Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ready to Read? Look for YOU in this Post!

I have to say that being a blogger has enriched my life! What? Enriched? You may ask. But yes, I have so many things to be thankful for because of Blogging. As I write, I can reflect on my blessings and my loves. I love to turn on my computer in the quiet of the morning and take a journey with those that I love, gather things to think about through my day, and smile and laugh about a lot. Even shed a few tears. (Definitely my longest post to date…warning…;)

The obvious is keeping in touch with my kids who are far from me, Heidi, Matt and J-man, Brendon and Stephanie. Love to see how life is with them away from California. With pictures and videos…my goodness it is great! Since you have taken a piece of my heart with you to those other states, I love to see you during the week! Then Garen, to have a glimpse into our oldest’s thoughts even though he lives at home. He is a bit of a private soul. Although he is quite happy these days, and it shows in his face and how often we see him. You and your brothers and sisters keep me going in love and compassion, devotion to all that is right and good.
Two of my sisters are bloggers, but not often enough for me!! Come on girls I need MORE! You are indeed my sisters by birth, heavenly and earthly, and I would choose my siblings again, and again, and again. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish we had more time together, so blogging helps a little! My two sisters-in-law who blog along with me. I know we chose to be part of this Holmes clan of love and faith. We have all so much to be thankful for in the rich heritage we have been blessed with by birth and by marriage, and the legacy that will continue because we are who we are! Love your guts!
My nieces and nephews and their exciting and growing lives. I have seen you grow since birth. You have made so much of your gifts and talents, and wonderfully now teaching me things about instilling all that is good into daily life. Getting degrees, starting companies, Finding your soul mate spouses, supporting those spouses, loving your family and the Lord. Hugs and kisses (and tickles) to you!
I have met new people like Marie, a Canadian, who now resides in England. She is a member of our faith, and she is a chef by profession. She is an inspiration by design of our Father in Heaven. LOVE her Daily insights and recipes. What an open heart you have, and give so freely from it.
Newly acquired family - the Warner clan…Dad, Cole is a quiet soul, and shares what he has read, and feels with his children. Reflections on life, and our beloved Marianne. I love learning more about her through her family. You are missed sweet friend. Katherine is an inspiration, she is our Julia’s older sister, wise beyond her years. Hiliarious as all get out! Talented cook and I have learned so much from her expertise in the kitchen. One of the first bloggers I ever heard about because my Grant said "Mom, have you seen Katherine’s blog? It has the best recipes! " He was right we love the recipes and we love Katherine, Bobby, Franny and Sophie. Kirksville, MO neighbors to our Brendon and Stephanie, and helped forge their way…
Getting closer to people that I have known for years, but have also moved away like Lauri. After having served together in the Corona Stake Young Women’s we became friends through tears of service, of faith, of family and laughter. I love having her back in my life from Arizona, I need an infusion of your thoughts regularly, thank you!
Getting closer to long time friends like Lura, as we share often the loves in our lives. Lura is one sweetheart of a sister, few people have such a natural exuberance for life. She recently came to my aide with my "sisters" Diane and Karen the day before and the day of Jordan’s wedding reception. Couldn’t have done it without her.
Next blessing – Getting to see how the Young Women and Young Men of the Corona Stake have grown into amazing people. Be it single and fabulous, or wives and mothers, fathers and hubbies…..wherever you may be! Oh my goodness, this is quite a long list and makes up so much of my blog list. They grew up with my daughters and sons and I was privileged to be a part of their lives then. I feel like an auntie now, as I watch them raise their babies, develop incredible talents in themselves as well as lead and guide their children on the path of righteousness. I thrill with each peek into their lives as they celebrate each milestone and each of you reading this, know that I love you and I am so proud of the great lives you are living.
Then my new sisters who came into my life in the Eastvale Ward while Russell was serving as Bishop. Amazing and talented creatures you are ladies! I love seeing life thru your vibrant and amazing lives as you anticipate births, see the humor in raising your children, remind me of those days gone by, raising babies, and trying to keep it ALL TOGETHER. You have inspired me to seek my life’s dreams, and see life thru your camera lenses, your beautiful children’s faces, how in love you are with your hubbies, and how you serve your families, while creating, studying, rocking, decorating…mmmmmm life is good as I visit.
So I thank those who I get to check on daily, hope you don’t mind how often you see my message. My friend Kamee helped me to see that it is "leaving a little love" as we share our thoughts on cyber-pages. I know it is time for journaling those treasured times in life. Excited to hear that you can publish our blogs into books.
Thanks for writing, for reading, for sharing, for inspiring, for loving….. you have blessed my life.

