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“Dear Diary”

“Dear diary, it’s been a long time since I’ve written…”

It’s been months since I have posted anything on my blog space but it’s not that I’m not writing. The pile of napkins, receipts, and entries into my electronic notes will attest to the fact that my brain is still offloading so much that I need to write down before I forget it all.

Some of it would be considered just mere ramblings. Other notes, as everyone knows, turn out to be private or therapeutic. But it has been a long, difficult, and somewhat confusing year and apparently extremely “note-worthy.”

I’ve moved a few times, driven thousands of miles, grieved some big losses, and settled back into my hometown in Pennsylvania. I reside there by myself, work as a volunteer in our local hospital/clinic campus, attend the church I was raised, meet many new friends every day, and enjoy great food and fellowship wherever I go. Not to mention I have found many people that have known me or my family from decades ago – including a former babysitter. Encounters with these long-lost friends of the family have made me feel so welcome and loved it has been an amazing experience.

It’s a situation you would call bittersweet though. My family still resides in the South at the moment. That makes things tenuous, lonely, and let’s face it – it makes it difficult to cook dinners for one and freeze the rest! But it has been better for my health and as all my friends know, I clearly LOVE winter weather – right down to shoveling the snow!

In fact, as I write this, I’m visiting Alabama and missing a really nice snow storm up north. Everyone promises me though that there will be more snow to come and that I won’t miss out … They seem to grumble about it though, I’m not sure why…

As usual, my thoughts turn to the lessons I’ve been learning through all this uprooting. Some lessons are short and to the point, others – well I’m still tapping my fingers waiting for them to be resolved so I can move forward …

I’m hoping to get to write and post a few things this week but my neck pain is at the helm and we’ll just have to wing it as usual.

I have thought greatly on the loss of a friend over the last few months and also about turbulent family relationships and how to deal with them, survive them, and how to forgive and feel forgiven over some of the junk in life. You know, just the average daily thoughts because that’s where my life is at the moment.

My writings today are done with the sun streaming in through the windows, but I’m thinking of grey clouds and of driving back to the land of snow and cold … But both places make me smile, way down deep.



Posted by on January 27, 2015 in Life, in general


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An Ordinary Life


Some days it’s difficult to believe that nothing special happens. Actually, I’m sure special things happened today, they just didn’t occur in this house. It was an ordinary, hum-drum, do-the-laundry-and-take-out-the-trash kind of day. Literally.  Add in making dinner – and baking some biscuits too – since I had time.

After last Friday’s writing prompt on the word “ordinary,” I’ve been thinking a lot about that very thing. I’ve been thinking how much an ordinary, common, everyday life can weigh a person down. How it can slowly etch away at a vibrant personality and transform that person into someone very different. Many people know about this if they’ve been married a while or if they have been living in the trenches with babies on their hips and toddlers running underfoot. You may have started to wither under the weight of it all. I know, because I’ve seen it happen to myself.

Ordinary can also transform a person into something better. It’s a matter of perspective I would say…and how often you step back and see how far God has brought you in your spiritual growth.

Our everyday life can be so repetitive that it may be hard to see “the forest through the trees.”  Growth happens.  Renewal happens.  Winter happens, then Spring happens.  I’ve had one of those weeks that was very tiring.  I also caught a cold which could be the reason that I’ve been dragging along all week.

But, it doesn’t mean that something didn’t happen for me spiritually.  I’ve been forced to slow down.  I have had a few things taken off my responsibility list and so I’ve experienced thankfulness.  And just when I didn’t think I could handle another broken heat pump part, it turned out to be some disconnected wires and a FREE service call!  And, when the fencing people called and said “I know it’s short notice, but…” I was very happy that today they would install my pool fence.  Short notice?  I’m thankful that it’s finally going to get put in..

I see sprouts of my day lilies shooting up in my flower beds regardless of the cold, frigid nights.  Winter is still happening, but Spring is about to start.  Clouds will roll back and before you know it, the sun will be blistering hot.  And I will be truly thankful for some better weather and some evidence of the Earth’s renewal.  It will still be an ordinary and common life, but change and growth happen quite frequently in these days and nights that seem to all run together.  And there’s always more that God can give you, just around the corner from today.

God’s still in control, He’s still on the throne.  And today, I am thankful for that truth.  May it reside in your heart and soul today like a bright and sunny day.

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in Life, in general


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