Well my friends, I think we might actually have lift off for spring! A few times it looked this way only tone buried under snow again. Thankfully, I think the true spring has taken hold so off we go! I love this time of year despite my body’s trials. This time of year brings a sense of renewal to body and soul. The thoughts of beautiful things, such as flowers and babies fills my mind.
I have been in pain, yes, but somehow the beautiful weather dulls it a bit. Psychological, yes, most likely, but it feels great to be alive in spring!
I am planning my garden and getting excited to be growing heirloom plants that are more nutritional than the GMO substitutes available at most stores. I am happy to start my flowers too. I am also planning an herbal garden so I can use fresh herbs in foods. Yes, I love spring!!
Our lupus walk is approaching as well. Still have no team members and I am the only donater so far but I refuse to let it worry me. I have made it to this side of winter and today, nothing will slow me down!! Things will improve, I am sure!
I have also been working on organizing the house. I need to get things in order so that I can relax and enjoy the warmth of spring and summer that is quickly approaching! Funny thing, I never enjoyed spring cleaning before but after this particularly hard winter I find myself enjoying it!!
So off I go to face my day! I hope each of you will slow down and appreciate all Gods Works during this season of warm renewal of life!! I will be!!
I have been a little out of sorts lately. I have had to undergo a whole slew of tests and still have more coming. It seems I am falling apart. Not really, but it feels like it at times.
I will detail later what is going on. Suffice to say, I may need surgery in the very near future. Yuck!
In the meantime i am concentrating on good things. For example, this weekend I am going to Kentucky for my niece Megan’s baby shower. I am not driving so hopefully it will not be too bad on this old body.
The weather is crazy right now here in Ohio. I know that Ohio is unpredictable, especially when it comes to the weather but getting several inches of snow one day, causing car pile ups, school delays and such, and then it all melts the next day! Hm, wonder why I am in so much pain lately? I have no clue.<insert sarcasm here>.
This is a time of remembrance as well. Reflecting on the love God has for me by allowing his own son to die for my sins is a pretty big deal. This time of year reminds me that I am not worthy to be a Christian, yet God has provided a ransom sacrifice, in the form of His son, Jesus, so that I can be one. I am grateful for that gift.
I also found out that unbeknownst to me, I am a great grandmother! My granddaughter, Leng, had a baby girl seven months ago! Leng is my step granddaughter but I claim her as my own. Her beautiful daughters name is Jean. I understand why I was not told but no matter, I am a great grandmother!!! Happy happy joy!! Another little girl to spoil!!!
Thanks you all for letting me vent a bit. It is the way I can get stuff off my chest. You all rock!!!! Than you so much! Hope each of you have very happy days today and in the future!
Hey everyone… if you are a fellow lupie or autoimmune person, please share your story (if you are comfortable to do so). I know it is encouraging to hear the stories of others and share our commonalities as well as our differences. Hope to hear from some of you soon!
Ok, so today I had the things I needed to do list. I felt like I could get it done. So, onward to accomplish my list for the day. Of course, it was not too bad because compared to most people, my lists are so short that anyone can finish them. On a good day, I can finish them too. Today was a good day! I painted our bedroom one third of the way today. Check . I saw one of my grands today. Check. I helped hubs with something important. Check. I called storage places for mil. Check.
So, I did what I wanted to get done today! Hooray for checks.
I also heard from several of my friends today. One is a sweet young wife and mother of one with twins expected in a few months. She and her husband got the house they were trying for! Fantastic! I love getting good news! They have tried to get a house for some time now and good for them… they got it!
Sadly, another of my friends buried her father today. It was an unexpected death, a heart attack, which took him and she is dealing with it as best as she can right now. Her daughter is expecting her first baby, and my friends first grandchild, any day now. Highs and lows. Life and death. It is the best of times for her, and now the worst of times. Puts things in perspective for those of us who know her and her family. It shows me to enjoy each and every day because no one guarantees us tomorrow and we need to appreciate our loved ones as if we do not have tomorrow. In that way, we can enjoy them fully and in the end, we will not be thinking, if only…. My friend and her father were certainly very close and I know that as the fog lifts, she will begin to feel the peace God gives us to deal with these things. We are keeping her family in our prayers.
