September 8, 2010

Are You Still There?

Sorry I haven't been around in a while. It's certainly not for lack of blog worthy content! It's been wild and wooly around here lately.
Last week we lost a dear friend. What a woman she was! Years ago we met her and her husband at a small church we were attending. Her husband was the minister there. Never in my entire life have I met anyone like her. She had been diagnosed with cancer about 11 or 12 years ago. At that time she was given about three months to live. Needless to say, she beat the odds. The cancer would reoccur and she would beat it again. However, the last time she was not meant to beat it. She never let it get her down though. She continued to travel to the Ukraine for mission work. Continued building furniture and remodeling. I could list her attributes all day long and still wouldn't be able to get to the core of her. One thing I most admired about her was that she could talk to anybody about anything and be able to relate to any subject! She had been ready to go to Heaven the entire time I knew her. Any second and she was ready! The rest of us said we were ready too, but we wouldn't mind having a little extra time! Not her! She was READY! And now she is there. You can't be sad for her. However, you can be sad for all who miss her and there are many who miss her.

Anything else I could say since my last post pales in comparison to losing her. However, I'll give it a go. Last week was spent getting to know my dentist a little too well! A filling came out and become lodged in my gum. Off I went to get that fixed. Then my bite was off. Back to the dentist for that. It's still painful, but I'm hoping it will get better without another visit and a few more hundred bucks! Today it is Rs turn to go. She's dreading it since I've had problems with this tooth, but her problem isn't as bad so it should be easy breezy for her!

The kids and I spent yesterday afternoon in the DMV. The two of them can take an otherwise boring place and make it an adventure. We are people watchers, so we had plenty to watch! People coming and going - finding out they sat in the wrong office for almost an hour! Little bitty teenagers trying to get their licenses! Scares you to death to think about them on the road! Now my kids are 20 and 22 and have had little interest in driving until recently. R has had her learners permit for a couple of years and had to get that renewed. L just hasn't had an interest. I know this is unusual, but face it, we aren't a usual family! L decided at the last minute to cram for his test and he passed! I was so proud of both of them. Now I've got to motivate myself to get out there and teach them. Pray for me......

This beautiful spot was where we spent part of Sunday afternoon. L had wanted to go to a German restaurant for his birthday. We weren't able to go that day, but we made it up to him on Sunday. I wish we had gotten a picture of the place. It is not in the middle of nowhere, but pretty darn close! It has a real original name - German Restaurant. I was hesitant to go since I've never had German food. However, this place was really nice. It was clean, spacious, friendly and the food was pretty good too! We will have to go back. On the way home we stopped at a little park next to the river. It was a cool day - high 70's, low 80's - so it was perfect. Off came the shoes, in went the feet and the rest was spent quietly listening to the river go by. I could go in for more days like that!


Thimbleanna said...

Isn't it wonderful to have known a person like your friend? They are so rare -- what a gift you've had. And you'd never had German food? You must go have more -- it's sooo gooooood!

Linda said...

You've had a busy time. And special gift in the person of your friend. ;o) We have a German community just down the road that has the German bakeries, sausages, everything in good German food stores. There are 2 restaurants and what a treat to get to go there. ;o)