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Life is moving quickly

Life is moving quickly.
I didn’t write anything in June although there were many things to share.
Grand children in transition and moving away. That is hard for a grandparent’s heart.
It certainly puts our prayer life in an active state.
It was also the anniversary of my sister’s death. June was also a birthday for my other sister.
I have another sister I have not met in person, but we do keep in contact.
Also, I have a very special cousin who is just like a sister to me.
As the month moved on and July came it was a natural transition from cooler weather to hot.
The beach is often our getaway place, Oregon has the most beautiful beaches and water ways.
The water is not warm, but the beauty makes up for it.
We went down to the southern Oregon coast in our trailer with some very good friends.
It was a nice time of camping and sharing,
That is why we bought the trailer so we can go and still have access to a bathroom and our own bed.
Yes, I am very picky about my sleeping arrangements.
It won’t be too long before we will see the changes outside.
I saw on the news that the sunset will be coming earlier each week.
As I age every day has a certain amount of challenges.
Health issues are often the central focus.
We are grateful for good days and thankful for the strength, to press forward on bad days.
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
I will always tell myself; it could be worse so complaining is not an option.
July is here and we have focused on our freedom, God bless America and our patriotic spirits.
I don’t get tired of all that. EVER.
Each day is a blessing as life is moving quickly.

The month of May is almost over

The month of May is almost over, and I cannot believe the year is almost half gone.
Where does time go?
The month has brought a few events. Mothers day, Our grand daughters birthday, My dads birthday he would have been in his 90’s. As my husband has said, “he would not want to live that long,” I know… I sure miss him.
It would be nice to sit in a room and just visit.
Dad was a cowboy, loved his hat, and boots and his ‘outside’ life until he couldn’t do it anymore.
He and I had a wonderful understanding.
We established my expectations early on in our ‘late in life relationship’.
Believe me, I didn’t expect much.
If I had a ‘I wish’ bowl the spending more time with him would be on the list.
He has been gone for many years now.
Memorial day just passed us and dad was in the Navy. A veteran, to be proud, both our dads were in the service.
My husband’s dad was in Patton’s army. Not an easy thing for a young man.

This month I decided to not have longer hair, when I went in for a change, I had the lady cut it short.
It seems to fit me well.
Summer is here and the temps are warming up.
We have trips planned for the beach and then central Oregon.
Our trailer serves as a home away from home.
Last month we purchased all new appliances for our kitchen.
It is very different and at the same time very modern and nice.
We also finished a wall on the back patio. I use the word ‘we’ very loosely as I only watched the process.
It blocks the rain from our patio and also blocks the air conditioner noise.
Summer will be a test to see how it works for us.
The month of May is almost gone and soon we move into the summer season.
Flowers are blooming, garden is growing, and it is very much our home now.
The month of May is almost over, may we have safe and wonderful new memories as the summer begins.


Now may the Lord of peace himself

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
What an amazing prayer promise to give to someone.
God will give you peace. At all times. In every way.
I think of the song, “it is well with my soul.”
When peace like a river ascended my way, when sorrow like sea billows roll.
Whatever my lot, thou has caused me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.
The song is smooth and peaceful.
It is assuring to us who listen and to others who sing.
The song is a promise of protection. The verse is an encouragement.
May the Lord of peace, NOT the Lord of chaos or confusion. But peace.
We receive the peace that passes all understanding when we reach our hands out to accept, what HE has to offer.
When I was doing treatment for cancer recovery, I remember feeling calm and peaceful.
I didn’t feel the anxiety till much later after the process was over.
It felt well with my soul, for I knew there was nothing I could do within myself to heal quicker.
I had to trust the process. I had to trust the one who heals on all levels.
Not a day goes by that I do not remain very thankful and fully, sure that God was with me.
The process was new. a little scary but I was ok. It imprinted itself on my mind, heart and spirit.
My soul was well, and in peace.
There were some unknowns but nothing is without a reason and just recently I was able to share with a new ‘survivor’ about my experince and story. Nothing comes to us without a purpose.
I was able to encourage her and explain to her what she could be feeling right now.
It was a positive thing.
I will continue to be open to those who need ‘my story.’
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.

A new month is beginning

A new month is beginning and soon spring will arrive with warmer days and blooms on my flowers.
I have been ready for warmer days for some time.
It’s been a long wait.
We are in the week of Easter now. Oh I remember when our kids were little, and we would do eggs and easter baskets.
I remember one time our granddaughter who was about three or four, decided she did not need to go find eggs.
Why do I have to find them when I didn’t lose them? That is a logical question for sure and kind of funny.
She could never understand why one would take eggs out of the refrigerator, boil them, color them, cool them down and then hide them in the yard ONLY to go put the found ones back into the refrigerator.
She never knew why but she did it anyway so we could take pictures and be happy for her basket of goodies.
Easter is really a family holiday. It is for church. It is for remembering the story of Jesus.
It is a story of love.
We have been watching the chosen and those characters. really show the relationships that were formed in the days of Jesus and his followers.
It is powerful and it is meaningful.
Easter is also a time for grief. It is a sad, solemn. time.
I cannot even imagine Mary watching her ‘grown son’ go through what he had to experience.
I cannot even imagine the deep sorrow. The grief upon grief.
Knowing that she was the chosen one in the Christmas story, she was also chosen in his ‘death’ story.
She had a mother’s heart, and it would break and break more as it seemed so final.
God designed this story letting everyone know we are loved.
It had to be this way.
A new month is beginning, and spring will bring warm days and new life.

In March of 2020 I was able to ring the bell

In March of 2020 I was able to ring the bell for the last time bringing my treatment for breast cancer to a close.
No more radiation and allowing myself time to recover from surgery and fatique.
It was a good and exciting time.
I am not ever going to allow that to be minimal. It was a huge, big deal in my life.
This month I began my third year of recovery.
They give you five years to move past the first experience before they say ‘you are free’. I pray for good news.
This month is also our son’s birthday, our daughter’s birthday, our grandson’s birthday, our daughter in law’s birthday, an anniversary and another birthday. crazy busy.
I bought cards and stamps for the mail to go out.
I still believe in the old-fashioned handwritten cards.
Then I heard someone we know had major surgery, then others have significant days or moments.
It is all a part of listening and paying attention to those around us.
I know when I was recovering, a few handwritten cards meant so much.
I put them in my ‘cancer’ recovery folder.
It has been very dark and dreary outside. Oregon rains producing fall like weather.
I am SO ready for warmth. Sunshine and spring and summer.
I found out my old boss passed away, in fact both of the pharmacists that I worked with passed away just a few months apart.
Life has a way of creating memories and the passing of time.
I sure feel it as I get through each month.
Getting older is not for the faint of heart. One has to get focused and do their best to let this journey pass well.
Let our life shine so others can see our positive energy and hope even in the middle of the hard moments.
In March of 2020 I was able to ring the bell.