I feel like I haven’t been as active on A Virtuous Woman for quite a long time. And I’ve been wanting to share with you things that are going on, but at the same time I tend to be very private and I have a hard time writing when life is stressful. The last two years have just been tough. I kept thinking things would get easier but life is just as hectic and maybe more stressful than ever.
Part of the reason, I think, that I haven’t been posting as much is that I “feel” like I need to always be posting things that are “helpful” and sometimes I’m just not able to offer much emotionally because life isn’t always easy or neat and things don’t always fall into place. I want to get past that and just start writing again. I don’t always need to share with you, my sweet readers, the best tips and tricks. Sometimes it would be okay to just share, right?
So, I am going to give you a quick update and hopefully I’ll be able to share more with you soon. First of all, my oldest daughter, Sarah, who spent most of last year very sick, in the hospital, and nearly died from Crohn’s Disease, got engaged at the end of January to a fine young man she’s been dating for about three years. I’ve been meaning to share about all of that and I still plan to – the wedding is on September 24.
In March my sweet mama was diagnosed with a rare, but very aggressive form of breast cancer. She’s been undergoing chemo treatments for the last few weeks and is looking at having surgery at the end of the summer. She’s so precious to me and learning that she has cancer was one of the most devastating things I think I’ve ever faced. The good news is that she caught the cancer early. I would, of course, appreciate your prayers for my mom. Her name is Susan and she has such a sweet heart for the Lord.
In April, my son, James, and his wife, Hannah Claire, moved away from where they were living 1/2 a mile from me to the Chattanooga area and while I know it was a good decision – my son needs to finish up his degree – I miss them.
My daughter Emily will be moving away to go to a university this August, too, and Sarah will be getting married in September and moving to Michigan.
Last weekend our sweet dog, Madeline, who we’ve had for over ten years since she was just 8 weeks old passed away very unexpectedly and that was devastating to our family. I miss hearing her happy barks when we come home!
Anyway, so many changes in a short amount of time and I’m not really ready for all of those changes! So, if you’ve wondered why I’m not posting as much – that’s the short story version. I’m working on lots of ideas for A Virtuous Woman and have plans to finish up that study on the Book of Job that I started a few weeks ago… plus lots more. Bear with me! Lots to come this summer here at A Virtuous Woman! I hope you’re summer is going well!
P.S. I don’t want to suggest that my life is all bad or sad in anyway. Here’s a short family video I put together from our last few months… So many sweet memories. I love my family!