there and here

Mauri’s in his fourth and final week at the coast. You’ve seen some of the camera shots he’s passed my way (the last series included). Here are a couple from this morning. He took this one before morning prayers…

…and this one after morning prayers.

Nice, huh? He’s had another good experience being part of the leadership of the January retreats. I’m real glad for this opportunity…for him and for me. While the cat’s away the mouse does projects. These usually involve pulling things out of the attic or the closets to sort and reorganize or toss. With Mauri’s blessing I added two boxes of MMR Ministries envelopes to the recycle bin. MMR Ministries was the singing ministry of Mauri and Margaret-Rose. So, maybe we don’t need to keep those envelopes longer than 20 years for sentimental reasons. Or these either:

The leftover pictures from our wedding invitations. We’ve changed a lot in 13.5 years.

Since I’ve been releasing attachments to stuff, maybe you can help me decide whether to keep or toss these:

It’s just a bowl of blocks, you say? Would it be just as meaningful to keep this?

A picture of the building accomplishments of son Ben 36 years ago.

I have a pretty good idea of his response to that question. “You mean to tell me you’ve packed and moved those blocks from Tallahassee to Durham to Weaverville to Waynesville to Chattanooga to Grand Rapids to Newberg?” Right, Ben?

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9 Responses to there and here

  1. Michelle says:

    I would DEFINITELY keep the blocks. They look like they are in good shape and perfect for whenever grandkids come to visit. (I’m keeping all my kiddo’s Lego’s-forever!) But I did throw away our left over tulle pouches filled with birdseed from our wedding. It only took me 12 years to do that! I’m trying to remember if I got rid of the “Michelle and Alan September 23, 1995” napkins or not…. On some things I’m so sentimental and on others-I am a really good “get-rid-ofer.” I like to clean out and organize. That’s what I did today -from 8am-1:30pm. I cleaned the girls’ room. I then took about 3 big plastic bins worth of stuff to the Salvation Army drop. I was saving stuff up for a garage sale-but I was in a “let’s just get rid of it” kind of mood. Some day ask me in person about releasing attachments to stuff. I’ve got more to share with you πŸ™‚

  2. Amy P says:

    I say ditto to Michelle’s response on the blocks. They don’t make them like that anymore.

  3. kathy says:

    The blocks are classic. Steve’s mom still has the ones they had as kids and now her great grandchildren are playing with them. I vote for keeping them too!

    And, I noticed that same huge moon that night. It’s been beautiful lately. Thanks for sharing Mauri’s pictures. They’re wonderful.

  4. janell woods says:

    gotta keep the blocks. when grandma (ruthanna) hampton passed away we had to decide (and it was a hard decision) who would be the keeper of the blocks all us grandkids (and great-grandkids) played with while visiting grandma at the manor. funny how something seemingly so insignificant can hold such precious memories!

  5. Mauri says:

    marvel…sounds like you’ve/we’ve gotta keep the blocks. Now about some of that other stuff…..

  6. Jo says:

    Sherry, I hope you will include me when you post a photo of Ben’s son/daughter at that very age with those very blocks. I agree with all; you must save them!
    I’ve loved the photos, too.

  7. Mike says:

    I’m really enjoying Mauri’s pics too!

    About those blocks: I’d FedEx ’em to Ben!

  8. Miriam says:

    Keep them or donate them – don’t throw them out! I know a three-year-old (okay, and a 25-year-old) who would really enjoy ’em! πŸ™‚

  9. LizW says:

    My parents still have my box of blocks in the attic. I’d freak if they went away – I love them! πŸ™‚

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