Happiness





Hiya dolls! Happy Monday..I hope your weekend was a great one. Mine, not so much. I received news in the early morning of Saturday that my dear Grandmother had passed away. She had cancer again. Many times during my life, I had watched her battle another type of cancer again and again. She never complained or asked 'why me'? When she had to have her other breast removed, she made jokes about the fake padding she had to put in her bra, she was always like that. Making jokes & then going to play bingo or to a garage sale. She was my rock and my hero and I miss her terribly. But, I know she lives on in my heart and one day I'll see her again. Throughout my life she taught me to be a caring person. Her greatest lesson was strength, courage and best of all - love. My heart is full of so many amazing memories, going thrift shopping on an early Saturday morning - then for a meal at a burger place. When I was little she let me have whatever I wanted. She would make chocolate fudge that I would get in trouble from, because I ate it all - all 1 pound of it, haha. She always had a big smile whenever I seen her. Sometimes we get so caught up in the material things of the world, that we forget what is really important and what we really should be thankful for.  We spent many hours talking on the phone and she was always so proud of me living in Scotland and seeing the world - something she wished she had done. She carried around a 4-leaf clover I sent her from Ireland and listened to the bag pipes cd I gave her too, because they were her favourite sound. Though she is gone, I smile for having been given the time to know someone in this world as amazing as her and even better knowing that they loved me. I'm not sure if all my tears are for sadness or for the happiness of knowing her...maybe a bit of both. But, I know that my life goes on until we meet again and I will take her spirit with me. Life is too short to be afraid...we must live and do all that we seek  in our hearts to do. Because we may never get the chance. My Grandmother lived to 92, but I know there was so much she wished she had done and seen. So, that is how I keep her memory alive, I will go and live life and see all the things I can, so that when I am her age, I won't have regrets or I wishes. Have a wonderful week and take chances, go places, live life without fear or worry of others opinion. Because we only get one life & this isn't the rehearsal! I'm going to take the week off to laugh, cry, sit in art galleries, read books and do happy things in her memory. See you soon :)


Big hugs to you all!!


xoxoxoxoxo




“Every morning is a fresh beginning.
Every day the world is renewed.

Today is a new day.

I have lived all my life up to this moment.

This moment, this day, is as good and wonderful as any other.

I choose to make the most of this day.

I choose to cherish each moment.

This is my day of opportunity.

Today I shine.”

- Dan Custer








Happy zebra :) From “Alexander,” by Harold Littledale. Illustrated by Tom Vroman (1964) 


Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
Democritus
(philosopher known for his emphasis on cheerfulness)

      

        



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68 comments

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I am happy that she had a long and fun life. So happy you are spending the week thinking of the great times!

    Rhe
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  2. what a lovely tribute, with lovely memories. what a brave woman who sounds like a woman with a heart of gold. indeed you will be with her again.
    xo tracie

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  3. Oh doll, I am so seriously sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how much it must hurt you and I seriously hope that you'll have the strength to be okay and cherish your life like you plan on doing this week. You guys are all in my thoughts, I admire so much how instead of being sorry for her loss you're just happy for her life.

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  4. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your Grandmother, how sad for you. Sending you lots of love xxx

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  5. Your grandmother sounds like a fabulous woman. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  6. Lovely pics, really inspiring!!

    Love your blog, follow each other's both with GFC and facebook? It would be great!
    Kiss

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  7. This gave me goosebumps all over.
    This is so beautiful you always manage to look on the bright side of life. I'm happy for you that you got to have such an amazing person in your life. I know you will be that person for lots of other people.
    Hope the sun is shining where ever you are x

    Lots of smiles and happy thoughts from me X

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  8. How inspirational! Lovely post! This quotes really inspired me! Thanks for sharing! xxx, Rita

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  9. So so sorry to hear about your loss! The memories will always keep her close to you! May your grandma rest in peace!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

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  10. Oh Kizzy I am so sad for your loss. I have no idea what it must feel like to have lost such an amazing woman as your grandmother. I loved reading about your fun times together - and you are right she is forever in your heart. All my thoughts are with you - hugs from me
    Axx

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  11. Im glad you had such a wonderful weekend. Boy have i missed you. Im back for good. :) MISSED YOUUUU!!!!

