“Uncle Jim” was the nickname we used for my mom’s friend who was like a father to me. Uncle Jim was family to us. He was the closest thing my daughters had to a grandfather, as my father and father-in-law had already passed on. My girls and I loved visiting him and enjoying his property. We played in the creek, caught fish and frogs and butterflies and bugs. One magical moment with the girls was seeing thousands of fireflies flickering in the valley at night. An amazing sight if you have never seen it before.
I loved riding the ATV clearing the trails with the chainsaw, mowing the grass with the tractor, and helping him with whatever he needed help with. My father taught me how to shoot many years ago, but Uncle Jim taught me how to hunt and how to clean turkey and deer and for that I am eternally grateful.
Some other stories with Uncle Jim that have lessons yet to be written…
The plough – finding hidden treasure
The truck slide – at least you tried
The tierod – plans can change
The ATV slide – don’t stop until you find a solution
Roofing the two roofs – hard work pays off
The insulation – like pins and needles
The cistern overflow – work is easier with friends
Mowing the fields – enjoying the fruits of your labor
The windmill fix – learn how things work
Minnie swimming – don’t be afraid
The clay pigeons – ready, aim, fire!
The possum – always be ready
The bird and squirrel – mistakes happen
The squirrel we ate – try new things
The catfish cakes – try a bite, you might like it
The button buck and momma deer – learning
The 9 pointer – luck
And of course, the one that got away. And the shooting star!
I especially enjoyed relaxing around the campfire with him after a long day. I learned a great lesson from Uncle Jim about taking time to achieve your goals. The title of that lesson three and a half years ago seems so fitting now, “Someday… you’ll be dead!” You see, Uncle Jim and I had a special arrangement. If he died before me, he would give me a sign from Heaven, and I would do the same if I died before him. Today was Jim’s day and he gave me his sign. Don’t forget, I have the same arrangement with you.
I will always love him like a father and he will always love me like a son, and that Love never ends!
While I’m emptying barf buckets, washing blankets, cleaning carpets, and with presents still to wrap at 9pm, I have a confession to make… I have always been somewhat of a Grinch, a Scrooge. It partly stems from getting socks and underwear too many times as “gifts” as a child from my well intentioned mother. And not being able to rip open presents because we had to save the paper for next year, bless her heart! Mostly it’s from the over commercialization of the whole holiday season, the store decorations before Halloween, the songs before Thanksgiving, the “need” to give gifts as if a heartfelt “Merry Christmas” isn’t enough, or is it “Happy Holidays” now?!
But this year has been very different for me, with no ounce of Grinch-ness at all this season. I’ve have an amazing journey this year into my inner Soul, realizing the power of other spirits as well as my own psychic awareness and abilities, ignoring negative energy, turning off the sensationalism news, etc, etc. And watching Elf (and Santa Clause 1 2 & 3) for the first time, my new favorite Christmas movies! (Sorry Grinch.) “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear!” How is there not an Elf 2 already?!? And when I asked the girls today, “How cool would it be if Daddie was Santa Claus?” And without blinking an eye Maddie says “We could help you push him off the roof!” ROTFLMAO!
I’ve had it wrong for 30+ years, there really is a Santa Claus! I should never have told Maddie there wasn’t. Don’t ever tell your kids there isn’t. When the time comes, tell them it is Mom and Dad, sneaking around the house wrapping and stashing presents in spots they hope their kids will never find!
Saying Merry Christmas is like saying I Love You, don’t say it unless you mean it or just because someone says it to you. Say it from your heart. Say it with me this year… “I LOVE YOU! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”
“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!”
PS: This pic is our Christmas card, we were practicing to steal presents early Christmas morning! 😉
… I will do my best to give you signs from Heaven that I am there looking over you. Pray… pray very hard, pray like you’ve never prayed before. And be looking for my signs. They will be unmistakeable signs from me. I don’t want you to grieve too much or too long that you miss them. It will be sad for awhile that we are separated physically, but we can be more spiritually connected, and that is so much more special! I’m still there to help you, guide you, comfort you, and encourage you. Just ask, and I’ll be there in your mind and in your heart. You will know that I will always be with you until we meet again in Heaven.
After my dad died and I saw his signs from Heaven, I talked to him just about every day. Asking for his help, his guidance, his comfort, his encouragement. I felt even closer to him after he died. I had a more spiritual connection with him. Like he could hear my thoughts, know my feelings, and guide me in whatever situation I was in. Sometimes I would ask for help, other times he would simply just give it to me without asking.
Remember my purpose in life is to bring as many people with me to Heaven as I can, whether I’m on Earth or in Heaven. Your purpose in life should be to get to Heaven as well and meet me there!
Teach Me How To Trust.
Teach Me How To Give.
Teach Me How To Listen.
Teach Me How To Share.
Teach Me How To Love.
Teach Me How To Care.
Teach Me How To Obey.
Teach Me How To Serve.
Teach Me How To Forgive.