Over the past week, I have gone through hundreds of old photos, and many of them I will be adding to my blog site. It will be titled Hello, Yesterday! A picture story of my childhood, adolescence, and adult life. I will add captions and titles to make it fun.
Gosh, I really didn't know where to start at first, and emotionally it's been a bit of a roller coaster looking through all of these old pics. Over the years, I've experienced many things that I have only memories of. Then, on the other hand, many things I have forgotten and pushed to the back of my mind until I see some of these photos.
Regardless, they are all part of my life, and in some ways, it's good for my memory to be vulnerable and look and think. Through childhood, I had many repressed memories from early age trauma, and if that wasn't enough, more until my early 30s. Over the last 20 years, I've been able to pull a lot of the pieces together in understanding the whys, and through therapy, unwinding and sifting through details and situations, getting me to the place where I am today. I still have work to do, and by the way God has healed a lot.
Opening up and talking isn't my strong suit, so I write. It helps me to think things out and make sense of my thoughts.
My short-term memory gives me issues sometimes if I get stressed. But I don't lose my cool. I tend to stop what I'm doing to get my bearings and logically look for a solution if there's one to be had. I will, however, get quiet if something is going on.
Anyway, I look forward to sharing this picture book. Hopefully, over the next few days, I can reveal a few.
My hope is that you will find encouragement from it and know that God is always there and listening. His love is plentiful and the Holy Spirit is there to console and heal us through all types of things. Grief, loss and abuse of all sorts. I have managed to retain my Joy! That's one thing that no one can take away from me, because it was given to me by my Father.
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Candice Holtzclaw ‘Candi’