Monday, November 29, 2010

2 months since dad, Thanksgiving time and new car – Week 33 (November 2010)

Windsor shopping time, friends from NC, charity work and thanks – Week 32 (November 2010)

All the Christmas decorations are out already in the shops, streets are decorated and its only the middle of November. Praying that everyone remembers the reason for the season………….Christ’s birth. Met some more friends from NC in Windsor, yes more food coming my way with oreo’s! Lovely to see them, just such a shame the weather was wet and cold, but as they said to me they were expecting it as they were coming to England in November!

Gave some of my time to go and help at the local homeless shelter as well as the local Children’s Ward. Truly is a humbling experience to be at both of those locations but the people and children you help are so so very grateful. Got a lovely card hand made by the children in the hospital to say thank you – that really warmed my heart.

Able to spend some quality time with friends over the weekend and it was lots of fun being with the children both outside with the horses and inside in the house nice and warm. Certainly coming time of hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows round the fires.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Out and about, friends in UK and NC – Week 31 (November 2010)

You can certainly tell that winter is round the corner with how cold it has got. Despite the weather mum and I made it out a lot to get lots of coffee (of course!) plus to have some fun looking at cars. Little did we know how much time you can lose while looking at cars, mum enjoyed it though and was lovely to see her smiling.

Still uncovering and finding out more about dad and some of the photos of him have made us chuckle lots. Some of his friends came round during the week which was nice and we all went out – meant no cooking for us! Never thought I would start to say I am getting the hang of this cooking business!

Icing on the cake for me this week was seeing a good friend of mine from NC. Hard to think I haven’t seen her since April, you always know when you have a good friendship because no matter the distance between you both when you talk etc its like you have never been away. Oh and of course I was smiling as some double stuffed oreo’s and trail mix made it over – yeah!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Autumn time, clocks change, charity and uncovered pictures – Week 30 (November 2010)

Lots happened this week. Firstly we are into a new month; also the clocks went back so we gained an hour extra sleep (hooray!) and the beautiful colours of Autumn came out – they were stunning and looked like a picture postcard.

Mum and I had done a lot in the house and took some of my old toys and games to the Children’s Ward at our local hospital. To see the smiles on the children’s and staff’s faces was so touching, we know every item will be used well. Also some clothes got taken to the Homeless Shelter, again the smiles there meant so much – it’s always lovely to be able to be a blessing to someone else. Lastly we managed to take some other items to the British Heart Foundation which can be used to help raise money for their charity.

I continue to learn so much about dad as each day goes on and this week was no exception. We uncovered some of his old diaries from when he used to travel and some pictures of him from being a baby all the way through to his late 20’s and wedding day. They made mum and I smile so, so much, dad truly was and still is a very special person :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Out pouring of love and dad is always with us - Week 29 (October 2010)

Suppose its not every day you can say your horse sends you a video message to check on his mum, but with me being who I am I did receive one – yes the people at the stables in NC are as horse crazy as me. Must admit the video certainly made mum and I smile lots.

The outpouring of love, prayers and well wishes has been so humbling. It’s amazing how much more I am learning about dad as each day goes by and how he touched so many people’s lives over his 63 years. Mum and I got to enjoy coffee a few times this week with friends which was nice, plus got to play with a 2 year old and a 3 year old when we all went to Bekonscot the model village in Beaconsfield ( I haven’t been there since I was about 7 so clearly I had as much fun as the children did!

Over the rest of the weekend mum got to come with me up to the horses to see Charlotte and Jack which was lovely for her. Then the Sunday Simone and Ryan kindly cooked for us a great Sunday roast dinner – yum, yum! Of course we got to play with Megan lots!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Loving touch of friends and family in UK and NC – Week 28 (October 2010)

October certainly seems to be moving quickly and we know God is right there with us. Sadly mum and I had to go to another funeral this week as a friend of the family had passed away. Even through all the upset we were able to help our friends and I spent time with their daughters as I totally understand what they are going through with their dad having been called home too.

Mum and I are so deeply touched by the love of our friends and family, both in the UK and in NC. God knew what He was doing with giving me an extended family in the US :). We got to Skype with them and always makes us feel we are right there with them in their home :).

We did also get a chance to do some retail therapy this week – well ok I think dad is stopping us buying anything as any clothes we really liked seemed to not be available in our sizes in all the shops in Windsor – thanks dad!!!

No matter what has happened over the past few weeks I know the pure and devoted love of a family is one of life’s greatest blessings. And having such wonderful friends who truly care and provide support and have your best interests at heart is another huge blessing that I am honoured to have.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dad is always with us – Week 27 (October 2010)

What an amazing Celebration of Life for dad we had. He was such a remarkable person and I am honoured to be his daughter. One Psalm that was read over dad while in hospital and during the service is Psalm 23 – it certainly has a special place in our hearts.

Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Mum and I were able to get out an about a bit this week which was nice and enjoyed some fresh air and time together. She is such a strong woman and truly exemplifies Proverbs 31:10-31.