Saturday, May 15, 2010

Family Boo-boos

A LOT has been going on the last couple of weeks.  It's not that I forgot about my blog, I just wasn't sure whether or not I was ready to talk about what's been happening. 

My lovely, precious Grandma B. has cancer.  It's too far spread to operate or treat, so they are just making her comfortable.  We don't know how much longer she has to live, but they did a biopsy yesterday, so we will be finding out soon.  I am very very sad about it, as is my wonderful husband.

Also, David's brother suffered a head injury a week ago, and they still don't know what happened.  He's doing better now, though.

No buyer has showed up yet to look at our house that we are trying to sell.  Boo.

The good things this week have been that I have returned to a normal diet now, so no more mushy foods.  I still haven't taken on anything like raw carrots though.  They scare me a little.

Also, Trinket has been very cuddly and playful.  She is such a silly, and she brightens up the day.

My little avocado tree is expressing its support by putting out new leaf shoots, and by having grown a couple more inches and added several leaves twice the size of the three it had two months ago.

Also, I have had several really great visits with family and friends, and have received much encouragement! I am so grateful for all the wonderful people in my life.

Gizmo is still a little crazy, but at least nowadays it seems to be a happy-crazy.

The best thing that is the most uplifting, though, is my God.  David and I have been staying faithful in reading a few chapters of the Bible together each night.  Last night we read 1 Peter 1 &2.  "In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope.... In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."  Thank you, God, for giving us hope, and thank you for my trials, the fire which refines my faith.  Nothing could be better than being able to bring glory to God in my life.

I still feel so very sad.  I'm not ready to lose Grandma yet. But for now, I am okay with being sad.  It won't last forever, but our souls and salvation will.

*** Edited to add: Grandma Brown passed away not too long after I posted this originally.***

Monday, May 03, 2010

It's Official

We have a new house! All parts of all contracts and addendums and checks have been signed by all the respective and appropriate parties. The official closing date was successfully moved to June 11th.  We didn't get the lease option for the month beforehand, so we will be moving in after we close.

David and I are both just really glad that the uncertainty is over, and that we can now relax and start looking forward to and preparing for the move.

As far as other things go, my gums are still slowly healing.  I've been in more pain the last couple of days just due to not taking as much pain medication, so I've been sleeping more to cope. Yesterday I had one of the worst headaches of my life, so I took a long nap and felt much better afterwards. 

Despite the headache and mouth pain, yesterday was a really good day.  David and I went to church yesterday morning, which was really refreshing since I haven't been to anything in a couple weeks (except TV sessions on my own couch....).  Also, David and I both felt so encouraged after spending time with God, and our church family.  I have definitely been more aware the last few days of how important it is to spend time at church together; keeping God at the center of our relationship is what gives us hope and strength to keep working on things and to stay positive.  I have really struggled in the last week with a critical spirit, and I realized that I had forgotten my faith.  Worshiping and reminding myself of all I have to be grateful for makes it much easier to be accepting and forgiving of others.

David has been an absolute superstar this past week.  He has been so patient with me, and so quick to forgive whenever I make bad choices.  He has been such a wonderful support for me while I've been recovering, and has spoiled me so much! Every night this past week he has prayed over me for healing, and indulged me with foot rubs, back rubs, and cooking for me.  I have felt very pampered and loved!

Yesterday we spent time together talking while driving around after church, and had some really great discussions about what we had heard.  We had some time to waste because I wanted to go to my weight-watchers meeting.  I haven't been able to eat much this last week due to my gums, so I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity for rewards and applause! Fortunately, I reached my five percent goal and then some, so I got lots of kudos. 

David and I also spent some time tooling around in some thrift stores, and we both had a really good time with that.  David sighed when I first suggested shopping at the thrift stores, but he conceded (with a sheepish smile) afterwards that he had a pretty good time.  And, I spent three dollars and got eight super-cute little mini mugs, which I think make great little dessert dishes.