Sunday, April 24, 2011
After the stress of the last few days, today was relatively stress-free. We did a little shopping and my DH and I spent the evening at a pot-luck with our small group Bible Study group. I attend a Women's Bible Study at our church, and we also belong to a small bible study group consisting of 10 people. We try to get together at least once every two months or so to just relax and enjoy each other's company and get to know each other better. We have gone Bingo Bowling and minature golfing and a few months ago another couple hosted another pot-luck.
One of the couples in our group has two young children, and these evenings allow the couple to participate in our group and bring their children along. They don't have to worry about a baby-sitter for the evening. It is working out quite well.
One lady in our group is expecting a baby soon, and she was unable to attend.
Later this summer we will be getting together in the country. One of the couples in our group has a lovely home not far from our city, and it is a very peaceful and relaxing setting. They have a gravel pit that they use for a swimming pool.
They own an ATV and the kids get to go for a ride on it (with an adult driving).
It is so peaceful to sit outside and listen to the birds and the sounds of nature.
I am looking forward to our Easter Service at church tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get some sunshine. I plan to go and visit my sister later in the day and see how things are going with regards to my nephew's fatal accident last week. There is an investigation going on at the present time, and my niece can't even find out when her hubby's body will be released. She can't even begin to make plans for the funeral. This is a very difficult time for all of them. My DH and I are going to at least go and spend some time with my sister and her hubby and see how they are doing. They are in their 80's and not in very good health, so this is very difficult for them.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I had a phone call on Thursday from my niece, Janet. She told me that her sister, Wanda's husband , Al, had been killed in a work-place accident while he was working out of town. He was 63 years old. He and Wanda had just purchased a cottage at a Manitoba Lake, and they had just finished renovating their home.
They had planned to spend a lot of time together in their retirement. However, that was not to be. Wanda has been devastated by this news. She is very angry right now at everyone, especially at God. Thankfully her three sons have been there for her to lean on. I don't know how she is going to recover from this. She wants to sell everything and move away, because she says everywhere she goes she sees Al there. My sister is worried about her, as is everyone else. It is so difficult to deal with a death in the family when it is so unexpected.
One of Wanda's great nephews and his sister had taken a great liking to
"Uncle Al". Sean followed his uncle around whenever he got the chance. If Al was digging in the garden, Sean had his own shovel, and would dig with him. If Al was going to the store or to the junkyard for something, Sean was with him in his truck. Sean is an 8-year old adult in a child's body. He has been around adults all his life, and he can hold a conversation just as good as any adult can.
Everyone has been afraid of how to go about telling him about his Uncle Al.
Sean's mother sat him down and explained to him that Uncle Al would'nt be coming back any more, because when he was at work he had an accident and died. She explained that he was in heaven. Sean sat there and said, "Oh well". Big tears rolled down his face, but he didn't cry out loud. He has a "Woody" doll from the Buzz Lightyear movies. He asked his mother to cut the neckerchief off
Woody and take the vest off. He also had her cut the string on the cowboy hat Woody wears. His mother complied. Sean then looked at his Woody doll and said, "Now he looks like Uncle Al." He carries that doll around with him and even sleeps with him. It is so heartbreaking to see.
It makes me stop and think that we should not put off till tomorrow things we should do today, because sometimes tomorrow never comes. I know this has had a profound effect on my husband, who is 72. It brings to mind his mortality.
I pray that the whole family will be able to deal with their grief and find peace.
I am so grateful to know that I can lean on Jesus and He will help me through this difficult time.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I have been going through some stress lately. My son has started drinking again, and it is just so stressful to see him like that. I don't know yet if he lost this job or not. I will see in the next couple of days. I spoke to my DH this evening about this and I have decided that once my son sobers up I am going to tell him that he has to go to the Salvation Army and ask them for a room. I no longer want him in my home. We don't need to deal with all this stress.
Some good came out of the day, though, I felt so stressed and angry that I went out for a walk to burn that off. It felt good. I also weighed myself this evening and I found that I have lost 3 pounds. I am so happy to see that I can finally move that ticker down. It is only 3 pounds, but it makes me so happy to know that my weight is going down. I am planning on going out for a longer walk tomorrow. I love walking. It helps relieve any stress I am feeling and it just makes me feel good. I will see if I can at least make my 5 miles. The weather is warming up. It is gradually going into the 60's over the next few days. I like walking when it is a little cooler, though. I feel like I can walk longer and faster.
Wish me luck.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Time flies when you're having fun. I can't believe the weekend is over already. I had been looking forward to our Women's Retreat for some time. The day finally arrived on Friday, April 15. My friend picked me up at about 1:30 P.M. for our trip to Camp Cedarwood. We stopped to pick up two more friends for the ride. It is about a two-hour drive. The weather was calling for snow, but my friend said she had prayed and asked God to keep any snow or rain away until we had all arrived at the Retreat. God answers prayer. The road was good; the weather was cool, but was okay for driving. We all arrived at Camp Cedarwood by 7:00 P.M., and sure enough around 8:00 P.M., it started snowing. By the time we woke up on Saturday, the ground was covered with snow. The weather was mild all weekend. Our nature walk was cancelled, as there was too much water on the paths.
We had a beautiful weekend of sharing, laughing, talking, and wonderful teachings. I always come home so refreshed and rejuvinated from these retreats.
They are such a blessing. We even had a baptism while we were there. The staff at the camp are wonderful. They looked out for our every need. The food was wonderful and very nutritious. They make allowances for those with food allergies, diabetes, etc.
Before we knew it, it was Sunday afternoon and time to return home. Our last worship service was beautiful. You could feel the presence of God with us. It was so amazing. God was watching out for us once again, and the weather had cleared and all the snow had pretty much melted. The roads were great.
While driving home we came upon an accident. Two cars had collided at the intersection of two highways. The police were present along with two ambulances and fire trucks. We found out that two of the women from the retreat had been in one of the cars, and that one of them had been transported to the hospital. Once again God showed His presence. The ladies involved received only miner bumps and bruises, as did the couple in the second car. The cars did not fare as well. We received an e-mail from the lady from the retreat. She told us all was well, and thanked all those who had prayed for them.
We have already made plans to to to next year's retreat together. I pray God will allow that to happen.
All in all it was a beautiful and very blessed weekend.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
What a beautiful day this turned out to be. Met two of my friends at a local spa at 9:00 A.M. this morning. We had breakfast there and relaxed by the mineral pool, the hot tub and the steam room. We all brought books, but none of us read much. We were too busy chatting up a storm. We spent the morning just enjoying each other's company and dipping into the beautifully warm Mineral Spa and the nice Hot Tub. One of my friends had to leave at noon after her massage. She was sorry she had to leave so early, as she had been having a wonderful time. My other friend and I had ordered lunch for 1:00 P.M. After lunch we were whisked away to have our massages. I had booked an hour-long aromatherapy massage. What heaven. I told the masseuse that I had tendonitis in my shoulder, and she took special pains to massage the area (very gently mind you). I hardly had any pain all afternoon. After my massage I went for my very first pedicure. What a treat. I never had so many foot massages in one day. I chose a nice bright color for my nail polish and even had a little flower painted on my big toes. I will be sure to have a pedicure again. It was so restful and relaxing. I am only sorry that the weather is not nicer so that I can wear my sandals and show off my toes. Oh well, maybe next time. My DH and I decided to stop off for supper, and then I came home to a restful, relaxing evening. I was so drained from the mineral pools that I had a hard time staying awake while watching tv. I can hardly wait until the next time.
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