Monday, April 12, 2010

who does that?

We were talking the other night  
about all of the comments
left here and at my daughter's blog;
about all of the love, support from *friends*.
One of the *male* participants in the conversation  says:
"Who does that?"
Who comments to *strangers*?
Well. Apparently,
YOU do!
You girls are the best!

My heart has been touched.
THANK YOU so much.

I've cried , I've laughed, I've prayed.

I've watched my grand-boys.
I've mothered my 13-year old.
('s always about the music)
I've encouraged my Miss G 
as her boyfriend heads back to bible college.
(tears and thankfulness)
I've fought with my husband.
(hey...just keepin' it real know what happens with stress.)
I've reached a major goal
(I'll tell ya about that later)
I've finished my taxes
(don't ask how that went)
and I've made up with my husband.
It has been a week of up and downs.
Someone said to  me:
"It's been a rough week"
Heck, it's been a rough decade.
oh, the tears...
 the pain,  the losses,  the rejection,  the changes,
 the emptying of the nest.

Psalm 86

Hear, O LORD, and answer me, 

 for I am poor and needy.

 Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. 

       You are my God;

 save your servant  who trusts in you.

 Have mercy on me, O Lord, 

       for I call to you all day long.

Bring joy to your servant,  

for to you, O Lord, 

       I lift up my soul.

 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, 

       abounding in love to all who call to you.

 Hear my prayer, O LORD; 

       listen to my cry for mercy.

 In the day of my trouble
I will call to you, 

       for you will answer me.

but it has been a decade of blessings.
oh the joy...  
the new daughters-in-laws and a son-in-law, 
 the  grandbabies,
 the provision of the Lord, 
Oh, the mercy and grace.

 For you are great and do marvelous deeds
 you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O LORD,

 and I will walk in your truth; 

give me an undivided heart, 

 that I may fear your name.

I will praise you, O Lord my God,

with all my heart; 

I will glorify your name forever.

For great is your love toward me; 

 you have delivered me 

from the depths of the grave.

for you, O LORD, 

have helped me and comforted me.




My daughter is doing OK...and my husband is doing OK, too.
We see the cardiologist on Wednesday...
I wanted to show you a peek 
at what I've taken a few minutes hours 
to work on in my bedroom.
It is something that is dear to my heart
and helps me to remember my blessings.


Anonymous said...

God is so Good how He puts people in our lives - the world of blogging has been wonderful for me in that way also!!

Sounds like the clouds are clearing a bit for you finally and I am so happy to hear that!

bee blessed

Faded Charm said...

You have been in my thoughts and prayers, Rene. These kinds of things only make us stronger. Best wishes to you and you family.

Take care,


raggygirlvintage said...

Rene', you are such a blessing, blessings to you. You and your family have been much in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us.
"The future is as bright as the promises of God"

Linda said...

I am so sorry to hear of what your family has been through~it's hard to know why we experience so much at once sometimes. I am glad of and inspired by your deep faith...I will keep you in my prayers in the days ahead...

Melly said...

What a beautiful post, Rene! We have such a loving Father.

I want to say thank you, to you for taking the time to visit with me and to encourage me. You are such a beautiful blessing and I know I'm not the only one who feels that way. Isn't it wonderful how God can use anything to bring people together.

Cynthia K. said...

Rene` ~ So glad to see you felt like posting tonight. I dropped by a couple of times to check on you. Thought of you often and prayed for your family (so grateful He is our burden-bearer).

My thought is that we who commented and prayed for you are not strangers - we are your friends. Haven't seen your face or heard your physical voice but we certainly have met you heart-to-heart. We've heard your thoughts, opinions, hopes and plans. We've seen your home, your decorating, your pets and your family. We know your faith, your personality, your love and kindness. Oh, yes, we know you. And we're so glad we do.

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

podso said...

A wonderful, real post, but with the grace of focusing on the blessings as well as the hard things. Blessings,
dotsie (podso)

A Cottage Muse said...

I admire your faith and strength. Very happy you are back! I love the Always & Forever tag! I would love to get one for my upcoming 25th anniversary...that is what we have engraved on our wedding rings!

FlowerLady said...

What a lovely post about God's goodness in your life. May you all continue to feel his Love, Healing and Peace surrounding you each and every day.

FlowerLady said...

It's been too long since I visited. Easter vacation was fun, but I'm way behind on my blogging. I love your post, gotta check out earlier ones to get the whole story. I love your week in a list! I think we've all been there LOL. I'm off to read what else is going on in Miss Gracie's house. Lisa

Sandi said...

Been thinking about you so much and praying for you too. I was telling my husband last night about your daughter's loss *again* and the tears came once more. He replied,*She will see them again in Heaven* to which I said, "I know , but a mother wants her babies in her arms NOW".

I am so thankful for a God who loves, cares and hurts with us...and pulls us back out of the pit!

Paula said...

Dear Sweet Rene`,
I am so happy to see you are back!!! The vintage images you shared are so sweet, and the thoughts you shared are so sweet!!! The nicest girlies I have ever met are my blogging friends. God has been so good to bless me with so many sweet and true friends through blogging! You are one of them!!!! :) I was so blessed by all you wrote and the beautiful verses you shared! God is so faithful! Your faith in Him is so strong! You are an inspiration to me! I will be praying for your hubby as you all go to the cardiologist this week. I know how scary it is. I love what you have done in your bedroom. The vignette is gorgeous and I love the photo of you and your hubby. Thank you for sharing! Love you, Paula

jAne said...

The valley is where the fertile soil is - to grow - to recall blessings and walk ever closer with Him. So thankful for His provision in your lives. He's so faithful. <><

Bless you,
jAne *

It's me said...

I will glorify your name forever............God is so good!!

And so are you.............

Blessings my dear !!! and lots of strength...........hugs from me Ria

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I probably should just pass on this...but it definately has been some rough days. As I type this I am trying to get the strength to sit in the chemo chair AGAIN. God is so good and is there with us through the tough weeks and years...I need to remind myself of that today!! Thanks for your post.

The Tattered Cottage said...

Rene -
Such a wonderful, from the heart, honest post. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, life IS good and always a necessity to count our blessings. There are always more of those than not. What's the alternative? Not so good, huh! LOL!

Blessings to you!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Rene.. think of you often and love your post... The sun is hopefully starting to strut it's stuff. Blessings

The Tin Rabbit said...

You've been in my thoughts and will continue to be in my prayers~happy you are back to posting...xo

BellaRosa said...

Rene amor, I love how you keep it real in your post :) Keeping you and your loved ones in my thoughts. Have a lovely week and I know everything will be ok for your amors Dr's appt. Besos, Rose

Lynn said...

A beautiful testimony of your family's faith in Him. It has been said, that "without the rain there would be no rainbow". What a blessing your posts are to all of us, especially me.