I have been gone for so long....about a year and a half.
So much has happened since I have been on SP.
Both of my daughters are in college so it's been a transition in our lives (a good one though) I am so happy to see my children progressing and working towards their degrees.
I have gone back to school as well to advance my degree. I am an LPN and have always wanted my RN license, but put it on the back burner until the girls were older. The time has come for me to finish that. I struggled with the idea of going back to school at the age of 45. But my daughters and husband reminded me that there are plenty of people that go back to school later on in life and the reality is that I still have 20 more years to work before retiring.
I am blessed that I have a family that takes such good care of me. My husband is so sweet and supportive. He works hard at putting all 3 of us through college. Both my girls and I work and help funnel money in for college as well, but he is the backbone of it all. God is great!
We have had difficult moments within the past year and a half. My aunt's husband, who was a wonderful individual, past away a few days after New Year's. It was a very emotional weekend. He is sorely missed. My husband misses spending time with him. He always brought laughter to the scene.
My aunt Lily passed away from cancer recently. She was a pillar of strength. She was one of the only people I could really talk to about the Lord and rejoice in our walk with Him. Her home always reflected the peace of God. It was a sanctuary. Anytime that I went to visit her, all stress seemed to melt away. She lived in NY. The last time I saw her and hugged her goodbye, I knew that it was the last time that I would see her, hug her, and tell her that I loved her. It's like the Lord told me. I am glad that I listened and got that extra hug in.
My mom was diagnosed with ALS about a year ago. It has progressed much faster than the expected rate. I spent a month up in NY during Christmas with my family. I know that our time with her is limited. I will be going again next month for a few weeks. My brother has been doing a wonderful job taking care of her since I live so far. I have asked her to move with me here in AZ or to FL where my other aunt lives, but she refuses. So I respect her wishes and manage the best that I can. This has been hard and painful and it's not over yet. But God is carrying me through it all. I am truly blessed.
But I have severely neglected myself and my weight is now up to 325lbs. My mom's terminal condition has me thinking about my health. How can I neglect myself and be of any use to my family? I can't take care of them if I am sick.
So I am back and I really need to focus on my health.
Hope everyone is doing okay!