Long time no see! Thank you so much for all the kind notes asking how I was, where I was, and would I please post an update. I do apologize for not blogging and for not even warning you ahead of time that I wasn't going to blog any more.
Of course this could have something to do with the fact that I didn't know I was going to stop blogging. As you may recall, I broke my arm in January visiting my newest granddaughter, Baby Lillie Sophie. It took a good four months to get through the therapy and get my arm and hand working again.
During that time, for the first time in 15 years, Tim got a job outside our home! It was waaaaay more money than he has ever made. The only catch was the job was in Houston, as you may recall.
About the same time, my son Jacob, 20, got a job in Huntsville. In one month, three family members moved out of the house (including hubby).
Andrew, Elisabeth, Auggie, Lillie, and Lena in Washington.
Christian and Rebekah on his 18th birthday.
Every weekend hubby would come home, and every Sunday night he would go back to the apartment near his job. I lost a husband and two children in one fell swoop.. and I wondered why I cried all day Sunday...every Sunday.
During the week I just felt numb. Christian, my 18 yr.old, and I just whiled away the hours...not being terribly productive. He had outside classes on Mondays, and I had a weekly date on Wed. and therapy.
But all my get up and go...just sort of got up and went. It was so embarrassing! I literally didn't want to do anything. And honestly I just didn't. No facebook, no emails, no phone calls, no paying bills (at least if I didn't have to). I did clean house on Fridays..but I just didn't want to do anything really.
One good thing is that I managed to teach arts and crafts for 4 months during Christian's coop class to the younger group (elementary age). I taught how to make corn husk dolls, dipped candles, musical combs, quill pens, and so much more...but sadly, didn't blog any of it.
I am grateful for that weekly commitment as it kept me from crawling into a hole and staying there.
This year, I taught a creative writing class to five older girls which you saw the earlier post was about. :) We had a wonderful year together!
For two months, I nursed a baby kitty ..about three days old on a bottle and eventually gave Lucy to a family from church. She could not be more loved... :) The Lord made sure I didn't get lost in that darkness. He just kept sending me things to do that I couldn't get out of... Lol!
I even managed to lose 25 pounds between January and September!
Matthew (home from Afghanistan), Amanda, Colin, Nikolai, and Brennan
Some of the grandkids came to visit in May, which was wonderful! So much fun.. so many special memories.
But that's what happened. At one point, I got so scared about the lack of interest I felt in anything (even eating if you can imagine that!), that I finally told Tim ... we gotta do something..now.
Now we live in two homes...and both are beautiful!
Lena's picture for me using colored pencils I sent her. :)
Thanks for being such good friends! . (Hope to maybe ....maybe blog once a week.)