Friday, October 4, 2013

Breathe In-Breathe Out-Breathe In-Breathe Out

So, you know how they (whoever "they" are) have those lists of the most life-altering events that can happen to a person? Well, check this out: We've hit ten (10) out of the below listed fifteen (15) major life occurrences inside of six months.

-Death of a parent
-Another death of a parent
-Death of a spouse
-School closing
-Switch over to Tridentine rite of Catholicism
-Home burning down
-Job loss
-Death of a grandparent
-Retirement from career
-Purchase of new home/moving
-Expensive law suit
-Major medical surgery

OK, I threw one in there as a joke. But which one is it? (Those of you who know, be quiet and just play along.) Also, I made one or two of them up just to keep things mysterious.

But seriously, none of this is actually funny. Just pick out ten of the above - any ten - and do the math. We have been stressed to the max, sad, on edge, and confused for months now. At the same time, we've been greatly blessed, been shown how much God loves us, and our whole life has been given the "reset" button, which is exciting - and also scary.

I'll let you know, though, which item above is the most recent and pressing, which is that we're moving into a newly purchased home. We're only going a short distance north from where we live (about a 25 minute drive) into a small suburb in Milwaukee County. We bought a lovely little Cape Cod house with everything that we had on our list (except three bedrooms, heavy sigh) with gorgeous gardens on a parkway near Lake Michigan. The house has charm, personality, built-ins, a much coveted fireplace, a deck, and awesome decorating potential at every turn.

So I hope this blog post explains my absence. I have missed you all and hope the feeling is mutual. I really do plan on getting back to regular daily blogging soon, as I have so much to tell and so many things I have thought deeply about.


  1. So happy to hear about your new home, certainly a bright spot from your travails. Hope you'll post before and after photos when time permits.

  2. Welcome back Charlotte! I think I guessed the fake. I've been praying for you and your family. I've missed you over the past few months.

  3. Have definitely missed you and been concerned but have also been praying for you, whatever was happening. Look forward to hearing more about what's been going on. Sometimes living through stuff is enough, without having to relive it by writing about it too. Welcome back.

  4. So happy you feel you are able to blog again. You have been in my daily prayers. Your family has had such a heavy cross to bear. I, too, think I have "guessed" the fake. Here's to happy new beginnings and much peace to you and yours.

  5. I am so glad to see you online again. You've been in my prayers. It's only 10:32 pm here so I am still able to wish you a blessed St. Francis Day.
    Angela M.

  6. Nice to see you back. It looks like you've had a rough time, but it seems you still have your sense of humor. Good sign! If you are homeschooling, I hope it's going well.

  7. Oh my goodness, what a list. Glad to see you back, good luck with the move! Catlady

  8. I've been thinking about you, hope everything is ok.