Today is the first time for me to enter into the world of blogging! I don't know if it will last or even if others will ever read it. I have enjoyed reading my daughter, Sarah Beth's blog very much so here goes! My life has changed so much this past year. I am amazed at the joy found even in the mist of betrayal and hurt. God is so good to me hence the name of the blog "jujusblessings'! Here is a short list of the fun times when I was not on my knees or crying like a baby. The storm hit in January so I was mostly trying to get up, go to work, eat and sleep. I was being held up by many prayers, friends and my precious family. I have some coping skills developed from some past life storms so in my heart it helped to know there was not going to be any giving up!! March was a better month when I traveled to New Orleans with my dear friend, Susan. It was a wonderful trip ! We took our time and ate our way down to the big easy. I get hungry thinking about those meat pies and the poorboy sandwiches! We did a lot of wal king or I would have gained 20 pounds. The weather was perfect, spring comes early in that area. I loved meeting Susan's sister, Lisa. I road on a trolley, walked in beautiful parks with gorgeous huge oak trees, and did some shopping in the french quarter. When we made it home God had left me a gift , a beautiful pansy had bloomed in my front yard!
The next week I found out baby bird Hawk was on the way! One thing is certain my grandchildren are wonderful blessings!
July I bought my very first brand new car! 2011 Sonata Hyundai I drove my first road trip all the way to Cleveland, TN. , I stopped on the way to visit my brother and his family, then spent two nights in Nashville with Sarah and Ryan When I made it to Barb's house it was late and dark but seeing her was wonderful! We stayed up late and talked and laughed. The next day we went driving, we visited a Mennonite farm, and we both considered becoming one of them. After thinking about no air cconditioning or cute clothes the decision to stay in the world seemed best. Barb took me up to Look Out Mountain close to Chattanooga . Beautiful country and from the mountain we could see the Tennessee river winding around. I love Civil war history so seeing the Smokey's and the history came to life. The only problem with the trip was I was not ready to go home. I should have planned to stay at least a week.
It was a bit scary to drive all by myself that far. I was very proud of myself for making it without getting completely lost.
Oct.1, 2010 is my third grandson's birthday! Liam David Hawk arrived via emergency C Section 6 weeks early. Austin went with me to Nashville to see him. I was so happy he did fine and was a big preemie weighing 5 pounds 5.5 oz. Oct 26 I made another trip to Tennessee. This time was my planned vacation. I drove to Cleveland again, spent the night with Barb. we left for Pigeon Forge the next morning. We went to help with cousin Vanessa's wedding! The weather was perfect, the autumn color breathtaking beautiful! We stayed at a huge lodge There was lots of fun and lots of work. I love the mountains! I drove 14 hours home all in one day! I made a stop on the way to spend one night and day with Liam and a short two hours on the way back so I could rock him again.
The holidays were certainly different to say the least. I spend Thanksgiving with Stacey and her family. Friday Kevin and Andie came to my house. Andie cooked a turkey in her new wave oven for me and the Archers, it was very good.
December 12 the Hawk family made it to Arkansas! I gave them their Christmas early. I enjoyed two days off visiting with them. Liam had changed so much just like babies always do.
Per Stacey's advice I did not attempt to get our tree down and all the memories the ornaments hold. Instead I bought new decorations , new smaller tree. Stacey put it up and I loved it. I spent Christmas day with Stacey and family, later that evening Kevin and Andie came. We all went to see True Grit. Kevin and Andie spent the night with me . I made chocolate gravy, biscuits and bacon for brunch.
New years eve I worked . Now I am excited about what ever God plans for this year. I am weak but He is strong, Yes!! Jesus Loves Me!!