We have moved ten times in the past 24 years.
Back and forth, across the seas.
USA to Australia
Australia to USA
USA to Australia
Australia to New Zealand
New Zealand to UK
On our fifth move,
we left with a beautiful painting of our home.
Painted by Sharon, a neighbour and a wonderful friend,
to remind of us of our years together.
Sharon and I had children the same age,
all under 10 and we lived in each others houses.
We loved to decorate, shop and share stories about our children.
She helped me find some of my favourite treasures.
I think of her every time I walk past this painting.
It is filled with wonderful family memories too.
I look at the front door and think of the kids sitting on the step
getting ready for their Christmas photo.
I look at the two pots
and remember them packed with colourful flowers
Spring thru Autumn.
I think of trick or treaters and the look of
surprise as they turned the corner into our house.
Pumpkins were alight everywhere.
At Christmas each window held a brightly lit candlelight,
the shrubs were covered in fairy lights
and the tree looked glorious covered in snow.
In winter the alcove below was filled with bright pink geraniums.
The sun shone brightly in that little corner and they thrived all year.
We lived in this house for five years.
Mr. H and the kids surprised me with a
40th birthday celebration in our backyard.
It was filled with our friends and neighbours
and is a night I will never forget.
We loved this house.
The only thing that was missing was our son Connor.
He was born in the sixth house.
I mention this now because for the past few months
I have been trying to find this painting.
It has has taken me eight months to unpack the garage
and wouldn't you know it....it was in the last box.
What joy to see it again.
She is done and dusted and in a special place
where I can see her everyday.
I thank Sharon everyday for what she has given me.
A wonderful memory.
Best wishes for a wonderful weekend...may it be filled with happy memories.
PS..another gift from Sharon for which I am forever grateful...my first digital camera.
She opened a whole new world to me and gave me one to remember.