Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Birthdays!



It was about 1:30 am, when I crawled into bed, last night.  By that time, I was so very exhausted that it was more like collapsing into bed!  I believe I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

Actually, if I hadn't had some work to do at home, I probably would have gone to bed, sooner.  It was one of those rare occasions when I really could have done this.  However, due to being a rare occasion, regarding something else, I was busy working at home, until just a few minutes before I hit the hay!

Okay.  It was really more like a labour of love!  I'll write more about this, shortly.

Yesterday was a rather busy day for me.  Actually, from now until Christmas will be one of my busiest times of the year.  You see, every year at this time, I need to get my rear in gear and fly!

In years past, I've sent Christmas cards and gifts overseas at various times; usually, they have been delivered before Christmas.  However, two (2) Christmas' ago, the postal service either here in Canada, or in U.K. (N. Ireland is part of U.K.) sort of lost the parcels I sent and they didn't arrive until late January, long after Christmas.  Last year, we sent the gifts late in September, to ensure my relatives received them before Christmas; they did.  In fact, they got them within a month; way too early!

Due to being rather depressed and sickly, feeling physically like I just did not want to do more than I absolutely had to, I have fallen behind schedule.  I am only now getting my cards signed and unpacking gifts that I have previously purchased, getting them wrapped and ready to send overseas.  Be still my heart.  I pray they will receive them before Christmas!

Yesterday, between doing my real estate work, working on my overseas mailing that is not yet ready to go and going to Bible study and prayer, I had a very busy day.  In addition, I spoke with my daughter B, who, as you know if you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL), has renewed her relationship with me and once again lives close by.

You see, B's eldest son T, who had been living in the Ottawa area, has moved back to live with his Mom.  Saturday, is T's birthday.  Knowing this is the first time in at least three and a half (3 1/2) years that I have been able to bake/decorate a birthday cake for any of her family, I suggested we get together.

While this may sound like a good thing, and it is, I had not been looking forward to Saturday, for it is also one of the last final 'firsts' regarding Gordon's death, for it is the first anniversary of the day he was buried. 

B told me that T and his brothers N and A had plans for the weekend; it made me somewhat relieved, because of Gordon, but I still wanted to get together.  I asked if we could celebrate today, after the younger boys returned home from school.  B liked the idea, so we arranged to meet today about 4:00 pm.

This meant that after I arrived home from church last evening, I had to bake a cake, let it cool, ice it and afterwards, decorate it, to be ready for today.  After all, I do work, so I could not rely on being able to do it through the day, today.  By the time I was finished making the cake and cleaning up, it was close to 1:30 am.  Thank You, Lord, for helping me!

Arriving at B's home about 4:00 pm today, it was such a heartwarming feeling having my daughter, all of her four (4) sons and her baby daughter together, all at once.  My baby granddaughter was not in the photo above, as she was sleeping.  Still, I feel absolutely blessed, being able to celebrate with my family.

We celebrated not only T's birthday, but I also put the names of N and J on the cake, too.  Their birthdays for this year have passed.  A's has not yet arrived, so we'll have a cake for him, later this month!  In addition to their gifts for this year, I brought last year's gifts that I had not sent to them, through my youngest daughter, P.

B even allowed me to take a photo of her and her sons, giving me permission to post the photo on Facebook (FB) and on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  Praise God for all mercies!  Thank You, Jesus!

Now, we've made arrangements for me to pick up the boys next week and go shopping with some of their birthday money.  Believe me, I'm looking forward to this!

Father, thank You for blessing me, today.  I believe you are answering my prayer regarding reconciliation with my family members; I am trusting that this time, the relationships will be real and wanted by all.  Lord, I thank You, for always being there for me, for lifting me up, especially during those times when my family was estranged.  Father, for any of my friends who may be experiencing similar problems in life, I pray you will answer their heartfelt prayer requests and heal those relationships that need healing.  If it is Your will, I know You will do this, because I am asking this in Jesus' precious name and You promised that whatever we ask in Jesus' name, You will give us the desire of our heart, if it is Your will.  I'm trusting it is Your will for this and am thanking You, in advance.  In Jesus' name I pray.  Amen.


Until next time...

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