I ended last year with the sad passing of my brother.
I was hoping for a better 2016,
but it wasn't to be.
February 6, 2016 I lost my sweet Charlie.
That along with the loss of my brother sent me into a depression that has taken a good while to come out of. With my immune system down I got sick and for months didn't seem to be able to get well. It was a hard time.
But great friends to the rescue...
These gals came over and gave me a pity party which cheered me up so much!
The love of friends is amazing.
May was crazy but we moved my Mom from her Independent living apt to the duplex next to mine and it was great!
I love having her next door and being able to spend more time with her. She is much happier here, this feels more like a home to her!
Fun right? Not!!
Just as I'm getting 'well' and feeling 'better' I have acute pancreatitis and gallbladder surgery.
I think will the good times return ever?
The summer passes in a blur of unpacking and setteling Mom in. Time with the Grands and of course some junkin! Then my friend Carter sells his house and moves in with Mr. Toes his cat until he can find a new house.
What is expected to take a couple of months max turns into several months. In fact he just moved out a few weeks ago. He is a great friend and I was glad he had somewhere to stay while he house hunted.
So during times of loss, stress, depression and worrying about my children, I did what I often do and that is shop. Thrift shop, junk shop and find treasures. Not spending a lot of money but buying stuff. To fill up my life? my home? my broken heart?
Now that Carter has moved out I realize my home has once again become stuffed to the gills with stuff! It's time to make some changes in 2017!
The best things about 2016?
The Grands of course. They are the light of my life and watching them grow and be a part of it all just makes me the happiest Grandma ever!
They are ending 2016 with some time on the family farm in South Georgia!
I also found this sweet girl
She has helped heal my heart!
This year I also got more involved in my church. Joining a Women's Bible study has strengthened me. I've made new friends and that has filled my life also.
I don't make resolutions but do set some goals and here they are for 2017!
*Get the Clutter out of my Home!!
*Take better care of myself, which includes eating healthier and getting more exercise. I'm not getting any younger!
*Take time to enjoy special moments with my Mom, my children and my grands!
Happy New Year to all!