Sunday, March 27, 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For!

Howdy Folks,

Sorry for the absence this past week, but I'm just now getting a moment to check in. Unfortunately, in the midst of my late Winter pity party, I received a call from my dear friend (and sister-in-law) saying that her father had passed away. They live out of state so would of course, be coming home right away. The news obviously made me take a step back and realize that life may feel like it's getting stagnant at times, but the truth of it is that it's too darned short and it's a waste of precious time and energies complaining about it. You all gave me some great advice in my previous post and you are all right on the money. Truly living life means doing what you can to make the best of it.... No matter what lands in the path ahead us.

My house began filling up last Sunday and my brother-in-law and sister-in-law headed back home to begin their healing yesterday afternoon.  It was a tough week, but at the same time, one that was full of love and family and laughter and tears. Our daughter even made it home for a few days, so that was an unexpected blessing. I'm a bit worse for the wear with my chronic pain, but all in all, it's been a great lesson in acceptance. When something like the loss of a loved one happens, it makes the things that we might perceive as hard times in our own life, seem minor in comparison. Maybe the occasional "rut" isn't really a bad thing. Maybe it's just God's way of making us slow down and be still, so we can listen.

I'll be back in the next day or two with a new recipe, (and I believe a renewed outlook) but for the moment, please allow me to say a great big THANK YOU !! to all of you, for the wonderful suggestions and that ever-present, totally awesome blogger support.  As I've said, oh... I don't know... maybe a gazillion times before,



  1. So glad to see you back and want to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I hope the Sun Shines for you soon .

    My SIL is in Phoenix for the funeral of her Uncle, she sent a picture, via phone, of my parents grave....that really puts life into perspective.

    I will be making your cakes again....wish me luck or you may be receiving a plane ticket to Denver!!!!

  2. I am so sorry to hear about this. It sounds like the only positives here was the perspective it offered and the opportunity it gave for your family to come together. Both of those are pretty awesome, but I know that they were tinged with a lot of sadness. I will be thinking of you and yours and sending lots of positive energy your way.

  3. I hope you get a chance to take some time for yourself and relax.

  4. Shawn: I totally agree. My folks have both been gone for a while now but 1) I never stop missing them and 2) The emotions always come flooding back like it happened just yesterday when someone close to you goes through it.

    Robin: So true... My Dad always used to say that he totally enjoyed weddings and wakes. I know that sounds a little nuts, but he meant it from the perspective that both of these things are what usually bring families together. This one was tough because there's been some division in my S-I-L's family and coming together can be awkward and difficult in that type of situation. Thankfully, it all went pretty well. Hope you are hanging in there, my dear.

    Sue: Thank you. As much as I love my extended family and I'm happy that they are able to find solace in my home, it can get a bit hectic with a house full. I'm pretty beat and doing my best to recuperate, but I'm afraid that I'm coming down with hubby's recent case of bronchitis. Hopefully I can keep plenty of Vitamin C in me and lay low enough to keep it at a minimum.

  5. I'm so very sorry. Sometimes it's hard to slow down and really look around, but when you do, it's amazing how much you see. *many hugs to you*


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