Sunday, January 9, 2011

A wonderful woman, quiet weekend, and the Monday Prayer

 Aunt Ruth with her favorite (only) nephew and three nieces at her 80th birthday celebration.
Here she is --the star of the afternoon--many turned out to wish her a very Happy Birthday!
 That was three years ago.  She preferred to have others in the picture with her, so she's not smiling
like in the first--she can be shy.

Quiet weekend.  It continued to snow Friday night, all day Saturday into the night.
I stayed inside.

My husband ventured out to see his aunt who was in the local hospital.
She was moved to an assisted living facility today. 
She is 83 with multiple problems and seems to be fading. 

She never married.
She lived with her parents, helped her mother care for her father
and then she took care of her mother.
She's lived in the family home alone now for many years.

Her only brother was my husband's and  his three sisters' dad.
One of Mike's sisters has been the main caretaker,
but now Mike is here to help her, which she very much needed.

She's a sweetie who is loved by us all. 
She has good friends who take her places when she is able,
(she stopped driving years ago).
She has lived a full and active life,
but she seems very tired now.
My husband is preparing himself for her departure,
but if she could stay and feel good also--
that would be more welcome
by those who love her.
Please lift this situation up in prayer--thank you.

Husband worked on the shop room down in the basement.
It was the workshop of the man who lived here for five years.
His wife lived here fifteen more after he died, until she sold the house to us.
He's finally cleaning out Mr. S.'s stuff---stuff his wife never had removed
and then left behind when she moved.

Husband needs the space as he is cleaning out the garage in Cinci
and he wants his main tools here.
Some things he will store in his dad's old barn that we now own
along with the acre it's on.

I put Christmas decorations away, sorting, and then repacking
in such a way that most boxes could be stored in the barn,
except for the fragile items and heirlooms.

So it has been a quiet but productive weekend.

Tomorrow begins another school week.

Here is the Monday Prayer.

as I wait on You,
help me to grow in my understanding of Your ways
and not succumb to impatience or discouragement
because my timetable does not coincide with Yours.
Shine Your light into any dark corner of my soul
that needs to be exposed.
Strengthen my faith to depend on Your perfect timing for my life.
Help me to rest in You and be content with the step I'm on
and the light You have given me.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I do hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning.
Psalm 130: 5-6

Blessings to you all as you begin the week!

With  great-nieces and nephew and then nephew's son (great-great-nephew?).


  1. Sounds like a great weekend. Love your prayer for Monday! Have a wonderful week at school!

  2. Love these photos! 80 wow! We are frozen in Georgia today also.
    ps. I saw you on Betsy's blog.

  3. that's a lot of family!
    good pictures of them all.

    thanks for sharing them.

  4. Always look forward to your prayers that sandwich the week.

    What a delightful aunt ... and your husband.

  5. "...because my timetable does not coincide with Yours...".

    So be it. One of my life-long struggles. Patience? Oh my... one of my least consistent growth and "gift" areas.

    Blessings... I'm going to try to become faithful again in following with folks. Just comes and goes. But I always look forward to spending time with you.

    Thanks for the comment re: the school murder... her funeral is tomorrow and story after story has told of her faithfulness and consistency as a mom, teacher, admin. Must have been a truly lovely lady... and so far their community has come together in a way that hadn't happened for some time.

  6. Beth, I'm thinking of you after reading your comment on my blog. I pray that tomorrow will be a better day - full of encouragement and positive people. Just remember God knows and understands every detail of the unpleasant situation, and He wants you to triumph over it! He's your biggest cheerleader!!

    I enjoyed these pics and hope this sweet lady can be comfortable and at peace.

  7. I will definitely pray for Aunt Ruth. She looks like a sweetie.

    As school starts this week, I especially appreciate your Monday prayer. "Strengthen my faith to depend on Your perfect timing for my life." Amen.

  8. Thank you for sharing your lovely family photos and your recent thoughts. May the Lord supply all the needs of you and your loved ones this week, according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Amen.


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