Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Circle of Life...

Hi cyber world, it’s been a while… you have been lost but not forgotten!  I am still here, living life, loving my family, and creating fun things.  I feel blessed that I am at a place in my life that I can do the things I love to do.  I have been in a reflection mode recently, that often happens to me when there are BIG life events, and this year there have been some huge ones! 

        In July my Moms cancer returned (bad news).

 Also in July, my husband retired (good news).  

    September we found out we are going to be grandparents 
for the first time (GREAT news)!

Mom, Aunt Doris, and Madeleine at Mom's 88th birthday celebration!
Don’t they say that things come in threes… well there you go, my three biggies for this year!  It seems that with the good there always come some bad sprinkled in to keep us grounded.  And that is where I find myself today.  Living in the joy of the good news, and the pain and reality of the bad. Just like a few years ago when  Jessy was getting married, I was dealing with my Dad’s declining health. Lately, I have been thinking about saying goodbye to someone else I love very much and saying hello to a new life.  It can be very bittersweet, to say the least.  I feel blessed that my Mom (who just turned 88), Is doing well with an Oral Chemo treatment with very few side effects and she will likely be able to welcome her 1st Great Grandson into the world (luckily there is some good along with the bad).

Guess who's going to be Grandparents!
My husband is my best friend, so having him retire was another blessing.  He had been thinking about it for a long time, and through much thought, prayers, and planning, we decided the time was right for us!  John started working very young and he was just totally burned out so it was another blessing that he was able to retire when he did.  He might end up doing something else part time eventually but I think he needs some time to relax and regroup, and I am kind of getting used to him being around all the time!  We really enjoy spending time together and it didn’t take us long to fall into a new routine… I kind of like the coffee being ready for me when I get up in the morning.  We have been enjoying going to estate and garage sales and hunting for treasures, being able to work on projects together, take mini trips when we want, and have fun with our friends and family.  A good friend told us his Dad used to say when he retired that there are six Saturdays and a Sunday and that is the truth of it!

The most exciting and best news we have had lately is the blessing of our first Grandchild!  Our daughter Jessica and her Husband Justin are expecting a Son on March 17th!  We just found out it will be a boy this week so I can start shopping!!!

This month, we are looking forward to celebrating our 30th
Wedding anniversary, our Son John’s 28th birthday, and the upcoming arrival of our new Grandbaby.  We will be celebrating together on a mini family vacation to Saugatuck in a few weeks.  Some of my most cherished memories are those spent with the ones I love. 

As I think about the good, the bad, and the ugly that life sometimes throws at us, I am reminded that we are only here temporarily and we must learn and grow from each and every circumstance that we find ourselves in.   Whether it’s sad, or happy, or sometimes somewhere in-between, and that just maybe we can take those experiences and help someone else on their journey, or at the very least help ourselves next time we are walking through a difficult situation. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 

I know for sure, that God has a plan, and that his plans are greater than mine and someday we will never have to wonder why or experience the pain and suffering that sometimes we find ourselves in.  For now, I will just rest in knowing He is always with me during each and every moment of each and every day, whether I am celebrating, or sorrowful, and for that, I am truly grateful.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;

 I will strengthen you, I will help you, 
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10