1.01.2011

a letter from the past brings hope for the future

About a year ago, I discovered a gem among the bookcases in my parents home. My Dad is an avid reader, lover and collector of books. The walls of their home is lined with books.

One evening, after a Sunday dinner, I made my way downstairs to the den that resides just outside my childhood bedroom door. I was searching the Parenting-Help section (yes, they are organized just like a library). There were many old, tattered and torn books. I grabbed about a dozen books that caught my attention. I packed them in a bag and headed home.

About a week later, I found some quiet time so I began sorting through the stack of books I had plopped on my office desk. The first book that caught my attention was this one:


As I opened the front cover, my heart started pounding so fast I thought it was going to jump out of my chest. I couldn't read the words fast enough, but also didn't want this moment to end. I had just discovered a letter to my Mom from my Grandma (her Mother-in-Law). This was a priceless gem from the past that I was so happy to discover. I now knew how paleontologists must feel as they discover hidden treasures from the past. You see, my Grandma passed away over 9-years ago. This discovery was a huge blessing to me. As I read the words, I was instantly weeping and felt my Grandmother's spirit pour over me.


In case you can't read it,
Patty,

You're doing 'great' in my book, but just being great doesn't help those areas in which we have problems and don't have answers.  This book may not have all the answers but it's down to earth, practical and fun reading.  But, remember when you get all your knowledge stored - and something upsets the apple cart - the Holy Ghost is the comforter, Jesus Christ is the Physician and Heavenly Father works through them.  Since you know those things the books are a re-enforcement.

"Ige"
As I sat reading her words over and over again, I felt so blessed to have this incredible advice from my amazing Grandmother who raised 8 incredible children.  I now had her testimony, sealed in ink, right here on the pages of this book.  As I read the book, with my Grandma's testimony in the front and my Mother's highlights on the pages, I felt so much inspiration as a Mother.

While this book has some wonderful ideas (that I have since implemented in my life and will share more of that later), I realized that I already have a legacy of truly amazing women to learn from.  As this new year is beginning, my goal is to learn from my past in order to create more hope for my future.

10 comments:

Melissa said...

thats really sweet. I read a more recent book by that same author and her daughters and daughters in law. She does have good ideas

Camille said...

That is incredible. What a great thing to have. Thanks for sharing.

Alison B said...

wow, very cool.

They Eyres are supposed to be really good, too. Interested to hear what you learned!!!

I think it was more like over 10 years ago when Ige died, because I never met her, and I've known Mark for over 10 years, married 9.5.

Laura Jansson said...

How wonderful to discover that sweet letter! :)

Patty said...

Wow, Brittany I'm overcome by your discovery but more about the way you put your thoughts down in words! Being a Mother is wonderful and you brought a moment back in my life; when I was like you and so appreciated good advice and especially the testimony from my mother-in-law! I miss her!

Amanda said...

WOW OH WOW! You did just find the rarest of all treasures- a message from the past. I feel so strongly connected to the past. I use to read my moms journal and devour the pages. You are so lucky to have found that and I don't believe for one minute that it was coincidence- all of our loved ones that are gone are right here- looking over us- waiting to help us through the lives they lived. Very very cool!!

Angie Miller said...

Thanks for sharing that about Grandma. I wonder what she would think of us, our lives, if she were here, and then I remember how close the veil can be ... and how she must be peeking in, perhaps planting books for her grandchildren to find. Doesn't that sound like her? :-)

Jennifer said...

This really is a great book. I enjoy all the Eyres books--fun, easy reading but also full of good ideas. What a wonderful keepsake. It's good to know we're never alone in all of this parenting craziness.

Jaimy said...

This is so cute - what a great thing to stumble upon. But I, for one, do not think you need any parenting books :) But maybe I could borrow it . . .

Heather said...

What a special thing to receive from Grandma. You couldn't ask for a better answer to your questions. She was so amazing...and still is.