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When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

I Heart Macro 86

our soft wrinkled hands
clasp each other lovingly
life's tender moments

mother two sisters
giggle in hospital room
time evaporates

I just returned an hour ago from Pennsylvania after traveling down there for my uncle's funeral, last Sunday. The morning of the funeral (Monday) my mother was taken to the emergency room by my sister, while my Dad and the rest of us attended the funeral and shiva then proceeded to the hospital. My Mom had acute pancreatitis and was only released from the hospital yesterday (Saturday) afternoon. The service was beautiful, including eulogies from both my cousin Joe, son of Norm and Jerry, Norman's daughter Sharon's husband. There were tears and smiles mixed with anxiety as the immediate family knew my mother was at the ER and we did not yet know what was happening with my Mother. Sally Siegel, (my mom) tried to convince my father first thing in the morning that she wanted to go to the funeral to pay her respects to Norm and be with Sallie, her cousin/sister. Of course Dad said no way. (He is a physician and had already examined her and my sister Amy who is also a doctor took her to the ER) Meanwhile Sallie was worried about Sally throughout the day at her own husband's funeral.

Walking through the cemetery following my Uncle Norman's burial, my brother and placed rocks on the grave markers of our grandparents, several great aunts and uncles and cousins. I was quite teary as I placed my hands on their cold stones, remembering each person who'd been an important part of our upbringing and family life.

It has been a roller coaster of emotions and deep blessings as you can imagine this week. Yet in the center of everything sad and worrisome, love was a bright and binding force. 

All week long my father and I spent time with my mother, my nieces and nephew who live nearby, my brother, sister in law, sister and brother in law visited with Mom. My sister who lives in GA called and texted, the grandkids who live afar texted and some called, as did my mother's friends and cousins. I'm so grateful to be part of a family that is so caring. It is the way we were raised. Because I live in NH, I am not often able to be with my parents when either one is ill. I am so sorry my Mom had to go through this, but thankful that I was able to be with her and Dad all week. Over the years they have often come up here to help us when my MS flares, especially when the girls were younger and Gordon needed help driving them places. 

The first photo of hands are my mother's and mine and the second set my mother, sister and me the day before Mom was released. The quote is one of my favorites, a photo of a magnet on my parent's fridge. Perhaps Norman and all of our ancestors were looking out for my Mother, making sure she was in PA where her primary specialists were available to care for her instead of in FL That is where my parents spend the winter. They had flown up to attend the funeral. Things happen when they do and where they do for mysterious reasons. I want to believe that our loved ones beyond this life look out for us in this life.
Welcome to Week Eighty-Six

I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR

I Heart Macro offerings!

The last withering gaillardia, before the snow arrived.

Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

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  1. Sounds like you have had a hard time, but how nice to be surrounded by so many loving people. The poor flower you showed also looks like it once was looking a bit sharper. I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope your mom feels all better soon.

  2. Sorry for your loss. Wonderful photos of all the hands. Mr. Linky is not open yet.

    1. thanks abriana, it should work now.

  3. What an emotional week. The hand photos are absolutely beautiful.

  4. I'm very sorry for your loss and I'm sorry your Mom is sick but grateful she is getting better.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your Uncle Norman, and for your dear Mother who was taken ill during this time. I hope she is feeling much better now. It must have been extremely stressful for you all. All through this post I could see the love that you and your family have for each other. At times such as these it is comforting to have hold each other under one another's wings. Your photos are extremely sweet and very touching.

  6. The flower looks rather sad !
    Love the photos of the hands !

  7. So beautifully portrayed hands. - It's a tough period you have gone through.

  8. Dear Laura, i wish you better times and send you hugs from germany ... Frauke

  9. This was really a hard time for you and your family! So glad that your mother was able to leave the hospital!
    Wonderful photos - all of them have so much love and power!

  10. So sorry for your loss!

  11. Dear Laura -

    My 'wings of peace' are travelling around the world to heal all the hearts in the world. Sending warm big hugs to your place!

    Wonderful capture of those giving / taking hands: ♥

    Lots of love,

  12. A sad event in the family, but the photos are beautiful.

  13. What a loving touching picture and post!

  14. Laura- blessings for you and your family. May your mom feel better soon and may your return home be a time to reflect on the many blessings. As you know you are an inspiration and I am grateful for your grace filled insights. xoxoxxo Teri

  15. Bittersweet for you, Laura but comforting to connect with your past. I know the tender ache you speak of in placing rocks. May your mother continue to improve.

  16. Very sorry for your loss, but at the same time, am glad to hear that your Mom is doing better. Best wishes to you and your family!

  17. So much love here and so much TO love here...the beautiful pictures were heart warming. I do agree that our loved ones that have passed do look out for us. I am thankful your mom is better. Wonderful quote too!

  18. Sending prayers and positive vibes for your mom.

  19. Very pretty. It always makes me sad to watch the last of my flowers withering away. How I long for spring!!

  20. Touching post. I'm sorry for your loss.

  21. Very touching (pun intended).

  22. So sorry for your loss and to hear about your mum. My thoughts are with you.

  23. Impressive pictures.Very touching!

  24. Laura, so sorry for your loss. And I hope your Mom has recovered from her illness. Sounds like you have a loving family.. I wish you all the best..

  25. What a time of it Laura. Love though is the great support whether in this life or from the next!

  26. Oh Laura, I hope your mom is continuing on the mend and feeling well. Things certainly do seem to happen for a reason sometimes. The hand portraits are lovely and say so much without words. Thank you for all you do and for sharing your wise thoughts and beautiful pictures.

  27. Oh this is so emotional and the photos..whew...I hope everyone will be feeling better, but you have such a wonderful family.. hugs..Michelle

  28. What beautiful, moving photos. Thank you for sharing your life with us. I am sorry for your loss, yet know he is now one of your angels. Peace

  29. Hi Laura,

    I am so sorry for your loss and mom, I hope she's getting much better now..
    Thanks for the lovely I heart Macro.


  30. dearest laura,
    to know a lifetime of love in a caring family is to have strong roots that reach deep in stable earth, to dwell in the arms of life's strongest trees, held up closest to the light, to bear fruit in the abundance of willing hearts. even in these trying times i feel the blessings of your life where every blade of grass has its angle. xo

  31. The photo of the hands is wonderful and says so much.

  32. There's something extraordinarily sacred about sharing tender moments in a hospital room...

  33. Isn't it amazing how beautiful wrinkled hands (with their stories embedded in them) are? I hope your mother is healing. I know that you and your sister's presence must be good medicine for her soul.

  34. What beautiful photos and to know that your mother was so looked after through this difficult time of loss and change. The image of you placing the stones on your grandparents' graves was very poignant for me... to love and witness the passing of lives that mean so much to us is such a deep and powerful thing... thank you dear Laura for sharing this. Your mother and all of you will continue in my prayers.

  35. Lots of healing hugs to you, your Mom and your family ~ xoxoxox

    Happy weekend to you, hope you get some rest,
    artmusedog and carol

  36. wow. Some amazing pictures of ice! I do not think we will have any winter ice this year. But, winter is not over yet. We shall see.


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