Life in my absence, etc.

It’s been awhile.  It’s my intention to begin devoting some regular time here again, although my life is busy and I won’t have the kind of time that I did when I first started this blog.  On that note, I was thinking about why I started this blog in the first place.

As some of you will remember, this blog began because I was very sick for a long time, stuck at home much of the time, and I never even imagined having many followers or cared about that.  I started this to have a place to come and journal, write poetry, talk about faith in the midst of all that was going on in my life, and so forth.  It of course grew to be much more than I imagined, and I was…and still am grateful for all of you who I met along the way, who came to listen to my ramblings and also whose own thoughts I enjoyed reading.

Things changed, in that life became busier, I still had ups and downs health wise…some really low downs, in fact.  Currently, my health issues are under control.  Due to some issues that arose with my left hand and wrist, I do not practice the massage that I went to school to learn.  I have carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and arthritis.  For awhile it was pretty much a huge burden and a ton of pain.  I take a pain reliever for it now that manages it and enables me to function with minimal pain…a huge blessing.  I am able to play the piano again, which for awhile I couldn’t do without moving my hand wrong and setting the intense pain off.  But I play at a local church now…and what an enormous blessing that is!!  I also work at home at an assembly job, assembling little parts.  Those are the two current sources of my income.  For awhile, I wrote for  I haven’t done it in awhile because I haven’t really had the time to spend with it.  When Grace is out of school this summer, I plan to go back to it.  More about that below.

Other than my paying jobs, I chauffeur Grace back and forth to school and dance classes.  She’s 13 now…unbelievable!!  Growing so fast and becoming a beautiful young lady, who is now as tall as I am. (She says she’s taller, but it’s close. 😉 )

My son is back in town now.  His help has been enormous.  I live with Traci, Grace, and Tommy in a nice private residence now.  We were living in a just horrible apartment complex for awhile.  Won’t even bother with all of that, except to say that this move has been an absolutely awesome blessing.  And the way it all happened was just God’s grace and provision.  No other way.  All of us working together works very well.  Besides my 2 jobs and the chauffeuring, I take care of the shopping, cooking, and most of the household duties.  Tommy maintains the lawn…and quite well, and he and Traci take care of the pool mostly.  Yes…we have an in ground pool.  I swam in it once, although it was very cold. LOL…decided to wait until the weather is good and warm to get back in again.

In regard to my health, I was diagnosed last year with Barrett’s Esophagus, due to long term GERD that went unchecked.  It was diagnosed after my second bout in the hospital for intense chest pains.  Most of the time I’d ignore the chest pains until they passed, but a couple of times they got very bad.  My heart checked out fine, and I was sent for testing.  I have to take medication for all of that, and the Barrett’s Esophagus increases the risk of esophageal cancer.  But I have tested negative for that, and am not worried about it.  Just very thankful all of it is under control and I’m able to be active and productive…and that I have my wonderful children who love me and with whom we take care of each other as best as each of us is able.

My older daughter Jennifer lives near us too, also out of the apartment living and in a private residence.  We get together as often as our schedules allow.

If you’re reading this, thank you for caring about where I’ve been.  I know it’s been a very long absence.  I popped in a couple of times, and wanted to try to stick around, but never committed to it.  And in my defense there, life was pretty crazy and haphazard in ways.  Yet, as always, God was there all along.  He allows us to go through those valleys sometimes, but never leaves us throughout.  And I am always amazed at the way He brings us out on the other side when we remain faithful…with wonderful surprises that show beyond a doubt how much He loves us.

I look forward to catching up with you all…it’ll be a bit slow, but I’ll get there.  I will update my ‘about’ section at some point, and will try to get a more recent picture to put up on my profile.  Here is one of me with all of the kids.

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It was taken last year.  My hair is longer now again.  It’s about shoulder length, and all grey…to stay this time.  🙂  Traci was ducking down between Grace and Jen.  She’s actually over 5’10 and the rest of us girls are all about 4-5 inches shorter. LOL

Much love and many blessings to you all!!


About Anne Sikes

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) Sharing the journey through daily thoughts and struggles, examination of Scripture, poetry, music and art.
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2 Responses to Life in my absence, etc.

  1. It will take you some time to sort all things out for sure… but glad you’re back. Somehow I knew you would be, because anytime I went to review blogs I follow, I never deleted yours’. I can identify with your esophagus issue. I had Gerd for many years, and then the last couple it changed to food sticking… had several dilatations and have achalasia… and esophageal hernia just repaired in Jan.
    Anyway, glad to hear things are a bit more in control for you, and your living and working also. Take care … Diane

    • Anne Sikes says:

      So I guess you can really relate, Diane! I think some of what I’m going through is just the aging process…don’t see as well or hear as well anymore, and various aches and pains. 🙂 In spite of all of it though, I am blessed in the midst and very thankful. Thank you for not deleting my blog. It was very good to see your warm, welcoming face upon my return. 🙂

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