Monday, December 31, 2018

Saying Goodbye to 2018

2018 has been a really hard year for many including me.  Starting with surgery in January that knocked me off my feet for months longer then I ever expected.  It has taken me all year to finally start feeling stronger.  I also had some issues with depression and anxiety, I was lucky to find a great therapist and I am on the right path once again.  

I have been so lucky to spend time with my sweet Grandchildren.  Tiger is 7 and Scout 3 and life is so full with these two. 

 I've also had some special time with both my daughters this year.  A trip to Calif in Sept to see Ashleigh was topped off by a wonderful experience.  We went to the beach and there were some whales off the coast playing and diving.  They were there for hours as I let the late Fall sun warm me and the breeze clear my mind.  I found a special blessing in this event.  A gift from God, a reminder that the simplest of things can bring great joy.
I tried to get a photo of the whales but they were too far out for my phone to capture. 

During this year my blogging suffered.  I felt like I had 'things' to say but could not seem to get it together to write it down.  Also my photography skills have left me and what is a blog without good photos.  Every time I thought about just admitting I was 'done', I just couldn't.  I voiced this again just the other day and my good friend Claudia encouraged me to not give up.
I'm going to give blogging another try.  I would like to blog at least once a week so we will see how that goes.  My life has changed and so have some of my interests and I would love to share some of that with you. 

If any of you are still out there and reading this I promise to give it my best this year. 

As the hours count down until it's 2019, I wonder what this year will bring.  My Mother turned 88 this past October and I've been spending more and more time helping her.  I am so lucky to have her in my life and try to enjoy each and every day with her.  I am trying to make sure I have time for my daughters and my grands.  They add such joy to my life.  Lastly, I am committed to continuing to take care of myself.  Spiritually, mentally, physically!  So come along with me and let's hope the Best is Yet to Be!


Terra said...

You had a long year of recovery and I look forward to your posts in the New Year. Your grand kids are cute and I must say I like their names; they are original, which I like. Me being Terra LOL.

Junkchiccottage said...

You had a lot of struggles this year and you made it though all of them with the hope of better days in the new year. That is a great accomplishment all by itself. Each day is a gift from God and it is so good to try and find happiness and joy. With that said sometimes our minds and bodies do not want to cooperate with not struggling through the day. Glad you enjoy those grand kids.
I love the two I have too. Just when you think you could not love anyone more than your own children they give you grandchildren and your heart explodes. I feel blessed to see my grand girls on a regular basis. They keep me focus on the positive too.
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year filled with less struggles and more health, happiness and pure joy.

Mrs. Paul said...

So glad to read this tonight and know that you are encouraged with the coming of a new year. Depression and anxiety are hard as I too know but God is good and He has everything in His control and working for our good when we put our trust in Him. I first found your blog when you were in Paris. We took our oldest two grands there about 5 years ago I think. Glad you will return to your blog - my new years resolution also to blog consistently.
Happy New Year,
Dorothy in Arizona

mary scott said...

Happy new year. Resolve to enjoy each day to the best of your ability. We will be waiting for your next post when you're ready. Mary in Dallas

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Wishing you a Happy New Year dear Linda - I am so happy you are beginning to feel better - and once a week posts would be wonderful - but don't fret if a week goes past because there is always next week. Keep surrounded by your loving family. I've appreciated your comments every time and it was reassuring that you were reading posts and visiting so many of your blogging friends.

Lynn said...

Happy New Year Linda! Wishing you all the best in 2019-enjoy:@)

We are: Clamco said...

I'm so happy to hear you will be blogging again. So many bloggers have given up or disappeared and I miss them. After a few more posts, you'll feel like you're back in the groove. May 2019 be your year Linda! Hugs to you!

Susan said...

Hi Linda...2018 was a hard year for many people in many different ways. So glad you rallied and got through it. It will be delightful to see your posts once again. Don't stress out. Whenever the spirit moves you to post, do it, but don't put pressure on yourself. Let's strive to really live one day at a time in the best way we possibly can. Happy to see your post, dear Linda. And Happy New Year! Susan

Shortbread and Ginger said...

I understand exactly what you are saying as I hardly blogged at all last year. Just like you, I'm determined that this year is going to be different! Good luck and best wishes for 2019.

Dianne said...

I am always glad to hear from you so if once a week works for you, it works for me. A walk through the shadows makes time in the sunshine more glorious. May you have many days of sunshine in 2019.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Hi Linda, I hope the new year brings you better health and that you will continue doing what you enjoy! This has been a difficult year for so many, and the state of our country adds to everyone's worries, on top of their personal worries. Happy New Year my friend!