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  12. Dear Kizzy, this is a tough one! I loved my own grandmother so much - she passed away 3 years ago and i do miss her a lot! Although i profit daily from all the things she gave me ... Love to you, sweet one!

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  13. honeybeeandmeonline.net2 April 2012 at 16:11

    Cheers to your grandmother... Wow, she lived a long life and it sounds like she saw a lot of what she longed to do in life in you...

    I will have a cup of tea today and think of your grandmother while I do...

    Love to you,
    M

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  14. i'm so sorry for your loss... this is a beautiful tribute to her!

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  15. So sorry for your loss. Hope you spend your week away thinking of all the wonderful memories and creating new ones in your grandmother's honor. :)

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  16. so nice post! so hopefull!
    p.s. don't miss my give away!
    kisses!

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  17. My thoughts go out to you and your family Kizzy. It seems like you and your grandmother were each other's sunshine and it is beautiful that you share so many great memories together!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  18. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. You had so many beautiful things to say about her, it's good to know you have so many cherished memories.

    xo erica

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  19. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, this is such a lovely tribute <3

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  20. i really enjoyed reading through the quotes - so inspiring.

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  21. So sad to hear that. Death is something that none of us are prepared to deal with. Wish you all the best as you are dealing with such a sudden death. May God be with you and your family.

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  22. Happy Monday Dear Kizzy!

    Love your inspiration as always, especially that happy zebra :)

    xo Mary Jo

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  23. great post, the photos are inspiring and the words is uplifting!

    It’s a GIRL Thing

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  24. I am so saddened to hear about your grandma, but I am glad she made such a positive impact on your life. She sounds like an amazing woman. Attitude is so important to our happiness. Thank you for this post.

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  25. My darling K,

    So sorry to hear about your loss petal. I loved reading each and every word about your nanna, what a special lady. Great quotes.

    Sending you super big fat hugs and sunshine from Greece! Oh and if I had a big basket of Cadbury Creme eggs, I'd ship that over to you too doll.
    x.o.x.o

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  26. While I'm sure you will always miss your Grandmother, how lucky for you that she was able to be such an inspiration to you while she was here, she sounds like an amazing person!

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  27. What a lovely post.. So sorry for your loss. I'm happy you had such a great relationship with such an inspirational woman. Take care and thanks for inspiring all of us :)

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  28. So sorry to hear about your loss. Your gma sounds like she was an amazing lady. I love that she carried that 4 leaf clover around.

    Thanks for the inspirational words as well.

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  29. truly sorry to hear about your loss but so lovely to read how much she meant and how to got to spend time with her. she sounds like such a wonderful person.

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  30. Well said! and as always .. so inspirational!!

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  31. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time! I love that you are so optimistic, your grandmother sounds like she was an amazing woman.

    The photos you posted were a great pick me up for me too! Hope you have a great week off!

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  32. sorry for your loss! I am so close to my grandmother so I cant imagine how you must have felt!
    Thank you for your continued support on my blog!
    xxx


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  33. I hope you feel better! Nice pictures! =)

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  34. My heart goes out to you Timbarika! I could feel the love you had (and have) for your grandmother! Each of the memories you shared with us are so delicate, warm, and deeply touching! I can visualize you receiving each bit of "life" your grandmother inspired you by! She sounded absolutely amazingly brave, spirited, and joyful! My kind of person to be learning from daily!! I wish you peace this week as you contemplate your grandmother! I wish you joy in all that you re-live, and live out, this week and everyday because of your grandmother. xo

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  35. Sending warm wishes your way!

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  36. Hey Kizzy. I was so upset when I heard about your grandmother. Mine died a couple of years ago from cancer. It was really traumatic for me. Hers was a slow death, so this invoked some sad memories for me. I understand what you're going through. Know that you and your family are in my prayers. It's ok to cry and be sad. Take one day at a time my friend. ((HUG))
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  37. rip to your grandma
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  38. so sorry to hear about your grandmother, but what a wonderful way to celebrate her life with happy memories.

