Thanksgiving

A weekend full of traditions will be broken this year, but I think we'll still have plenty to be thankful for! Mom's health is such that she and dad moved to my sister's house two hours South earlier this year. Normally, Thanksgiving is held at Mom and Dad's, just two blocks away from us, and our house is stock full of overflow guests. This year we will be the ones packing up food and dogs and traveling. Because nephews and nieces are traveling from Vermont, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Indiana and Florida there will be lots of prayers for safe travels. It is likely this will be my mother's last Thanksgiving and while several of the crew won't be here until Friday, by Friday morning all but 7 will be present (a nephew and niece-in-law who cannot afford the travel and time away, a daughter-in-law who has to work and my younger brother's children who have sadly decided not to attend). Im thankful that my children have remained close to their cousins and long to see them, but Mike and I understand (probably more than the kids) that pretty soon the groups will be splintering off to start their own traditions. I love that each of the young people that has married into this crazy group has easily become one of us, each seeming to enjoy our brand of holiday the same as the ones born into it!
  • kattath
    Making decisions on how to spend holidays is such a hard one for me. I want to spend time with everyone, and yet I want to have our own traditions, just Kenny, me, and our children. I have a hard time trying to find that balance. I hope you have a very blessed reunion, if you will!
    by kattath at 11/16/17 11:06PM

Radiance

Psalm 34: it was one of the last passages I shared with Jonah as he nervously waited for his ride to Basic Training on January 9th. The Psalm promises that those who look to God will be radiant. We both agreed that was a really cool concept, so each letter I write ends with the encouragement: "Be strong! Be courageous! Be kind! Be radiant!

On most days I am able to settle into a comfortable peace granted by God, trusting in His promise to strengthen those whose hearts are committed to Him.

The last few days I've anxiously waited for the mail, hoping he's had some time to scribble something down, knowing I'm not the first person he'd choose to write to, but hoping that maybe he'd have time to write two letters. My letters to him tell of the mundane things that happen here, ask questions about his experience there, and encourage him to keep on. I've doubted whether my letters get delivered (yeah, I'm a conspiracy theorist), I've questioned the recruiting process and its blatant disregard for mothers, and I've realized that I don't get to control how my life goes (yeah, I already learned that but it became lots clearer!)

I guess that doesn't seem so radiant, does it? I'm not very effective when I cry.

Instead I will continue to look to God, so my radiance can encourage others to look to Him.

Please pray for my son, for his wife and pray that our world will have peace.
  • tryphena
    Sarah doesn't hear from him much, either. I've been told that they are kept SO busy in basic that there really isn't much time to write. My brother-in-law mentioned that basic is a lot harder on the guys with tighter ties to home...but that should make sense, because their hearts aren't as much in it.

    A year ago, the future seemed so much more certain for our families, at least in regard to my girls and their men. Their decisions have put everything into a state of uncertainty.

    I have times when I allow myself to be in the grip of terror, but with so much of this outside of my control, keeping control of my feelings is about the only control I have. So I try to be strong and courageous, too.
    by tryphena at 02/03/17 4:10PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Love what that Psalm conveys.
    I had seven brothers in the military and I remember the uncertainty.
    I do pray for J & S and for all of you.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 02/06/17 9:42PM
  • justg
    Prayers abound for all of our brave men and women ... especially for Jonah.
    by justg at 02/08/17 5:43AM
  • justpeachy
    It's a hard time for Moms. I remember when my oldest went into the service with the Marines. For weeks, I took people out during Sunday morning services. I'd cry, my sisters would cry. Once I led a parade heading out to the back of the building. Just G can attest since I usually sat 1-2 rows in front of her. I was used to him being away from home during the week (school, band, work, friends), but I was very used to seeing him Sunday morning. However, he came out so much more mature qnd grateful for things, including us the mean parents. Turns out we weren't so mean after all. He taught a lot of them how to tie a tie. Work ethics he had already learned held him in good stead there as well.
    by justpeachy at 02/10/17 10:30PM
  • airshawn
    Hey how are you guys?!
    by airshawn at 05/23/17 9:49PM

Six and a half months!

Just in case you've ever wondered how to get all those people to stop following your posts on Pleonast, I think Ive figured it out. If you're infrequent enough in your posting, they forget who your screen name belongs to, and when it gets bold they say, "Who's that?!" And they move on.
Since I wrote last, my daughter has come home, my youngest has started college, my grandmother has been incarcerated in a nursing home, my son has joined the national guard, I got a new grandpuppy, and lots of other stuff in between all that. It all seems like a blur. Just think, if I wait this long to post again, my daughter will be moved out, my youngest will be packing up for Florida College, my son will be done with basic training, and who knows what other changes will happen.

I'm sure glad God is constant because life is anything but.

  • cyber_space_cadet
    I did this same thing on FB. :D
    Sorry to hear about your grandmother.
    Glad to hear that everyone else seems to be doing well.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 11/09/16 7:13AM
  • tryphena
    Life goes on, with or without updates! I miss your posts, though.
    by tryphena at 11/09/16 8:23AM
  • kattath
    Which of the boys joined the national guard? Also, happy birthday!
    by kattath at 11/09/16 11:04AM

Alive

I am alive.
Busy life. Low iron levels.
Treading water.

I like it better when I'm actually "swimming" but thankful to be able to stay afloat.

I'd love to fill you in on my life, but I'll just do bullet points so I'm not late for an appointment today.

-all Jacob lacks for his GED is the English test and the Constitution test.

-leaving on the 2nd to fly to Florida, rent a van and drive her home

-had a great visit with son #1 and his wife last weekend. Miss them when they aren't here.

-talked briefly with son #3 last week. We don't talk enough.

-husband's broken ankle is healing well. He ran a mile and a half yesterday.

-teaching a kid's bible class and co-teaching a women's class. It's been too long.

-grandma had carpal tunnel and tendon release surgery Tuesday. Seems to be recovering well.
  • tryphena
    Wait, WHAT?! How is it that I didn't hear that Mike's ankle was actually broken?????

    I'm so glad everyone had a nice weekend--you had beautiful weather and I heard that all was well.

    Sorry about your low iron. I haven't experienced that, but I know that it makes a person sluggish. Have they found the reason? Does your body just process iron differently?

    We need a good catch-up.
    by tryphena at 04/22/16 8:40AM

Follow up

I did go to Longwood Gardens when I was living out there. (1972-74) I don't know how it would be in March though.
The secretary for the state representative neglected to put me on the calendar, so no one was in the office. I rescheduled.
  • cyber_space_cadet
    I've skied Camelback but that was years ago AND that 's pretty much all we ever did when we went there because for us it was just a day trip. Get up at O'Dark Hundred, drive for a couple of hours, ski 'til you drop, try to stay awake long enough to get home. :P

    Yes, we know the Hopkins from Exton. I grew up in Berwyn but when I married we moved to Chester Springs then Exton then West Chester. (Interestingly, though we lived in three different towns, all of those houses are within five minutes of one another and within about five minutes of the church building.)

    I'm not sure I've ever visited LG this time of year. Usually at Christmas or in warmer months.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 02/24/16 9:48PM
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    by ceoltoir at 02/26/16 7:39PM