Gratefully Grateful *25*

23 Sep

Despite the sadness of losing my children’s only great-grandfather this past week I can’t help but feel so grateful for the time we all had together. We have been so fortunate to know and spend time with this amazingly dynamic man who put family in the centre of his life.  His enthusiasm for everything from art to travel to the goings-on of his very large immediate family was contagious (as well as his famous giggle).  We’ll miss him dearly but have many lovely memories to remember him by.

Some images that made me smile despite the sad news this week:

IMG_9922The best reading corner in the house on a sunny day.  Also perfect or a sun-spot nap. 
IMG_9884Last days of summer hats and dresses.

Trying to paint a kitchen with a large clumsy cat in the middle of it all actually makes it much more fun.  For me at least.IMG_7827

I run into Idyllic little scenes such as this every single day.  I love living in Italia.

Have a great week!

Gratefully Grateful
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15 Responses to “Gratefully Grateful *25*”

  1. Karen Humphries September 23, 2014 at 14:26 #

    Jillian – I always enjoy and appreciate your beautiful photography and perfect comments! I look forward to your posts, Your adorable tote bag always keeps a knitting project in it and someone who sees it for the first time wants to know where I got it! Each time I see it I think of you and have a smile on my face. Thank you for the joy you add to my days!

    • Jillian In Italy October 9, 2014 at 10:02 #

      Thanks for your message Karen. So happy to hear you’re still using the tote bag!

  2. Guy Hofmans September 23, 2014 at 20:39 #

    Mooi geschreven jill. En tom heeft prachtig gesproken, daarover was iedereen het eens. Het was een zware dag, maar een mooi afscheid Pip

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  3. juliedekeyzerJ September 24, 2014 at 11:09 #

    hi jill
    what a nice post about opa
    and what gorgeous pictures
    I love the reading spot cushions
    and the hat and beautiful fabric of the dress, did you make it?
    I wish I lived in Italy too…sometimes I really feel as though I was born in the wrong country!

    • Jillian In Italy October 9, 2014 at 10:01 #

      You totally should have been born an Italian Julie! I didn’t make the dress but if you like it I’ll keep it for your girls. And those cushions are from IKEA!

  4. jandi September 24, 2014 at 15:37 #

    Your life is beautiful

  5. se7en September 25, 2014 at 01:07 #

    So sorry to hear of your loss… sending love to you all.

  6. grammao October 5, 2014 at 18:48 #

    The photo of the rosebush growing out of a seemingly hostile barren environment really underlines the fact that beauty can be found and survives everywhere – we just need to be attuned to seeing it – in a rosebush, a summer hat, a wonderful person we have known.

  7. giova brusa October 6, 2014 at 10:14 #

    So sorry for your loss. I also think how wonderful that they got the chance to meet a great grandparent, not all kids get this chance!
    A big hug!

    • Jillian In Italy October 9, 2014 at 09:59 #

      My kids still have 3 great grandparents so they are extremely lucky. Thanks for your message Gio!


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