Why didn’t I write a post for nearly two weeks? (Where does the time go?)
My last post was for those of you in a prodigal season, The Best Remedy: Live Your Life! Well, that advice can apply to those in a season of illness, as well.
I guess you might be wondering where the heck I’ve been and what the heck I’ve been up to.
Here’s What I’ve Been Up To:
I’ve found that when you eat healthy foods, you feel so good that you’re ready to start doing life again. Others might think you’re crazy and may advise against it. But, I feel when you’re battling illness, you need positive things (and positive people) included in your days. Isn’t that what we live for – relationships that glorify God? Well then…live! 🙂
September of last year was the last long distance motorcycle trip hubby and I took. At the time, I knew things were different (and suddenly hard!) while we were on that trip, but we didn’t yet know why. The health bombs that dropped in November and December suddenly began a new path of continual testing, doctor visits, etc. You know the drill. A new full-time job.
It felt like we were never going to go off on another trip and have fun again. Three weeks ago, I realized there was no reason to NOT go, so we entertained the idea and a plan came together. The next week, I visited my parents and had a wonderful week of relaxation and fun. I got to go antiquing for the first time since last August (hard to believe it’d been nearly a year)!
Upon returning home, hubs and I left the next day for a motorcycle trip in upper New York state and Canada. Niagara Falls was new to me, and it was wonderful to feel the cool mist on my face after a hot afternoon’s motorcycle ride across Canada from Detroit (our starting point). The Catskill Mountains are nothing like our favorites in Colorado and other parts of the country, but the scenery was breath-taking. And, the weather was nice and cool for our riding days (except that first one to Niagara Falls).
I never knew how beautifully lush are the rolling hills in New York, dotted with quaint farms and small towns much like here in the south. I felt so at home there!
On our way home through Kentucky, we encountered a horrible storm, but we were in the truck by that time, pulling the motorcycle on our trailer behind us. The scenery post-storm as the sun went down was amazing! (Now, if I can ever get my iPhone to download the pics to my laptop, you’ll see what I mean.) Hubs said it best,
You have to go through the storm
in order to appreciate the beauty after.
Truth. We’ve seen that to be true of life storms, as well. You know.
After returning home, I realized how much it helped my general outlook to plan things for the future. Making far-reaching plans for the future boosts your health attitude and mood. It’s sort of a statement of trust in God – that, Lord willing, you know He will provide the way. He loves you!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Start by dreaming. What have you always thought your family would do someday? Where have you imagined going? Do you currently have ongoing annual traditions?
In a recent conversation with our son, we discussed yearly beach trips in the coming years, and all that would entail. That’s when I knew. That was a dream – including future grandchildren, future son- and daughter-in-law-to-be. The whole conglomerate of individual family “nests” meeting at the beach for future family gatherings! These dreams should be committed to our family calendar. The time is now – or at least soon. 🙂
So, I ask you. What have you always wanted to do? Where have you always said you’d like to go? Paris? London? Australia? Germany? Austria? Switzerland? (That’s on my list, along with Israel.) After reading this post, what are your new potential plans? I can hardly wait to hear. I’ve missed you! 🙂