1am sharp I woke up and looked at the clock. Unusual for me (believe it or not). Now y’all know I wake up crazy early nearly every day, but it’s almost guaranteed to be at least 2am or after, & usually closer to 4 or 5. Then it hit me. Today is April 5th, the day my world changed forever & the day that Daddy died, & 1am was the EXACT hour that that heartbreaking phone call came.
I so vividly remember Howard answering the phone, and saying, “Molly, your daddy just died.” Absolute disbelief.
The unbelievable shock and gut-wrenching heartache was nightmarish. We threw on clothes & raced straight to Edith and Daddy’s house to see him one more time before Wells got there. He was laid back in his recliner & looked as if he had just drifted off to sleep watching a ballgame, like he did so often. (and had that night, for which we’re forever thankful)
But on top of the terrible grief was the fact that it was Easter morning, a day that epitomizes hope and joy. We went back home, numb with shock, and decided to do what we’d always done every single morning of my life. We got dressed & went to our sunrise service. Somehow, I felt like I just HAD to be there. My heart was absolutely broken & I was numb with grief… & yet I KNEW without certainty where Daddy was - in the arms of Jesus & reunited with his parents, & being at church among people I love gave me comfort.
Tears flow down my cheek this morning as I type this, but I’m also so thankful, & look forward to the day when I’m reunited with Daddy and hear his voice saying, “Hey, sugar” one more time.
Lessons I've Learned from My Dog:
It's been four days since we lost our sweet dog, Snowy. Yesterday was the first day where I've seriously not outright SOBBED at some point during the day…
I know it's hard to fathom, but this has truly been just as painful as losing a family member for us… Though definitely not the same experience as when we lost my daddy, it has been by far a close second for me…
When a little dog has shared your home for nearly two decades, been right by your side every minute, and slept right beside you nearly every night of her life, she's no longer a dog. She's a family member.
No matter the experience in life, whether good or bad, there are always lessons we can learn, and these are some I learned from life with Snowy ~#LifeWithSnowy #OneEyedGirl
Lessons I’ve Learned from My Dog:
I haven't cried this many tears since the day my daddy died.
For nearly eighteen years she's loved us, always right here by my side.
Her sassy ways and bossiness got the best of me some days.
But that wagging tail and precious face made me forgive her feisty ways.
The years passed by, and she took part with family and friends.
Our ever-present sleeping partner, with us till the end.
From camping trips to spend-the-nights, she had her share of fun.
But finally the years caught up, and old age finally won.
Today my heart was broken, and we had to let her go.
I held her through her dying breath. Snowy, I love you so. ❤️
I can't help it. I LOVE new year's resolutions, and I write them every year. And NO, I'm 100% NOT successful at keeping them all, but they do at least give me some focus for the year. These are some that I've written this year, and a lot of these are rewritten from previous years. (I usually write a LOT of them 🙈-- I figure the more that I write, the more I've got a chance of keeping! 🤣) Happy New Year, y'all! #goals
Dear friend-who's-trying-so-hard-to-please-every-single-person every single day.
You can't do it, and that's ok. In fact, heck, it's not even possible.
There are some folks who are going to choose not to reciprocate your kindness and friendliness, NO matter what you do. You can speak and wave, give genuine smiles, provide words of encouragement in person (and on social media), and go out of your way to be extra kind in every encounter, but there are some people who are just NOT going to return this to you.
To add to your frustration, you may even witness them being overly kind and friendly to (specific) others, but still not to YOU.
And even with that in mind, the thing you must realize is, it's NOT really about YOU (even though it may seem that way). Whatever holds someone back from returning your kindness is totally about them. Some people will only be friendly and kind when there's some kind of benefit for themselves.
Maybe there's nothing that "you" can do that will feed whatever need this person has. Maybe there's a hidden grudge buried deep inside them. Maybe there's jealousy that they aren't really aware of and would never acknowledge. You can bet that there are inner hurts, fears, and insecurities that they're dealing with that no one will ever really know. Keep in mind that hurting people hurt other people.
