Wednesday, April 1, 2009


A couple of weeks ago I got to be part of a great act of kindness; a renewing of an old picture and a reliving of memories.

You see my Grandparents are a part of an old neighborhood. Years ago the neighbors would get together to celebrate many occasions, one of which was New Years. One of the guys from the neighborhood was a great illustrator and drew up a picture of "New Years 1962" and gave it to my Grandparents.

This great illustration has been given a new life; taken from it's plastic bag, matted and framed and now hangs prominently in my Grandparents den.

The idea to get it framed came from one of my brothers and then my dad took the idea and ran with it.

To witness my Grandparents delight in this gift and to see them reliving the memories of yesteryear was so moving!! Here they are, 91 years old, married for 60+ years, and just recently in and out of the hospital for three months...and then before my eyes taken back 40 years. I will never forget the joy they emitted!

Renewing is an important part of our lives.

Reconnecting with an old friend. Replenishing the love in a marriage. Recovering strength after sickness or depression. Taking up an old hobby. Reviving our Soul.

There are times when we feel all used up. We have no energy or motivation. We have been struck by the worry bug. We feel that we have nothing to offer.

In these times we need renewing!

Things that help me renew are:

1. Talking about what is going on in my head. Getting the thoughts and feelings out.

2. Listening to my favorite music...anything I can sing to.

3. Watching funny movies.

4. Hugging

5. Writing

6. Petting my Cat

7. Finding ways to help someone else

8. Snuggling with my hubby

9. Praying and giving thanks

It is important that we listen to ourselves. Listen to our conscious.

What do I need? What needs renewing? Who do I need to forgive? What stuff from my past is holding up my present and future happiness? How can I better myself today? Who can I help?

We must always change, renew, rejuvinate ourselves; otherwise we harden. ~Goethe

Leave me a comment and let me know how you RENEW!


  1. There is nothing better than a good long walk in the woods: taking in the scenery, breathing the fresh air, hearing the crunch of leaves under your feet, and a faithful pooch by your side. :)

  2. What a great story! thanks for sharing that, and making a person think. I have to totally agree with the petting the cat and snuggling true.

  3. I renew with a favorite old movie and a beloved quilt. Snuggles are a bonus!!

  4. I just love your blog Krista... so full of love and inspiration! I wish you and I lived closer.. I can tell we'd have coffee or tea together and have great conversations all the time!