I’m going to deviate from the normal quarterly report and look back at the entire year. I’m already late to this week’s blog writing, thus, I’m sabotaging the normal.
What A Year
I believe we all walked into 2021 with great hope of a reg’ler 365 day turn around the sun – yet it’s been anything but.
We all have a story to tell and 2021 has been no exception.
Personally, we have suffered loss. Lowell lost his precious mom, Margaret, on December 1. After a year long battle with cancer and treatment – it was a mishap and a broken femur that put her in a position of losing the fight. Margaret was 96 years old and a go-getter. She will be greatly missed by all of us who knew her.
2021 also brought wedding bells for three women I know – all of them I met through writing. Patti, Holly, and Leslie – 50 and 60 something women who found their new soulmates and tied the knot. I couldn’t be happier for them and pray they all have many joyful years ahead.
In Our Family
Hannah changed careers and is now a second-grade teacher. She is working toward her Florida teacher certification. I believe our girl has found her niche.
Simon graduated high school and is working as a “do everything” person in a law firm. Being unsure of what he wants to do with the rest of his life this job is perfect for him.
My one and only sibling, Peggy, celebrated her 75th in October as we gathered her big family in Charlotte, NC, and partied all day long. It was glorious.
Our adult children are fine and each doing their thing. We did get to spend Thanksgiving with “all” of them, including my wasband, and the day was another big day of food, fun, and fellowship.
There Were Hard Things
Losing Lowell’s mom has been very sad. Such a strong woman who became tired of fighting the good fight. I have moments of disbelief she is gone.
We have friends who have lost loved ones and comrades who have lost personal battles with sickness. We grieve with them and hold on to our hope with a new fierceness.
Getting my diagnosis in August was a shock YET it explained so many issues I had been having for quite a while. I do own the diagnosis but I’m also believing for a healing outcome – I know The One who made my heart and knit me together so many years ago – there is nothing too hard for Him.
My rock, my husband, Lowell is good. He has taken such good care of us this past year. Giving me lots of grace through the summer and through my crisis. I’m not sure what I would have done without him at my side.
Steadfast in Hope
That has been the theme of my life in 2021. Steadfast, the word given me at the beginning of the year has proven to be quite prophetic.
Steadfast and immovable always abounding in the Lord’s work. 1 Corinthians 15.58
This scripture has carried me – working, playing, hurting, healing and now into the new chapter of my life, retirement.
To Sum It All Up
I made a commitment on January 1, 2021 to end every blog post with a number of abortions counter and I have stayed true to it. So many precious lives lost by purposeful choice. We must stop the slaughter.
My goal to be the bearer of Truth never waivers. Truth in Love is easy when one is confident in God’s Word and His unfailing love. Ears will never get tickled here in the margins of Hope Heart Home. My retirement from a long work career is in real time now – my work email has been taken down and my work phone is going in the mail!
None of us know what lies ahead but because of Christ’s atonement on Calvary and placing our lives and hearts in His worthy hands we can be confident He’s got this. He already knows about all of it. We can live without fear regardless of anything going on around us or in us.
Thank you for traveling the year of 2021 with me. The journey is always richer with all of you.
Steadfast in Hope,
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