Sunday, September 18, 2011

Two thirds into this year...

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”~ Alfred D'Souza

I can't believe that we are already halfway through September.  
I look back and remember my word for this year..."breathe"...
I realize that I DID breathe deeply so far this year. 
Has it all been easy?  NO but... 
I am at peace with the things that I cannot change.  
I stress less.  
I am enjoying the process of life.

Some of you were reading this blog last year when my son was struggling with his health and partially lost his sight...and you know that he has an inoperable condition.  A few months ago he started complaining about headaches...and our first reaction was to start worrying once again.  His doctor sent him for blood tests and when the results came in it was found that he has very high cholesterol levels.  He changed his diet and the headaches stopped.  It is quite possible that it was this that caused the brain haemorrhage last year.  We discussed this and he just said that his relationship with the Lord would not have been as close if it didn't happen.  Everything happens for a reason.

I have been to see the chiropractor twice now.  The first week I had 4 headache free days and that was a biggie for me.  I can live with pain in my neck and shoulders but the headaches just bowled me out;-)  I am hoping that over time even the neck and shoulder pain will become history.

The children should be moving to their own home by the end of October.  
My dreams of an empty just that, a DREAM.  
We will be travelling to Cape Town next weekend to fetch my DD.  She wants to come home.  I will be blogging more on this soon.  Suffice to say...we still have a couple of mountains that we have to climb.

How has your year been so far?  
Have you got a word for this year?  
Are you living up to it?



  1. I didn't choose a word for this year. Not sure why.

    But I am gobsmacked that this year has moved by us so fast.

    And yay to an empty nest - although i very much doubt your home will ever be without children.

    I'll be with you every step that you take xxx

  2. I didn't have a word this year but I can say that your word is a really good one! Especially with all that is going on in your life!!! I know you are handling it with grace!

  3. Tell me about it...this year has flown by...i still cannot believe its Sep!

    What your son said....I get it. We went through something in 2006 and as bad as it was, I would do choose to have it over again, because it made me who I am today, it has given me the marriage I have today and made me realise so many many things.

  4. Hi Lynette! So happy to hear that you are starting to feel better. I think it is terrific that you are taking inventory of your year so far and I agree that time seems to be flying by. So happy that your daughter is coming home. You must be excited. We just moved my youngest daughter to her own place yesterday. It feels so weird to officially have an empty nest although it has felt quite empty for some time as she was always out and about and busy. I cleaned out the remains of her room last night and it felt so permanent. My husband and I feel like we are back to the beginning again. I guess life is just a full circle. It does feel good to just be back to us.

  5. Wow, that is great news. I love the picture you chose too, can totally identify, just when I think I am up and over it, something else makes me realize that I am only half-way through.Heres to strength for the journey.

  6. glad the chiro is working!

    Yay to one set of kids moving, hopefully you won't regret the non-empty nest :)

    Yes, I am living my word - I plastered it EVERYWHERE so it reminds me every single day and I find when I'm tempted to dither, I think "courage" and do the brave thing.

    Just tonight I signed up to contribute to my 3rd book of the year :)

  7. Bianca wants to come home?! That is HUGE news!!!! Yay!!! I hope??? Let's hope that this is the beginning of restoration & not going to add to your stress levels. SO happy to hear your headaches are so much improved. I chose a word this year. Prioritise. I did that for sure. Can't do everything though so the stuff I didn't prioritise hasn't happened & I rather wish I could just achieve it all - but at least I have stuck with my word & seen it through. It has resulted in me feeling worn out though & I could do with a holiday!!

  8. My word is Faith this year... and so far, it's been working :)

    I am glad to hear that son's (and yours) headaches are subsiding :):):):)

    And that is WONDERFUL news about DD!!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

  9. It sounds very promising on your side! On all fronts!
    "Breathe" seems to have been working! I'm glad. Especially about DD!

    My word "energy" has not helped much... I need a kick on my bum! ;-)

  10. I was just recently pondering my word for the year and thinking I got off to a cracking start and then "life" got in the way and ruined all my plans. we need to focus L and the rest of the year will be fine :-)
    PS: so glad the Physio is helping!!

  11. So glad you've stayed true to this year's word. "Breath" is a fabulous word!
    I can hardly believe it's halfway through September! Before we can blink, it will be Christmas!

  12. "She wants to come home" - beautiful words. Hang on to those when the mountains seem too big.


  13. That quote at the start of your post is so true Lynette. We are always postponing living until we get through something or waiting to achivbe something. Instead, we should just LIVE every day.
    I hope your health keeps on improving and that you will be pain free soon.
    I had a look at all your double layouts you posted last week and they are really stunning. Keep on creating... it's good for the soul. :)
    Have a wonderful week. xx

  14. SO glad things are looking up.

    My business partner is adamant that one "never gets rid of your kids" and his are both in their 30s - so there you go!

    As to my word - or phrase "light on the breath of God." Really, to an extend in some instances, or not at all.

  15. GREAT share Lynette, and I am glad to hear that you are feeling better! : )

  16. I can't quite wrap my head around the reality that we're almost at the end of September. God sure knows how to draw His children closer. Hope things work out with your dd returning - I'm 'guessing' there's some apprehension about it?

    Hope your headaches keep getting less and less - as a migraine sufferer I understand the elation at having a day without pain.


  17. So glad your pain issues are being sorted. My word for the year is Gratitude. I am trying to live in a spirit of gratitude which as you might know is often easier said than done. I have done really well this year, in fact, I have just blogged about it.

  18. O Lynette , thats a lotta news here alrite !

    I have meant to send you an email months way earlier before seeing your 3 questions here - I think I still will . lol .

    I would have to say my word for the year is Acceleration ! but I will have to explain more.

  19. Ai vriendin, ek kry so skaam dat ek so vasgevang was, nee, IS, dat ek nooit eens jou blog gelees het nie.
    Sommer so, so terloops sê jy jou dogter kom huis toe. Dis 'n groot aankondiging vir so 'n kort sinnetjie. Ek bid dat jy wysheid en genade sal ontvang om dit te kan hanteer soos Hy van ons vra. Gister was dit 12 jaar sedert ons beste vriende se dogter dood is in 'n motorongeluk en dit het my daardie tyd geleer, dit maak nie saak hoe erg ons kinders is nie, ek sit veel eerder met die terleurstelling, die pyn, die woede en die hartsee, as wat ek langs 'n graf vir my kind moet kuier.
    Ek en jy moet nog een dag van aangesig tot aangesig oor 'n koppie koffie kuier. Ek wens soms so dat ek nader aan jou was, sodat ek sekf vir jou 'n vet druk kon gee, maar intussen stuur ek vir jou 'n Engel om by jou te wees.

  20. Wow... just catching up cos I am so seldom on the computer these days... but wow, B wants to come home? Can't wait to hear all the details :)
    If I had to choose a word for this year so far... it would have to be "breathless"... cos I just haven't stopped running. My life is busy, busy, busy.... but busy is good :)

  21. I love that quote Lynette, thanks for sharing. Need to write it down and remind myself. The honesty in your blog entry is fresh and raw, thank you. I think we hide behind this screen we sit in front of and don't often share the depth of our true emotions.

    I have some ideas about those head aches, e-mail me some more details (where, when, type of pain, etc) and let me see what I can do to steer you in the right direction.

    Have a great day gal!


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