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Friday Evening!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Made it home around 7:30 tonight. Had a wonderful time. It was a celebration of the life of my Uncle. He was 93! My Aunt is doing OK. She is 90 and a positive, happy person. The minister was caught in traffic coming from St Louis and called to say he would be about 10 minutes late. My Aunt said that's OK Harold isn't going anywhere! She enjoyed all the family together. She has 5 children...with spouses, their children and some great grandchildren and nieces and their families...she enjoyed the visiting with everyone all the while encouraging us to keep the family together and get together at other times besides funerals. What an inspiration to model aging after. I know she will feel a great loss...as she and my Uncle dearly loved each other...yet she knows God's plan and is ready for the next phase of life...not belittling the grief...but moving forward.

Found out sad news on our way out. The birth mother for my son and daughter in law's baby they were supposed to adopt...backed out and has mysteriously disappeared and moved. So they are devestated right now...but both are busy at work and that helps to keep them moving forward. They know they will get beyond this....but right now it is so painful for them. They so long for a baby. God has a plan and I am thankful it is now and not later after they had held the baby. It is a time I wish I could take away some of the pain or do something to help them...and you just have to love your kids and let them get through this season of their lives.

Hope to upload pictures of our family gathering....

  
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LEANJEAN6 9/22/2012 6:46AM

    sad new and bad news ----but you sound very upbeat!--Wonderful!-Lynda emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/22/2012 6:23AM

    emoticon Your Family is going through a lot right now, but Your Love and Faith will see you through.
emoticon I will be Praying that God brings your Son's Baby Home SOON!!

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EDITOR 9/15/2012 2:32AM

    So sorry to read of the disappointment for your son and his wife. How they must ache. And you too. Glad you are safe at home and attended a genuine homecoming.

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Wacky Wednesday

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Learned Uncle's funeral is Thursday morning. Will go to work today and clean up any loose ends. We are celebrating a co-worker in another office's birthday at lunch today. Then planning to leave work a little early and head home...hopefully car is ready to go and we'll head out to Missouri. About a 10 hour drive. Will get to gather with cousins to celebrate Uncle's life and be there for my Aunt. I know it's been a long haul for her. Was going to try and come right back but decided to stay another night and come back Friday. Thought about what my Aunt would like and she would like us all together...the cousins spending time together. She is always on us to keep in contact as she wants the family to stay in touch. Life seems to get in the way and we don't stay in touch other than a card at Christmas etc.

Family is important and like one fellow sparker said this am...we need to enjoy this moment....I need to stop and honor and enjoy the family God has blessed me with...to take this time and spend it with my Aunt and cousins whom I rarely see except at funerals. We never know when we will get the opportunity to see them again. I get caught up multi-tasking and planning for tomorrow....I only have this moment to treasure and enjoy. It seems quickly the older generation is leaving me behind as there is only my Aunt and Mother in law left in my family...and I am taking their place. When I reflect...how quickly the years have gone by...and one day soon my turn will come...times like this always make me reflect....am I living my life...this precious gift to the fullest...making the most of my short time? At first it seems like i have so much time...but how quickly it goes. Am I accomplishing what my purpose is? Always good to reflect and reprioritize.

Thought about taking Mom with us but change throws her off and it will be a quick trip. She will be OK and we wouldn't be able to take her to see her grandaughter with it being a short trip. Her ankle would slow her down etc. So opted not to take her as it is such a short trip. My focus is my Aunt...Hubby is driving so I can rest on the trip.

Praying to slow down and enjoy the moments this week!

  
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AVANELL 9/13/2012 9:57AM

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May God wrap His arms of love around each of you and give you comfort.

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MARYJOANNA 9/12/2012 6:45AM

  God bless you on your trip and a special blessing for your Aunt.

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EDITOR 9/12/2012 6:33AM

    My prayer today is for traveling mercy and that your focus remain, Kathleen.

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Terrific Tuesday

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Just learned last night of my dear Uncle (I had just visited my aunt) passing. Not sure if we'll make the trip back for his funeral or not...will have to find out the arrangements. My family is dwindling. Talked with cousin and he's in a much better place now. Now they are looking forward to spoiling my aunt some now that she'll be free to do things with some of her kids.

No news on the job front for hubby. They said if he didn't hear from them the process is over. Don't know if they are slow or it's over. Not sure I like this new way of dealing with interviewing. Used to be you got a form letter or something.