Whatever it is, don't personalize their behavior. Just keep showing compassion for yourself and for others and being as kind as possible every single day. We've all got our own crosses to bear, and we're all just doing the best that we can.
Recently we had plumbing troubles at our camper--- and it was BAD (ok maybe not as bad as toilet troubles, but it was BAD) …. One day the kitchen sink just would. not. drain…. So, I tried plunging it… like FOREVER --- but the plunging caused a second issue ---- that STAGNANT 🤢 water started SEEPING out through the pipes under the sink because I apparently LOOSENED them with all my plunging….
So, I decided that there MUST be something lodged in the “trap” under the sink --- Of course, to fix this, you’ve gotta disconnect the pipes under the sink --- so with MULTIPLE bowls ready to attempt to catch the overflow, I started unhooking the pipes --- DISASTER 😩 --- that yuck water just kept flowing… AND FLOWING…. So, then that involved hauling bowls of water to the bathroom to be flushed --- one bowl after another ---- and the water just KEPT COMING…. 🤢
Finally, the overflow water stopped, and I ran a coat hanger as far as it would go through the pipes--- but no luck dislodging anything…. So, I decided to just hook it all back up and try some Drano the next morning… I did leave a bowl under the sink just in case it dripped overnight…
Fast forward to the next morning… 4 a.m. and I’m heading to kitchen to make coffee... well, it had DRIPPED alright --- HAVE MERCY! The cabinet was flooded, and water was ALL out into the floor (and remember, this is stagnant water ---- GAG) 🤢
Well, after a couple of hours (seriously) of cleaning and drying off all kinds of wet stuff from under the sink and throwing out things that couldn’t be salvaged, I headed to Wal-Mart for supplies to fix the leaky pipes AND some Drano….
Ok, so back to the camper with supplies --- dismantled the pipes again --- reconnected it all, and the seal really SEEMED much tighter --- that was UNTIL I poured in the Drano – DISASTER AGAIN --- Drano seeping out all over the place through the pipes --- so I caught the Drano in a bowl… disconnected AGAIN and used some plumbing tape to seal it up... (about this time I start praying that Drano does NOT harm bare skin and that BREATHING Drano FUMES won’t KILL a person since no one else is at the camper to revive me if I started to DIE…) --- but thankfully, this time the seal on the pipes WORKED – no leaks (and I didn’t die)! So, in goes the Drano… wait an hour to be safe, run the water to check, but UP comes the water AGAIN – the dang thing is STILL STOPPED UP ☹
So, about now I’ve come to the conclusion that I am just NOT a good plumber (a determined plumber, but not a GOOD one) and that this thing is CLEARLY going to require professional (and probably EXPENSIVE) 😩help…. We leave the camper for the day and decide to get someone down there soon….
We go back a couple of days later and Howard is outside and says, “Hey Molly, have you noticed this handle that’s way underneath here?” ---- Me: “What handle?” 😳😳😳
Well, there was a handle to an additional holding tank that we Never. Knew. EXISTED --- he pulled the handle and OUT went ALL of that water that had been “trapped” 🙄🙄 in the kitchen sink… end of story (so now --- hope your day is better than THAT one was for me!) 😉
So today's Ash Wednesday ~ the first day of Lent ~ a time many Christians remember Jesus's sacrifice and reflect on prayer and their own self-sacrifice. In years past, I've sometimes (not always) given up things for the Lenten season -- often chocolate, sweets, diet drinks, and other things I typically enjoy on a regular basis.
This year I may still choose to sacrifice some of those same things again, but I'm planning to give up non-material things, too. (which may prove to be even tougher) These are all habits that I realize are destructive anyway, and that I hope I can permanently eliminate, too.... ~ complaining ~ negative talk ~ negative posts ~ negative comments (out loud or on facebook) ~ comparing myself to others ~ gossip (and I know there are still many more that I should include...)
While not everyone chooses a Lenten sacrifice, hopefully I've at least provided a little food for thought. Hope you have a wonderful spring, Lenten, and Easter season!
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