In January last year my husband needed surgery on two areas of his spine. He completed therapy at the hospital rehab unit. While there, I wanted to surprise him for Valentines day but he could not have much in his small room. He seemed touched when I had arranged a serenade.
Last year on this date, my husband was admitted to the ER. The next morning, we learned he had cancer. He died five days later. While I would have liked more time, for him it was a blessing as he was so fearful of cancer. He was not perfect, but he was a very good man. I was blessed that he chose me to share this journey for 38 years.
The family, church and friends wrapped around me and our son. The service was so fitting and beautiful.
The last few days have been filled with a roller coaster of feelings. As I think of my dh, my eyes tear-up. There are smiles as well as I have so many good memories. Homer was always so respectful and thoughtful of others. We each helped shape the other and made a good team. Adopting our son was the icing on the cake.
Getting ready to leave for an Alaskan Cruise. So happy my two sisters and son and good friend will be sharing this adventure. So glad I am in better health and shape than I was two years ago. Being able to fly without a seat belt extension is the best. Will not be able to do much on-line until our return. Will miss my Spark friends and teams
Christmas, 2011, I reached my highest weight of 264. I wore size 2-3 X. Something clicked for me and I seriously began to work on losing weight. Spark People played such a crucial roll. The tracking is such a valuable tool. Several teams have great challenges. Access to recipes and articles helped as well. My spark friends and fellow team members has been one of my most valuable tools. Over two years, I lost 40 pounds. In December 2013, I had gastric bypass surgery. Since the surgery, I have lost an additional 60 pounds.
While I am not at my goal, I wanted to capture the changes at 100 pounds. I like being able to shop in the petite section again. Even more I like the way I feel. I have so much more energy and strength and flexibility.
Yesterday morning, I was so excited about the lesson on Passover and the Lord's Supper that I could not wait to get to church. However, when I arrived, the place I usually parked had a special permit parking sign. I did get permission to park while I unloaded the car--it took three trips from the lot to take all the food into the classroom.
I had forgotten a couple of items so needed to make a quick run to the grocery store. I had lost all of my excitement and was brooding about the parking as I knew I would have to park a long distance and would need to carry the groceries in and after church would need to get my car and try to find a closer spot to reload. I was like Eyeore having a pity party.
About this time, I remembered Jonah and how he moped and threw a hissy-fit when the gourd plant that had provided him shade shriveled and died. Jonah already had three stinky days in a belly of the great fish because he did not want to see the people repent. After they did change, he was up on the hill hoping it was a mistake and they would still be destroyed.
I repented of my foul mood. I did not want to be Jonah and miss the blessings around me. I realized I need to increase my activity. I am so much healthier now and could walk the distances without severe pain and asthma symptoms. I was not going to allow this speed bump in my day derail me. I am grateful for learning from his life.
The kids were so attentive to the lesson on why Jesus celebrated Passover and how He transformed the celebration. They participated actively. They were appreciative and expressed thanks. Their questions were insightful and showing such tender hearts. In addition, three adult teachers volunteered to help and this was their first time to observe how to tie the Old Testament with fulfillment in the New Testament. I am so fortunate to have the privilege of teaching children and seeing their response. Seeing future leaders see possibilities of how they can take over the class gives me hope. The one young woman is from Formosa so she can take this around the globe when she returns home.
I love tying the Old Testament to the New Testament. For the past 20 years, I have tried to make the stories come alive for my second graders. The tables are in the shape of the cross.
We begin by reviewing how Moses approaches the Pharaoh requesting His people be allowed to worship God. The kids chant--"Let my people go!" Then respond, "But the pharaoh's heart was hardened." We review the plagues. To reinforce these, there are plastic frogs and flies on the table. We culminate with the death angel passing over the homes covered by the blood of the innocent lamb.
The children of Israel were expected to celebrate Passover every year. This is why Jesus and his disciples gathered in the upper room. Jesus begins the event by washing the apostles feet demonstrating the expectation that we should serve others. He then took the symbols if Passover and gave them new meaning.
The Matzah bread has piercing as He was pierced for our transgressions. There are brown stripes on the bread looking like dried blood as He was beaten and bled.
Christ became the Passover Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.
I tried to serve lamb a couple of times but it was not well received. We will be doing chicken tenders.
My life has gone thru so many changes. I waited nearly nine months since my husband's death to make a very important decision. For 30 years, we have called central Virginia our home. We have so many friends and ties to this community. My heart is also drawn to southwest Missouri which is my birthplace and home to several siblings. As time passed I was feeling more and more like the proverbial person with a foot on the dock and another in a boat. The stress to make a decision mounted.
My son and I composed a dream list of what we wanted in a house. I began searches on line and narrowed down the pool from over 100 to 25. We cut another 5 so we actually saw 20 houses. From this, we narrowed down to our top four. All of these had advantages but none met all criteria to a T. The realtor learned of a woman who had recently remarried and she was moving to join her husband. Her house had not even been listed. We were allowed to see the home and made an offer. After negotiations, a contract was made; we close May 1. We are do looking forward to being nearer family.
We are now working feverishly to pack up for our move. So much to get done to prepare for the move with the biggest task transferring my husband's library to the university.
My other change is my body. Not only am I losing weight but my shape is showing more curves and tone. I have lost nearly 85 pounds now. When I hit a plateau, I am not using it as an excuse to give into impulses but rather stay the course and the pounds do come off.
I am so appreciative of my teams with challenges. Also, I appreciate my Spark friends. I gain so much support here on this journey to improved health.