Monday, September 24, 2012

Moving forward...

Hello friends,

I have to start by saying thank you! So many of you have reached out and offered a virtual hug or prayers and continue to check in on me and my family. I really do appreciate it. You also have asked if I have friends and family near by that can help me through this time and I want to assure you that I do, I am blessed beyond measure, that is for sure. This experience has shown me how much I have to grow in the way of supporting and loving on those who are going through a difficult time. I have said it often and I mean it from the bottom of my heart, I know the reason my feet hit the floor everyday is because of all who are lifting us up in prayer and the fact that my kids are doing so well, I feel like who am I to not move forward as well. So moving forward is what I must do. Not to say that I don't miss my husband terribly, I do, words can't explain how much, he's in every move I make each day but I have also come to realize just how much my husband enjoyed life and I know he would want me to do the same thing.

Our plan had been to go to the beach in Florida for my birthday which is just around the corner, that isn't going to happen now, but someday I plan to go back to our favorite beach. For now I am taking myself on a little vacation. I have to be honest, I'm scared, and excited! I happened upon a retreat that is happening in Seattle this week and so I am going, alone, all by myself and I don't know another soul. Here's a peak of where we I'll be staying.
I'll be taking mixed media classes, learning yoga and meditating. Sounds amazing right? I will also be meeting 12 other ladies that are on their own journey coming from all over the US. I love Seattle and I love to be creative, as for yoga and meditation that is a bit out of my comfort zone but I am nudging myself along. Before Mike's death this is one of those things I would have said, that would be fun, but I wouldn't have signed up. I'm trying to pay attention a little more now, listen to the desire's of my heart. I'll tell you all about it when I return.
I'm really looking forward to getting creative and walking on the beach, I do know how good that is for my soul!
And I have to share a cute little bag I picked up at a local craft show. I think it will be the perfect carry on!
Isnt' is adorable!!??? It's the perfect size and has a great long handle.
And the back side, love the graphics!
Oh and I plan to hang out with 2 of my friends from high school on my last day in town. It should be a great week!

So right now, put down the computer, go tell your husband you love him and then thank God for all that he is!




14 comments:

agrubke said...

I can't wait to hear all about your trip! Have a relaxing and wonderful time.

Tammy said...

I am so happy you are doing this for yourself Laura! You are such a brave woman. I hope it is everything you want it to be and more. Sounds like a fun adventure. There is always growth in tragedy and purpose greater than the pain. I know it's not easy but you have a remarkable attitude. You're still in my prayers. Have fun!
Tammy@beatricebanks blog

Rhonda Merry said...

Have a wonderful time. The cabin looks absolutely fabulous. Don't forget to see us at the LBH when you get home. We will look forward to hearing about your vacation.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I do that several times a day!
Glad that you are going to get out and try to enjoy yourself.
Have a great time...

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

Oh man, that sounds fantastic. And I think you are right: you would never have gone before. What a wonderful step, and not only that - you'll be LEARNING and CREATING while you're there. In beautiful surroundings. What a rest for your weary spirit.

I'm still sending prayers your way daily...

Rebeca Trevino said...

That is a terrific plan! it sounds amazing. nothing better for the soul than beautiful surroundings, some good friends and a creative environment.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

i just happened across your blog. it is just so shocking and painful to read of such a tragedy. how absolutely heartbreaking. i am praying for you right now.

i just want to encourage you that if you are looking for peace and stillness in your heart, please consider that that is something that only God can truly give. He says in the bible, "my peace I give to you, not as the world gives." and i know that yoga and meditation do bring a level of peace, but the peace that cannot be replicated by the world can only be given byGod. peace that transcends the messiness of life and gives purpose and hope in all situations can only come from God and through Jesus. it is my prayer, for you i do not know but care about, that you will seek God first and not yoga. God is not found there, but i assure you that he is found in the bible, JAmes and Psalms are wonderful places for a hurting heart to start, and in prayer.

with love,
nikky

please do not be offended by this comment. if i didn't care, i wouldn't take the time to write.

Finding Home said...

Oh Laura, I am so happy to find your words here tonight. You are a truly amazing woman and I have been and will continue to pray for you. I am so excited for your amazing journey and so glad that involves mixed media art - you are so truly talented at that. Looking forward to you sharing when you return sweet lady! Many blessings, Laura

tricia said...

I am so glad you took that very brave step and that I was there to meet you! I look forward to seeing you again soon. :)
xoxo

Mitzi Wolfe Zohar said...

Your bravery and your spirit are an inspiration. I can't wait to hear about the retreat.

Cath said...

Stopping back in to say hi. Wow, the retreat sounds like a brave move and a very inspiring one in an amazing location. By now you would have been, would love to hear how it went. Thinking of you. Cath x

Cath said...

Hi Laura, Came back to see how your retreat went. Thinking of you.
Cath x

Jan Elizabeth said...

That retreat sounded really good - I hope it did go well for you. How are you doing these days?

I spent last week sitting with my mother (age 90) on her death bed, and she died last Saturday. She had Alzheimer's for many years, so I was completely surprised and blessed by the fact that she had a lucid period where she totally recognized me and her face melted with love. It was an incredible gift.

Anyway, I wish you all the best in your journey, and know there are many others along the same path.

Yours sincerely,
Jan Elizabeth

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