Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Making An Appearance

It’s been well over a month since I last shared a blog post.  A lot has happened and, at times, life seemed to run over me big time!  Not long after Christmas the flu hit me with a vengeance.  I was down for the count for nearly two weeks and coughing hard for what seemed forever afterwards.  During much of that time I couldn’t have any personal contact with my dear, little mother.  That nasty ‘bug’ would have been the undoing of her.  I honestly don’t know what I would have done if my sweetheart had been down, too.  He was my Rock of Gibraltar.  My anchor in the storm.  The only one I knew could take care of my dear mother’s needs with the same care I would have given her.  He called her, checked on her, sat and visited with her, took her to church, took her shopping and took her to an appointment with her eye doctor.  During that time I was absolutely amazed how much information is stored in my head related to her history and her care – information I shared in depth with him, as needed.Night MoonLife in general was cancelled for me until I was on my feet again – and when I stopped coughing enough to return to some kind of ‘normal’.  We celebrated our wedding anniversary not long after I was out of bed with the flu.  We went to the Oregon coast for a few days.  I was moving slowly and we didn’t do some of the things we love to do at the coast, but it was a good time away.  Time together.  Time to relax and not be in charge of anything.  Time to rest and enjoy a place that’s dear to my heart.
Lincoln City BeachWe made another trip to a different part of the Oregon coast last month for a very special reason.  I met a dear blog friend from far away.  I’ll share that day with you soon.  It was a day I treasure.  I knew were kindred spirits from the moment we met but I already knew that from her blog, the emails between us and a precious phone call from her when my dear mother was so ill last year.
Haystack RockMy sweetheart and I have also been very busy following what we believe we need to do.  I shared here that my word for this year is ‘Prepare’.  That’s what we’re doing.  We don’t know exactly what we’re preparing for but we are diligently downsizing our ‘stuff’, our lives and our involvements.  We are rethinking many things and it’s a good thing!  In the process I think we’ve become friends with the man at our local Goodwill donation truck!

There has even been some progress with my vintage trailer.  Miss Daffodil has a new coating on her little roof.  My sweetheart painted a bit of the outside to test a paint color.  It was way too bright and there has been much discussion – and a bit of running around to find the perfect shade of yellow.  That’s another story I’ll share on her blog soon.  It will have to wait for a bit, though, because we are waiting for paint that has been ordered.  Plans to complete her interior have been made.  There are so many decisions that need to be made for such a tiny, little trailer! You will see it all, I promise.  When it starts happening I’ll let you be part of the fun.

Over the past weeks there have been times to laugh and share good times together.  And there have been times to let a tear or two slip down my cheeks when life brings struggle.  One thing remains true – in the middle of it all, God is there.  He sees the tears, feels the heaviness of heart, understands when our bodies and our minds are weary.  And He sees our laughter, our joy and those moments that fill us with so much delight we think our hearts can’t contain it.  So, my friends, you may ask where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  The answer is simple.  I’ve just been living life – with a very grateful heart!

17 comments:

  1. Adrienne I'm so sorry you've been sick. That flu has put several friends in the bed for a while. Life is indeed fluid...I hope you stay well my friend. blessings, marlene

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  2. Hi Adrienne! I'm so sorry you were so sick and glad you were able to get away a bit. Sounds like your little mother is doing pretty well and I'm so glad. You take care.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. So glad you're feeling better, Adrienne. You have a very special hubby for filling in for you with your Mom - he's a keeper for sure! Sounds like you had a couple nice trips - it's always nice to get away for a bit!

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  4. The cough wants to linger doesn't it? So glad you are feeling better!

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  5. so sorry that you have been ill. It is wonderful that your husband is so caring and loving. My husband was like that too. I hope you continue to feel better, with spring coming you have to get back to Daffodil!

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  6. I am glad you are feeling better now! I look forward to seeing Daffodil's adventures.

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  7. I'm very glad you are feeling better! Spring is on the way and I hope you will continue to regain your strength. The visit to the coast looks so lovely. I would love to see the beach instead of all this snow, I'll have to wait a few months for that.:>) Daffodil's main season is coming, and I know you will continue to make her the cutest little trailer around. Looking forward to more posts!

    Hugs
    Kathy

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  8. Good to hear from you! Oooh, that flu was a bugger this year.

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  9. So so glad you are up and at 'em after that long round of flu..
    Take care and enjoy being in the slow lane for awhile. :)

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  10. Your faithful husband was certainly a blessing during your sickness, making sure that your needs and your mom's needs were taken care of. I do hope you are feeling better now, and I'm so sorry that you had to suffer through that. Daffodil's imminent completion must make your heart sing. And I'm sure both of you have enjoyed the process of its renovation. Yes, "prepare" is an exceptional word. It should be one that more people embrace. Change is inevitable, and one can take steps to make the transitions easier. The emotional toll of life changes are difficult enough to endure, but when there is too much "stuff" that weighs you down or unsettled affairs, then that adds to one's burden.

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  11. So happy to hear your are feeling better. Looking forward to the seeing the progress on your little trailer :) The photos of your visit to the Oregon coast are beautiful!

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  12. Hope you're up and running around and feeling like yourself by now! Hope your world is moving smoothly and always, thank you for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  13. I certainly sense the true gratefulness of your heart in this post, Adrienne. Your husband sounds like a great catch! :) I hope you're well over the nasty flu. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the very sweet words behind. It's wonderful to meet you. I'm following you now via Bloglovin. All the best ~ Nancy

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  14. Hi Adrienne! I hope all is well with you and you're enjoying yourself. Thanks for popping in to see me and I would help you make curtains if we were neighbors.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  15. I have missed my mother so much this spring. It will be a year in April of her passing. I am glad he was there for you to help you. Isn't times like this when they really do shine? I guess I have been busy and haven't stopped by your little corner. Better late than never, it is always a blessing to visit.

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  16. Miss your blogging!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  17. I wanted to pop back in and wish you a blessed Easter! Take care and spring is coming.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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