One of life’s greatest treasures is loving and being loved back in return.
As I get on in my years, I have grown to appreciate moments.
There have been times when our family was in the right place at the right time to share precious memories.
Like moving to a small town in Okanogan, WA.
My grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins lived in the area.
We never thought we’d live in a small town in a million years.
But in the five years we lived there we had family gatherings at our Grandparent’s house.
After church on Sunday my grandma made homemade noodles with chicken and sliced potatoes. And her homemade pies are still a memory our family shares.
My grandpa ended up having Alzheimer’s and passed away at the end of the five years.
But before that all happened, we got to be there with him.
He and my grandma babysat our oldest daughter for a bit and got to know her.
They were precious years.
Have you ever had those moments?
Recently, my dearest Aunt Mary passed away.
During the grieving process, it has entered my soul how amazing life is.
Some grandiose moments my Aunt played in my life were getting my husband and me together.
But the most recent moments were her encouragement as I’ve grown my blog and YouTube channel.
She’d message me and tell me I’m doing a great job.
She watched every YouTube video and read my blog posts.
For years she nudged me to use my talents.
She believed in me when I didn’t know I had it in me.
But those nudges made me push past my fears and plunge into the unknown.
It was her influence that has led me here, writing to you.
I have so much more to learn, but I am determined to honor my Aunt Mary by pushing past the fears and failures in this journey.
I look at her life as a treasure for the moments that changed my life.
As I know she impacted many lives through her words of encouragement and wisdom.
We never know who’s life we impact.
It made me aware of how my life can impact those around me.
I want to be a nudge to those who have dreams burning in their heart.
Just like my Aunt Mary nudged me to go after my dreams.
So, I pass on that nudge to you.
As my Aunt would say, “You can do it. Go after your dreams!”
No matter how large they are.
You only have one life to live. Live it to the best of your ability and run.
Run after that dream in your heart.
You have what it takes.
So, I say, goodbye Aunt Mary. I will miss you.
Thank you, dear reader, for this privilege to share my Aunt’s legacy with you.
I hope for a moment, you were touched by her words as I have throughout my life.
We all need an Aunt Mary rooting for us.
I will end this post with a resounding voice that only my Aunt could say.
“I know you can do it. Go after your dreams!”
I recently posted a YouTube video. I dedicated this one to her.
She was my biggest cheerleader and when I recorded my videos over the past year, she was on my mind.
My newest video, below, was a hard one to make since I had just learned she passed away moments before I recorded it.
But I held it together and I made it through. I know she would be proud.
Here’s the link to that video.
The photo of a Victorian house at the top of this post is a dream.
It would be amazing to have a house like that someday.
But I’ve learned that while that dream burns within my heart, it is possible to be happy in the waiting.
Here is a link sharing a YouTube video about being happy where you’re at, here.
I share these photos of my dreams because no matter how big or small they are, they are possible.
And whatever dreams you’re carrying in your heart, keep them in your sights.
Never give up. You can do whatever you put your mind to.
Thank you for coming by Victorian Lane Farms
Go be an influence today to those you hold dear.
Until next time, friend, be blessed.