Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I'm Home!

Thank you all for the loving words of condolence.  They mean so much to me.  I will miss my brother
but he is always with me in my heart. 
 Your prayers were felt and gave me great strength.
I was able to fly home on Sunday.  I had a slight delay due to weather but got home safely.
I picked up Charlie yesterday and he has not left my side nor I his since getting home.
Today I will visit the Grands and see all the new Christmas toys. 
 I need some hugs from them and my daughter.  Speaking of daughters...I was so happy to know that Ashleigh was on her way to me last Wed when my brother passed away.  She stayed with me until Christmas day.  I went to visit family in Houston and she flew to So. Ga. to visit family.  She will be here tomorrow.  We decided to have a special meal on Christmas Eve and went to an awesome restaurant in Huntsville, TX
The Homestead on 19th.  It is a cabin built in 1834 and has quite a history.  We enjoyed the rustic setting combined with fine dining.  We both had steak and it was wonderful.
We decided to celebrate with Champagne.  We toasted to my brother Richard, to being strong and to life.  My daughter made the evening wonderful.
As we left (after an awesome desert and coffee) the house next door looked like this!
Oh my goodness!  It was fun to see.  They had a sign out front that they were a finalist in a Christmas light contest.  Tiger and Scout would have loved it! 

I will be resting and enjoying family this week.


Wishing you JOY,

Linda


22 comments:

Sarah said...

Linda, nice to think of you safely home with Charlie. It was a tough Christmas for you. Ash was thoughtful to fly in to be with you. What a special daughter! Take care and Happy New Year!

the cape on the corner said...

i am glad that you were able to toast to your brother and had ash with you. that christmas house decorated, yeesh. what a sight!
b

My thrift store addiction said...

Linda, I'm so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Loss is always painful but especially during the holidays. So glad Ash was there with you. My thoughts are with you, Happy New Year!

Art and Sand said...

When I learned about your brother, my first thought was that it was wonderful your daughter was joining you. I know that made everything easier.

Tiger won't be able to be held in the picture next year- he's getting so big.

20 North Ora said...

So glad your daughter was with you. Glad you are home. Loss at the holiday time is extremely rough. Praying for you and your family.

Happy New Year!

Judy

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

You have been in my prayers and happy to hear you are home. Yum, champagne! Time to relax and cheer in the New Year. Sweet photos.
warmly,
deb

Susan said...

Oh gosh, Linda. What a perfectly beautiful photo of your daughter and her family. The kids are growing up so fast. Glad you got to spend time with Ashleigh, too. And I'm so happy you are home with Charlie and in the peace of your own place. Blessings to you, my friend. Susan

Chatty Crone said...

Wow girl you have been through it all. You handled everything with such grace and things just seemed to work out. Now you are home and well it is finished. I remember the feeling. I am so glad Ashleigh was there for you. God bless now stay home and rest.

Claudia said...

So glad you are home with your Charlie and ready to see the grands tomorrow. You will always know that you were there for your brother when he needed you. That is priceless.

xo
Claudia

Marigene said...

Glad you got home with all the nasty weather going on. Love Ashleigh's cool hair, to be young and adventuresome!
Linda, it is so nice that you could be there for Richard at the end...I hope I can do that for one of my siblings when the time comes.
Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy New Year.

mrs. c said...

My heart is heavy.....I have not been reading blogs in so long that I am ashamed that I did not know about your sorrow. I know the love you have for your brother, I have 3 and they are so special. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Ashleigh looks amazing and I am so glad you got to spend time with her. Your grans are growing up so quickly! Please keep me posted on how you are and remember that the Lake House is always ready for you!!!

Cozy Little House said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I know seeing Charlie made you smile.
Brenda

Vonlipi said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs

Valerie x

Charlie is the best <3

Donna said...

I'm glad you made it home safe and sound, Linda! And also glad that you are able to spend time with your family. I'm sorry for the loss of your brother. Sending you a big hug.

Audrey said...

Hi Linda ... so sorry for the loss of your brother. So hard to loose the siblings. My 93 year sister died Christmas day last year. I miss her but she is in a better place. I know you feel the same about your brother. Such a blessing to have your daughter come to be with you. Hope you can relax a little now and enjoy the rest of the holidays. Blessings to you.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

So glad you are back settling in at home again. Charlie looks quite happy! Your daughter is adorable, so glad she could join you. Enjoy your belated Christmas celebration with your family & grands. Sending more comforting thoughts your way.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

So happy to hear you made it home and get to spend some good quality family time together today.

Grammy Goodwill said...

I'm sorry to hear of your brother's passing. (I've been away from blog reading and didn't know.) I'm glad you had family to comfort you during this sad time.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm very sorry to hear of your brother's passing, Linda. The I'll Fly Away lyrics you posted are some of my very favorites. I'm glad you've had family to comfort you...xoxo

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ohhh Linda! I'm so sorry about your brother!! How wonderful that Ashleigh was able to be with you to help you through this time!!!
Glad that you are back home safe and sound and glad that you shared your photo of Tiger and his family!! A Beautiful Family picture!! It IS amazing how fast the little one grow up and change!!
Have a wonderful belated Christmas celebration!! I DO KNOW how special it is when you can have all your Babies together.
God bless and a Very Happy New Year!!
Suzan

Curtains in My Tree said...


Oh I'm sure sweet Charlie was glad to be with you again in his happy home.

So glad you had a safe trip home.
Daughters are so special to us Mom's

Hers to a Happy New Year and healthy life

( eat your black eyed peas for the New Year) that is mt Grandmothers family tradition, she gave us all a can of black eyed peas to eat for the good luck good fortune for the new year

Mereknits said...

Both of your daughters are amazing women, so supportive and loving. So sorry for your loss again, I know you are hurting.

Here is to a better 2016!
Meredith