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Aren’t We All [Designed on Sunshine]?

I bet you’re wondering what the title of this post means.  Before I get to that, I’d like to thank you for joining me for my second week of blogging!  My first week was great fun and I loved all the feedback.  Keep it coming!!  This week you’re in store for more home updates, spring in the yard, and a sneak peek at our organic veggie garden.

The title of this post comes with a story so hang with me.  One evening a couple of weeks ago, I was having a small issue with setting up my web site.  I phoned my host company and was speaking with a very nice gentleman.  He asked the standard questions to verify I was the owner of the domain.  Once I told him the name, he paused and asked, “Designed on Sunshine?”  I said, “Yes.”  He replied, “I love that name!  Aren’t we all [designed on sunshine]?”  I immediately had a visceral reaction, felt a kinship with this person, and realized people will understand the intent and greater message behind the name.  It was a moment that gave me the warm fuzzies.

Speaking of being designed on sunshine, I’d like to briefly talk about a person who touched hundreds of lives and meant the world to his family.  My grandfather, Papa as we called him, was a sweet and gentle man who told a great story, played a mean banjo, flashed a simple smile that told you how much you meant to him, loved with no judgment or expectation, grabbed life by the reins and took everyone along for the ride.  He passed away in February and the memorial service was held on Sunday, April 15 at Roaring Camp Railroads where he was a conductor in his retirement years.  Roaring Camp was kind enough to allow the family to build a memorial bench that sits at the ticket booth.

To respect the privacy of family members, I won’t go into great detail, but will say with 200+ people in attendance it was a beautiful celebration of his life and the love felt throughout the room was nothing less than other-worldly.  He is already dearly missed but his vivacious zest for life is carried on through his family and friends.  We’ve all soaked up the blessings he’s bestowed upon us.  Because of this, I am a better person for it and will continue to strive to be the best person I can be for my family and friends.

On a final note, this year has been life changing in many ways.  Many friends have married, babies have come into being, two family members have passed.  The circle of life has shown itself to be true more so this particular year.  With the emotional ups and downs of celebrations and deaths it reminds me to take pause.  I envision how I can make a bigger difference in the world; I evaluate relationships and how I can better honor them; and I often think about doing a better job at listening to my heart (instead of the head) to guide me on my journey.

Have a wonderful day!


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Designed on Sunshine - Glad you liked it, Bonnie! Thanks for reading!!

Bonnie Gale - How wonderful! can’t wait to read more…

Joni holland - You have made a glorious and wonderful impact on my life. I LOVE this blog. I love YOU Melanie-Moo.xo

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