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  39. Sorry about your loss, Kizzy ! Love XXXXX

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  40. I'm so sorry for your loss - but I'm also glad you got to experience such a lovely person as your grandma seemed to be. To love, and be loved, by someone like that means more than anything else in this world. It's better to have loved someone, and then lose them, than to never have known and loved them at all! Keep the good memories alive darlin'! xox

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  41. Those quotes and photos are adorable!

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  42. Your grandmother sounds like an impressively strong and loving woman. I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know if losing people we love and admire ever gets any easier with time. (Today is my mom's birthday and I still miss her dearly, after a year. I've been looking at her old, smiling photographs, remembering her beautifully deep voice reading books and poetry, and just admiring how stoic she was about her ailments, just like your grandma.)

    I wish you a beautiful week looking at art, living your life, and remembering your grandmother! xxx

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  43. Sorry for your loss,
    I know how grandmothers are adored and loved and to lose them would be such sorrow. But I am glad you have these wonderful quotes to share, nice to know you have so much positivity in you ♥

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  44. I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Your grandma sure sounds very positive and I think her positive vibes run in you.

    "Though she is gone, I smile for having been given the time to..."

    Sometimes I also feel the same way. A person is here for a reason no matter how long or how short. I think there is life's lessons to be learnt from everyone and every experience.

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  45. sending my deepest condolences to you, be strong dear! anyways, those pictures are so inspiring.. especially the last one ;D


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  46. I am very sorry about your loss. You were very lucky to have such a wonderful, sweet grandmother in your life. She sounds like she was an amazing woman, full of love and kindness. I hope you are okay.

    I lost my grandmother two years ago. Even though we weren't that close, it broke my heart. She too suffered through pain and illness.

    If you ever need to talk, feel free to contact me. xoxo

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  47. I'm so sorry for your loss - but what an incredible grandmother she must have been.

    Andrea x

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  48. really lovely quotes
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  49. So Sorry to hear about your grandmother, I lost my grandfather to cancer - it's not fun to watch

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  50. I lost my grands to cancer too... I am very sorry for the loss of your grandmother dear, but so glad that you have special memories of her. She sounds like a wonderful woman. Big hugs! xxoo

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  51. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

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  52. I am so sorry to hear of your loss!!!
    A close family friend of mine passed away from colon cancer in December.
    I totally agree what you said about people and relationships being priceless. We take the love and memories with us when we go not material possessions.
    It sounds like your amazing grandma was a tough, courageous lady!!!
    I'm thinking of you!!!
    Hugs!!! Shannon

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  53. I am so sorry to hear of your loss!!!
    A close family friend of mine passed away from colon cancer in December.
    I totally agree what you said about people and relationships being priceless. We take the love and memories with us when we go not material possessions.
    It sounds like your amazing grandma was a tough, courageous lady!!!
    I'm thinking of you!!!
    Hugs!!! Shannon

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  54. I love that little elephant!

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  55. Oh, dear! I´m really sorry for your loss!! Your grandmother seemed to be such a great person! I´m sure you´ll seen her someday! And I´m sure she has read all your lovely words about her!
    Be happy!
    xoxo
    MY LITTLE SUEDE SHOES

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  56. there are words from my late grandma that i will always hold on too.sometimes its really sad that we loss someone who really inspire us rite?

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  57. I feel so sorry of your grandma, but may you still can through your day full with happiness! (:

    Schitteren en Meid

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  58. This is just beautiful. She sounds like an amazing woman and I hope you're all doing okay. My thoughts go out to you and your family x

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  59. Thanks once again for all your beautiful and inspiring words . . .

    oxoxoxo from San Francisco
    Amy
    http://bridechic.blogspot.com

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  60. Always inspiring and so beautiful about your grandmother. Hope you are off to a wonderful new week Kizzy!

    xo Mary Jo

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  61. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, im glad you can look on the brighter side :) stay strong, my thoughts are with you!

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  62. Doll, that is one of the most beautiful posts that I have ever read. I can think of one other that may have compared when she wrote about her loss too. Your Grandmother would be happy that you celebrated her and you already know she was proud, we can all see her in you without having ever met her...she was a beautiful soul. so sorry. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

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  63. aw so sorry for your loss! such a beautiful post!! she sounds like an amazing person!

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