I hope that today finds you all happy and well and keeping your loved ones close. Never take them for granted. Lesson for the day for me.
This week I found myself reflecting on several changes in my life recently. I do this on ocassion, it really helps to define the goals in progress and put a perspective on what I need to be doing. The hardest part is looking at the picture, warts and all, and evaluating the pros and cons of each thing. This can be hard, but therapeutic as well. It is not narcicisstic in the least, since it is for the betterment of myself and those around me.
A magazine I read recently had this to say about life, “”Happiness comes, not to those who seek it for themselves, but to those who seek it for others.” 8/1/2010 Awake. This statement is simple in itself but also profound in the meaning. I have actually been somewhat isolated because of a variety of reasons lately. I am sure I do not need to expound in the reasons why. However, I am in need of becoming more people oriented again.
The plain truth is I have become more isolated and that needs to change. I began this process by attending the all class reunion at the end of July. I have also visited with family I have not seen for a long time, and been around my grands as often as possible.
This is a beginning. Now, I need to move forward with the impetus that has been started. I have several ways I plan on doing this. One is to try to make every Christian meeting every week if possible. When not possible, I will tie in by phone so I get my spiritual meals and can become more active in the ministry again. When possible, I will preach in the field and help others to attain to everlasting life. I used to be so active and loved preaching, but due to a viariety of reasons, I have allowed myself to become stuck in a rut and not do as much as I would like to.
So, to meet this goal, I will be studying my bible again, and learning more each day as I get myself off the couch/bed and back into life. Even if I only read for five minutes and reflect on it, it is better than I have been doing. I know this is the most important thing I can do in my life so now the implementation is of the upmost importance.
This is a goal that I plan on working on in the days to come and see how much more I can praise God for all He has done for me, by sharing the bible truths with others. It literally can mean life to those who I can teach and life for me as well.
I will write how I am doing as time goes by and hope to be a better Christian by the end of this goal.
It all begins with one step… here I go….
My little five year old granddaughter Audrey, and her baby sister, Courtney, went camping overnight with us this past weekend. It was Courtney’s first overnight away from her parents and she did wonderfully! She played and got dirty, and played some more and got dirtier and had a blast! We ate nutritious meals of hot dogs and potato chips and drank soda and never had one glass of milk the whole time! A true fun filled weekend with grandparents!
I have a funny story to relate, that most of you can relate to as well. In the car coming home yesterday, my hubs was riding his motorvyvle in front of us and we were in the car. When we reached Franklin, Audrey said, “Papaw is sooo handsome” and I said, “Yes, he is, I think so too.” She then said, “Meemaw, if he wasn’t married to you already, I would marry him!” How sweet is that! I know I always wanted to marry my papaw so it struck a chord in me when she said it.
We both stopped at speedway, hubs to get his energy drink, and he was going to get me a frozen coke (a treat on these hot days). He came out and had his drinks and nothing for me! I said out loud that I was angry at papaw for not getting me my drink, when out of the back seat I hear a voice tell me ” Meemaw, don’t yell at Papaw, because he gave you a flower and he told you that you are pretty.” How the voice of reason ccan come from sucha small person is amazing, isn’t it?
You see, about a month ago, my hubs gave me a rose in front of Audrey and at the time she said “Aw, Meemaw and Papaw you are in love aren’t you?” It became clear how much actions can speak to the hearts of even one as young as five. It reminds me of another time when another granddaughter, Brianna, drew a picture of my hubs and me and had a heart drawn over our heads. I asked what that was for and she said it was because we were in love.
So, for all of you out there thinking do as I say not as I do, rethink that one. It is far more powerful for your children (or grandchildren) to see your actions than your words at certain times. In our case, our grandchildren know that our door is always open to them, they will always be loved and feel secure in these uncertain times of today. We may move our home, but the love follows and permeates wherever we live. We are there if they need us and we try to give them spiritual guidance without overstepping their parents. That is what we have been trying to teach them and I think it is getting through. Now, if only we could teach them…well, that is for another time…