So if any of my old blog friends are still out there and wondering what happened since 2010, you now know I didn't fall off of the face of the planet. It's a very long story, and to keep it brief as possible.
In brief 2009 and 2010 were really difficult. I hit a down hill slide in my health, I was in and out of the hospital and the ER from about Sept of 2009 through most of 2010. My husband's grandma went to be with the Lord in June (on my daughter's birthday) of 2010, he loved her dearly. In addition my husband lost his job, like many to lay offs in October of 2010, I changed positions in my company to something that would be easier on my health. I had a dear Aunt pass away from Cancer, then later her son was in a motorcycle accident and lost his leg. (he is doing wonderfully now).
In 2011, my husband finally got some work although nothing near the income we had before, but it is a job none the less. In March my mother went to be with the Lord. It was sudden and unexpected but at 83 she had lived a life of many adventures. I miss her everyday.
We lost our home in July of 2011 and moved to were I work, forcing a change in schools for the second year in a row for our daughter who was going from 6 to 7th grade, and age that is already full of insecurity and new experiences. Once again she had to navigate a new school and make new friends.
There were many other challenges along the way. I don't share all this to sing you my pity party song. (although there were plenty of days believe me when I looked to the Heavens and said really Lord, really do I have to do this too.) I share it to tell you that even through the trials God is faithful.
I no longer have to drive to work, I walk 35 steps from my apartment to my office. I'm close when my daughter is home, and she even comes and hangs out with me in the office sometimes. Where we live now is so much easier to get to everything, before everything was a 15 minute drive and if it was commute time even longer, and now it's a shorter drive for my husband to his job.
My husband has started to look at what his strengths are and how God is using this time too reshape him. Also learning that giving up all the material things we sought after wasn't anything close to loosing people we love.
My daughter is now enrolled in the top rated middle school in the area, and is doing well with A's and B's. She has a sweet group of friends, and has become even closer to her youth group friends. She's even looks at some of the public school discussions from a biblical point of view and we discuss them at home.
As my health had been on such a decline it has forced me to figure out alternatives from the western medicine, and God has been bringing people in my life to help and encourage me through this. He has also rekindle an old passion of mine from my child hood, and that is animal rescue. For me it's dogs, specifically the misunderstood "Pit Bull" he has been teaching me the simplest sweetest lessons from some of the most abused and broken dogs.
Old friends that I haven't seen and talked to in years are now apart of my life again. They make me laugh and support me and we can just laugh together. I've made many new friends, some that have made such a huge impact on my life and some I've only met but feel like I've known them forever.
There are so many things that have come from the difficult times but isn't that the way God works. It's in our weakness and sorrows that we find healing and strength that can only be given by God.
God has moved me to start blogging again. To share with you, my journey to a healthier lifestyle. From the way I eat to working my way back up to being physically fit. The lessons and stories of the dogs and other things that touch my heart. And my journey through Proverbs.
I have given my self a challenge, to really learn to gain my wisdom through God. We started a series at church on Ecclesiastics and also includes the Proverbs. My goal is to read all of the Proverbs 1- 30 each month, and really soak them in. Different versions of text, and study notes, over the next year. I feel like God has somethings he wants to show me, to guide me and help me understand the changes we've been through.
If you want to check in and see what I'm up to please do. I appreciate any positive feed back.
So hope to see you all around here and there.