Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I realize that i am strange. I love Mondays. I watch squirrels for entertainment. and I get super, super, hyper, deliriously happy when it snows :) It was one of the best reasons for living in Northern Michigan, where the average snowfall was 218 inches!! Here in the Midwest our average is about 2 feet. :( Tomorrow the national weather service has forecast that central Iowa will we getting 10-12 inches! YES!!! Blizzard conditions are expected over night with blowing and drifting snow. Bring it!! I still have to go to the store for a few things just in case we are actually snowed in.
I have been a busy bee sewing Christmas presents! I got pretty much everything done and packages off in the mail yesterday and today :)
I had a surprise phone call from some women that i used to be in a church with. One of them used to be my best friend, who betrayed me in a really horrible way. She made up some lies, and convinced a lot of our church, and in the midst of the mess, my mom died. No brought us meals and no one wanted to help with the funeral dinner. It was, um, horrible. How i maintained my faith through it all is a miracle in and of itself. Anyway, her Father died a year ago and attended the wake. I loved her dad and mom, and i knew now hard it was to lose a parent. We had been excommunicated from the church, so it wasn't very comfortable for me to walk back in there! But it was healing.
Fast forward a year and i got a call from her. She wanted to drive 2hrs to see me. She was bringing another woman with her and I wasn't sure what to expect. I asked her if she was coming in a 'friendly' way or was this a meeting where she tells me I'm sinning and going to hell?? Its a good question, right??!! We caught up for about an hour before they finally got to the point of their drive. She asked me to forgive her for lying, for turning people against our family, for hurting us they way she did and other things. I had forgiven them years ago. I had to forgive to be able to move on and overcome. But it was amazingly healing to have her ask for the forgiveness. We all visited for about 3 hrs. I don't expect to hear from them again anytime soon, but tonight, i am thankful they were willing to come all the way here to make things as right as possible. It doesn't heal my ex husbands crushed and broken spirit or fix the damage to our family or take away 6 years of pain. But i don't answer for that. I never thought i'd ever experience her asking my forgiveness. It was a great Christmas gift :)