December - 1997

My Dear Friends, (New and Old)

I have missed being able to come here and work (since November 11th) but surgery and healing take time and with two feet done at once, that time is not spent in an upright position!! ! *S*

           Brandis' journal
will begin again in January!!! We promise!

I also hope to be at work here some more by February.    But I've come to wish you all well during the holidays.
Cherish each and every moment with your loved ones.     I believe that my lifelong practice of that is the most sustaining strength I have (past, present and future,) now that memories are all that I have left of Eric to comfort me.    We cherished time and each other.    That is more than many people have while they yet exist in the same houses.
How I wish that everyone would see that each moment is a precious potential for stored-up treasures which we may draw from forever....   Create them, dear brothers and sisters.... create them now.      Don't let a day pass without depositing something into that memory-bank which will brighten your days when clouds move in or a bright star in your life leaves you in a forever-darkened world without them.

I have no regrets or wasted time to add to my burden of anguish.     How glad I am of that! But I have heard from many who , (heartbrokenly), do have those regrets -
and they are more overwhelmed by that than by the absence of their beloved lost loved one!     Some, it seems to me, from their sharing, .... will not forgive themselves,
and in some cases, hold the anger against their loved one as well, who has , they feel, "abandoned them".

Let us so cherish our time with loved ones that when either we or they depart this earthly realm, we can feel the joy of their arrival *home* with our Lord, and be grateful for, and comforted in,  the time we did have, rather than bitter or angry about time we no longer do have together.

For, my dear brothers and sisters,
Remember! Our C
hrist said....
St. John, 14: 2, 3, 4

" In my Fathers' house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. "

Although I grieve.......
sometimes to the point of near incapacity on certain days - I would NOT wish that God would return Eric to me here,   in this world, from P
aradise!   More often than not, my grieving is more my own strong desire to go there too. Don't we all?

I had a wonderful son, in Eric
with me for almost 23 years -
and if you count, as some countries do, the time he and I were one together, almost 24! And I can honestly tell you that I cherished my son from the moment I knew of his presence in my womb!     We loved and lived well. I thank God for that nature which He created in me.
I pray that I can adequately share that with you and that you will open your heart and soul to a new awareness and perhaps a new way of life and relationships. People ask me again and again, how I have "gotten through it". That is the answer! This is the best I could hope to give to you all.

Thank you for coming here, and visiting with me and my loved ones here in our cyber-home.
From our house to yours,
Blessed Holidays !
and Blessed Everydays, A

With Love, Your GYPSY, Nina


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