Besides the fact that I am staying away from social media for the most part, life has been crazy busy. Tim and I arrived back from our weekend away and it's been boots to the ground ever since. I think Friday may offer a bit of a break. Hopefully, I will be able to post again then and maybe even play along with the Saturday 9 this weekend.
Today I am linking up with Rebecca Jo for Thankful Thursday.
So...good things that have happened in the last week or so.
** A weekend away. Long overdue and much anticipated, our weekend in Erie, PA was wonderful! The whole thing was a blessing, but there were so many little blessings packed into it.
** When it came to choosing a hotel to stay in I went through Booking.com and tried to find the most reasonable price with the best rating (hotel rates are through the roof right now and many of the hotels in Erie were asking over $500 for two nights!). I actually chose a room in a hotel that was undergoing some renovations. It didn't affect anything except the pool and gym were closed and we didn't plan to use those. The big surprise came when we opened the door to our room and found...A SUITE!
** We had lunch and a final visit with my father and his wife on Friday. They will leave for Texas the first week of November. Both have had some health issues this year and at their ages, you just don't know if tomorrow will be there. Both are making little comments about certain things being the last time they will do them. Since I didn't know my father for the first 55 years of my life, I am incredibly thankful for every moment I have with him.
** There was a terrible thunderstorm and heavy rain Friday night and into Saturday morning, but it moved out by 9:00 and the day just kept getting prettier and prettier. We had a nice lake breeze and the temperature was around 75.
** We spent all day Saturday with Tim's older sister and the oldest of the seven siblings. There was a brother and a sister between her and Tim, but both have passed away.
We had such a great day filled with memories, making some new ones, and lots and lots of laughter as we visited all the wineries along the wine trail in PA and NY. We came home with a case of assorted wines and as his sister is on a fixed income, we were able to bless her with bottles of her favorites.
** I bought a really comfortable pair of shoes at my favorite shoe store for folks who have a lot of foot pain (Shoe Fly). Seriously, I know a lot of you have foot pain...look up Aetrex shoes. They come in cute styles and have great arch support and a cushioned insole that is like walking on pillows. I also found out they have opened a store much closer to home.
** We ate at Cracker Barrel twice and I got to do some shopping...found my mom an awesome pair of A Christmas Story socks (Ralphie in the pink bunny suit) and a Leg Lamp pen. She likes the movie as much as I do.
** I got to smell the grape harvest. Seriously, one of the best smells in the world is ripe Concord grapes.
** Back at home I've had lots of work this week...my regulars and we had an emergency this week, a client who had to be removed from their home and is in a hotel until they can find a new residence for them. That means 24-hr staffing. I did all day yesterday. It was pretty crazy as I got a call that she had to be moved to another hotel and the one she was in was not being patient or nice...I had 15 minutes to pack up everything and get it out of her room. Thankfully, we made it. We drove around looking at stores and had lunch while we waited for check-in time at the new hotel.
** My Bible study group met last night and watched the last video in the Forgiving What You Can't Forget study. Next week we will wrap everything up. It was a good night with some great conversation.
Last week we saw God's Not Dead: We the People as a group. I don't know that on the whole it was as good as the previous movies, but the ending was fantastic and had the people in the theater on their feet cheering and clapping!
** Two Saturdays ago I took the membership class at church. Since then I filled out the application, wrote out my testimony, and yesterday I had an interview with the elders. Everything has gone exceptionally well and this Sunday I will be accepted into the church. Some friends are coming and I am praying Tim will come, too.
** At the ripe old age of 9, Daisy has decided to listen to us when she is outside and we can take her out in the yard without tying her up. She is loving it and so happy and proud of herself. I love that she can have that freedom and it's fun to watch her run around.
** I got to spend all afternoon with Colton and Leah.
** Tim feels somewhat better than he did, but nothing like he did the first week or two of using the CBD oil and the Relief Factor. Bottom line, he doesn't think the oil does anything and gave it up, but he's continuing the Relief Factor even though he says he only feels a little better and the doctor telling him the all over pain and achiness he feels could be from his high blood pressure. The doctor has adjusted the blood pressure meds again and he's trying a different med for cholesterol (his body hasn't tolerated any he's tried so far).
** This incredible weather! Granted I would like it to be a little cooler in the middle of October, but the beautiful, sunny days are nice...and rare. Usually our Octobers are pretty rainy. I did see that a little rain is coming our way over the weekend and some slightly cooler temperatures. Yay!
** Of course I am thankful for all of you!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
That means EVERYTHING in our lives is a blessing. The blessing may be in disguise...deep disguise, sometimes...but it is all blessing. We may not understand how it works for good right now, but if we are patient and trust God, it will be revealed at the right time.