We’ve had a little bit of a rough patch lately, actually more than a little. I won’t go into the long/detailed list of all that has gone wrong recently; suffice it to say we’ve had job losses in the family & disappointments personally, illnesses and deaths amongst family and close friends, and it has seemed to be one thing after another over the last month. It’s been difficult for me to focus on the things I need to get done when I’ve been constantly worried about everyone around me. Three weeks of this month I only had two blog posts, and that is not what I am aiming for.
Things seem to, hopefully, be settling down now and that’s the first thing I’m thankful for. I’m also thankful for the time we’ve been able to spend with family and friends, even if not always under the best of circumstances. There was a nice Thanksgiving dinner in there with my family, and two days of shopping with “the girls”. That was much needed, even though it took me away from home for a night.
I was barely home before having to leave again for a funeral. The time spent with my hubby’s family was precious though. As we arrived home the other night, with the threat of a snowstorm on our drive home, we were thankful that all we saw was rain. It was literally just minutes after we arrived home that the rain changed to snow. I can’t help but think that my husband’s late brother was watching over us in our travels.
I am also thankful for my sister who always steps up to help us out when we need to leave town like that. She is the only one who can care for Luke, and that she can be there for us is so important. I am a homebody as you know, and being gone from home for a few days, especially when not all of it is for happy times, is hard for me. Knowing the pets and farm are in good hands makes it easier.
I can’t tell you how good it felt to be home that night and have Luke’s head on my lap as we finally got to relax. I know he was quite happy to have us back home as well.
Getting back to routines was what I needed, what we all needed, and it feels good, even though I’m still a big disorganized. Even when I had to strap on snowshoes and yet again walk through a snowstorm (we got another foot of snow!) to get Luke outdoors, it was wonderful. I would never describe myself as someone who loves the snow. It was tough walking!! However, I can’t even begin to express how beautiful it was out there, and how good for my soul to get to enjoy that beauty. As I said the other day when sharing photos from a previous walk, the pictures just can’t do it justice.
I wish you all could have been with us…..every tree and branch was covered with snow. We lost our trails at times because everything looked so different. Many of our trail markers were covered in snow, or the trees they were on were bent over from the weight of it. There were fallen trees and branches across our trails, and I just hope no serious damage has been done to any of them.
I’m still feeling sad and a little bit lost, and also wondering if I’ll ever get caught up on all I need to. Being home with the Dadz, Luke, and Sam and getting back to the routines – even including those snowy walks! – will be the balm I need to find my way back to normal once again.
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