Thursday, September 30, 2010

Life happens sometimes

The past month has brought many things that I don't necessarily want to deal with, but I can't just run and hide.  I won't dwell on the hard times in this blog, but touch on them.  I have thought many times about writing a new post, but just couldn't bring myself to take the time to do it, to create one, to sound positive & bubbly when I just don't feel like it.  I have read other blogs that the blogger got comments that complained about them sharing health issues or some other woe.  The commenter only wanted the fun crafting ideas or decorating designs.  That is sad to me.  If we can't share our ups & downs then we are denying they exist...a perfect world.  Just be happy!  But life isn't like that.  Yes, there are joys, but there are also sorrows.  If we only had wonderful moments in our lives, I think we wouldn't appreciate them as much as when we also have tough times.  That isn't to say that heaven should have sorrows!!  We will be in a totally different realm of understanding then and this world doesn't compare to that.  I think that sharing our ups and downs in life gives other people going through hard times a hope that they couldn't get any other way... a knowledge that they are not alone.  Sometimes sharing a problem can bring an answer or a snippet of help from another person who may have dealt with the same type of pain or sorrow and discovered a solution in their journey.  
Angel Sculpture in Newport, Oregon

I hurt my back this summer and after an MRI discovered that I have 5 bulging disks, two major and pinching a nerve.  This causes back pain and pain radiating down both my legs.  Walking or standing for more than a few minutes brings more pain.  I had a epidural injection hoping it would help my pain, but it didn't help much.  I also have seen a chiropractor twice to try to help also.  That has caused more pain.  I am trying to prevent surgery at this point.  I am waking up about 2:00am every morning in pain and then am restless the rest of the night.  I am using that time to pray for others and for answers about what I should do about my back.

I also have an uncle who is in the process of dying.  He is my mother's last remaining brother from a family of 5 children.  I live several hours away and just try to be there for my mother with long talks on the phone.  

Our middle son is getting married on October 16th.  His fiance & our son have done most everything themselves so it has been easy for my part.  But I will be getting the house ready for company.  All the while I am crafting for a craft show November 5th & 6th, plus I'm the jury chairman for the show.  I have 5 meetings left, then a 4 day marathon of setting up, the 2 day show, then taking down.  There are other things that I won't go into that are also going on.

All in all, I know that God is with me.  His Love Never Fails!  I know that there is a reason that I am going through this and maybe someday I'll know why.  

So now you know my story as it is right now.  I will continue on making my way through each day and thanking God for my many blessingsThere are always blessings to thankful for, even in the dark times

Blessings to You & Yours,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Summer is already over... It is September ~some memories from my summer~

September is here!  Where did the summer go?  It seems like yesterday that I was planning all the camping trips, get-together's with family, our son's graduation from college, our 33rd wedding anniversary,  my trip to visit family & friends, besides all the fun shopping to find new treasures, and start my holiday crafting.  Now it is time to focus on our middle son's wedding in October,  my holiday boutique in November, and off course the holidays!  Whew!  Time is going too fast for me and the older I get, the faster it goes.  I thought for today, I would share some of my summer moments.  One last look at a fun-filled, busy summer full of memories I will cherish.  Was your summer as crazy as mine?  Were there unexpected trials or triumphs... or just lazy days of summer?  I know that some things are better when we look back on them.  We can forget the arguments over silly things that at the time seemed much more important, the heat that made me miserable while waiting for graduation to start, the uncomfortable silences with family that sometimes we have, and any other things that get in the way of pure bliss at just doing something we had waited so long for...that is life.  Nothing will ever be perfect and remembering mostly the good, will somehow take some of the pain away from the hard to handle moments that we all have.  May your blessings be many and your hardships few...
summer flowers
sun thru the trees
Oregon coast
sunset on coast
4th of July traveling memorial
sunset after the storm at home
some crafting done!
travel thru the mountains...
birthday roses from my wonderful husband!
flowers from a BFF for my birthday
smokey skies from fires
Lighthouse in Bandon
A little frog visiting my front porch