Sunday, July 27, 2014

My mom, Alice

It's been almost a year since I've written. So much has happened. My mom passed away a month ago and my aunt, my dad's sister a few days ago. How life can change. But still goes on. I still feel blessed. The Lord really works in our lives. Even in death, there is life. I know that my mother is in a better place and that she didn't suffer in the end and that gives me comfort now. At first it was such a shock. I'm sure those of you who have lost loved ones know what I mean. I wasn't ready to give her up and still have my moments, but I just now have decided I have to begin writing or I might not get this down how I feel. She lived life to the fullest. She loved The Lord and shared how she cared about others just in how she cared. A letter and card writer, she was always writing notes and cards to others. It could have been your birthday or for an illness, you would have heard from her. It didn't matter how old you were. Young or old. It didn't matter. I hope that I can show that caring to others. The picture above was taken almost two years ago. She welcomed every great-grandchild with enthusiasm. In fact she received two new ones in the beginning of this year! What a blessing she was to us all! I will miss her dearly! I'm going to stop for today. Happy slicing! :)

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Just had the opportunity to entertain my mother for the first time in several years.  The first time since my dad passed away. This was also special because today would have been my mother's sister's 100th birthday. Our Aunt Mabel lived to be 60 years old. She died of cancer back in 1973 around Christmas time. I'm the oldest of five children and she was like a second mother to us. As my mother's only sister, she doted on us and spent much of her time in the summer with us. A first grade teacher for many years, Aunt Mabel influenced us as well. Four of the five of us became teachers. She never knew all of this but perhaps she knows. I look forward to seeing her someday. We spent last evening watching a PowerPoint and reminiscing about the times we spent with her and watching videos too. She would have loved being there with us. This morning my sisters along with my husband sang at church with me during our Worship service. My mother seem to soak it all in. She said later that she thought we were singing for our aunt. It was a special moment. Of course in all the excitement I forgot to mention my aunt when I introduced my siblings. It just gets too much sometimes.It felt so good to sing together. It has been years since we sang together and we sang two weeks ago at my home church and now at my church. It was wonderful to have this chance. Life gives us opportunities that we just must take.  In memory of Aunt Mabel....Happy 100th Birthday Aunt Mabel! Thanks for reading. Hope you have a wonderful week!  Happy Slicing! :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

January 23, 2013 A new year & a new day...

A new year and a new day...these are my thoughts this afternoon. I just read something that mentioned a "W" word rhyming with Wednesdays. So I thought it would be nice if I would do one for every day of the week. Give me a theme to write by, but still be flexible to write what I like. Since I left teaching in June I feel like I am wondering somewhere but not know where I am going. Before I retired, I had all these ideas of what I wanted to do, but now it is much harder than I thought. Because I am retired,many feel like I can do so much. I must pick and choose.
Today will be Wondering Wednesday -
I wonder :
What goals I should set for myself now?
Will I become more productive if I get back into a routine?
I want to follow God's leading so I want to keep Him in focus.
Where are you leading me God?
How can I be want God intended me to be?
The is so much to wonder about...but I'll take one day at a time and consult The Lord first each day.
Thank you for stopping by. If you have a thoughts to help me, I' d appreciate hearing from you.
Happy wondering!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

It seems like an eternity since I posted on this blog. I have retired but what does that mean? I'm still feeling my way in retirement.  I volunteer at church and go to school approximately one day a week if I'm not at my daughter's (I have a new grandson born in Sept.) or seeing my mom, or working at home.  Life is not in a routine right now. That is hard for me.  I've been used to a routine and I have to find a new normal whatever that is.  
I am doing more reading, but less writing, but I want to include more writing.  I actually don't sit  much so I guess that is the reason for less writing.  I'm not making any promises or commitments at this time. We'll see where this goes.  I miss my students and the staff at school.  I know that is life.  People tell me it usually takes a year to adjust. We'll see.  Happy slicing!  Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Is this July???Where did June Go?

Time has a way of going by too quickly. Now that I retired. It really shouldn't be that different because i am used to being off in the summer, but since I retired from teaching, it has been one thing after another. 

I just returned from staying with my mother.  It was a wonderful visit. I even had the opportunity to spend time with my grandson and see my daughter and son-in-law.  He rode over 15 miles in the heat on Sunday eve.  At least it wasn't as bad as it had been. 

Thank goodness for the relief from the 100 degree temperatures. I will be recognized at our school board meeting tonight and I'm loking forward to that.

I am reorganizing my basement since I brought home my "stuff" from school from the last 17 years in the same classroom. My daughter gave me a workshop online and at first I wasn't so happy but it really has been a Godsend.  Very helpful!

Rode 6 miles in town last Sat. morning before I went to see my mom.  The storms had our electricity and the phone down for a bit before that. I'll put a picture on us riding!

Hope everyone is having a terrific and awesome summer!  Keep cool!  Happy slicing! :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Beginning of a new chapter! June 3, 2012

Well, I did it! I retired!!!  It was time. I plan to write more, read more, and spend more time with family and friends.  It was a tough decision but in the end, it was the right decision. Just thought I'd up date and then I'll be back on later and try to become a regular on Tuesdays' Slice of Life!  Happy Slicing! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Slice 26 March 28, 2012 Not sure

This is a time it is hard to think. My dad passed away yesterday. Forgive me for not slicing yesterday and this is all I have today. Please have us in your thoughts and prayers today and this weekend. Thanks.