Friday, November 21, 2008

So where have I been?

Is that what you are wondering? Well, we've finally got one complete bathroom in functioning order and thus have moved back home...yes, that's right...moved back home. We stayed with Mom for 3 or 4 weeks because we had not one, but both bathrooms in various states of disrepair. Now we are home and guess what? My internet connection isn't working. Oh, well. If it's not one thing, it's another. But on to much more important thoughts...

I'm surrounded by sadness it seems, and am sad myself because people close to me are hurting. My friend Stacy lost her mom due to complications from treating multiple myeloma. I am so sad for Stacy and her family. I know all too well the type of journey they are facing. God blesses you with a certain kind of shock in the very beginning when you lose someone. And then it hits. The permanence. Days go by. Weeks go by. Months. Then years. And you intellectually know all along that they are gone. But in your heart... oh, it hurts so bad. Still. I am praying.

One of my very best friends is hurting the same type of hurt again that she faced before. I just didn't expect it again. I am praying. She is so strong and faithful. You know who you are...I love you.

My mom's good friend and hair stylist (she did my hair for probably 15 years also) has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Can I just put out there how very, very sick I am of cancer. I hate it! And it seems to be everywhere all at once. I am praying.

It's the world. It's this fallen world where pain, sadness, hurt, illness and death seem to reign. There's an emptiness in all of us that will only be satisfied when we are with God. With God. At times I just can't wait...

In the meantime I remind myself..."I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:32-33

And that I will be thankful for.

I am so happy that next week Elijah will be all mine as he is out all week for Thanksgiving. I hope to have a Momma and Elijah day. If I don't get back here before the big day (as I'm blogging at Jonathan's office), I pray you all have a wonderful holiday. There is so much to praise God for, especially the hope that only he can provide.


Teresa said...

Kristen, I so enjoy your blog. I found it on Amanda Gunn's and visit often. It does seem that at this time of year, when most of us are filled with joy and laughter, there comes overwhelming sadness for many. God has obviously given you a heart for those who are hurting. Many of us get so busy that we miss the signs. May God continue to use you to bless those who are hardpressed by the realities of living in a fallen world! Blessings always!
Teresa Messick

tamara said...

I have been wondering about you... glad to know your life is on the road to being back to "normal". Hope you guys have a great holiday, as well!!

carrie said...

I will keep those you wrote about in my prayers as they deal with various heartaches. I will also keep you in my prayers as you support those that are hurting around you. Enjoy your Elijah time!!

Heidi said...

I will keep your friends and their families in my prayers. I hope you enjoy your week with Elijah and especially your Elijah Mommy day, that sounds really special.

Molly is also off school all next week, we are spending the week in Montgomery actually. I'm looking forward to having her with me all week. We actually changed Molly to a new school this week and so far she is many times happier.