Have been asked to teach a Tuesday night Bible study at church. Have decided to give up Praise Team for awhile and get back into leading Ladies Bible Studies. When I didn't work I regularly lead them but it's been awhile so we'll see how it goes.

Mom was a little under the weather. Was afraid she'd caught a cold at the celebration as it was held outdoors...but hubby was over with repairman for water softener and she felt better and had perked right up. Said she'd been up all night throwing up. Not sure what that was all about...probably from too many sweets and not enough good food...but she complains of that occasionally and not sure what all is going on. She is not loosing weight. I get concerned about her food intake. Hubby says she seems to eat enough to go to grocery but don't think she's eating too much variety any more. She eats salads and put some veggies in that and deli meats...but her diet is mostly soft foods...yogurt, cereals, applesauce, potato salads etc. Wish she would eat a little more meats or beans in her diet but you can't make her. Maybe she was just tired out from being outside in the air for 2 1/2 hours. I know the air and doing something would wear her out.

Having a community night this Friday night in our little town. If the weather permits will try and get her out. They have a music group perform and block off the street. Usually a swing band or country band that entertains with lots of the community coming out. WE haven't made it to one this year. Some weeks it was way too hot to have her out. The shops are open later and there are often carriage rides and refreshments. We take our lawn chairs and enjoy some time together. Hope it works out this week. Getting out will do us all good.

Yesterday was crazy at work. We were slammed. Worked until around 6 last night. It was non--stop all day. Went to bank and planned to go to lunch and walk but didn't want to leave co-worker...so picked her something up and went back and ate my lunch at my desk. Released 5 policies myself and that is unusual for me. Hopefully today will be a little slower so we can catch up with everything. I came home absolutely beat and Mom didn't want to go to Curves and I was glad as I came home and collapsed.

Getting my hair cut after work. It is always fun and time alone. Get to stop by Trader Joe's and pick up some things and the used book store. Makes for a long but fun evening for myself.

  
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EDITOR 9/11/2012 6:06AM

    So much news. My sympathy, and as a Christian, joy over one going home.
Water softener repair bill $96. something yesterday. Almost looking forward to apartment dwelling as now I have to call for a plumber bill.
Once waited 6 weeks for an interested employer to get back to me. Who knows, although I know it is frustrating.
Wonderful news on leading a Bible Study again, Kathleen. I learn so much when that is what i do. Either way, you are blessed.
Community night sounds like so much fun. I just don't like evenings or finding parking places at dusk.
Hoping work will be slower paced today.
Hoping to see a pic of your new hair-do!
God bless you today, and be assured I listen to you.







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Magnificient Monday!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Seventeen days until daughter comes home for a week. Looking forward to time with her.

Took Mom to a 20th anniversary of their Retirement Complex yesterday afternoon. It was very nice and she grumbled the whole time. It was outdoors under big tents. All she would eat was mac and cheese cookies and cake. I know I shouldn't care and roll with it. It just seemed to aggrevate me. They had a German band playing and she seemed to enjoy it although she said it was too loud but she didn't want to leave and we stayed until they finished. She was grumbling about everything. I lost my knack of entertaining her yesterday. Hubby teased with her and made her smile some. Where did my sense of humor go?

Ready to start a new week with a positive attitude. Planning to get Mom to Curves a couple of times this week...

  
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EDITOR 9/10/2012 11:52AM

    Too hard on yourself! Just go with the flow!

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CAT609 9/10/2012 7:13AM

    You did your best. Don't let her get you down.

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DGFOWLER 9/10/2012 6:03AM

    Kathleen. I doubt very much that you lost your sense of humor, more like you are a busy lady with a work schedule, home duties and mom duties. That in itself can sap you out. Happy to see however that you continue to keep mom and yourself motivated by going to Curves. Have a great week!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Sunday Morning

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Made it through the car show. Got to walk around so it wasn't so boring. Didn't buy anything just walked. Was a gorgeous day! Came home and had a nice chat on the phone with my daughter. Only 18 more days and she'll be home....looking forward to time with her again.

Today open house for Mom's retirement community at 4 pm. Makes for a hectic day and a weekend gone before I know it. Praise Team this morning at 8:30 - 12:00.

Off to Praise God!

  
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EDITOR 9/9/2012 6:29AM

    Busy, but good day ahead. I got up so early my day is almost shot. emoticon

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