It has almost been a month since I last posted anything. It seems that the time has been so filled with emotions and happenings that it has flown by. We are still at Tamra and Dave’s home, but we are preparing to go back our own house this weekend. We have been working on getting their home cleaned up and the room for the older boys finished while they are away on a Dune trip up in Idaho. We are hoping to have their home ready, the room done, and us out by the time they have come back on Saturday. We appreciate them opening up their home to us during this time. What wonderful friends.
While we have been here some things have happened that have managed a bit of an emotional upheaval in my life. My husband had put in his last day at his job. He is now officially un-employed and working on finishing those things which he had to keep putting off due to the demands of his work. It has been nice to have him home. We are discussing what his next move is going to be regarding his career. We both feel really good about this and feel that there are innumerable possibilities open to us right now.
My Grandmother passed away this month. I’m sure she is happier now with her husband and her children who had passed on before. She is no longer in any pain or discomfort, and she isn’t lonely for her best friend anymore either. I do miss her. She was a great lady who raised great children. She was my last grandparent to pass away, and that also saddens me. Tamra’s mom sang The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha for her funeral. I love that song, and I was one of many who cried while it was sang. My Grandma loved that song. Which is why it was sang, of course. I look forward to meeting her again.
We have decided to take our home off of the market for a time. We still feel like we are supposed to move, but we have decided we need to do some work on the home and yard and we are not sure how much work it will turn out to be. It has also been hard not being able to just be a family when we feel the need because we always need to be ready in case somebody wanted to see the house. I want to be able to focus more on our children than on the house. I need that. I think they do, too.
I just finished reading Persuasion by Jane Austen. I love that book. It is an interesting look at when and why people should marry, but it is even more about the type of character a person should have. At least that is my opinion. Is it better to be persuadable or to be firm? There are, of course, extremes to both that are unwise. The key is to be persuadable when you should be persuaded and to be firm when you should be firm. How do we know? by listening to the Spirit. If we strive to be humble and teachable then He will let us know when we should be persuadable and when we should be firm. Not that it spoke of that in the book, but that is what I got from it.
Right now I am researching the Great Depression, Black Tuesday, and I think I need to pick up The Fourth Turning again. I also will be researching the history of Russia and China and how they became communist states. I am also going to start reading Machiavelli’s The Prince for a book club. And I have started reading Saving On A Shoestring which I just picked up from the bookstore for $2. And while we are on the subject of books, I am glad the Harry Potter series is over. I loved the seventh book, and I am grateful for the closure. Tamra teased me that I was reading it too fast and that I should slow down and “savor” it. LOL. Nah! I can go back and revisit the book if I need to savor it. I finished it in a day, and then I could move on and not feel completely caught up in it anymore. Perhaps I need to learn more patience. Oh, well.
Stand for Something.