Teardrops and Wings

Recently a dear friend stopped by to visit.  We have been friends since we were in our teens.  During the years we have experienced many joys and trials together.  She placed a gift bag along side of me.  Nestled between sheets of paper tissue I found an intricate sculpture with a beautiful, purple design in the center of the glass.  This lovely art piece was in the form of a teardrop.

She looked at me with tears in her eyes and wanted me to know that every time I cry in pain others are crying with me.  Silence then filled the room with feelings of mutual respect and love for each other.  What a comfort to know that others care so deeply to feel your pain.

I have looked at the delicate teardrop many times since that day while bedridden. Each time I imagine the warmth of others love … enveloping me. Another friend sent me a homemade necklace with angel wings attached on the heart pendant.  It makes me feel less alone to remember that angels are always near by.  What compassionate gifts from caring, treasured friends.

My teardrop sculpture

Life is mixture of sunshine and rain, teardrops and laughter, pleasure and pain …

We all face trials and when we go through them let us remind ourselves that we have wings to fly to a brighter place by believing in the hope of a new tomorrow!

Today I wish that sunshine rays of laughter will brighten your day and fill you with warmth!

 Until more Sweet Conclusions,


The Glory of a Winter Day

Every season beholds such beauty. We only have to stop long enough to take it all in! Today my view is the glory of a winter day. The north wind is blowing and the temperatures are below freezing. As I try to gaze out the window of my three season, unheated veranda, I view intricate layers of frost on the window panes. I marvel at the outstanding intricate wonderment before my eyes.  As I analyze the details, I take my finger along each line, form, and pattern of the cold frost.  My mind ponders how God continues to carry us through each of our own intricate, daily issues in life. He forgets no details in creating, molding and carrying us. We are all unique just like how no two snowflakes are the same.

Gavin wrote this poem for me years ago to read for a special, winter Sweet Conclusions poetry event.  I share with you today his poem entitled, Snow.


Silver birches upon pillows of white

The snow that fell during the night

Coated the meadow and fields of green

The prettiest sight I’ve ever seen

A frozen morning sparkling chill

The world about me an eerie still

An ocean of ice across the way

The glory of a winter day …

So sit with me and watch the snow

And let the cold north winds blow

For in good time spring will come

And this winter world will be all but done.

© Gavin L. Hill, all rights reserved ®

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  Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions enjoy the photo I captured of the frost                                        


A New Start

Have you ever been in a situation where you were unable to do something for yourself and someone came into your life and helped you?  It is the best feeling in the world, isn’t it?  When you are at your lowest point in life, to have someone give you their hand in time of need is beyond a powerful blessing.

I have been extremely blessed and fortunate to have a wonderful caring son, friends, physicians, nurses and home health care. Someone who has given me particular encouragement in physical therapy said good-bye to me a few days ago.  It was a sad, heartfelt parting as we do not know if our paths will meet again. We will no longer be in each others daily life.  By going the extra mile in compassion of her skilled job, our sessions were all about, “We are in this together.”  She boosted my confidence to help my painful, sore muscles make slight movement.  Short periods of time were spent with her instructing the simplest of bed exercises for movement. From going to doing one movement to doing a repetition of movements during several months. With tears of pain and endurance we accomplished much more than exercises, we accomplished a trusted friendship.  Sometimes all you need is someone next to you that truly cares, to guide your thoughts of determination to a level of extreme confidence of I can and will be able to do this! No matter how many tears fall from the pain, I can do this!

This week I start with a new physical therapist for re-evaluation.  I am sure she will also provide me inspiration, with levels of achievement in body strength being gained for victory.

My post today is to thank my former physical therapist for going beyond her job description.  Her soul cared for me from her heart strings.  She has been one of the best assets since October to me.  I thank her from the bottom of my heart. May God bless her life with seen and unseen blessings. Some how, some where, I believe our paths will meet again!

Happy 2015 everyone!   May this year give us all added boosts of confidence, good health and love. With new paths – new starts on this walk of life with thankfulness and gratefulness in all of our hearts. It is a new day, a new year … bring it on!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,



The Power of His Love

Is it through the countless tears of healing a broken heart, illness or any of life’s sorrows that we truly feel the one that is carrying us?  Do we appreciate the little things in life more after sorrow?  I feel so alone especially during the middle of a sleepless night with no one to hold me.  Those feelings intensify until I stop and realize that I am never alone. God’s love surrounds us every second we are alive into eternity.  Amazing isn’t it to think of eternity!  Forever he is there with his arms open waiting for us to welcome him in.

