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I’ve gotten a few comment moderation requests lately, which shows me that somehow people are still finding this blog.  While I simply don’t have the time or energy to keep this one up anymore (oh, how I miss it!), I did start a different blog that focuses more on my card making and online shop.  Please, I welcome you to come on over and see if you like it!  Just go here!  Come on over!

She Still Exists!

Yes, I am still around. No, I’ve hardly even thought about blogging again until recently. Yes, I’ve missed it. No, I haven’t even been reading other people’s blogs like I used to. Suffice it to say that all heck has broken loose for me and my family, starting around the middle of February. I will catch you up. It isn’t pretty. My blog will be taking a new turn in some ways. I want to keep up with some of what I was doing before but I also need to talk about what is going on for me these days. Some of this will not be fun to read at all, but it is reality. And part of my journey, so it belongs in the blog!

More coming soon, I promise. In the meantime, the Lord be with each of you today and every day. He surely is with me!

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 73:25-26

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7

One of my best friends died early this morning. It was not a surprise; she had been in a coma and on a ventilator for 3-1/2 weeks and her health had been gradually failing for months and ultimately for a couple of years. But knowing it is coming does not lessen the pain. The one thing that eases the pain is knowing that Susan is with Jesus now. She loved the Lord with all her heart and looked forward to being with Him at some point. I’m not sure she knew how soon that might be. Oh, the joy, knowing Susan is in Heaven, free of pain and suffering, full of joy, looking down on us and hoping we’ll celebrate her life, not mourn her passing! So celebrate, I shall.

For more than 2 weeks I have been making a list of things that mean “Susan” to me. These things may not mean much to most people but to me, they are Susan.

• Her love for the Lord, first and foremost
• Jacqui Velasquez
• Playing Quiddler and Zilch endlessly
• “I Love Lucy” (and boy, did she ever!)
• Pepsi Floats (don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it)
• Each day is a blessing full of blessings (NEVER forget this! It is always true, no matter what.)
• Her witty, dry humor
• “Deal or No Deal”
• NO coffee!!! Of any sort!
• Koolaid in her water bottle at night
• “Mama’s Family”
• Figure skating
• Newsboys
• Instant messaging for hours
• Her love and concern for her daughter
• Smoking in the bathroom (before she quit)
• Her devotion to reaching out to others with Spina Bifida

I am honored to have known Susan and can’t imagine my life without having known her. I don’t know what to do without her. It will take plenty of time for the hole in my heart to close up. I wish you could have known her!

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Lyrically Spoken

Life is filled with challenges for each of us, some large, some small, and some in between. Some of my challenges right now:
• One of my best friends is dying and I can’t even be with her
• Living with the Complex PTSD, as ever
• Not having enough time with my boys, who are quickly becoming men, and I will soon see even less of, I’m sure
• The little wrenches fibromyalgia throws into my days (especially the fatigue)
• Our kitties have tapeworms and won’t eat the food that I mixed their medicine into
• The laundry, which for just two people, seems to multiply like bunnies in the night…

So you see, some challenges are bigger (One of my best friends is dying! And I can’t see her!). Some are smaller (Ah, laundry, laundry. But hey, at least we have clothes to wear and money to wash them with.) Some are in the middle (One word: fibro-fatigue.)

But through it all, God is here. He has been here since the beginning of time. He was there for Adam and Eve. He was there for Jesus. He was there when Johannes Gutenberg printed his historic Bible. He was there when the first British came to America so they could worship the Lord in their own ways without persecution. He was there when the Declaration of Independence was written. He was (is!) there through the trials of every war we Americans have fought. He has been with us through all those larger things and all the smaller things as well, from misplacing one’s keys to forgetting to thaw the meat for dinner.

And this is where the song comes in: Ancient Words. The words that have been here since the beginning of time. The promises God has made us since He created the world and us. The words that helped and soothed people in 2500 BC and 30 AD and 2008 AD and every year in between. I hold on to the promise of these words. I need the promise of these ancient words. Without these words, I am nothing, I cannot function. Thank GOD for His ancient words!

(Song written by Lynn DeShazo; sung in the video by Michael W. Smith.)

Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God’s own heart
O let the ancient words impart
Words of life
Words of hope
Give us strength
Help us cope

In this world where’er we roam
Ancient words will guide us home

Chorus
Ancient words ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
O let the ancient words impart

Holy words of our faith
Handed down to this age
Came to us through sacrifice
O heed the faithful words of Christ
Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God’s own heart
O let the words impart

(Repeat Chorus)

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Certain mother buys her children bottles of body wash for Christmas stockings, as it has become a tradition/joke.

Said mother has gotten used to children checking bags when they fly to see her.

Said children opt for just carryons this time around.

As you know, the TSA says you can only take 4 ounce bottles of liquids in carryons (in the one-quart ziplocks, of course).

Said bottles of body wash are 12 ounces each.

Said children admit that if said mother gives them money to simply buy new body wash in their hometown, it really won’t happen.

Said mother ends up spending $5 to ship said bottles of body wash that cost a total of $2. Said body wash has now cost $3.50 a bottle–a price said mother would never have spent in the first place.

Said mother is rethinking the body wash idea for next Christmas.

Sigh…

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Hi! Welcome “back” to any of you who have waited patiently for me to write again. I do plan on writing more but will not be blogging as much as I had been, unfortunately. I love blogging but have to keep my priorities in proper focus. One of those priorities is to list my work (cards) on eBay at least twice a week this year, more for special occasions (such as Valentine’s Day, which I need to jump on now). But the blogging is very important to me so you’ll still get some of me. Lucky, lucky you! (No, actually, lucky me, because I get to express myself and share my life with you. What a blessing!)

In case I don’t get to this in the next couple of days: Happy New Year! I pray you each will feel the Lord’s love and presence in every part of your lives throughout 2008. Sometimes I find it dismaying to meet a new year with the Lord not having come back for us yet, but He also gives us all we need to get through each new year. He is just so good to us! The Lord be with you this year!

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So, so sorry I haven’t been around!  I know I keep saying that.  There is a lot going on around here: making cards and selling them on eBay, working on Christmas gifts, being in a moderate fibro flare, dealing with mental health junkiness, preparing to have my boys in a couple weeks, the usual daily things…  I am officially going on hiatus until after Christmas, possibly after the first of the year.  I may post before then but am not planning on it because it has been so hard to even think about writing right now.  I really miss my blogging but other things have been taking precedence.  Can’t wait to get back to all of you!

Have a blessed Christmas and don’t forget the reason for the season.  There may be debate about the true date of Christ’s birth but Christmas is when we celebrate his coming into the world.  A wonderful thing to celebrate, indeed!  And to remind you just how important His birthday is, check out this song and video.  I just love it!

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday, dear Jesus
Happy Birthday to You

Happy birthday, Jesus
I’m so glad it’s Christmas
All the tinsel and lights
And the presents are nice
But the real gift is You.

Happy birthday, Jesus
I’m so glad its Christmas
All the carols and bells
Make the holiday swell
And it’s all about You
Happy birthday, Jesus
Jesus, I love You!

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