Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Handling Losses

The last few days have been sad and stressful for me.

On Sunday we had a farewell service for one of our pastors.  Both he and his wife have helped me in so many ways along my journey.  It is very sad to see them leave and make that dreadful move to Calgary.  (Just joking.)  I will miss them a great deal.

May God bless you, Pastor Doug, Roxy, Bradley and Bethany.  May you be a blessing where God has placed you.

Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of my Mom's death.  I spent most of yesterday staying away from interaction with any one.  I needed to be alone in my grief.  I miss my Mom a great deal.  We were very close and I some times feel that she was torn away from me before I was ready to let go of her.  But, I guess, God does not make mistakes.  His timing is always right.

What bothers me most about Mom's death back in 2001 are the facts that Mom did not get to see the weddings of her grandsons and now the births of her great-grandsons and great-granddaughters.

And she wouldn't have seen how far along I have come dealing with my depression and health issues.

Mom would be proud to see how the boys and Allison have grown in maturity, physically, mentally and spiritually.  Her purse would be weighted down with pictures of the kids to show anyone who showed a miniscule interest.

God, please bless Mom in a special way today.  Please let her know that I miss her.  Also let her see her grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons and great-daughters.  She would have been so proud.  I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Carpe Diem

Many years ago I was walking in a mall in downtown Edmonton.  I paused at the jewelry kiosk and looked at the rings.  I don't normally wear rings but one ring on display caught my attention.

A short time before this I had read a book by Tony Campolo entitled "Carpe Diem (Seize the Day).

The ring that caught my attention was one that another customer was looking at.  This ring had the words Carpe Diem on it.  The other customer tried the ring on but it was too small.  He asked the sales person if they could size the ring so it would fit him.

The sales person told the other customer that it was a one of a kind ring and it would only be sold in the size and shape it was originally made.  The customer put the ring down and walked away muttering under his breath.

I picked up the ring and put it on my finger.  It fit me perfectly.  I decided that was a sign that I should buy the ring and I did.  I decided that I would seize the day and the opportunity to have that ring.

I don't always wear the ring but I do try to live by the saying on the ring "Seize the day".  I haven't always succeeded in making the best use of each day since I bought that ring but I know that when I do make a conscious effort to do what I believe is the right thing for me to do on any given day that day is a good day.

I just relocated that ring today and I have put it on because I want to make today and the days ahead more productive.

So here's to better and more productive days.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Quote to Ponder

"You can tell you have made God in your image when it turns out He hates the same people you do."
 - Anne Lamott

Friday, August 6, 2010

Another Precious Little Bundle

Today we welcomed another addition to our family.  Lauren Jill Drader was born by C-section at 10:42 a.m.  She weighed in at 3 pounds 13 ounces and was 17 inches long.

Lauren arrived 5 weeks premature.  She had to be born today because her mother's blood pressure was very high and the doctors were unable to get it under control.

Even though Lauren arrived early her lungs are developed enough that she doesn't have breathing issues.  In fact, she just needs to put on more weight to be able to go home.

Lauren is my second great niece.  It will be a little while before I can go to the hospital to see her.  I look forward to that day.

Thank you Lord for the safe arrival of Lauren and for blessing our family with another little girl.  Please help the doctors get Meghan's blood pressure under control and help Lauren put on the weight she needs to go home.

I can hardly wait until I am able to hold Lauren in my arms.