Mereknits said...

Linda, we are always here for you. I think the thing about blogging is to not put pressure on yourself, do it when you can and when it feels right. I love the photos of you and the grandkids, they are precious. Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

Linda! I'm another who is here - and I think about you a lot and wonder how you're doing. I understand the anxiety and depression issues. I have terrible anxiety myself and though not clinically depressed, I go through times of feeling down and so blah. I just blog whenever the mood strikes me.

I hope that 2019 is much better for you and I'm glad to hear you're trying to take care of yourself in every which way. That's so important. I love the photo of you and your grandkids! xoxo

Brenda Pruitt said...

I post every day, but I know most can't do that. I just make it part of my morning routine. Just like eating cereal and having coffee. I'm glad you're feeling better. Depression is the pits. I've been taking meds for it since I was 26.

Chatty Crone said...

I am still her Linda. I came back and blog twice a month. IT is all I feel I can do now. I have missed you, but kinda sorta knew a little bit what was going on. Please start blogging again. The kids are beautiful. Andy is on his last semester of high school and will be going to Kennesaw University in the fall - can you believe it? I am glad you are feeling better. Have you seen any of the girls? I have not.
Happy New Year.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

2018 was a year of ups and downs and some of the downs were really down aka bad but time spent with grandchildren is always an up, well for me it is

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

Welcome back from another of the recently missing! Sometimes life takes over and we have to re-prioritize, but you do what you can do. Blogging should be fun (IMHO)! Now that you're feeling better (hooray!) you'll see the fun coming back into your life.

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Art and Sand said...

I'm sorry to hear that your year wasn't so good, but also that you turned things positive.

I'm so glad you experienced the whales. We see dolphins off our beach enough to not be surprised, but every time is magical.

The grandchildren are growing and are so cute. We didn't see Andy at Christmas, but we will see him on Saturday.

Enjoy each day!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am thrilled to see your post and get a little caught up! It's been quite a year for so many of us and I'm glad the New Year is here....fresh and filled with blessings to come. Love your grandkid pics Sis! What cuties they are....they look just like you! Enjoy your evening! I'm glad you are here....I count on you my friend! Hugs, Diane

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Praying that 2019 brings us both better health. We are trying, it's time the universe noticed eh?
You're looking well my friend, keep moving forward. much love z

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Linda said...

Life is all about twists and turns and detours. Take your time and do what is right for you. We will all be right here.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I am glad you are starting to feel like more yourself, Linda! Health issues take such a toll. I cut back on blogging for the same reasons...just blogging when I have something I want to share, no pressure, no stress. Praying that 2019 will be a wonderful year for you! xoxo

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hello Linda, I am a first Time visitor to your blog and dropped in from a fellow blogger. I enjiyed reading abiut yiur family and delightful grandchildren and seeing photos of everyone. I can understand how life issues can overtake blogging. Hooe thatbthis new year is a good one for you.

Pamela said...

As an RN myself I want to say may god bless you with better health.

My mother is 86 and my cousin is 101.

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, as one that has had illness and things that have kept me from blogging, I understand. I started again and I am happy you are going to try it again. Taking care of you is what is important! So happy you are there for your mom, kids and grandkids. Grandkids make the my world go around!
Praying 2019 is a great year for you!

Zootsuitmama said...

Sorry I have been away for years, I miss the blogging friends! Hope 2019 goes good for you. My year hasn't been the best either.

Sandy said...

Hope you will return to blogging. I'm guessing 2019 hasn't started out good either. Hope life improves for you.
Miss reading your blog even tho I don't comment.

Anne's Phamilyblog said...

Hi Linda! Oh my goodness, you have had so much going on. I feel like such an awful person.Missing you everywhere I would see you. But recently I was going through photos and found some you shared with me when we were partnered in Miz Mollye's Mother's Day exchange some years ago. I decided I need to stop here and see if you were still blogging.
I will keep you in my prayers. I am always thinking of you and your sweet mom and of course, that precious phamily of yours, the girls and the grands too. Oh those little ones are growing up so quickly!
You have been so blessed with your daughters. THey are such jewels in your life. I am glad you had some away time to enjoy with Ashleigh. I Know you love being with those beautiful ]grands too.
LIfe passes by so quickly. I will come back and check in with you.
MAny prayers for you and yours. I hope you will get stronger and feel like yourself 100 percent very soon. Hugs to you my friend. Take care. xo

Shelia said...

Checking in on you, Linda, and hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

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