Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
This month has been spent outdoors (even with all of the pollen). I can’t remember a spring that I have ever enjoyed as much as this one. It’s been beautiful with a few rough storms. We even drove through a tornado last night! More on that later. If you’re not familiar with the south, in the springtime everything opens up and starts blooming, everything is in various shades of green (even the cars and anything outside!), but it’s beautiful. Even while you’re sneezing and blowing your nose.
This month started off with Easter and it was our best one ever. The most perfect weather, both of my daughters and their families here. We had a big celebration that lasted the whole weekend with bonfires and smores, Easter egg hunts, games, and lots and lots of food (see pics below). I told my husband that my heart is so full of gratitude that it could just bust. It took a lot to get here.
We’ve weathered many storms in our 30-year marriage. But to watch my girls (one of which was missing for over five years deep in the throes of a heroin addiction). To see that woman now happy, healthy, and thankful every single day giving the lord the full credit that he deserves. She was given a second chance and she is taking full advantage of it. She is now in a wonderful relationship with a man we absolutely love, she has mended the relationship with our oldest granddaughter and even added a brand new addition who we are just nuts about!
My youngest daughter has never been young. I always joke that she was born at age 40 (she’s 28). She is my responsible by the book one. She is a finance whiz and a medical technician who is spending her days vaccinating people for Covid. I never worry about her because she is the most capable person I have ever known.
I’ll never forget one time she was driving my husband’s new car to school and had left the headlights on and the battery died (she was actually famous for stunts like this in high school. Once even leaving her driver’s side door open and her car running all through school!) Anyway, she didn’t want to have to tell her father so she called the dealership where we bought the car and had them talk her through jumping the battery! What 16-year-old kid would think to do that! She’s far from perfect that kid, but her heart couldn’t be bigger.
Even my son who couldn’t make it has made a complete turnaround with the help of AA meetings. He has been alcohol-free for 8 months and I am so proud of him. When he faced timed me on Easter morning in his suit headed to church I was overwhelmed. It’s funny, I’ve had a touch and go relationship with God all of my life brought on by my own life experiences and traumas, but when I looked at my family this weekend those here and those absent I realized that God has been with me every single day of my life even when I wasn’t giving him the credit he deserved.
You can say I found God last Sunday because I finally saw him with my very own eyes. After years of slamming the door in God’s face, I’m finally opening the door and letting him in. It’s scary, this faith thing. We’ll see. Still not going to church though.
My husband and I took a long drive on Saturday. We’re wanting to purchase some land within a 150-mile radius of Gatlinburg in either NC or TN. We want just a couple of acres of land along a river or LG creek that we can build on our own. I don’t know if you remember my story The Bend In The River, but this is the area we’re looking in. There has to be some reason that river pulls to me every time I go past it. So we got off of the highway and drove some of the most gorgeous terrains I’ve ever seen.
We will know when we find that perfect spot and we’re not in any hurry and are enjoying the hunt tremendously! On our way home last night just miles from our house we went through a storm so bad we couldn’t see and we had to pull over. The radio came across called for a tornado warning right where we were at. They said we probably wouldn’t see it because it was rain-wrapped and we didn’t receive any damage. A few minutes later we made our way back home. A couple of roads over there was some damage, but we were fine.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado https://www.BakingInATornado.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope https://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Menopausal Mother http://www.menopausalmom.com/