Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Blurry Days of August

I'm certain I blinked, and August vanished. Here is a run-down of how the days went by in a blur for me.

As I often do, I made memories with my grand niece on her memaw's couch one evening after work. She melts my heart, and is growing as fast as the days are going by. How I wish our precious babies could stay small, and innocent, and carefree.

Big Sister invited me to share dinner at Black Sheep Bistro one evening...her treat. I'd never been, but oh, my! What a treat it was!

Miso Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Soy Garlic Spinach

Chocolate something-or-other. So smooth and creamy beneath the crunch.
I can't wait for a return visit!

And again....Big Sister invited me to join her and hubby and granddaughter for a Sunday lunch. It was a wonderful time. Have you ever seen such cuteness?

I ordered some new shoes. Yay. Yes, I can still wear high heels. As I told someone recently, it's in my DNA, and they'll probably bury me in mine.

The twin and I often drive to church together. We have a habit of stopping at Cracker Barrel for a bite of dinner and a whole lot of chatting before church. Nothing better than good food and the twin!

Three of the males in our family have birthdays in August, so to celebrate, we gathered at Minute Maid Park and cheered the Houston Astros on to a great victory! Here I am, smiling in the parking lot with my beautiful niece Anna. I love her so much and am amazed at how strong she is.

And finally, tomorrow (the 31st), I will have been divorced 14 years. It seems impossible at times. This picture of me, slumped in a chair, looking less than cheerful, while my belongings are being moved into storage—until I can get steady on my feet—makes me a little teary-eyed. Not because of the challenging times that followed, understand, but because of how far I've come.

As I write, God's blessings and gifts astound me, and the smile on my face is real. Life isn't perfect, of course—and I can't know what a day might bring—but the future looks bright, and I'm happy to be me. 

And now...on to September!

8 comments:

  1. The best is yet to come. Your latter will be greater than the rest.

    *hugs* What a beautiful encouragement and inspiration you are.

    Kelley

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  2. And there went August. :( I feel the same way. I told Stan yesterday that I could not believe it is almost September!

    Loved all the pics. Amazing God, amazing gifts. When life knocks the wind out of us, when we think we can't go on, God has a way of surprising us.

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  3. Divorce can certainly knock the stuffing out of us. It took me 16 years to heal from mine. I am glad that The Lord has been doing a healing work in your life and all these wonderful family members are playing a part. Great pics!

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  4. ...and that's all that is important, really...that you can look back on those not-so-good times and still be joyful! You skinny girls, just keep on rockin' those heels...they're awesome!

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  5. You have encouraged me with your joy!
    Yes, life isn't perfect, for any of us. But to have joy and spread it to others is a wonderful gift. Thank you!

    Ok... the picture of you and Dayle, I can't figure out who is who!

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    1. I'm on the left, dear Christine, in case you're still wondering. :)

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  6. Your home reminds me of you ... steadfast and beautiful!

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  7. Oh, what a testimony of God's goodness, mercy, and grace, dear friend. I am SO happy for you, and I can't even imagine how different your life must feel now compared to how you felt in that picture. God is SO good....and you are such a dear blessing!

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