Wednesday, March 27, 2024

A Treasure in our Family has Gone

Floral Oil Painting by Jan Verhas,1896.

 

The first few months of this year have been very difficult for us. One of the reasons for this is the decline in health of my dear Aunt.   Some weeks ago, she passed into her eternal rest in Heaven.

Even though it has been so hard and emotionally painful to endure this, I have to remind myself that we live by faith and not by sight.  We know that she is with the Lord, happy, healed, and safe in Heaven.  We know we will see her again. This comforts us and sustains us to know that we will see our family again someday when our earthly journey is over.

My Aunt was an incredible example of what family is all about. When we children were growing up, she came alongside my parents and supported them and encouraged them. She helped them take care of us. She was often at our home and we were always at her house.  We were always welcome because she had a close bond with us.  She was not a distant relative but considered to be part of our immediate family. Not only did she help our parents bring us up, she also helped with the upbringing of all of her other nieces and nephews. She was like a matriarch in our family. 

In later years, she was there for all of us to help with our own children. She helped guide, support, and encourage us as we began raising her great-nieces and great-nephews. All the children loved and adored her.  Her home was a beautiful place of humble elegance and grace. She was a great example of good manners, dignity, and living a beautiful life. To this day I still remember many of her wise sayings, (which were always said with a thick Boston accent). She was a strong and enduring influence in all of our lives for goodness and right living.  She was exactly what an Aunt should be.

We are preparing to attend her funeral service, which will happen in a couple of weeks.  We will travel to our home state of Massachusetts and stay at a hotel for a few days. We will spend time with the family to comfort and be there for each other.  We are working hard to save up for this trip. We want to be there for this important duty to stand by her and ensure she is carefully laid to her final rest. We will stand there with reverence and a great sense of respect.  We will do it with love and with grateful hearts.

While we are there, to keep us cheerful and encouraged,  I will be taking pictures of the ocean, the scenery, and the city of Boston as we drive through the busy streets. I will gather these together to share with you later, here on the blog.  I also hope to get some pictures of the beautiful, old, historic cemetery where some of my family is buried, as we all wait for resurrection morning.  We have a hope and a promise. There are mansions waiting for us in Heaven.  Remembering this brings great comfort.

 

The greatest need we have in our day is to have a strong focus on our family. It is the most important thing in life - to keep building up the home.

Blessings

Mrs. White

 

From the Archives -

Encouragement from the old days - Drastically Reducing the Grocery Budget.

Please be one of these -   The Mother Who Isn't Busy.

Daily life with 4 generations in the house - In Pursuit of Christian Duty.

 

 
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17 comments:

Luba @ Healthy with Luba said...

Dear Mrs. White,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort your hearts as only He can.

In His love,

Luba

Crystal Plummer said...

Oh, my sweet Mrs. White, I'm so very sorry for your earthly loss, but rejoicing in your Aunt's Heavenly home. My heart and prayers are with you and your family!! Much love to you!!!

living from glory to glory said...

What a wonderful legacy she gave to your family! May you find comfort and rest in knowing she has finished her race! It will be a wonderful time to see your extended family.
Hugs, Roxy

Kathy Jackson said...

I’m so sorry for your loss. The Lord be with you!

Laurie J. said...

I’m so sorry about your dear Aunt. God bless you all. Laurie

Jennifer Williams said...

Mrs. White, I am so very sorry for your loss. But I'm happy that your Aunt is with Jesus! I hope you have safe travels, and a pleasant time seeing family members, even if it is for a solemn occasion. God bless you and your family.

Michelle said...

May God bring your whole family comfort at this time. Losing a loved one can be very hard, but walking through it with other family members can be so comforting and bring you strength. May you have safe travels.

Elizabethd said...

My sympathies, and prayers are for you Mrs White. It is so hard to lose someone who has been such a rock in your family.

Amelia said...

Losing your precious aunt is a huge loss, and I know she will be sorely missed in so many ways. Even though we know our loved ones are in the presence of Christ and healed, we miss them so, so much. It is so painful at times...I understand.

Praying for your family, Mrs. White. Love, ~Amelia

jgoltermann77 said...

Dear Mrs White,
How blessed your family was to have an Aunt like this. I, too, had a special Aunt in my life, who is also now with the Lord. May the message of Easter, forgiveness through Christ's death and resurrection, give you lasting and abiding comfort at this time.
Julie

KatieL said...

Mrs. White,

I’m so sorry for your (temporary) loss. Your beloved Aunt is now free of concerns, and I hope the memory of her time here will comfort you until you meet again.

I would love it if you would share some of her beautiful sayings that you referred to in your post.

Easter blessings!
Kathy Lipkin

Lady Locust said...

Awe Mrs. White, blessings to you and your family as you traverse through this time. It sounds like you have many fond memories to recall upon. Let those bring a smile to your face. She is still with you in your heart 💕

Wanda said...

How sad to lose someone so special but how wonderful to know we will spend heaven and eternity with those who have known our Lord. What a reunion it will be.

My Aunt Cassie, was like your aunt. So special to all the family. She lived to be 98. But I will see her again in heaven too.

Blessings!

Sister in the Mid-west said...

I am sorry for your loss! I want to say I feel your pain. We recently had a tragic loss in our family. It is so painful to have to let someone go that you love so dearly. Thankfully, we can reunite someday in Glory.
I pray for the Lord to comfort you and your family.

Melissa said...

So very sorry for your earthly loss, but praise the Lord you will be with her in Eternity. May those treasured memories of your dear aunt comfort you all during this difficult time. What a beautiful legacy she has left behind being such an integral part of the lives of everyone in your family.

Regina said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your aunt. But I rejoice with you she is Home in perfect health and is worshipping our Lord.

Debra said...

I lost a sister-in-law and an aunt within 2 1/2 weeks of each other this year as well. I am so sorry that you and your family are going through such grief - but our God is good in all things and we are going to see our loved ones again. I'll be praying for you