Well, then. LIVE!

Well Then…LIVE!

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.
God’s beauty.

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!  🙂


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  • Lyn

    Kim, so happy that you were able to go biking again. If you are ever in the New Hampshire please let me know I would love to get together and if I am ever your way I will let you know. Love you my sweet sister.

    • Kim

      Getting together would be so fun! Yes, please call if you’re ever down “Mississippi way”, and I’ll do the same if I go your direction. I hope you’re having a fantastic summer. Much love and hugs! 🙂

  • Roxanne

    Kim, I think about you often and whenever I do, I send up a prayer for you. Even though we have never met, you truly have been a blessing in my life. Your summer travels sound awesome! After my first bad accident 5years ago, I started a book of positive quotations during my recovery…it has Bible quotations, things I have read, things people say to me. I am adding your hubby’s quote to my book right now! Brilliant!! I also think it is so important to only be around positive people. Love you, my friend.

    • Kim

      Hi, Roxanne! Thank you very much for your prayers. I still pray for your recovery from last year, and I hope you are doing much much better these days. Your book of positive quotations is a great idea! Hubs will be glad to hear he made the cut to be included on your “chosen” list. It’s so nice to hear from you again. I would say “wouldn’t a big gathering” where we can all get together for a visit be nice”, but then it occurred to me. We’ll do that in heaven! It’ll be after a while, but we’ll have all of eternity to gather and hug and praise God together. Woohoo! 🙂

  • Robin

    I have ever really made even a mental list of places I’d like to go because 1. Funds and 2. Health. But if health and money were not an issue I would love to go everywhere. I joke and say “When I have my glorified body is just “pop in” everyplace. “ lol

    Growing up we were never a “vacationing” family. My dad was very frugal. My mom stayed home with us. We went to the shore (60 miles away) twice and stayed in a motel for a week. It was not easy with 5 people in a motel room with one bathroom, a mini fridge, and no stove. Lol We took 2 car trips to see cousins in VA when I was in grade school. 3.5 hrs in the back seat with my siblings was enough to make me scream. (I’m the oldest) There was a lot of “She’s touching me!” going on. Lol.

    I went to Disney my senior year. My friend kept scaring me when turbulence would hit and after that I didn’t really like flying. In college we took a trip to WV to my cousin’s wedding. My dad took the wrong road and it wound up being a 7 hr trip. This time we had 7 people in my dad’s Crown Victoria. While visiting we decided to take a trip up the mountain. My cousin’s idea. It was December. I drove in my cousin’s little 5 speed manual transmission putt-putt car. The rest of my family was in my dad’s car. A car came down the mountain and said it was too icy and we’d have to turn around. My cousin had no problem. My dad, well, turning around that huge car on a mountain was not easy. For a minute I was panicked. I was above them on the road, looking down at just how close they came to backing OFF the mountain while turning around. I never prayed so hard! What a trip that was! Lol

    As a younger adult I did go to the local shore for a few days here and there. And we did attend a weekend wedding in Atlanta once. My 1st husband was not one to spend money on vacations. When my kids were little my parents and grandfather rented a shore house for a week every summer for about 4 years. The kids loved it. After the 1st year I got involved in picking out the house since my father didn’t care that they had the one tv. Great for him and my grandfather watching sports all day, but not so great for the rest of us. Lol so I made sure we had at least 2 TVs. It was great when we had THREE! The shore was more for the kids than us. I couldn’t be in the heat too long so my beach time was short. I couldn’t wait to get home ! Lol

    I did go to the Bahamas on my honeymoon in 2012. That was nice despite having food restrictions and having to bring my own food on the plane and my own breakfast to the restaurant and have them cook it.

    We went to Disney in 2014 and my daughter swam with the Beluga whale. That was so worth any ag on the trip! (Even my ears killing me enough to make me cry flying there and back)

    Now that I think about it, I have always thought about going to New England. I would like to visit the shore in the summer and also go in the fall to see all the trees changing color. Maybe one day. Oh and a trip to a yarn factory when they are having a huge tent sale would also be nice. But I’d have to bring mega funds and a uhaul. Hahahaha

    • Kim

      Haha! Yes, you must remember the U-Haul! 🙂 Dreams have nothing to do with reality, remember? You must put realities of money and health aside and d-r-e-a-m a little. I dream of those faraway places, knowing it will probably never happen. But, if God wills it, it will happen. I wouldn’t want to go without His blessing anyway. Sounds like you have some really good memories from earlier travels (except the airplane). New England in summer and fall does sound nice! I’ll holler at you if I hear of a “yarn barn” sale. Hugs! 🙂

  • Pam Richardson

    Kim, I am beyond thrilled that you made this trip and enjoyed it so much. Praise to the Father for His wonderful blessings. I have certainly missed you and I can’t wait to see some of those photos. We have been working in the house all summer, but we will hit the road soon, but where I don’t know! Blessings my friend!

    • Kim

      Hi, Pam! I’ve missed you, too, and I imagine you’re avoiding the heat these days. Are you working on indoor house projects? I’m confident that you and Renaissance Man will come up with wonderful locations for future travels. Big hug! 🙂

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