"There is sunshine in my soul, when the peaceful happy moments flow..."While listening to a variation of this song, by a young woman who was singing of her little daughter and the joy she brought to her, I was transported back in time. My mind took me on a journey of my six sunbeams in my life, and the tears flowed. I decided to write a brief love note to each so they will know how much I love them then and now.
|Just after Ned's funeral in 2008|
|Our first trip at 6 months old.|
|18 months old|
Number two child and daughter began her life as a little ray of sunshine and continues to strive today to bring sunshine into others' lives. She has always lived life with a flair. If she has a challenge in life she turns it around to help others, and never fails to reach out to give me love. She is now a mother of 6 and 2 step children.
|Our favorite past time riding in the back pack with mom.|
|Then there were two.|
|First arrival at home.|
|Then there were three.|
|My cutie pie|
|Then there were four.|
When Ned and I greeted our fifth child and fourth daughter, it was with gratitude that all went well in the delivery. She was the tiniest of my children. Many times in her life she has tugged at my heart strings as she has struggled to survive in this life. She is a joy. She is a mother of 3.
|first day of school|
|Then there were five|
I am now to my sixth child and second son. What fun it was watching him grow. When Ned died, he was 19, and chose to hang around to make sure I was okay. (he wouldn't tell you so) He has managed his own ambitions, and has actually helped me monetarily. He is now moving on in life which is good and I find joy in this. I pray he finds a young lady who will appreciate him.
|can not find a picture of him with me alone. Our camera was broken. This is him with his two older sisters.|
|Then there were six. My joys.|
I enjoyed my moment of reminiscing, and searching through the pictures I still have. I gave most to them as they left home and started their own home. I love my family. We have enjoyed laughter and tears together. They have given me sunshine in my soul in the joy of knowing that as my little angels have grown, they have kept a testimony of Christ and each has a desire to follow his teachings.