn to sit down on the chair next to the bed.
(To be continued) 
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 I'm joining Zoe at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "bread"
Come and read some great stories and poems and share one of your own!

Thankful Thoughts - February 8, 2017

I am thankful for the flexibility of my time that I have now so that I can be available to people who need me.  Today I spent time helping my daughter choose dress accessories for her upcoming wedding, talked with a family member about someone they are concerned about, and shared recipe information with a friend.  It was a blessing to feel useful.

Thankful Thoughts - February 7, 2017

I am thankful for all the wonderful Facebook posts, texts, calls, and cards I received for my birthday today.  All that attention and love made it made it a very fun day!

Thankful Thoughts - February 6, 2017

I am thankful for little text conversations with friends and family each day which do so much to brighten my spirits and give me reasons to feel good about life.  I am reminded every day of how a few words of greeting or encouragement can make all the difference!

Justice for Zuzu

 Zuzu Verk, a college student at Alpine, Texas, was last seen on October 12, 2016, and was reported missing by her boyfriend two days later.  All evidence pointed to his involvement in her disappearance, but despite a wide ranging on-foot search of the mountainous area, her body was not found until early last Saturday morning when someone located a shallow grave in a nearby canyon with human remains scattered about, no doubt by animal scavengers.  All this time her boyfriend and his family have protested his innocence, but refused to aid in the search for her.  He has finally been arrested, and Zuzu's parents were called to the gravesite by the Texas Rangers; after a breather, they participated in an impromptu memorial gathering and thanked members of the Alpine community for their love and support, and untiring efforts to find Zuzu.  My heart has wept for this family these past months and I am grateful that they will at last have closure, but I cannot imagine being a mother or father trying to breathe when brought face to face with the horror of their child's demise.

(Note: You can read more about this story and follow updates by Googling Zuzu Verk. Please keep her family in your prayers.)
This was written for In Other Words where Patricia has asked us to  
write a story or poem of 5 Lines or Less using the word: breather.  


Thankful Thoughts - February 5, 2017

I am thankful for a happy surprise ending to the Super Bowl for my son's favorite team.  I am not much into sports competition nor insanely high-paid players, and I always feel sorry for the opposing team when they play well but lose out at the end.  Someone wins and someone loses and ultimately it's just a game, but as a Mom, I am happy tonight because I know my son will be smiling as he walks into work tomorrow morning.  As for me, I like the Puppy Bowl where all the players are winners! :-)