Blessings can be found behind every sorrow.
Hey everyone, I have missed you but my absence from visiting your bloggys does not reflect that does it?
I'm not real big on making excuses, but I do have one or two. tee hee
For one thing, my mind is still not working properly. In other words I am still a little "spacey" and easily distracted and not one hundred percent yet, but nonetheless I do think of you and offer you up in my prayers.
Pretty soon I will reach that 400th post and get my Basket of Blessings off to a randomly drawn blogger sister and I'm having fun selecting things to go in the basket, but will wait to get most of the things until I can know where it is going.
I don't know how it is in your families, but in ours............this has been quite a year for unpleasantness...and tragedies...and a whole rash of unexpected sorrows.
And it seems that you can go for years with nothing dramatic in your immediate family then Whoa Nellie...it hits in cycles!
Each of my kids began this year with their individual load of trials, illnesses, heartache and in general stressful situations.
Then Jake died in June.
Then just days after, my daughter Lori's father-in-law had a stroke and was in bad shape for weeks before passing away in July. My daughter was left here for months alone to face many trials including getting over pneumonia. Her husband came back home last night. A blessing.
My youngest daughter Shari's father-in-law went in for heart surgery in July, and it was sucessful. A blessing.
My son Buddy's marriage seemed to be ending and he came home for a visit a few weeks ago and while here interviewed for a very good job and we found a "sweetheart" of a deal on a 20x30 building already finished out and set up as a little "house", so we went immediately and bought it outright for him and he was going to have it moved to land in the country owned by his friends. Well, on his way back to Mobile he learned that his father-in-law had been diagnosed just that day with Multiple Myeloma and is in stage 3. He is still a young man in his fifties and is facing chemo and stem-cell therapy so he needs many prayers.
The good news here is that Buddy and Jessica have decided to give their marriage another try. A blessing.
But therefore he does not need the building. Mike and I have both been so very stressed out because we could not afford to just flush that money down the toilet and to have the building moved such a distance was more than any of us could afford. Another worry. But I heard from the guy last night who we had bought it from that he was going to re-list the building and try to sell it for us so another huge blessing.
On another note, our little dog Toby was becoming fat and lazy and very lonely by himself all day and we decided he needed a playmate, so we found a little Blue Healer mix 5 month old female and named her Tootie and I am in doggie love with her. Toby likes her but she wears him out. It was love at first sight for her and she cannot leave him along. She went to get all "shot up" this morning so he is in the backyard and she is inside being babied today.
Mike has been to the woods only once so far this season because everywhere he looked he was reminded of the times he and Jake were hunting together and he was sad and lonely by himself, but he left yesterday morning to stay all weekend and I hope he can find peace out there and some enjoyment as he dearly loves his hunting.
I deactivated my Facebook as it was causing me some angst and I was spending too much time in front of the computer. I will keep my blog and Jake's Story bloggy too but I will try to get back in the swing of things by setting aside a day or two a week so this weekend I plan to pop in for a visit to all my sisters and say hi.
I love you all and hope your weekend is blessed beyond belief!