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May 9, 2016

It's Life!

Good Morning!!

So, it's been a while since I've posted, and this is going to be a quick post! Since the end of last year my life has been increasingly busy, but I know that things will eventually slow down to a resting phase. Here are 'just a few' of the things that have happened in the last while.

As you know I lost my mom just before Christmas last year. That in itself has been difficult. Since then, both my in-laws have been in hospital and then put into a home because of their health conditions. My mother in law then broke her arm in two places and re-fractured her hip which was replaced last year. She is still in hospital while her husband is in the home.

My brother in law had a major heart attack without warning and a major seizure just a couple of weeks ago. They had to jump him 4 different times; he was without oxygen about 10 minutes total, but amazingly he is making a 100% recovery. This, I believe, has come through the many prayers offered up for him. He is only 50 years old. My brother in law lives in the closest proximity to our parents and was taking care of all their needs. However, with him in hospital and out of commission for a while, my husband and I drove about seven hours (incl. the Ferry) and cleaned out their place in a few days time. We were not the only ones, but it was a huge job just the same. The house now has to be sold. We have made several trips back and forth in the last while.

Then, just this past week my son and his family (7) were evacuated from Fort McMurray, Alberta because of the wildfires. They are now safe with us in British Columbia, 16 hours from their home. The good news is that their house is okay (as far as we know). However, life will be quite different for them once they go back. Right now, my home is busy, but happy and full of love!

All of this, although it hasn't all happened to me directly, has impacted my life in one way or another. So you see, although I care about you all, writing on the blog couldn't be a priority in the midst of the happenings of life. Things will get back to our normal someday soon! 

In the mean time, remember 'what's' most important in life, and make sure you 'let them know' how important they are, each and every day. It's never too soon to say "I love you!" You'll regret it if you don't! 

Have a good week!


  1. Wow! Lots of things going on for you! Take care!

  2. Sending prayers to your and your families. I lost my Mom last October. My dad is away from the family and we worry about him still living in his own home and looking after his wife (he is going to be 90). Many of our friends and relatives were in either the camps or in Fort Mac. I am grateful that they all have made it out with their lives. My hubby is still in one of the north camps that is continuing to operate as it is further north. They however are on rations because of getting supplies through at the moment. Take the time you need. Live is not about blogging but family and friends.

  3. Very similar situations! I hope they get your hubby out soon!! My kids were up north st first Snd managed to get south in a window of opportunity. It was a relief!!

  4. Carmen, thank you for sharing. I will hold all of your family in my heart and prayers. This is many concerns at one time. Much love is needed from you. It is fitting that you chose a weeping willow tree for this post. Although the tree bends and "weeps" it is beautiful and in this case, it grows next to water where it can draw strength and replenish. I pray that all your loved ones receive what they need and are restored. Peace my friend.

    1. Krista, that is such a wonderful comparison! I didn't think about the tree when I posted it- just wanted to use a generic photo, one of our local park, but you're right, it truly is fitting! Thank you for that!!

  5. Sorry to hear about all your troubles Carmen, my heart goes out to you. I wish you and your family well and hope that everything settles down for you soon.

    I'm also sending you an early birthday wish for tomorrow (May 13th). Hope you are able to have a good day.

    1. Thank you, Jacq! You are the first to wish me a happy birthday too!!! Thanks!!

    2. I hope you're enjoying your birthday Carmen. :)


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