Monday, December 21, 2009
I am an interior decorator and I help my clients to make their homes beautiful, one room at a time! One year around Thanksgiving, 18 years ago, I was approached by a local pastor and his wife who wanted to decorate their teenage girls bedrooms for Christmas as a surprise. I came up with fabrics and designs for bedding, window treatments, etc. and arranged to have it in by Christmas Eve. Since the pastor had to present Christmas Eve services, they left their home around 5:00 to go to dinner and the door open for me and my installer. We went into the home, put up the new decorations, made the bed, etc. I left a plate of home made cookies on the bar in the kitchen with a note that said "Merry Christmas" from Santa!
I could just imagine the surprised looks on those girls faces when they came home from church that night.
Just a few years later, the pastor died from cancer but his wife and family still live in the area. When I see them they always comment on that most memorable Christmas!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Well, here it is almost Christmas and I'm really enjoying every minute and every day! I have many blessings to count this year. My mother-in-law is 90 and has experienced many health challenges since June, including several falls, getting a pacemaker, and spending 7 weeks in the hospital, the last time a four week stretch. She is responding well to her treatment now that she is stablized. We are lucky for every day we have with her. Especially Christmas Day and the season. Yesterday, we took her to see the barbershop group that my husband sings with and then out to dinner.
I became a grandmother again with 2 grandsons born. I have 2 sons and each had a new baby, one in August and one on Veterans Day in November. What a special day of remembrance to have a baby born on Veterans Day! My husband and I are both veterans and many in our family have served. They joined an 8 year old granddaughter and a 5 year old grandson for a total of 4. We are so blessed!
My weight loss progress has stalled and oh, well. I have just been so busy and preoccupied with all that is happening to commit. I even joined weight watchers and paid for 2 months in advance. I just haven't taken the time to devote to it. Just didn't seem that important. I keep waiting for something.
One good thing this year, I have suffered with clinical depression for 14 years and have been taken a variety of meds to keep it under control. One big stressor is owning a business and since moving my business back to my home, the stress is not nearly as prevalent. In Sept I asked my doc to remove one of my meds which he did. It was hell for a month while I got used to not having it but now I am feeling great! I think I am ready to remove another one with his concurrence. I had decided to join a weight loss program here that my sister lost 60 pounds on and has kept it off. I was turned down because of this one med I still take. If I can get rid of it, then I can join that program if I want to. So progress.
I have a very good friend that I walk with. We have been remiss this year and keep finding things to get in the way. Yesterday we went out for a good 3 mile walk and it was great. We will work on getting back into our regimen next year. I will have to buy the spark book and participate more. Make this a focus of daily committment. I got a new spark award today so I have something to look forward to!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
This week, rather than going on a much planned vacation to see our new grandson who was born in August, we were called out of the airport to the hospital. Allan's mother had been taken to the emergency room for the third time in 5 weeks. She had a pacemaker put in 5 weeks ago and at 90, her body is not responding well. Yesterday, the doctor suggested we start thinking about hospice. Hospice? What does that mean for us and for our life? No one knows but God and in times like these, I just have to let him direct me.
We had promised her that we would not put her into a nursing home so this morning, we were rearranging the family room in our minds to accomodate a bed. Is this God's plan for us!
Mom went into the hospital on Tuesday; Wednesday morning our 4th grandchild was born at another nearby hospital. We went to see him, 4 lbs 1oz, His mother had a difficult pregancy with her first child and this was not different except he got to stay with her until 35 weeks. She comes home today but the baby stays a little while longer to feed and grow.
This week, we will probably be bringing two people home;, one to start a new life and one at the end of life.
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