Thank you to all that are serving and have served in the Armed Forces of these United States! Because of your service and some, their sacrafice, we live in a country of freedom of speech, as well as freedom of religion. So thank you all!!!
The past few months are coming back to me in bits and pieces. In July, I had announced that our middle daughter was expecting. Unfortunately, she lost the baby sometime before her next doctor’s appointment. It broke my heart, not so much for me, but for her and her hubby. I know she has been wanting a baby and to hear she was going to have a baby was such joyful news. When they called to tell me what happened, I felt so sad for them.
She’s doing well now, but a loss can leave a scar so deep that it appears when you least expect it!
At the Women of Faith Conference, one of the speakers talked about losing a child. Then she called those that had lost a child under any circumstances to stand. It was quite comforting when I looked around and realized I wasn’t the only one standing and acknowledging the pain and hurt that goes with losing a baby. Mine wasn’t due to a miscarriage, mine was due to an abortion. Even though it was a choice, I think the part that hurts the most was that it wasn’t my choice. The choice had been made for me by others, unbeknownst to the one I was dating. Even though I’ve worked through so much of my past, I was surprised that just acknowledging what happened during this conference had my memories flooding back. I’m thankful that it wasn’t a shameful memory, but a joyful memory that ended in sadness.
I’ve been pretty scarce lately. I apologize for that, I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write about my last 4 months.
As you know in July I had eye surgery. It went real well and it took 3 months for my eye to stable out. The doc said that my eye sight would change over 3 months. And it did, I was finally released by the surgeon at the beginning of October. I just saw my regular eye doctor and he is able to correct my eye sight to 20/30. I’m excited, the doc not so much! I guess my cataracts have grown, especially in my surgical eye. So I guess that is my next endeavor … cataract surgery. I still have to recoup the cost of the last surgery. But, we’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
My son got married in September at Zion National Park. We had such a great time visiting with family. Here is a picture of my beautiful children
along with hubby and I. I couldn’t find the one with hubby and I. Actually I see it everyday as it is on my desktop, but I couldn’t get it to upload to WordPress. Yes, I am a dork!!
It was so great to see my children and grandchildren. They all have grown so much, but they are sure getting to be their own person. HAH, children and grandchildren. Also to be in such a beautiful area, Zion National Park. I told hubby that I could live there. It would be so cool!!! Just saying!
Work has been busy, as September is the start of the ministry year. With the business comes craziness but, a fun craziness. Before my son’s wedding, he told me that he is in A-Fib and they had to shock his heart to get his sinus rhythm back . Well, it didn’t work and the next step is a pacemaker. So in October, he called to let me know that he was having his pacemaker put in on October 15th. After my silent initial reaction, I called him the next day to see if he wanted me to come out. After he and his new bride discussed it, I flew out to Lincoln on Saturday, 10/13. He had his surgery on Monday, as scheduled and spent the night to make sure all was okay. His dad and step-mom surprised him and showed up when he returned from recovery. Ry went home the next day and he is getting better everyday. By the time I left, he was driving and the seat belt wasn’t irritating his incision, well, not as much as it did in the beginning. I had asked him the other day how he was feeling and he said great! I didn’t get to see anyone while I was back in Nebraska, which I apologize for, because I stayed at the house and hung out with the new puppy, my son and his family. I’m excited for them as they had just bought and moved into a home, before his surgery. It’s a cute house and the furniture they got for it, transforms the rooms! Sometimes, I wish I lived closer to all my kids … maybe one day, we’ll get to spend time traveling around to spend a little time with each one.
The Friday after I got home, I went with 2 buses full of ladies from our church to the Women of Faith Conference in Sacramento. Wow, what an experience! I had a great time. So many uplifting speakers and great music. If you are a female and this conference comes to an area near you, don’t hesitate to go!! You won’t regret it. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we were amazed, and in total awe of all that we saw and experienced! I fell in love with my Savior all over again. I’m hoping next year, I can get all my girls to go with me. Now that would be cool, to get my daughters and daughter in law to go. We’ll see.
In between all of this, I’ve been sick. Three times on antibiotics and this last time was working. That is until I felt so good and decided to rake the leaves in the front yard. I was so exhausted that it was difficult to even lift my arms to put the piles in the hopper. Once I finished, I was done. I went to bed and stayed there. Today I’m better … well, enough to go to work and then to the eye doc. Now I’m ready for bed and it’s only 7:16pm.
