Having some trouble with the site


Just to let you know.  Having trouble ‘liking’ others’ blogs.  I can do it from my reader, but it doesn’t seem to work if I’m actually at the blog.  Hopefully I can get this problem sorted out soon.  Also having trouble with some of the other functions.

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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 textbroker.com.  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!!

Anne

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Guess who’s here?


Well, sort of. I’m a little lost since the format here has changed so much that I can’t figure out how to get in to see my notifications and spam and all.  Have to get ready for church and leave before too long, so don’t have time to really nose around and figure it all out at the moment.  But happy to be back and able to say hello again, to get my blog straightened out after much too long away, and to start reading yours again. 🙂 If you’re still around, thanks!  I won’t have as much time as I once did to spend here, but that’s okay.  Love and blessings to all!!

Anne

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Shhh


Shhh

 

Amid the silence

Soft whispers of wind

Soothe my restless soul

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A Comedy Tonight


This was a poem I wrote last year, July 26 to be precise.  I haven’t written much new material for awhile…have been busy with other things and kind of have set all that writing on the shelf for a good while.  But lately I’ve been reading through a lot of it again. 

I’m posting this poem again not because there’s any particular kind of drama going on at the moment in my life…just something I was talking about recently with a friend, and about taking the drama and finding comedy within it as much as possible.  This speaks along those lines.  I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend.  It is good to be back. 🙂

A Comedy Tonight

A tragedy it is, when drama’s left to rule my life

And all about the tears I cry, the worries and the strife

What fun that it can be to take the drama all around

And turn it into comedy and laughter, I have found

~~~

I know that it’s not easy implementing this ideal

The drama that I sometimes have, is sorrowful and real

I know I must allow myself sometimes to frown and cry

To cry out to my God above and ask, Lord when?  Lord why?

~~~

But wallowing is not an option I’ll allow myself

I’ve been there and I’ve done that, now I’ve put it on the shelf

It’s much more fun to smile and laugh, e’en in the midst of pain

And in the end, the difference ‘tween insanity and sane.

~~~

So laugh at me, I won’t protest, when I am feeling blue

But don’t forget that I will do the same regarding you

I do not speak of making fun of pain that’s raw, and real

I have a heart that feels for you, it is not made of steel

~~~

Above all, may I not forget that kindness matters much

Cold shoulders often harden hearts, not so a gentle touch

This is the day the Lord has made…that’s what I’m talking ’bout

I will rejoice, and glad I’ll be, and of His love I’ll shout!

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Checking in


I haven’t been back here in so long I couldn’t remember my password.  I am as a result seriously behind on notifications, and I apologize if you have commented for no reply.  Life has been busy, but there’s much to be thankful for.

Since I’ve been here, I completed my massage therapy schooling. YAY!  I took the National exam on Monday and passed that, so have sent off for my license, and am thankful about that.  I’ve moved too, and that’s been keeping me busy…just to a different place.  Still in Pensacola.

There’s not a lot more to say at the moment.  Frankly I’m too tired to really say much.  For all your responses in my absence, whether kudos or complaints, I do thank you.  I appreciate the kudos always of course, but the complaints are good too, to remind me not to take myself too seriously.  One thing about this blog, I’m honest whatever I’m feeling or thinking though.  You can always expect that from me.

Hope you’re all doing well.  For those still around, thank you for that.

Love and blessings,

Anne

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If I’m living in a dream world, please don’t wake me


If I’m living in a dream world, please don’t wake me.

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