Feel the love

It seems like such a long time since I last posted. I’m going to vent today (good venting, though)…

Many times in the past, I would have complained about how much ACTIVITY there is in my life. But recently, I’ve felt truly *blessed* to have so much going on!

Just the other day, for example, I tried keeping count of how many times my phone rang. I talked with so many people that I lost count!!! After the first 3 or 4 calls, I started to wish people would forget my phone #, but then as I got more calls I began to realize how good it felt to be in contact with the people in my life.

Think about it – each time your phone rings SOMEONE is thinking about YOU. They’re not dialing for pizza…or calling their neighbor…or the other hundreds of people they could be calling. NO! They’re calling YOU. Granted, some calls people get aren’t always good ones – bad news, bill collectors, telemarketers, etc. Regardless, the fact that someone’s mind is thinking your name and has something specifically to say to YOU, kinda feels nice. There are MANY things I could complain about, but I don’t think a ringing phone will be one of them anymore.

Friday evening, I spent time with a friend. Her husband’s grandmother had passed away so he had to fly home for the weekend to attend the funeral. She was feeling down and needed to get out of the house to vent. She’s always so full of energy and I felt it was my job as a friend to spend some GIRL TIME with her so she could get back on track. We walked the aisles of a craft store and she signed up for a painting class. Then we had some ice cream and just talked. I’m glad I made time to spend with her – girlfriends have to be there for each other when times get rough and not just when things are going well!

My brother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew were in town this weekend to help us clean out my mother-in-law’s apartment. She’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s for some time and it’s progressed to the point that she can no longer live on her own. So, she’s been moved to an assisted-living facility. My husband and I are struggling with whether or not we should keep her there, move her somewhere else, or fix our living situation so she can live with us. Unfortunately, the latter is the most challenging option right now because as much as we’d like to bring her home with us, we don’t have the space or the funds to do that. The plus is she’s doing well where she’s staying and family can visit any time.

This weekend, we sorted through the belongings in her small apartment. For my husband, it was a trip down memory lane as he came across things from his childhood. For his brother, the visit was a bit of a shock. For all of us, the clean-up was more work than anyone anticipated. With my husband working and my brother-in-law living 4 hours away, it’s going to be my job to organize a yard sale in order to sell all the things my mother-in-law had accumulated over the years. We have already donated a huge load to Salvation Army, but there’s still more to sort through.

Looking on the bright side (something I always try to find), and what I told my husband…it’s better to have gone through this “process” now, rather than later when she passes. It’s probably God’s way of easing the blow. It sounds horrible and it’s not something we want to think about, but it is the reality we may face in the near future.

We’ll see how it goes.

Today’s Daysies thought:

THE BOND THAT LINKS YOUR TRUE FAMILY IS NOT ONE OF BLOOD,

BUT ONE OF RESPECT AND JOY IN EACH OTHERS’ LIFE.”

~Richard Bach

I pray your ‘family circle’ bond is strong!

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