Sunday, February 10, 2019

Joy... to the World!!!

Life ... on a different plane

Today... I am setting aside earlier obstacles which darkened my spirit to share with you a gift of pure magic which has been sent by the Universe to minister to the deep wounds that our family has endured since our beloved Allison's untimely and tragic passing. Let me set the stage for today's post using the lyrics from a simple favorite childhood song... likely familiar to most of us.

"Twinkle... twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

How I miss each of those "Little Folk" and their bell-like voices! Unfettered angelic voices... filled with wonder and Hope. Pure spirits willing to risk. Eager to share their messages. Unafraid (yet)... to express their own thoughts and ideas without fear of comparison, or rejection.

The simple language of this childhood anthem fully encapsulates the very essence and purity of each child and early childhood in general. Children's voices so easily bring to life the beauty and sense of celestial Joy gently to earth. 

I offered my own children a painting to share each Christmas which acknowledges  the presence and importance of special stars in our lives. Here is "River Spirit"the very first of three... which I gifted to Allison and Andrew. I proudly feel  that this painting records a common joy we shared which owes its origin one such star,Venus... or as it is called, the "Morning Star." Actually, Venus is a planet which offers the bright and twinkling essence of the lyrical star.

It rises low in the east... just ahead of the sun rising climbing steadily heavenward and disappearing ever so gradually into the light of the sun until late in the day at sunset. It suddenly reappears as the "Evening Star" to signal another day's end. What a metaphor describing  life... don't you think???

On the clear starlit morning of January 30th, I arose later than usual for our morning coffee rendezvous and found Deb perched... and peering intently southward. She turned to me excitedly like a child... tears streaming down her cheeks and exclaimed joyfully,"Come and see this Hon. I wanted to go and get you up to share this with you - it's so beautiful.  It's Allie looking down and assuring us that she is okay... and still with us."

There it was... the fingernail moon tugging the Morning Star ever so slowly up higher into the heavens. In Deb's own loving innocence and child-centered spirituality she often chooses to express her love to her loved ones with this mantra:

" I love you forever... to the moon and back... a gazillion times!"

It is how she ends every contact and call to her beloved grand gals... Ava and Ella

This celestial pageant was unfolding just for us in the southern heavens on that morning and will remain special to us both. The morning magic ratcheted up further when a totally unexpected early evening telephone call arrived from Joan (Allison and Andrew's Mom). She proudly announced the earlier-than-expected safe arrival of a new wee Sherman family member. Reese Allison, our newest addition weighed in three weeks earlier than expected at six pounds and five ounces... and measured nineteen inches in length. Tiny by any standard.

"JOY to the world!... a child is born!!! 

We are so greatly blessed! Gratitude instantly cancels out the weeks of sciatic misery. The Universe has again sent a message of Hope to help ease and erase defeat and despair. I am so very proud of this new addition. She carries forward the spirit... and the name of our beloved Allie and not just in name only.

This child is blessed to commence a life piloted by two loving, caring and capable parents who will offer her every opportunity in life to be filled with love... joy and opportunity. I know that hey will encourage her to emerge as a free and creative spirit just like her namesake. Andrew, Melissa and Reese's siblings have welcomed her with wide open and loving arms.

I will close out today's special post with pictures that so eloquently reflect my words. Pictures... really do replace the weight and value of a thousand words... or brushstrokes. Judge for yourselves... and enjoy!

Thank you for your continued presence and support. You have absolutely no idea of the value of your generous gifts to me and my family members.

God bless you...and guide you Melissa and Andrew!

Rich blessings... and Good Painting to ALL!!

                                        Mom presents your new baby sister Reese Allison

                                        Lots of love, warmth.. and skin - But Sorry .... No milk!!!

                                                         "She's my Baby Sweet Heart!"

                                                             "I'm your... other Mother!"

                                     " The first of many cuddles and quiet moments Reese."
             Thank you for this loving gift Melissa! We share your love and pride in your gift.

"You're a keeper Reese Allison. And I see a look of Gramma Joan on your face too !!"


  1. Congratulations! What a perfect and beautiful baby! I am so happy for your morning magic and your healing moments. May your joy continue on and on!

    1. Hi Susan... Thanks for taking the time to check in and for adding such an encouraging comment.

      She is indeed a picture of pure perfection - a positive gift to the future that will belong to her and be shaped by her. We're very proud of Andrew, Melissa and their beautiful grandchildren. We are greatly blessed!

      Much joy and continued painting success for you Susan. Love your latest results. Paint on!

      Warmest regards,

  2. How wonderful to see the new addition to your family, what a lovely baby! Is this the baby of your son or daughter Bruce? What lovely grandchildren you have, do they live near to you. What joy they must bring you.

    1. Good afternoon Lass! She is lovely indeed... like her auntie namesake! She is Allie's brother Andrew's wee one. One proud dad... who deserves this gift to ease his loss and helps to somewhat fill a very large hole in his heart. They live a ways west of us... but we do stay in touch via Facetime and occasional family get together visits.

      As the title says.... "Joy to the world!"

      Thanks for dropping by Caroline.

      Rich blessings and God Painting!

  3. Wonderful! Wonderful news! Congratulations to you all. I am so happy for you. Just shows there are signs everywhere if we choose to look. Your news has quite made my day - best wishes x

  4. Hi Lia!... It is indeed wonderful news! Listen to the Universe... and respond... or not! Life is about making distinct choices and actions!

    Thanks for your continued support and presence!

    Warmest regards and rich blessings

  5. And here we have another one to add to all the other ones :) Congratulations on this new little addition - I hope her life is full of joy!

  6. Glad... that there are two additions Rhonda lol... She will certainly be showered with Joy and Happiness during the course of her life. Her parents are well equipped to ensure her those life blessings.

    We are so very proud of everyone.

    "Joy to the world"... was well chosen!

    Congrats back to you... and thank you for "weighing in"! lol

    Warmest regards,

  7. Congratulations Bruce for your very wonderful art and my very best wishes to your so beautiful and lovely family !!!

  8. Thank you for your visit and kind words of support Mystelios. I enjoyed my recent visit to view your lovely works again.

    Good painting ... and warmest regards,

  9. Congratulations Bruce, you deserve a bit of joy. What a wonderful start to the year.

    All the best for you and yours,

  10. Thanks Keith! This we bundle certainly is a welcome and much-needed blessing to our beleaguered family. WE are all celebrating her arrival!

    All the best to you and yours too Keith.
    Bruce, Deb and Family