Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Looking Back

Many of you write wonderful memories from your past, and I love reading about them.
I believe my happiest years were those of being a mother to my growing children.
For those of you who don't know, I had five children, the first awaits me in Heaven.
My other four are Femia, Peter, Daniella and Lee-Joel.

Those were my busiest and happiest days.
For fifteen years before my first marriage ended, I worked in a family business.
These were busy times with nothing from house cleaning to laundry, shopping and running children to sports left neglected. Many of my friends would ask me how I did it, as my large five bedroom home was always in perfect order. To tell the truth, it was a joy to keep everything in order.

My then enormous kitchen/eatery with my two son's Lee and Peter (left), followed by son-in-law David peeking around my nephew, another Peter. The other three are nephews and a niece.

 One afternoon after school on a day I wasn't at work, my younger daughter Daniella ran into the kitchen all excited. She held a brochure in her hand, and proudly informed me, she had got it especially for me because it was just what I needed. It was for a newly opened Nursing Home. At the time I was about forty years old.

In those active years, I was never overweight. My children would cuddle into me when seated on the lounge watching television. I always received compliments. One day one of my children informed me, I was nice and fat and as soft as a pillow. LOL...

At another time I was told about a visitor who had attended the school that day. "She was old like you mum, only fatter...."  How our children see us...

Of course there were the times they had to wear a used ice-cream tub on their head for protection from the magpie attacks. These were taken off and left near the country bus stop to put on again to wear for the short walk home in the afternoon.

I taught scripture classes each week at the local school.
I believe I learned as much from the children, as they did from me. Telling the story of Joseph and Mary one day, I asked the class if they knew what a Chippy (carpenter) was? One little boy informed me, "he is a man who lays carpet Miss."
 Another child once gave me a lovely hand made card for Easter. On the front was written, Jesus Died for Mrs C.....  my then name. This hit me profoundly! And at that moment, I fully understood the truth of those words. YES! Jesus died for me.... and YOU!

I loved to make art works. This is my Copper rendition of.. the birth, baptism and resurrection of Jesus.

I had wonderful sister-in-laws who I loved, and still do. This was taken at a New Year Party 1994, the only one I have ever been to.

Life continues on, and memories linger.


  1. Your artwork is fabulous, Crystal Mary. How beautiful your memories & the love that still fills your heart of life.

    I can say my being a mother has been the best & worst times of my life ... but being a 'Mini' has been the most rewarding of all life moments. The joy the wee ones bring me melts my heart filling it with love.

    My true joy in life is holding my angel son close to my heart on a daily basis ...

    Our marriage survived so many heartaches, but we came back together after our angel son joined Jesus ... love withstood it all.

    TTFN ~

    1. Oh Marydon, we have so many years to look back on as we get older. xx

  2. What precious memories you have of raising your sweet children. I remember when our daughter told me that my belly was "soft like a pillow"!!! ;-) Kids can be way too honest!!! ha! ha!

    1. LOL they have a way of saying things don't they. xx

  3. You are a true artist, my friend! Do you still create it?

    Your memories were so precious, and it was a sweet joy reading through them. Kids do say the funniest (and most unexpected) things!

    1. Hi Shelly, No, I left my artie self behind with that marriage.. now I try to write a little.

  4. What beautiful precious memories.. Such a beautiful family to make them with.. Lovely artwork.. Blessings dear friend.

  5. Your copper art is handsome, and that is a sweet trip down memory lane.

    1. Thank you Terra. I am not a great artist, but I used to enjoy creating copper and oil paintings.

  6. Memories let us return oi times when things were better (or at least easier) and we were younger. Plus many folks now gone return through our memories.

    1. So true mate, and I always love reading about your past. Love to meet you and your wiffy if I visit back over there again one day.

  7. Hey just what we were talking about - a simpler and better time.

  8. It's nice to have good memories to look back upon and feel a life well lived. xx

    1. All life has its ups and downs and they become memories as time passes.

  9. What beautiful memories! I agree with you motherhood is the very best time in my life and I am already starting to mourn the end of my children always being around.

    Nice art work, you are very talented.

    Blessings hon, thanks for sharing some of your past.

  10. I enjoyed reading your very nice story. Wonderful:)

  11. I love this to read about you and your life! Its so amazing.

  12. I loved your memories, Crystal. What a life full of service and love.
    I especially loved the ice-cream container hats! My dad's been hit by a magpie, but we still all love our Collingwood football club!
    Dotti :)

  13. I enjoyed reading your memories and would love for you to share more. I got a big chuckle out of the comments your kids made about your age and brought back memories of my own son once looked at me seriously for a while then told me I had puffy hips. :) I can just picture the kids with ice cream buckets on their heads...magpie attacks is something I never had to deal with LOL Your copper art work is great...that is not the easiest art form to work with. So glad I stopped by:)

    1. I used to love working with Copper. I left that work behind, so I suppose it was for a reason and a season.xx

  14. You've made some beautiful memories and isn't that what makes life beautiful? Lovely post!

    1. I think we should remember the happy and the funny, as our life is enriched by it.

  15. Dear Crystal, thank you for sharing these treasured memories. The mystery to me, as I write my on-line memoir, is why I remember some things so vividly while other events that one would assume were important in my life have left no memories at all. Peace.

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