Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A LONG Dry Spell on the Journey

It has been a LONG time since I visited my blog. Facebook has provided a convenient way of staying in touch with family and friends and it was easier to pop in there and post a line or two as opposed to actually sitting here to write a blog post. So many it seems, have fallen by the wayside of blogging and turned to this easier route of keeping in touch. Thankfully, many have continued to share their every day lives and thoughts through blogging and I kept reading despite my lack of blogging. I have been refreshed and encouraged through the bloggers I enjoy reading and following.  Perhaps they have brought me to this day of wanting to write again.

Life has been a series of ups and downs (as life can tend to be) and it would be impossible to relate all that has gone on since I was last here writing, nor would I want to. So today I will pick up and begin anew… for myself, and for any friends who  happen to drop by. It is THANKSGIVING week in the USA and I feel so thankful that all my family lives within the same state, and we will all be gathering at my sister’s  for Thanksgiving Day. It may not always be this way, as families grow and jobs sometimes take them away… so I am grateful for our time now. Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday of the year.  Just to be together and soak in the joy of having all my kids around, my siblings,nieces and nephew… it fills up my ‘tank’ to have this day to be together since none of us live in the same city or even same areas of the state anymore. IMG_0532

DSC02014Hannah is a senior this year. We were watching old family videos this week and the scenes were so near in my memory – how could she now be a senior in High School? Alas, time is passing whether I want it to or not. She has done well in her softball and was offered a full scholarship to a state jr. college. Signing day will be in January… and her final high school season will begin shortly after. How bittersweet! Last year they captured the ‘6A Alabama State Runner Up’ title and trophy in softball. This year they will try to go back and finish the job and take the #1 trophy.

We ended the high school season in May and she played summer travel ball. They played a little bit this fall and will pick it back up as soon as the high school season ends this coming May. After that, it will be on to college ball! It’ll be fun and I’m glad our softball days won’t end yet.

Senior portraits have come in  and cap and gown and announcements have been ordered. The year is FLYING by.

Katelyn is an 8th grader, finishing up her middle school career. It seems unreal that she’ll be in high school in a few months! There were a number of changes at her school this year. Their principal retired and he is so missed. The kids LOVED Mr. Norris. Then to make matters worse their much loved assistant principal was sent over to be the principal at another school. So the leadership is all new this year and they don’t know the kids like the old group did. They do things a lot different which is hard to get accustomed to. Needless to say, the 8th graders are more than ready to move on out of there now. Katelyn went out for cheerleading for the first time and made the squad so she has enjoyed cheering during the football season and now at basketball.  She’s a good little cheerleader so I hope she’ll go out for high school next year as well.

Bobby was finally able to get work here locally back in July so he’s home now.  He seems to be doing well, health-wise. For those who don’t know, this very weekend last year he suffered chest pains which landed him in he hospital. He ended up having a heart catheterization and a stent inserted in the LAD (the ‘widow maker’ artery was 90% blocked) on the front of his heart. He was a very lucky guy! Every Thanksgiving we will remember Thanksgiving 2009 when God was with him and his life was spared.

I’m doing ok. Life is stressful and stress has a negative impact on my physical well-being but it’s hard to reduce stress sometimes. Right now I am looking for a job. I have a lot of applications out there in the past 6-7 weeks but  nothing has come through yet.  I’ve been at home with my babies for 30 years now and am finding it’s not easy to get into the work force with no job history in over 30 years. I don’t really want to leave the home as I have always felt my job/calling was here as a homemaker and mother. We’ve lived as frugal as possible but could really use a bit of additional income. Times are tough economically and I fear they are about to get tougher as we go into 2011. Hopefully I can get a foot in the door somewhere soon. And hopefully it will be flexible and tailor-made for us, because my first job IS at home.

Well, that’s about it for now. HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all who visit here. Red heart

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1 comment:

Susan said...

Happy Thanksgiving Lynn. It was nice to see you post. I am getting ready to retire and may be watching my grand daughter. My son would rather pay me than someone else. So we will see. God bless you and your family. Hugs