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Looking Up, Not Down

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes, thoughts, and prayers. It really means a lot.

The good news is, the house is sold; we got a full price offer on the second day. Yay us! My mother is relieved beyond measure. My parents have not been able to use the house in two years and it has been an emotional and financial burden. They took a loss, of course, but at least now it's over.

TC and I feel the need to go home and get back to our routine. This has been an emotional upheaval, but I've been doing some devotional reading that has helped to change my perspective.

Gratitude. Why am I sad that my father is terminally ill? He's lived a very long and blessed life. I am grateful to have had him through the majority of my life. He's always been the rock in our family and his inevitable passing is part of the circle of life. He is completing his journey, while little Rebecca Joyce, my granddaughter, is almost ready to begin hers (due February 14).

Once I started to change my perspective, I felt far less anxious and much more peace.

My goal today is to look up, not down. I want to complete the trip back home today safely, and handle the burdens of tomorrow with calm, peace, gratitude and grace.
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LESLIESENIOR 1/25/2013 5:24PM

    I love this message! I will continue to pray for your father's peaceful passing and for many blessed memories for you and your family. Thank you for reminding us to look up. Just the act of tilting my head and eyes upward makes me feel better.
God Bless You, my friend!
Safe travels!

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CINDYSDAY 1/24/2013 2:02PM

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MYTHMYTH 1/23/2013 6:12PM

    Your last paragraph says it all!!! how simple and yet powerful to look up and not down! So glad that you have the birth of a granddaughter to look forward to....the circle of life.
God bless,
Jane

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NANCY- 1/23/2013 12:11PM

    I wish I could speak directly to you. Cherishing what you have been blessed with is such a lovely attitude.
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SHRINKING_SARA 1/23/2013 10:41AM

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BOOKAPHILE 1/23/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon You've done a great thing for your folks. Congratulations on selling the house. Be kind to yourself in the days ahead when emotions are raw and change seems the order of the day. Do enjoy your new granddaughter, and let your Dad know again how much you love him. Does your Mom have a good support system in place near her?

Your Sparkfriends are here to listen when you want to talk!

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LAURELSPARK 1/23/2013 9:13AM

    Glad to hear that you got an offer on the house. We sold my mom's a few years ago and it sold in a week. Sometimes we miss the house but mom is having a blast where she is living now........

Sorry to hear about your dad. Mine died of cancer about 20 years ago......he was a fighter. I'm doing a family history now and it's been really intersting. I've learned lots of new thing about my parents family.

Take care!

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MEADSBAY 1/23/2013 9:11AM

    What a wonderful way to change the way you look at things.
That will ease your dad's end of life, too, knowing that his loving family is full there for him.
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EBEAMS 1/23/2013 8:37AM

    Your change of perspective will hold you through the parts that are yet to come. Knowing and accepting are two totally different parts of the puzzle ... the fear is overwhelming at first. Hold on to the head knowledge that your dad is getting a promotion (really) as he won't have to be in this world and suffer anymore. If there's anything I can do to walk with you in this journey, don't hesitate to ask. emoticon emoticon God bless ...

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HIPPICHICK1 1/23/2013 8:27AM

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/23/2013 7:09AM

    Beautiful blog, TG.
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DMEYER4 1/23/2013 7:08AM

  sorry about your dad. My dad was only 49 and he passed 4 days before christmas .It has been 32 years and I still miss him. and like you I had a new baby on the way .My son was born the following April. You have a very good outlook and I know you are going to be just fine. Congrats on the anticipated arrival of your granddaughter and for selling the house.

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