Tomorrow is voting day. I’ve already voted … but it’s exciting to see the commitment of people to go out there and vote. We may or may not agree on the candidates or the issues, but we are doing what this country is all about … democracy … making your choice known by voting. Standing up for your beliefs. Just remember, for those that are standing up for their beliefs and voting on their chosen candidate, that is exactly what the next person is doing. That choice may be the same as yours, but it also may be different from yours, but we all are choosing to do what made us so privileged to live in the USA, voting for our choice. It looks to be a close race and we’ve all done our part. Whichever candidate wins, I pray that this candidate does what is best for our country. Does what’s best for our citizens and get this country recovering from the huge debt, the unemployment, the foreclosures, etc. So choose your candidate, but remember, the rest of that voting line will choose theirs.
I know it’s been some time since I last posted. I am still alive – YAY – and I’m still recovering. Surgery was on July 10th and I survived the face down for a week. I’m not sure my neck has. It’s still sore and moving my neck is still tough, but it’s getting better. A big thank you to my sister who came and spent 2 weeks with us while I recovered, AND in a hot, no air conditioned house, during the Dog Days of Summer! She was a trooper and helped us out quite a bit!!
This same sister went to the hospital on Thursday with a numb arm. Thankfully, after several tests and a night at the hospital, all tests were good. However, they did find arthritis in her neck, which could cause the numbness.
But this got me thinking – in my family my sisters and I are the oldest generation. Considering our oldest sister is 70; the sis I’m talking about is 63; and I’m 53 – we are the older generation. That’s kinda freaky if I think about it. The three of us have health issues and once we are gone, then the next generation will be our children. It’s the way of life, I suppose, but I never thought I’d be one of the oldest generations in my father’s immediate family (I’m still in my 20′s – at least that’s what my brain says.)
The oldest of the next generation (our children) is 47, the youngest is 31. Wow … I do feel old now!!!
I was at a leadership summit and one of the speakers talked about honoring not just the older generation, but also the younger generation. Interesting thought – made me think, do I honor the younger generation?
“Honor believes the best. Dishonor believes the worst
Honor values others. Dishonor devalues others
Honor builds up. Dishonor tears down.
Respect is earned but honor is given
Show honor to those above you.
Show honor to those below you.”
Both generations must be intentional about working together and honoring each other.
Do you honor those above you?
Do you honor those below you?
Do you have work to do? I know I do!!!
Our middle child (my daughter) - the one that told me to NOT expect a child from her and that I would have to be happy with her step-daughter – Is expecting and due in February!!! Woo Hoo!!! Congratulations Belle & Erik! (p.s. I am really happy with her step-daughter! She’s our oldest grandchild!)
…how your children will turn out. I knew my son had a sense of romance in him, but … you have got to check out his and his fiance’s website.
Love the engagement section. Hah, makes a momma proud!
Our youngest granddaughter’s 1 year birthday today. Time sure flies. I haven’t even seen her yet … but the pictures are great!
… but it seems my holiday depression is back for its yearly visit. It would be nice to fast forward to January however, I guess I need to face each day … one day at a time.
I guess what started it all is that I’m not feeling well. Being on antibiotics for 9 days, just makes me nuts! I know that I’m almost done with my prescription but still … ugh! Now all weekend I’ve been in bed … too cold to get out, except for a couple of hours. As I type, I’m in bed, covered up watching, “Sundays at Tiffanys.”
It’s really bad that I just want to get through the next 3 days of work, so I can hide out for 4 days at home. We possibly may go to one of my volunteers house for Thanksgiving – but that depends on if she feels like cooking … lol … I can so relate! I still need to go grocery shopping, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to cook anything or go out to eat all weekend long.
I’d love to have the kids visit here for the holidays, but I know that will never happen, unless I’m dead … but it would be nice. So, hubby, dog and I get to go through the holidays together again. I wish it was January!
I have to apologize to all of you that comment. I do read your comments. I don’t know why I haven’t responded to your comments. I guess, I’m not online as often as I used to be, as I now work full time. YAY! So I went from working 1 day a week to working 5+ days a week, plus working part-time for the company I used to work. I’m not complaining! I LOVE being extremely busy, however, sometimes I find that I am meeting myself as I’m coming or going. Makes for busy days and exhausting nights.
