2018…It Was (not) a Very Good Year…

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A lot of good things happened in the past year…

I painted the inside of my home, all by myself, and I also finished the inside of my tiny, tiny building out back, not by myself at all, creating a crafting Studio.

I turned 70 years old.  How the heck did that happen?!

My friends treated me to two birthday celebrations, one planned, and one a huge surprise!

My Australians visited!  One of them twice!

I made four trips to Wisconsin, one of which celebrated my dad’s 94th birthday.  Go Dad!

I am healthy, mobile, and busy.

I have my faith, family, and friends.  I’ve had really happy, grateful days.

And then,

My brother, Reed, lost his life after a four year battle, and I do mean battle, with prostate cancer.  He lived right up to the last bit, and set a pretty high bar for courage.

My step-dad suffered a health crisis that lasted four months, and involved daily hospital visits, rehab, two assisted living moves, and more. 

And then, my baby sister, Paige, unexpectedly died of heart failure in early December.  She was the kindest, most hopeful, loving, caring, generous-spirited, sweetest, funniest soul anyone ever received the graces to meet and to have in her/his life.

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And that is why I didn’t do Christmas cards this year.

God gives us only what we can handle, they say.  I handled it.  I’m full up, though.  From my mouth to God’s ears.   

And so, Amen.

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About Horton Hears Herself

Here I am, listening to myself for the first time in my life! I like what I am hearing, most of the time. This time of listening to myself, discovering myself, and learning how to have my dream life is a rocky path with surprises, good and bad.

3 responses »

  1. I am so so sorry. Oh just such sorrow in one family. I love your blog! Love Linda Howell Off to book club at Diane’s on Fri nite. We read Clara and Mr tiffany. If you read it…look at the work on Google….sometimes you see it on Antique roadshow…lamps. >

  2. That’s so much Deb. Two siblings. Turning 70 I felt so grateful to be here…but yes, it’s a mortality market, and yours was visceral and mournful.

    You get a complete pass….on whatever you want. You are loved near and far. I’m so grateful you went to NC and had such good times with your sibs.

    ❤Katherine

    On Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 7:32 AM Horton Hears Herself wrote:

    > Horton Hears Herself posted: “A lot of good things happened in the past > year… I painted the inside of my home, all by myself, and I also finished > the inside of my tiny, tiny building out back, not by myself at all, > creating a crafting Studio. I turned 70 years old. How the heck did” >

  3. Thanks for sharing your heart, Debbie. There are tough times and then there are REALLY tough times. I hope 2019 will bring you all that you need and that you’ll continue to be blessed with faith, family and friends. Peace and love, Laurie Flinn

    On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 7:31 AM Horton Hears Herself wrote:

    > Horton Hears Herself posted: “A lot of good things happened in the past > year… I painted the inside of my home, all by myself, and I also finished > the inside of my tiny, tiny building out back, not by myself at all, > creating a crafting Studio. I turned 70 years old. How the heck did” >

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