Changes

I haven’t posted on here in such a long time. I have posted on Facebook for a year or two but it’s not the same. I have always been myself here, reflective and contemplative, and might get back to posting more while it’s wintertime and my deeper places tend to come to the surface more.

I don’t know how many still follow my posts, especially since I lost my domain name “aprayerfullife” by accident the last year or two. I have had people a part of this blog since our children were babies. I was a part of a forum for ten years called Momys – Mothers of Many Young Siblings. Life has changed, times have changed but I still follow the Lord, even though I strayed from Him for a good year and a half – I’ll explain more later.

Since my last post of December a year ago, there have been many changes. The kids started school last year on December 2nd and while it broke my heart and I paced my driveway for days (looking at the school next door), I still believe it was the Lord. The kids and our family have integrated into the community beautifully this past year in the church and school. We have some very close friends and many other friends we love and feel loved by here. I am sure if I post regularly here again, my love for them will be threaded throughout my thoughts and posts.

Last year my husband had some symptoms that needed a Neurologist to look at. He was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. The prognosis is 5-7 years unto death from diagnosis. It lends itself a different path for each individual that is diagnosed with this disease. He could be here for several more years or start a rapid decline and be gone in a matter of months. As one woman shared about her husband with Lewy Body Dementia, “My husband was driving last year, this year he doesn’t even know how to get into a car.”

Matthew is still doing fairly well. He has some cognitive problems and physical troubles and new symptoms that seem to come about every month,  but that is to be expected. We have prepared our house with Estate Plans and other matters this past year and thank the Lord for His guidance. I have personally seen His hand upon our home through this the entire year.

I’ve continued on my weight loss journey… probably around 100 lbs loss. I walk and bike ride. I usually ride for an hour, but one day went for a 60 mile bike ride. That took several hours. Each year I find that I can tackle hills I couldn’t tackle the year before. I am in need of a new bike now as my first and third gears don’t work and I have a spoke coming out of my tire. Hoping to make it until Spring. I put some miles on it…

This past month was very hard. We contracted Covid 19 just prior to Thanksgiving and my husband was hospitalized and on oxygen for a week. The children fared well, I was very sick and was bed bound for quite some time. I have lingering fatigue. Our dear family friend Joyce entered the hospital a few days after Matthew. Unfortunately, she passed away on the 15th of this month. It was hard for me to comprehend her death the past couple of weeks. This morning my heart started to miss her because I would have seen her sometime during these past couple of weeks… the tears just followed.

I’ll now share some photos over the past year…

 

          

Our Beliefs and Changes over the Years…

I posted this last year but wanted to repost. I wish I could figure out how to make this a sticky on our blog. : )

If you are new to our blog, you will see from the past several years that we were of the Mennonite beliefs. We want to make it clear that we don’t not share any of the same beliefs or walk anymore… we have common backgrounds like everyone else; public school, both of us employed (and with the government), I wore shorts and jeans and at one time very short hair while my husband had long hair.  I still believe the Lord led us that way as we have learned a lot on our journey. I have no regrets as we walked in faith to the best of our ability. Surely, I would rather fail in walking in my faith than never to try to see what the Lord has for our lives. So, please be gracious in not judging our past years of our walk in the Lord. If anyone ever wants to hear more about how our journey down that road started or anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you…

Photos from 2005, the summer before we got married.

Life Changes – School

Due to life changes regarding my husband’s health (I’ll share more later), we have decided to place our kids in public school. They started just today, I took this picture of them this morning. It’s been a verrrry long day for me without them. It will take some time to get used to having them gone much of the day. Fortunately, they only go to school Tuesday through Friday as that is the days they are open and this school is rated in the top 2% of schools in Missouri and is like what my husband and I grew up in. And it’s next door to us. Right next door.

I visited my mother with two of our kids early November. I need to put photos of our trip here. I do have some on Facebook. I am on Facebook as it keeps me up on local events, etc…. since most of the locals have trouble with my first name, I am going by my middle name Miriam. Feel free to look me up on Facebook – Miriam Geraci. I will continue with this blog though as it really is kind of a keepsake for our kids. I hope everyone is doing well.

July Birthdays and Bunnies

Elisabeth turned 13 this year. I took her that morning to lunch at the Golden Corral… a special 13 year old treat. Then we went to get her ears pierced. She and I had a wonderful time. I am going to do that with each of our girls as they become a teen. Matthew too but minus the earrings.  : )

We still had dessert at home though…

Then we had Benjamin’s birthday. Big boy! He turned 4 this year.

Even with his disabilities, he’s coming along. Just recently we have been able to walk him quietly out of a room that we don’t want him in (kitchen, gets into EVERYTHING), and he walks with us nicely and says “Good boy”. We have great hope now!

Homemade blueberry cobbler….

…and then there’s the bunnies. We bought three of them, they are so adorable. I let the kids bring them in sometimes as long as they are on a towel. Look at how cuddly they are!

This is the lion head bunny. So adorably cute!

The twins had their 7th birthday together July 24th.

The kids bought them presents and couldn’t wait to give them to Tabitha and Anna on their birthday.

 

They went all out…

     

Happy Birthday Girls!

Putting Down Roots

I may have a few more photos to share in the next few days. We are finally putting down roots here. The kids just started going to church in town on Wednesdays and Sunday morning and evening. We are so glad to have them finally involved. I have attended as well and like it. All the people I am closest to or have a liking for attend here, I have felt a pulling to go here for some time and now it seems to be time. The kids love it.

I got the kids involved in a good sized homeschooling group here just recently. It seems mostly Christian based, we just missed the Creation Museum outing in Branson but next month we are attending a Military Museum in Springfield. We went on a park play day at a beautiful local park recently and a wonderful, wonderful tour of the Dunnegan Art Museum last week. We’re so looking forward to getting more involved with others through this group. The leader is a wonderful lady, I feel I have a connection with her already, I couldn’t be happier.

My mother is in a Memory Care Home in Corvallis Oregon. I and two of the girls are flying out to see her in early November. My heart hurts for her so much right now, I can’t share much right now but I am in a state of grief just trying to keep my head above water every day. I don’t know how I am going to see her without crying the entire time. I love her and miss her dearly. This has been very hard on me lately. Please keep my mother, my sister and myself in prayer. Matthew’s dear mother in San Diego sent us some money so we could go out and see her. I will ever be so grateful for this dear woman.

I’m still losing weight but only 20 more or this year… premenopause you know. But, here’s a photo of my much skinnier face compared to last year. Sorry it’s blurry, it’s better to have a big smile with a blurry photo than a not so cheerful face!

Other than that, I am going to see if I have some birthday photos on my camera (I probably do), and upload those this week to get all caught up. I hope everyone is doing well. We’re down to just a few followers now, I think I lost some of you when I went from aprayerfullife.com to here. Hopefully they will find me somehow. I miss you all. Take care…