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Friends

2017 has been a difficult year for me. I lost 2 very dear friends. A person who I came to believe was my best friend,

and my  best furry friend,

my Georgia Grace.                                 20141220_111741

At times, I still have trouble believing either happened, I don’t believe I will ever truly understand.

Life is funny like that, I guess.  Looking back , I have wondered what I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve done differently…..so many things.  If only……

I came across this on Pinterest and loved it, it says so much:

“Not everything is supposed to become something beautiful and long-lasting.  Sometimes people come into your life to show you what is right and what is wrong, to show you who you can be, to teach you to love yourself to make you feel better for a little while, or to just be someone to walk with at night and spill your life to. Not everyone is going to stay forever, and we still have to keep on going and thank them for what they have given us.”

Emery Allen

So thank you, for we did have many wonderful talks, I did spill my life, you listened so graciously.  I will always be thankful for your friendship, and cherish that time.

As for Georgia Grace, her paw prints will forever be on my heart.

Life goes on, I have made new friends, grown closer to old friends.

To those dear ones who have been there through thick and thin, thank you so much for your love, your faithfulness, putting up with me!  It’s so wonderful to know there are friends who stay. I promise you, I stay.

In 2018 I’m looking forward to making happy memories, long wonderful talks with my …. new friends and dear forever friends.

There’s nothing like a dear friend to sit and talk with….well…..

there is Tom Selleck.

Happy 2018!!

God bless,

Tina

red bird round sticker

 

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This New Life

I have contemplated “Blogging” for some time now. Do I have anything to say that would interest anyone? Well, I’m hoping I do!!

Goodness, where do I start? Time….doesn’t it just fly?!!  Let me back up a bit. Some important info about me. For as far back as I can remember, all I ever wanted was to *get married and be a Mama. (Well, I got it out of order…but that’s for another day.) I’m not so sure that *this  is a good thing. When you .. spend your life.. living for your husband and children, eventually they grow up and…go… it was a hard thing.

Seems like yesterday… I had babies at home, life was about planning menus, diapers, potty training then those first days of kindegarten, pta meetings…making lunches,
help with homework, and getting them to school on time. They needed me “back then.”  Before I knew it they graduated high school and were in college.
Both girls went to college locally, so it didn’t feel so different.

My oldest daughter, fell quickly and madly in love with a young man we’d known and loved forever…..  It was a whirlwind romance…then a wedding. She was no longer in “my house” and I missed her so much… but she was right down the road. I could pick up the phone and call her, and my new son in law was wonderful, so it was “fairly easy.” Did I say “easy?”

One day, my youngest daughter said she “wanted to talk to me.” Oh me, that wasn’t usually good. I prepared myself as she told me…. she,  was joining the Army.

Of course!!! I was proud..very proud!!! But at the same time so scared of this unknown.  I believe I called her recruiting officer and told him NEVER EVER call my house again, but he called back, (despite my hanging up on him time after time)…. despite all that, she signed on that dotted line.
Before long, she was on her way to Boot Camp.

For the first time… since I was 24 years old…I had an “empty nest.” The very words bring tears to my eyes.

Those were some miserable weeks. I had never really been away from her.  She spent time with her Dad,  brief visits, but this was different.
I missed sitting and talking with her, watching movies together, going on walks….missed her voice. I missed my baby!

She completed the weeks of Boot Camp … and I survived!
We drove the 13 hours to Columbia, South Carolina for Family Day and Graduation. Will never forget seeing
“my girl”  ….”my Soldier”…. that first time.

My, how she had changed.

She was so different.

The Army/Boot Camp grew her.  I once again, was a Proud, Proud Mama.

But come to find out this few weeks was just preparation for the real trial because
She was being stationed……   in Korea.
She was excited…. I.was.devastated.

Many tears and letters later, that year came to an end, My girl came home.   Of course, that was a short visit and off she went to her next duty station.

Dont let anyone ever tell you that Empty Nest isn’t real!!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empty_nest_syndrome

It took much prayer, alot of patience from my husband, encouragement from friends, but I got through it.
My oldest had her first child…my first grandbaby,  while my youngest was in Korea. That baby girl was a lifeline for me.

Life is not the same after your children leave the nest.
Even if they need to return from time to time, it is never the same.  Finding purpose for this ” new life ” is so important, and it truly is ..a new life.

I am working on mine…and
making progress!!!

 

God bless,

Tina