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December

December came and went. Christmas came early for Josh this year. We exchanged some gifts with him  before his mother drove up from South Carolina to pick him up for the holidays. The boys developed a sense of appreciation for life once more as seen in their acceptance of only a few gifts we could afford them. It was odd not having Josh with us and we all missed him after his departure.

We traveled to Indiana after Christmas and buried Nick’s father, and the boys experienced driving through ice covered roadways and larger amounts of snow then they have ever seen. We mourned the loss of a great man in Nick’s life and contemplated life once more.  The boys developed a deeper respect for Nick and grew closer to him in another way.

Nick taught the boys how to build a snowman and how to sled on this trip though. Their anticipation of the wonders of snow had built so large, he couldn’t help himself but to allow them this treat. We bought sleds and took them to Brown County. They all played for well over an hour before they realized they were wet and cold 🙂

January brought new beginnings for our family and I will write about that soon too. Sorry this post is short, but it is straight to the point. I hope you understand why I haven’t written in a bit.

Love to you all 🙂

Life Goes On

Wouldn’t it be great to have a dollar for everytime someone said “Life Goes On” to you? I’d be financial set if I did! 🙂

After hearing & making that statement most of my life, I’ve determined that I am a Life Goes On professional. I’m not a paid professional, but rather an experienced professional.

I’ve been so broke that I couldn’t afford food for myself to eat & barely managed to keep the lights on to ensure everyone else ate.
I’ve taught at least 9 teenagers to drive on my last few gallons of gas, smiled as they got their drivers license, and walked to my destinations for the rest of the week.
Somehow, I managed to care for my hubby after his heart attack in 1999 & take care of both boys (one in diapers & the other just potty trained) at the same time.
After a terrible car accident my parents were involved in, (back in 2001) I managed to care for my family at the same time I took care of my parents’ mental and physical rehabilitation and affairs.
I never passed out once! 🙂
Then in 2007, I worked 45-60 hrs a week at work, came home and cleaned house, cooked, did 7-9 loads of laundry daily and provided financial support for one of my girls & one grandbaby for 6 months.
In 2009, when my husband passed away, I was numb. Not sure how exactly, but I managed to stay on top of things, provide support for my in-laws, children, and took care of the house. During this time, I took a month off work to straighten myself out emotionally and it backfired on me. I fell apart 😦  …but, you know what? Life Goes On

I am venting & trying to decide what’s next in life today. Normally, I don’t allow myself to talk this way… so I write 🙂  Writing can be therapeutic. It’s a huge leap of faith to do it out in the open too. I write to remind myself that Life Goes On, so I can’t give up now, nor ever. I’m far too stubborn for that anyway!

Recently, I found myself unemployed and happy 🙂  I’ve had some much needed time with the boys and myself. After all these years, I finally have time for myself. It was so delightful! Now that it’s been almost a month off/not working, I feel so much more connected to the boys. I also feel more in touch with reality, where I am in life, and what purpose life has at this time.

Life Goes On…My neighbor planted ornamental corn at the corner of our property. That corn grew to heights over 30 feet tall & spread outward, covering her property and leaping over onto mine. This wouldn’t be an issue, except the corn over powered my mailbox!! I have to cut the corn back on my side at least once monthly or the mail person cannot locate my mailbox. Just like my neighbor’s ornamental corn, bad times or hard times can get the best of us if we allow them to. That negativity can breed & spread quickly and take over our minds if we are not careful. I’m thankful for God’s mercy, peace, and love! Now that 2 full years have passed since losing my husband, my best friend, & my previous life, I am beginning to understand that it’s okay to allow Life to Go On!

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What Legacy Will You Leave?

What Legacy Will You Leave?

Last night my boys & I attended a funeral service for my Aunt Patsy. The minister spoke of how she was always smiling, the love she spread, protective nature, & her deep seated faith in our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ (the Legacy she Left).

I wondered how the funeral service would affect the boys. This was their first funeral service since losing their dad in October of 2009. It was difficult for them.

Aunt Patsy’s funeral was totally different than their daddy’s for many reasons though. The biggest reason being everyone in the family, distant or close, knew the status of Aunt Patsy’s relationship with God. Her funeral really was a celebration of her life!! What Legacy Will You Leave? The boys’ father very rarely spoke of faith or of any personal convictions for Salvation. When he passed, there was no celebration, only great sorrow. All hoped he went to a better place, but there was great doubt.

Aunt Patsy was full of life and the fruits of her faith were & are so very obvious!! Her Legacy was strong and prevailed.

When it is your time to part from this life, how will your obituary read? What will others stand around & remember about you? What words will they use to describe you? 

It all suddenly clicked for my boys!!

What Legacy Will You Leave?

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