|What a difference several months|
makes! Yes, we have temperature
swings of 120 degrees where I live!
The kids finally returned back to school today, after a two week Christmas break and cancellations for extreme temperature. How was your Christmas? Your New Year's? Is it just me or does it seems like the end of 2013 and the beginning of this year have been full of tragedy? So many things have happened that I just shake my head when I hear of something new. It's almost unbelievable. Some examples:
- The wife of Hubby's boss had a heart attack.
- The grandfather of my cousins is in the hospital, about to pass away.
- My little cousin, who turned a year yesterday, had another bad seizure and was rushed to ER.
- A man in our church had eye surgery after his cornea separated from his eye. This is the second eye to do this.
- There was a fatal shooting in our community on New Year's Eve. It left two children and their father dead. His girlfriend survived but is permanently scarred.
- A few weeks before Christmas, Hubby noticed a fleet of emergency vehicles on our tiny street. It was early on a Saturday and we watched through the window to see what was going on. The medical team brought our neighbor out of the house and took her away. Her parents quickly rushed out of the house and left in their car. The police officer on the call was a personal friend of ours so Hubby walked out to talk to them. We supposed that the daughter of the home had overdosed and our suspicions were correct. I may have even written about her on here before. She came over to our yard sale over the summer and was totally spaced out. I had a few conversations with her mother via text message and she blamed her lack of focus on a new medication. Even though she tried to cover for her, I knew the girl's condition wasn't normal. The mother often texted me from work to ask if the daughter's vehicle was in the driveway when she was supposed to be at work. The whole thing was very sad. The daughter ended up being in a coma for more than two weeks. Her mom sent me a text before Christmas saying she was out of ICU but had a long road of recovery ahead. I haven't heard from her since, but things don't look normal at the house. I'm guessing she's still in the hospital. I've done my part by not prying, but praying. I left Christmas cookies on their doorstep and delivered a bag of goodies to the hospital. For days, this incident consumed my thoughts. This girl, aged about 20, was a beauty queen. Well-liked and popular, she went off to college and apparently got into trouble. She dropped out and has been working a menial job since. Her parents are good people, great neighbors. It breaks my heart to see her mother arrive home around 9:00 PM every night, knowing she's been sitting at that hospital. I wonder if she's taken a leave from work? I feel helpless, but thankful at the same time. You can't take life for granted....who knows where it's going to lead.
Tonight is the funeral for the two youths who were killed. We have the largest church in the community and my cousin, our pastor, is conducting the funeral. They expect the father of the girl (everyone has different moms and dads) to cause problems at the service. Police force will be on site to keep both him and the media out. It's all a mess. The woman I'm babysitting for is another half sister of the deceased. She's scared of the entire situation.
I don't know the beliefs of all my readers, but events like this only point toward the endtimes outlined in the Bible. People need to get their lives straight because this is about it, people. Life is short; days are numbered.
Of course there's good mixed in with the bad. Those are the things I must focus on right now so that the negative doesn't overwhelm me.
- My little cousin celebrated her first birthday. The doctors were skeptical that she would survive this long. She's not well, by any means, but she's here. That's enough to be thankful for.
- My family is well. I'm getting my health issues under control and none of us have pressing medical concerns right now.
- God provides. With Hubby taking a second pay cut, money is tight. He received more bonuses over the holiday season than ever before! As soon as I think about complaining, something else happens financially that pulls us through!
- I got my closet organized yesterday! That might sound menial to most of you, but it was something I couldn't take any longer! I store all unwrapped Christmas presents every year in my closet for a month or more. Because of that, I couldn't get in there to properly put things away. I buckled down yesterday and did some cleaning out!
- My brother moved into a new home. It is absolutely amazing! Two of the coldest days this year, Friday and Saturday, were spent moving him out of his in-laws' home and into their brand new place. It's easily the size of two of their old house. They have high ceilings and ample closet space. Their basement alone is bigger than a lot of people's homes! I'm so happy for them! Sadly, they are way more organized than we are! It makes me want to go on a major organization trip!
- Baby Girl, who has been having a majorly difficult time staying dry through the night, has woken up dry three mornings in a row! That's a major victory over here! I cut out all drinks after dinner and still wake her up 2-3 times a night to take her to the bathroom. It's not ideal, but it's working. :)
My post title was The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly. Nothing around here is ugly. I'm thankful to be married to a stunningly attractive man. I only gained about 2 lbs. over Christmas and enjoyed a plethora of desserts! Look at this family....
Very blessed indeed!
Sending warm wishes your way!