I want to thank God today for all of the blessings seen and unseen in my life.   What power and glory there is to say, Merry CHRISTmas!   God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ was born for you and for me, the reason for the season. He is the light, life, and hope of the world.

Due to often severe times of persecution, the earliest followers of Jesus adopted a secret symbol (the fish – Ichthys). When encountering another traveler on the road or another citizen of the city, a Christian would begin “doodling” with his walking stick in the sand. Eventually, he would draw the first half of the fish. If the other traveler saw this and used his stick to complete the fish, the two would know that the other was a Christian. Pagans did not recognize it but believers would, thus many an early Christian was able to discern friend from foe. 

May heavenly love envelope every fiber of your being and let you know you are loved today and every day.  We are not alone in our darkest hour.  May your path be illuminated by the light. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Sweet Conclusions,


Shining Brightly

There is something about the month of December, the arrival of Christmas that makes me long for my loved ones to be by my side. Not just my angelic loved ones but my living friends and family, also.  I look out my window at the view of the twinkling, bright shining stars in the sky and I feel peace. I know that my loved ones are always surrounding me even though they live many miles in distance from me.  Yet, I still long for their physical presence, like I long for the bright light of this world, Jesus, who was born in a manager many years ago.

This time of the year also makes me long to view the simple pleasure of the Litchfield Christmas lights. I am missing those shining lights this year but I am able to imagine the magical beauty in my mind. Just as I imagine the sunrise breaking radiantly over the horizon of human history when Jesus was born.

Some of the lyrics in the song  “Silver Bells”  capture the essence so well of our city lights.

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style
In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Strings of street lights, even stoplights
Blinkin’ bright red and green

Hear the snow crunch
See the kids bunch
This is Santa’s big scene
And above all this bustle
You’ll hear

Silver bells, (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells)
It’s Christmas time in the city



  May you feel a bright light surrounding you today

giving you a shining glow of peace …

and if you get the chance drive through Litchfield and take in the wonderment of the Christmas decor shining brightly.


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Practice Thankfulness

Tomorrow the calendar states it is Thanksgiving … in North America an annual national holiday. Many enjoy an annual turkey feast fit for a king with their loved ones, some watch Thanksgiving day parades on the television while others watch football games, yet some sit quietly alone in a room, as their loved ones are no longer with them, holding steadfast to their memories of days gone by.

I choose to reflect on why I am thankful with a grateful heart. When our mind is occupied with thankful and grateful thoughts, we have little time left for worrying or complaining as negative thought patterns will grow weaker and positivity bursts forth.

Full Definition of THANKSGIVING. 1 : the act of giving thanks. 2 : a prayer expressing gratitude.


                                                  Happy Thanksgiving from Sweet Conclusions!

                                           Rosie & Gavin

Powerful Words

I find power in words – phrases that make you stop and ponder your life’s path with new restorative meaning …


“I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” -George S. Patton

Share some phrases you find powerful …

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,


25th Anniversary of Berlin Wall

Twenty-five years ago today the Berlin wall came down and the Soviet Union’s tyranny was brought to an end… or was it?

Twenty-five years later, the great bear is lifting its ugly head once more and threatening world stability. Yesterday Russia denied the accusation that it was sending new convoys into eastern Ukraine. Today the Russian Government has been proven liars… again. There has been intense artillery bombardment overnight in Donetsk.

Within the past weeks, Russian fighter jets have flown within Swedish airspace. Why should we ever trust the leaders of that country? The Berlin wall came down twenty-five years ago today, but there is still a wall… and it’s possibly the most frightening wall of all.

8,000 Illuminated Balloons Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Berlin Wall Destruction

Interestingly enough in just a couple of days’ time, it will be Veterans Day – a day for honoring all veterans. Also, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day… Poppy Day.

This year takes on an added significance as it is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare.

So as Germany celebrates the dismantling of the Berlin wall, let us hold our poppies with pride. For we are here only because of the huge sacrifice that so many gave. We are today and forever more in debt to the brave men and women who fought for our freedom.

God bless our martyrs for the price they paid …


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