Musing & Wandering

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And Yet More Changes

In Feb 2018 I wrote about changes in our lives. Yet again, we have changes in our lives.  But thIMG_2680en doesn’t everyone? Some changes you can prepare for, others just sneak up and you get through as best you can or the best choice, you lean on the Lord and get through the way He intended.

We spent most of 2018 in TX after a medical issue required I be there most of the time. I didn’t realize just how hot TX gets in the summertime. Days of over 100 degrees! Wow!  Talk about hot!  Walking up to the mailbox was blistering and just kinda sapped my energy.

How did and do people survive without air conditioning?  Your body adjusts, gets accustomed to it.  That’s what happened to me when I first moved to FL.  You get used to it.  Okay, when I lost power during hurricanes, I reverted back to not being used to it, I will admit.  But eventually your body gets acclimated to your environment.  Just one of God’s blessings on us!

By the time May 2019 had rolled around we were more than ready to leave and just waited to see one more doctor.  This one would determine whether we would leave or continue in TX. It was tough waiting, I will admit. I’d gotten my labs, and had one doctor’s diagnosis, but waited for the last one.

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I was totally blindsided by this diagnosis. It wasn’t completely the opposite of the 1stone, but all my prepared questions were based on the first doctor’s diagnosis!  I stumbled through that visit and got my labs and prescription, and really had no idea what it was all about.  Talk about change! I have since educated myself (sort of) and have started the medication. And I continue to educate myself. It kinda connects some of the dots in my health history and gives some answers. Thank you, Lord. Change for me, for us.

So now our lives are being driven by increased doctors’ visit.  And we thought it was bad before.  It seems to be a negotiation process.  Doc says I want to see you in 3 months, and I say can’t because we won’t be here, so I hear make an appt for 3 months and if you can’t make it, reschedule. Negotiate. Be flexible. Change!

Change. Isn’t that where I started?  A few years ago I thought the Lord had decided no grandchildren for me. Health issues for one child and the other child just didn’t want children. She was adamant on that. Her husband, on the other hand, wanted children. So, they tried. Nope, not God’s will. So I continued with the mindset of no grandchildren for me. Nick yes, me no.

That was until I got the text from her saying “You gotta love God’s sense of humor.” I knew right away what she meant.

Thus began a journey of change, for her, for me, for my family. Big changes. My daughter’s heart has changed for this little girl in her life. Seeing her face as she holds her and loves on her is just wonderful and brings joy to my heart and tears to my eyes (it’s because I’m old, right?). That is such a continual blessing to me. Plus holding this little girl in my arms, who’d have thought?  Certainly not me, but how wonderful it is. Nick hasn’t had his chance to hold her yet, but will. We were here to welcome her into this world, which wasn’t without serious health issues, but again, God heard our prayers.

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So, changes again. Some expected, some not. Praise God! He truly is so good!  Everything is from Him and for His glory. James 1:17:  Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

And again, I would say, how do you handle changes in your life? Just wondering . . .

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13 Comments

  1. Jeffrey Copley

    Nice to hear from you two again! Looking forward to whatever is next!

    • Trust me when I say we’d love to know whatever is next. So glad we rely on the Lord for our direction.

  2. Stephen Jones

    So happy for you Nick. Thanks for sharing nothing in my life has equaled being a Grandparent.
    May God continue to richly bless you and yours.
    Love Steve and Penny

  3. Dennis G. Spille

    Yes after I found out that I had prostate cancer, things changed. They removed my prostate on April 8; 2016 They scheduled me for 39 treatments of radiation. Then in Nov. 2016 I started my Chemo shots every 3 months. I’ve done this for 3 years and will have 2 more shots and I will be done. The biggest change came when it became evident that I was incontinent. That has been the biggest change and I just count it as my new normal. God has been with me alll through this and we praise God for his direction and grace to Shirley and I.

    • God is so gracious and carries us through so much. Praise His name. Love to you and Shirley.

  4. Linda Bowers

    I was just thinking about you two yesterday and wondering what was going on! Congratulations on that beautiful grandbaby and God bless you and your families.

    • Thank you so much Linda. We are blessed. Hope you are doing well. Someday we may get up in that part of the country. Keeps alluding us.

  5. Jeri Eubanks

    Ah such a cute baby. Congratulations! 😀👶❤ So sorry to hear you are facing more health challenges. Getting old is not for the faunt of Spirit. Right now I’m in a good place and hopefully I can enjoy some days with nothing serious creeping up. Good to read your update. Praying for you both. Love you! Sis

    • Boo

      Thank you so much. Health- you’re right, getting old isn’t for those who are faint, but God is with us throughout it all. How wonderful that is! Good to hear you’re in a good place always. Thank you for prayers! Love you too!

  6. June Shaub (Timian)

    Boo, you write so beautifully! Thank you for sharing your story. Your adorable new granddaughter is so very very cute. What a blessing for all of you! Life throws us many curves but I guess that is what life is all about. It is an amazing training ground for our future. I am enjoying my “golden years “. I am getting back to my painting and loving every minute of it. I have painted with oil‘s and acrylics for years, when the time allowed, but I just recently started with watercolors. Oh so much enjoyment I am having and yet to be had. God bless you with your travels and keep you safe in God‘s care.

    • Boo

      Thank you for the compliments. Trying to express what the Lord puts on m heart. Blessings most definitely! He is so good that He allowed us to be here for the birth and to help as we can for a time. I painted long ago, but gave it up when I had children. Haven’t been inclined to start again, especially in our traveling home.

  7. Allen & Janine Price

    Just saw your blog and we are so happy about your beautiful little granddaughter! I’ve been praying for her and her momma. I’m so happy to hear that both are doing well! God is so good! Sending our love to you both!
    Blessings…
    Allen & Janine

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