Day 266- Thankful for a busy year

Wow! What a year God has given me so far! This is more of a report format with not much fluff, just to touch base with you all so you’ll just have a general idea of what’s been going on with me and my family. Hopefully, soon I can do some more posts that will fill in the blanks a bit.

In January I drove to South and North Carolina and Georgia in between ice storms, saw my grandchildren, and got a fairly mild case of Covid.

In February I helped a friend pack boxes for a move to another state, hosted a sleepover for my granddaughter, met with a couple of friends to plan a ladies retreat for our church ladies, rejoiced at the birth of a new grandchild, and attended the funeral of one of my past prayer buddies who went on to meet Jesus before me.

In March we had a larger team planning meeting for the retreat, and I started co-leading a ladies’ Bible Study at our church. I drove over to see the new grand baby, and several days later I babysat my granddaughter. The last weekend I joined our church’s grade school children for a mission day, serving a local venue by raking lots of mulch in the areas they needed us to help with.

In April I spent lots of time working in the garden, continued the ladies’ Bible Study, and continued to get ready for the women’s retreat.

In May, my daughter and son came home from college. My daughter practiced the songs for the retreat with me so she could join the praise team. She and I, along with around 40 other women enjoyed the realization of the planning team’s efforts and of the answer to prayer as we enjoyed what God graciously gave us at our Women’s retreat. I also spent hours and hours throughout the month picking and freezing strawberries that God sent us in abundance in our garden! And, I helped my daughter go through the necessary processes of starting her new job and did a lot of taxiing of her and her brother to and from their jobs, which were in opposite directions from our house.

I’ve lost track of exactly when I took my son to the airport and picked him up after he went back to college for a summer internship doing cancer research.

Summer was full of gardening, driving, spending time with family and friends, serving in various capacities at church, and getting the young people ready to go back to college for the Fall Semester.

My husband and I drove them down to college (about a 12 hour drive with no stops, but we always stop) toward the end of August.

Upon our return, we made 2 trips to visit my husband’s dad and his wife. Then, maybe a week or so later, his dad had a massive stroke, and a day later, he went to be with the Lord that he loved.

Nine days later I received word that my mom had been taken to the hospital in critical condition. She also went (that same day) to see the Savior she has loved for so long. What joy she must have seeing Him face to face! Heaven gained a baritone and an alto for their choir, and a dear elderly saint from church (a soprano), all in a matter of a week and a half. What rejoicing must be going on up there! ❀

You never really understand how much planning goes into a funeral (celebration of life) or memorial service until your siblings all put you in charge. πŸ™‚ My husband and I are both the eldest in our families. I’m not a born planner, but with God’s help, everything went very well for Mom’s service. God has surely been with us and has given us help and peace at every turn, including now as I write.

When God told me to Go Go Go this January, He wasn’t kidding! πŸ™‚ Amazingly, He has also almost completely taken away the chronic fatigue that plagued me for so many years! Instead of an occasional energetic day, I now have the occasional day of little to no energy. It’s been getting better and better for maybe the last three years or so.

I’m going to stop here for today, because I can’t formulate my thoughts of what I’ve been doing for three weeks in October. But that’s okay. πŸ˜€

Until another time.

May God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you. May God be gracious to you and give you peace.

Today I’m thankful for a busy year.

I’m thankful for the strength, energy, and motivation to do all the things God called me to do.

I’m thankful for my family and the good times we’ve had together even in times of grief.

I’m thankful for supportive Christian friends who bring us before the Throne of Grace in prayer.

I’m thankful for answered prayers.

I’m thankful for God’s help and His indwelling peace in trying times.

I’m thankful for the joy He gives when we walk in faith in His promises.

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13 thoughts on “Day 266- Thankful for a busy year

  1. Wow, that is an action packed year and filled with blessings. I am so sorry for your losses and I pray you get through the details surrounding the funerals and estates. May God richly bless your families as you continue to bless us all with your positivity.

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  2. It truly has been a year for you! What joy, what trials, what travels, and what losses. I am so sorry about your mom. I’m grateful she is pain free, full of joy in the presence of the Lord. I am also so glad to hear your health is better and fatigue is no longer plaguing you as it has in the past. Wow, what a blessing! If you’re ok with it, I can update the prayer request for your family. ❀ May the Lord guide and strengthen you.

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