My friend Bonnie and I have never let anything like this stop us before... and it had been a stressful day and a walk by the lake was just what the doctor ordered. ( seriously, as devious as we felt, you could hike... just not camp or fish there right now)..
The day was beautiful.. low 60's...
we had the place to ourselves. The property was donated by the Hargrove family and the cemetery is still on the back side of the property.
We took time to investigate feathers, tracks, and the remnants of a raccoon fresh clam party...
It was total rejuvenation and appreciation of God's creation...
If you need a dose of God awe, take a walk in nature... it will do it every time...
For at least 30 years now I have been going through the Big Walker Tunnel in Va, ( right on the WV/Va border)
Chris and I along with our nephew Dylan were traveling home from WV and the traffic was backed up for 40 minutes. Chris decided to follow Google maps off the beaten path and up over Big Walker Mountain instead.
well, Dylan and I tend to be on the wimpy side on curve roads , we were blessed by this showing of God's creation at a tiny over look on the top of the mountain.
While I can't say I would ever want to take this route again with out sea bands, ginger root, Dramamine and and barf bag.. I feel so blessed being able to stand in awe of this beautiful scene..
I don't know.... well, I do... but it was almost a surreal month, a very good month that I almost felt like I couldn't talk about it...
There was the normal stuff of home, and hubby, and family, and mom, and that pesky thing called work.... but then there were these 10 days with my best friend Kathi, not like phone conversation or facebook messages, but real days.
For quite awhile Kathi and I had discussed a vacation together, some place nice, but in this new thrust of semi retirement ( unexpected), money isn't there for such things... and so she said " I've got this"..and yes she did!
After spending a couple days here, we headed off for 5 days at the Balsam Mt inn near Sylva , NC. We did food tours in Asheville, took train rides, shopped, ate new foods, spent many hours talking about everything as you can only do with your best friend. Then there were times when Kathi would need to rest, and I found myself here, crocheting, looking over the mountains and the beautiful colors that God turns the world during this season...and I talked to Him, as only you can do with a best friend, a father....
" be still and know that I am God"
It was so peaceful and good, and renewing. There were random folks ( or were they random?) who sometimes would come to sit outside and we would talk, strangers who became friends....
There are no televisions there at the inn, but plenty of chairs where folks gather, and a library, and puzzles scattered here and there to fit a piece in now and then...
It was good..sipping tea or a glass of wine, crocheting, pausing, listening...
More later..... but I had to share, and thank you so much Kathi, and our dear husbands who encouraged us so much on this trip... they were probably our best cheerleaders!
Yesterday was our grandson, Wyatt's 1st Birthday. To say he has taught all of us about miracles is an understatement....
Here is what his Dad, my son Jeremy had to say:
One year ago today the doctors told me that there is no movement but then you moved your hand. The doctors said you may never learn to eat, but then you ate on the first try. the doctors said you would be in the ICU for months but you were only there for 9 days. Beating all odds. You are my inspiration to never give up and to always try my hardest. You have a very special place in my heart.
Happy 1st birthday Son!!! Love you to the moon and back!!!
We were so blessed to live in a country where healthcare and food can help are babies, or at least give them a chance...
Fast forward to yesterday afternoon as I was sipping my cool water and driving in my car to do some shopping... thinking about how wonderful life was at that moment...
The story tells of Doctors With Out Borders in Sudan, at a ward for malnourished kids.. speaking to the nurses, the doctors, the parents. the struggle of a young girl, age 3...
I cried.... I drove, and cried, and prayed.. thanking God for what I have, praying for those who don't have....I spoke to Chris... we decided that along with the plastic and fluff of a first birthday... others needed ..
Wednesday, thanks to my son Jeremy I was able to ride out a tornado with 3 of my now closest friends. He called and said get in the bathroom super cell.... I grabbed the ladies from the beauty shop and hustled them into our bathroom at the shoppe. Fortunately for us it passed over head, unfortunately for the farmers 4 miles away it touched down. This is the scene from one of our customers dairy farm. We continue to help as a community and pray for everyone affected.
2. I received my pattern and yarn order from Posie Gets Cozy I was so excited to get started on the bunnies to add to the boy's Easter baskets!
3. I spent the weekend kissing and snuggling this cutie! Not only did I get tons of sweet snuggles.... but delicious food compliments of my eldest son....country cooking at a diner, homemade pizza, homemade waffles..the list goes on... I LOVED shopping with him for ingredients and learning of flavors. AND...
4. Shopping with my daughter in law Emily. we had a great time choosing frames, looking, talking... a great shopping day!
5. While I was gone eating, shopping and snuggling, the best husband in the world was at home finsihing up the guest room/ craft room here is a post from the Leacris Farm page..
Feb 20: Install, stain, and 3 coat poly 25 sq ft of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 23: install and stain 60 sq ft of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 24: install and stain remainder of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 26: Two coats poly on entire new floor in old main bedroom.
He also worked until late on the 27th to make sure the floor was complete before I got home on the 28th.
Our family still treasures your prayers for the health and other needs of our extended family. We know that no matter what, God's Grace is sufficient..
Two weeks? Yup, and when you read this post you can figure out how busy we have been here around the farm. Life, real life, and all that goes with it is in full swing.
I am so thankful for the specialist at Duke/ Raleigh , and to be a praying part of my mother in laws team. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer this past week. Things look good, there is a game plan in place, and this year we are going to be the absolute best cheer leaders and prayer warriors we can be. Her faith in Christ is strong..... Blessed be the name of the Lord
My mother has been staying with us the past month. She has severe frontal lobe dementia. Her body is in wonderful shape for a 77yo, her mind... not so much. This type of disease progresses quickly, causes violent outbursts, hallucinations, lots of anger. So this week I am so thankful that there was a facility in this state that can help her once again with a meds adjustment so she can possibly have some calm moments as this disease, this awful disease marches through her brain..........Blessed be the name of the Lord
This little guy came to visit with his folks on Sunday. Oh the joys of our miracle baby! His last evaluation on Thursday said he was nearly perfect ... we couldn't agree more... Blessed be the name of the Lord.
..and this package that arrived in the mail from my bestie should have been sister Kathi. Fairy Garden stone, tea bag holder.... AND my very own furl hook... in pink... yes please! She loves me.... she prays for me... she listens to my tears...she shares my happy times and sad... Blessed be the name of the Lord!
...and this man... who is so strong... who loves me with his whole heart... who considers me a gift and a treasure. Who allows me those moments when I just need to stay in jammies all day.... Blessed be the name of the Lord..
And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21
Listing 5 things happens to be so good for me. When you are the caretaker for someone with dementia, its sometimes hard to see the things you are loving... this disease is so crazy! I am literally every day coming in on a wing and a prayer. Not only is there the stress of caring for a loved one like this, but the grief also. Those moments when you have to teach your very intelligent mother how to eat pizza... grief...
But, I do find those moments when I love something, and I am more keenly aware I think not only to the goodness , but where my goodness comes from!
When I am multitasking it is so good to have the Bible " read" to me. I can stop and pause,resume... its great to be able to stay on task with my Bible reading.
My fairy garden.. Jamie , Emily and Jacob gave me a few pieces for my garden, and I ordered a few more. I like to decorate with the seasons so I added a snowman and some toadstools with hearts. I love it!
My crochet this week. 2 hats and a " lovey" for the newest grand due in May. I am so thankful for this stress breaker. My hook is the first thing I grab in the evenings after I get Mom settled in.
...and this mug my friend Angie bought me for Christmas. It goes everywhere with me. I wish I could say I kept water in it always... but ahem... you know me and sweet tea!
A 2 hour lunch with my MIL today, at my favorite place to eat... so fun!.. This picture has nothing to do with our lunch.... but I know she will laugh when she sees it!
What are you loving this week?
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
what a trying week this past has been. Any time I have to find a new groove and my old groove is rattled, I get off kilter. Unfortunately my Mom is the same way... so two folks whose personalities crave sameness... one with dementia, one who has never cared for an elderly person with dementia, add and extra dog in the mix.... well... you get my drift...
1. We gave Vika a journaling Bible for Christmas this past year and in it was a Bible reading plan. Chris, Christopher, Vika and I decided to read the Bible thru this year together. Our conversations and the daily feeding of ourselves with the WORD has been a strong encouragement as each of us are in a season of challenge.
2. This snowman mug was a gift from Jeremy , Kathy and Wyatt, along with a crochet bag and a beautiful set of crochet hooks. The neat thing about little shovel in the handle is it comes out...and is a perfect place to rest my crochet hook while I take a sip of tea! I have been crocheting a bunch lately...and Vika and Christopher rounded up the crochet goodness with a yarn bowl.
I love it! Hooking happily away!
3. ..and a cuppa comfort
Jamie, Emily and Jake gifted me these wonderful teas... I have been enjoying a special cup when I need a boost.
4. Hello Fresh. This is a weekly box for ingredients to prepare 3 meals that are unique and healthy. I LOVE trying new recipes , its something I really enjoy, new taste combinations, fresh herbs, but in this season a trip to the grocery for those ingredients is hard to do...so every Thursday Hello Fresh delivers everything I need for those three meals. I have so much fun following the recipes and creating new dishes.
I have a coupon code for 40.00 your first box if you would like to try. The click here and you can read all about it and the code is st.
When Mom moved in we signed up for basic cable so she could watch her shows. We rarely if ever watch TV, but lately, after we have given mom her evening ice cream and made sure she was settled in bed, we relax by watching this show. It has been a great stress buster to walk away from the computers and just visit with each other talking about the show and unwinding for the day...
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17