Sunday, November 7, 2010

In the dark night of my memories...

Witness the joys of making a life...
Elizabeth was born on November 8, 1920...
She lived a full life with her dear husband Marshall Tyler Stewart for 53 years...
Blessed with nine children who have graced and changed the world around them for the good...
This weekend we celebrated with my mother in law Elizabeth on her 90Th birthday.
The community hall radiated with an effervescence and energy of the generations she has touched.
I felt as if I was a witness ... a witness to a well lived full life strengthened by her faith in God.
I have been privileged for almost 25 years now ...the ebb of the tides in a woman's life...the strength of circle united in an unbroken circle.
Nine lives of the children she bore and raised to become strong independent individuals...
celebrating the joys of their 24 grandchildren and now 46 great grandchildren and 32 great great grandchildren.
That evening I slept with my three year old grandson Cole and felt a passion and commitment for making a better world for him and his siblings to flourish and grow in strength.
Listening to his breathing and feeling his heartbeat next to mine I felt the real Peace on Earth.
Thank you dear Elizabeth for guiding us all to celebrating the secret of life...enjoying the passage of time...with those you love to infinity.
May God bless and protect us all as we walk through our days here on Mother Earth.
Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Thank you for helping me feel my grief to my core...I especially love knowing we are all still connected and I look forward to cooking vegetable soup with my beloved Christine. You all were so kind to ease my burdened spirit.


  1. Wow Mary - that was a breathtaking post! How beautiful your mother-in-law is and how beautiful all her great great grandchildren are!! I really enjoy these postings of yours - your family oriented heart shines through. You are full of grace and love. :-)

  2. I am touched and sppechless....and teary eyed....what beautiful post, what a beautiful life...
    Thank you for I don't know where you find the time but always share such profound real life events with us...and still you have time to stop at my blog, and never just look, but always leave a beautiful, encouraging comment!
    You are one in a million.....

  3. This is so beautiful and so real! Thank you for sharing this!

  4. What a wonderful celebration. How fortunate so many could be there to celebrate with her. :)Bea

  5. Beautiful mother-in-law and family! I'm glad you had a lovely celebration.