Miracles and Gratitude Day 15


  • my aunt Esther who is 103
  • that my son and I got to visit her in August (she lives 11 hours away)
  • that she sent us a Halloween card 2 days ago
  • for Etsy!!!!! Etsy allows me to choose sweet gifts from some cool shops that I can send to Esther, just because- the last gift was soap in the shape of a bird
  • the tiny bit of rain we got that turned the leaves orange and red
  • getting to see our friends do their clogging dance at a festival tomorrow- they are SO good, it’s kind of like tap dancing but louder
  • hearing my husband’s fishing tales- he just got home from a trip to Florida
  • that even though my bowling scores were lower this week, I’m a little more comfortable bowling in front of teams now and I had fun
  • my dad is letting me use my momma’s bowling ball- last week when I used it, I cried, this week I didn’t cry!

Miracle photos:

My great aunt Esther and her daughter Patty lived together from 1979 to 2021 in a small lake town in Iowa, near Minnesota. They did lots of crafts and ceramics. Every holiday, they decorated their house with the things they made and bought.

Patty unexpectedly passed away on March 26, 2021. In May 2021, my son and I went up to see Esther for her birthday.

I hadn’t been to her house in many years. When I asked if she had an attic, she let me go up and look.

Up in the attic were all these boxes. Esther told me that if I wanted any, to take them because they were going to goodwill.


That made me wonder what was in them, so I started opening the lids! Holiday decorations! Some bought, some handmade.

We had our bikes in the back of my truck, so I jammed as many boxes as I could into the back seat. Always wishing I could’ve gotten more… but, we barely had room for our suitcases, ha ha.

Because winters are very harsh up there (like 20 degrees below zero), they gave away the rest of the stuff, Esther sold her house, and moved into a cozy assisted living home.

Now, when I open up those boxes to decorate for each holiday, I can smell her storybook house, sold over a year ago.

If we hadn’t been there for her 102nd birthday, we wouldn’t have any of her things.


Esther’s decorations
a squirrel in Esther’s decorations

Thank you for reading. I hope you are seeing miracles wherever you are. I’d love to hear about them if you are! Feel free to comment, if you’d like.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!


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** all writing and photos are by me

21 thoughts on “Miracles and Gratitude Day 15

  1. How wonderful you were able to receive these keepsake decorations! And how nice you were able to visit your aunt – who is 103! I am glad you are having fun bowling. We all need fun! And it is amazing to have received a Halloween card from your aunt. This is very special. At 103, even the simplest of activities – can be a challenge. You must have a very special place in her heart! Lastly, I did see a clogging festival once – and it was very impressive! I’ll have to be on the lookout for another one sometime!

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    • Thank you, we really enjoy Esther. We went to her 100th, 102nd, and were a bit late to her 103rd birthday, but we made it. haha. She is a sweetheart. She really loved my momma. She was my mom’s aunt. Esther and my grandpa were brother and sister. After we lost Patty, I always sent Esther gifts every month or so so she would know she was loved. I even sent her roses and a teddy bear on that first Mother’s Day without Patty. Thank you, I loved getting that card. She writes pretty often, which I love. I hope you can see some clogging sometime soon. It is a joy to see and watch. We are going to watch them tomorrow at 12:30 pm. They are excited that we are coming. Hope you have a nice weekend with your family. Hugs to your son and his wife. Still praying for them.

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    • Hello. I think they are cute, too. Thank you!
      Thank you, I went and watched them a few weeks ago, too. The music is upbeat and they are moving!! Can’t help but clap along. It’s my friend Truby and her two older kiddos. Very fun. There’s also crafts, food, and carnival rides. Like a fair, but a fall festival instead. I’m not doing a booth, but one of my other friends is. So it will be fun to see her set up there.

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