21 comments:

Kim (Davis) Loudon said...

I know what you mean! Isn't it wonderful? I appreciate all the love you diligently leave! LOVE YOU!

Kris said...

I love hearing what is happening with your family. I also look forward to your comments! You are awesome! We love you guys!

Barbra said...

1.)That was written so perfectly. I too love how blogs keep me in touch with so many people we care about. I am trying to get all my friends and family to start one.

2.) Your sweet comments make my day always!!! Thank you!!!

3.) We love you and your family!!! Have a great day!!!

Marie said...

What a wonderful post, and not just because you mentioned me! (just kidding here, I am humbled by the mention) I love blogging and have made so many lovely friends throught it. Lets me know that the internet is not only a bad place, but that there are also a great many good and wonderful people on here as well. I am ever grateful for all the good things and people it has brought into my life, one of which is you!! (Thanks to Lura, that special lady!)

Ashley said...

I love blogging for all of those reasons too. I wish that more people would! I love seeing pictures and hearing stories.

Heidi said...

I love you mom!

Lauri said...

What a good way to look at blogging. I just look at it as I don't have enough people to talk to so I have to "talk" by writing about life and reading about other's lives. I like the way you put it much better, it sounds more justifiable. Love Ya!

Grammy Staffy said...

Thank you sweet Sheryl for your kind words. I feel the same way about my blogging friends.

This has opened up a whole new world of friends and support.

It really is amazing to me.

Take care.

Katie said...

LOVE YOU TOO! I feel the same about blogging. BEfore I started, I had no idea that I would find so many blessings in it. The list can go on forever.

Sundbergs said...

Love you too, I feel the exact same way.

hansenfive said...

Your words made me smile! I always look forward to the comments left by Sheryl. It's always nice to have other "grandmas" out there when my kids grandparents aren't around. Thanks for your love! We love you.

Traci Elizabeth said...

I hope you realize how you always touch me!! You always know how to make someone feel special!!!

Lisa said...

I love this post. I feel the same way! Keeping in touch, being inspired by others, finding support and love from so many wonderful people. its awesome. I always love your comments, they always make me smile! I also have to say when I first started reading blogs it made me jealous, all the cool things people are doing out there. It really inspired me to get out, do more, and try new things. Also it gives me an excuse to take million apon millions of pictures of these cute kids. Speaking of all this have you heard of blog book. You probally have but if not it turns your blog into a book. A journal/scrapbook with no mess, I'm sold! http://www.blurb.com/create/book/blogbook
Haven't done it yet but am planning on it!

Emily said...

What a great post! I feel similar about blogging and being a better friend to those I blog with because I learn so much from each of them!

Shalece said...

I too love blogging for the same reasons. :) You are the best, thanks for all your comments. I look forward to them! Love ya!

Chris and Jenn said...

That was such an awesome post!! We LOVE hearing from you too and I love blogging for all those same reasons. We love you!

Ashley said...

You don't have to get anything for Kennedy, but I know I never listen when people tell me that, so just in case. She is wearing 3-6 month clothes right now, but warm 6-9 month clothes would also be appreciated! Thank you!

Pitt-Meisingers said...

I will try harder to become a better blogger! :)
But I do love all of the blogs from people like you that can do it so well!

Grandma Horton said...

Sheryl,
Thanks for finding me. I am a newbie to blogging. Sure is fun.
We are so sorry to have missed Jordan's wedding. The pictures and stories make up for it ....a little

Christensen Family said...

I agree! Blogging is very enriching. Blake always teases me about how much I love blogging but I love keeping in contact with friends and family. Very nice post.

Emily said...

You have a wonderful talent for wording things just right and such a big heart. I love reading your posts and comments!