I have started playing Words with Friends. Those of you that are my playing buddies, well, you know how lousy I am at creating words from these little tiles and still trying to figure out how to get the most points. But it’s also a way for me to just get my mind thinking of that, instead of all that I’ve experienced for the day.
For those of you that are new to my site, thanks for the kind words. LOL, I’m not as eloquent a writer as you express, but thanks anyway. I just write what’s in my heart or mind and sometimes that can be quite scary.
So this week has been pretty crazy. I’ve had 3 physical therapy treatments for my back and I feel so much better! Well, that is until today, as I’ve been in this computer chair all morning, doing window quotes. I think it will be time for me to floss my sciatic nerve here in a few minutes. I am feeling so much better! I have 2 more treatments and by then I should the off the prednizone and on the mend. Well, at least that’s what I’m praying for. I’ll have to ask him what I do if I need a tune-up now and again.
My son and his girlfriend are now engaged. I am so excited for them!! I was hoping they would have decided on a location closer to me, however, they are going to have their wedding somewhere between Nebraska and Nevada. Which makes sense. I told them that it was their wedding! And for them to make it a joyful memory they will remember forever! I’m glad they are listening!!
I don’t understand parents that have mature adult children and still treat them like they don’t know what they are doing. Number one – they are adults … they will now reap the consequences of their actions. Number two – if the parents continue to tell them what to do, that can cause resentment due to suppressing the adult children’s decision.
Of course, my husband and I have always told our children, once they became an adult, that they are now adults and responsible for their actions. We try, as hard as it is to not say anything, to let them figure things out themselves. We don’t always succeed, but we try. But, sometimes, I think that leaves them thinking that we don’t care. Which is completely wrong! We care, alot! But, all of our children are in their 30′s and are fully capable of making their own decisions. I am very proud of all of our children. They handle what life throws at them as best as they can.
Well, it is time for me to get out of this chair. My rear is numb and I know that’s not good!! Plus, I just remembered, we are having company tomorrow. My hubby’s sister and her husband are spending the night on their way to Las Vegas. So I had better get their room ready and the bathroom cleaned. Y’all have a great Saturday and a wonderful weekend!!
Another month almost gone. It’s been busy on this side of the Sierras. Still loving my job. My worst day at my present job is so much better than my best day at the old job!! The best thing is we can talk about God freely, why? Because it’s a church!! LOL … best thing in the world!
My niece is here and hanging out with us in our hot little house. Luckily her room is shaded all day, so it doesn’t get as hot as the front room and the kitchen. I’ve introduced her to my friend’s girls and they have gotten along so well! It makes my heart swell!! Right now she’s working on her summer homework. She had summer assignments to complete before school starts at the end of August. Since she’s here until August 12th, then goes on vacation with her dad for a week, she will only have 1 1/2 weeks to get her assignments completed. I’m glad we talked about it, as she has about 100 sketches to do. So I told her that she needs to focus on getting as many of her assignments done as she won’t have alot of time to accomplish them before school starts.
We went to Michael’s today and bought her sketch pad, pen, pencils, erasers and glue. She has one sketch done and is so creative. She used scrapbooking paper with designs on it for the hair of her sketch. Now she’s working on the next one. I’m so glad she inherited the artist gene from our family!
So it’s been busy with work and keeping track of a teenager as she’s out with the girls. But she has been very good at letting me know when she goes from place to place in a car full of girls as they go about town. I then think back to my summer before senior year and realized I was always on the go. Between working and summer school (so I could graduate in December of my senior year) I was hardly ever home. But I also had the advantage of adult siblings that I could go to and hang out, away from my parents.
So it’s been an eye opening couple of weeks as well as a heart felt couple of weeks. I wouldn’t exchange these weeks for anything, as it has brought me in touch with my teenage self and all that goes with the feelings of a teenager. I’m looking forward to our remaining two weeks together. Maybe by getting in touch with my suppressed memories, she will have taught me something in return.
This is what happens when the redneck grandpa goes and takes care of the grandbabies for a week. This question came from our 4 year old granddaughter to her dad.
Grandpa looked at her dad and shrugged as he told him that it’s a southern staple … lol … all the while our daughter was laughing.