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January 14, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What a wonderful way to start my day. I checked my email first thing and found birthday wishes from both Wanda and Mauri. Thank you for remembering me and bringing me a smile the very first thing. Sparkpeople sent me a great message and one of encouragement. I'd like to say I've been busy but I really never think my life is "busy" rather occupied by needs sometimes of others and sometimes of myself. It is also one of enjoying these years of retirement sometimes making me feel a little selfish. I have been in a state of deep appreciation of my life lately. With my sister having breast cancer (that has gone very well by the way ....surgery successful) Bob's sister has just recently been diagnosed with breast cancer also and this journey is just beginning so we aren't sure of this outcome and my brother in law has recently been diagnosed with a disease myasthenia gravis. We nearly lost him last Sunday. I'm not going down a road of depression or I don't believe I am...........as I told my husband we are reaching the stage of our lives where we will in all certainty lose people close to us. We are here to help those around us to the best of our ability. We ourselves were lifted up years ago when Bob suffered sustained a severe injury and even the smallest gesture was greatly appreciated and carried us through. Unfortunately these are things we all will experience but I truly believe it also brings us opportunities to really connect with each other and with our own faith.

We had an absolutely fantastic holiday season. My greatest gift is my son has moved back from New Mexico back here to Missouri. He will only be 3 or 4 hour drive from here. Some of you are aware I painted porcelain nativity sets for my children and Bob built the stables from the old barn that still stands on his mom and Dad's farm. Although his parents are deceased , many wonderful memories were shared ......... the girls had tears of joy and Robby was a little speechless (unusal).

Remodeling is starting here ..................I've cleaned the top of the cabinets and taken down all the knick knacks sitting up there collecting dust and painting is scheduled for my husband and myself tomorrow. Cabinets are to be added on the east wall of the kitchen expanding my storage something I've been wanting for the last three years always thinking maybe we need to wait. We are going forward and are living today and not always in the future. We've also picked out the carpet for the living room and bedroom ...........painting is also on the schedule for these rooms..........then we'll proceed to the basement. That project will be a much larger one. Dispersing with 39 years of accumulated mementos (I choose not to call it junk) and reconstructing the area that was affected with water damage when the basement continually leaked. Grateful we have been successful in stopping this problem. I am still embroidering on my sewing machine and I love it. My latest project is making purificators (cloths that are used at our church to wipe the cup after receiving communion) for mass. Much of my life continues down the same path.............church.......
.....meals on wheels...........bingo........
......grocery shopping etc. My life is full of blessings and every morning I remind myself of that fact and give thanks to the God who created me.

I am sorry I haven't posted more and want to tell all of you I continue to read postings and am very grateful especially to Wanda and Mauri for those weekly challenges even though I do not take the time to post I do read them and want you to know they are not done in vane.

I send you all gratitude for your part in making my life more meaningful and may your day be filled with blessings. I know they are we only have to look for them.

Positives and gratitudes...............medit
ation that centers and helps start my day...............for all those around me..................for living today not yesterday or tomorrow.................the everyday comforts I enjoy.................another birthday..................my husband who shares this life with me..........God that gives all these blessings and more.

Marie
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  • NJMATTICE
    How did I miss your blog? Really. It's like catching a rare glimpse of an exotic animal. If you miss it you may have to wait another year or so! (I was raised by a master teaser and old habits die hard.)
    Thanks for taking the time to share. It was lovely to read all about your comin's and goin's.Building a full and meaningful life is the goal and it sounds as though you are doing just that.
    Did you get a bingo on your birthday or just make your weekly contribution?
    Lots of love and "Here's to a fabulous and healthy year ahead!"
    Nancy
    3928 days ago
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    Marie...how wonderful to log on after work today and see that you had posted a blog.

    Happy Birthday once again. So thrilled to catch up on all your news. Prayers are being said for your family members. It is a tough stage that we are all entering now...more often those around us (family and friends) are crossing over. It just life's circle. We need to continue to live as healthy as possible and to accept that this is just what happens. We do begin to appreciate our lives more as we age.

    Lots of hugs, drop in when you can.

    PS I'm so glad those Nativity sets turned out so well appreciated. I'm sure they were beautiful.

    Wanda
    3933 days ago
  • MAURIZIA
    Happy birthday again, Marie!!

    It's your birthday and instead we get the gift of your blog!

    It is true as we get older, our friends/family are more apt to develop illnesses, but these days it is true of young people as well.

    My cousin had myasthenia gravis and lived for many years once they got her medications balanced. It is a difficult disease, though. Your BIL will be in my prayers!

    What a wonderful task to embroider purificators!! Good luck on the remodeling!!!

    Hugs and blessings!
    3933 days ago
  • YOYOSTOP
    Marie how wonderful to see your blog here today. Happy Birthday to you emoticon . You are so right, with our circles of family and friends there are always going to be illnesses and deaths, this is just part of life, we try and be there for those going through these trying times or if it is us we look for the strenght to get us through, but always there are blessings to be thankful for. Good luck with all the remodling projects ahead of you and Bob.
    3933 days ago
  • BUFFALOGAL1952
    Oh Marie...what a lovely blog! It was great seeing you on the site. Your life, although dotted with trying situations, sounds really wonderful. It is amazing how recognizing the blessings we have been given can help us overcome the adversities. Attitude is so important. It helps us achieve that life balance.
    Peace.
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    Claudia

    PS... emoticon Happy Birthday Marie!!!
    3933 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2010 8:33:28 AM
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