Uncle Jake told Jill that his grandmother Naomi often claimed she could hear Joseph crying in his room at night long after he had passed, and it wasn't unusual for his grandfather to find her asleep in the old rocking chair in that little room come morning.
Jill started thinking about what she had experienced in the little bedroom in connection with what she had learned about Joseph, and she came up with a plan that her husband Seth agreed to help with.
They put a small daybed in the room, covering it with one of the quilts her great-grandmother had made, and adding an old teddy bear they found in the attic. Jill placed a rocking chair next to the window that overlooked the grove of trees her great-grandmother had began from transplants she brought with her from her native state of Minnesota when she married Jill's great-grandfather, and set the old family Bible on a small table next to the rocking chair.
As Jill was setting up the room she found herself addressing the spirits of Joseph and his mother Catherine, and her great-grandmother Naomi, telling them she loved them and that they would always be welcome at the old farmhouse which had been their home so long ago.
From that time forward, Jill often heard the rocker creaking at night, and sometimes found the teddy bear tucked under the quilt, or the window open during the day; at times she was certain that she could hear the soft voice of an old woman crooning lullabies to a child.
(To be continued)
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