Hi folks...I have not forgotten about my blog or my readers. I actually think about all of it often. The past few months have been extremely busy and we have been dealing with some personal health issues that hopefully are now heading in the right direction. So, I am ready to start writing and sharing again!
Can you believe it is July? This summer is just flying past me. Our kiddos have been out of school for a month now. It's hard to believe. How is your summer going? We have been busy with camps, but now things slow down for a few weeks and I am very excited about the potential relaxation. The weather here in SC has been so strange. We normally get a stray shower in the summer but it has been raining and thunderstorms almost every day. My kids just want to go to the pool and beach, so please Mr. Sun come out soon!!!
Tomorrow my middle child turns 5 years old. Whoa!!! How is this possible? It feels like yesterday she was born. She is such a kind, sweet soul. I feel as if this past year she has really grown into her self and is becoming such a young little lady. We had her birthday party at the waterpark this past weekend. It was so fun to see her with her friends and truly enjoying herself. I will post her birthday interview tomorrow. She cracks me up!
Her birthday is always bittersweet for me. I wish it wasn't and I suppose with time it won't be...you see my Dad passed away two days after she was born. The last time I spoke with him was the day after she was born and he was so excited about her name (we named her after my Mom). SO.....yes it is hard for me. Yes, I believe time aids in the healing process but to me sadness feels deeply rooted. It feels like it never truly goes away. Even though most days are happy; sadness can be easily brought to the surface through things like memories.
I miss my Dad every day. I think about him (and my Mom) on a daily basis. I wish they were here to share the girls. They would love them so much. I know they still love them, it is just on a different level right now. Faith and courage help me through days like this. I'm not supposed to understand God's plan. I do know that God provides me with what I need and also gives me glimpses of my parents in my children. Hearing their laughter reminds me of my Dad's very contagious laugh. Listening to my oldest daughter talk (A LOT) reminds me of my Mom who would talk even if no one was listening! These are gifts from God and I am so thankful for these moments.
So, even though some days are rough and sadness comes to the surface...there is always joy too....IF I just close my eyes and open my ears!
Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
~Fanny J. Crosby
Hi I'm Jen, married to my best friend for 16 years and a Mom to 3 beautiful, energetic daughters. My blog is about life, learning to live with Grace and Girls Raised In The South (GRITS). Thanks for spending some time in my small part of the world! I hope you find a story you can relate to and you'll want to come back!
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