|I love our back yard in the Fall|
|Poor Scarlett got the worst|
of the Rottweiler attack
It's been a long time since I've posted an update. The last six months have been difficult, as I experienced more rejection, took a week long camping trip to southern Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina in October which was the 'trip from hell' (rained every day but one and my dogs were attacked by a Rottweiler on a hiking trail in Brown County State Park.) I changed jobs, our department relocated and I spent a Saturday afternoon sitting behind my shed, pulling up dead brush and carrying it by the armload to curb. Turned out it was poison ivy! Within 48 hours both eyes were swollen shut and I had a long, six week recovery from one of the worst cases the doctor had ever seen.
|Blowing Rock, NC|
|Brown County, IN - Vibrant Color even in the rain|
On December 14 my brother Tim had a serious heart attack that required quadruple bypass surgery. It was a rough ending to a year in which I had hoped to find some peace.
|December 14, 2019|
Meier Heart Center, Grand Rapids
|One week after surgery - Christmas Eve and a|
group of Tim's friends & kids came to give us
a little violin concert. Tim couldn't help but
pick up his director's baton even though he had been
home less than 24 hours.
|These two never cease to bring love and laughter|
|Same department - new location - new position|
I began 2020 - a new decade - DETERMINED to make this a turn-around year and so far, it has been. I am more content and peaceful right now than I've been in 4 years. I have let go and distanced myself from the source of judgment and pain, and am off social media for a year. I absolutely love my new job and live close enough that I am able to come home for lunch every day which I (and the dogs) love! Indiana has become home, and my 'home' is a quiet and peaceful place to isolate, rest and heal. I am reading a lot, taking a class on line and enjoy nothing more than sitting by the fireplace watching the cardinals at my feeder and the dogs play in the snow. We haven't had much, but it is finally white and crisp again, and I was actually very grateful for calm weather and good roads during the 4 weeks I was commuting to Holland to help care for Tim after his surgery.
The silver lining in Tim's heart attack is that it has caused me to make some lifestyle changes, since cardiovascular disease is very prevalent in my family. We inherited it from both sides and having already had a stroke which turned my life upside down, I got serious about ramping up the exercise and taking the time to make healtheir meals. I'm learning to make some really wonderful meals with fish, quinoa, fresh vegetables and cutting back on dairy (my weakness.)
|Fun group to work with|
|Our director (L) and my direct report (R)|
This afternoon has been pure delight as I have had a steady stream of cardinals at my feeder ... sometimes 7-8 at a time or waiting their turn in the bushes. The beauty and diversity of God's creation never ceases to move me. I had a long talk with my brother Dan this morning (the second this week) as he is currently evacuated on a beach in southern Thailand (hard to feel TOO sorry for him) and teaching his classes on line, while waiting out the coronovirus crisis in China.
And the peace of God, which transcends
all understanding, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus.