May was a month with very fluctuating temperatures here in upstate South Carolina. Looking back our highs ranged from the eighties all the way down to the sixties! On the hot days I didn’t spend much time outside. Other days a delicious breeze brought a welcome respite as I lounged on the porch swing or walked around the property.
May was also a time of changes.
Since my mother’s death earlier in April, I’m learning that grief is an ongoing process. I never know when a wave of grief will come over me or what will cause it. Recently my niece sent me a photo of the finished gravestone which has not only the dates of my dad’s birth and death and my mom’s birth, but now includes the date she left this earth. That brought tears to the surface. There are still days when I think I need to pick up the phone and call her, but I remember she is now at peace.
Late April I joined the Literacy Musing Mondays linkup as one of the hosts. With hosting comes responsibility to read and comment on some of the posts. This has been a great way to make friends and learn what others like to write about. It’s also fun to pick a favorite post to feature each week. Many share book reviews, but you are welcome to share any family friendly posts. Please check out our latest linkup if you haven’t yet. We’d love for you to join us.
At the beginning of May my husband and I had a short respite in the form of a personal spiritual retreat at The Cove in North Carolina.
There were no meetings, just time to rest, pray and reflect. The only set times we had to remember were when the meals were served. There were walking trails beside a stream with benches along the way and scripture verses to meditate on. It was very peaceful and a time of renewal. We realized that we need to be spending more time together in prayer. Now we just need to put it into practice. We also met some wonderful people from different parts of the country. God used us in each other’s lives to encourage one another.
In the middle of May I decided to start a new blog and learned that I still have a lot to learn about setting up a blog.
I spent a lot of time researching and finally decided to take the plunge by getting my own domain, signing up with Bluehost and downloading WordPress. Countless hours were spent going through the themes/templates to find one suitable. Even after making a decision, I experimented with many more. Each seemed to have something I didn’t like so this one is a keeper for now. I’m sure I’ll be learning and adding things as I go.
My last post at the former blog was called Reminiscing and Time for a Change. I am grateful for all I learned since beginning blogging nearly three years ago. My dilemma now is deciding whether to import the posts to this new blog or just repost my favorites over a period of time. If any of you have experience with this I would love hearing your advice or suggestions. There are over 300 posts so I don’t really want to import them all.
An ongoing lesson God is teaching me is that my house doesn’t have to be uncluttered in order to show hospitality.
We now have a young man living with us whom we’ve known since he was a child. He and my son both struggle with some disabilities, but they are able to help each other in many ways. The first few weeks He slept on the couch, but he now uses an upstairs room that has extra furniture in it right now so is a bit crowded. He doesn’t seem to mind but is thankful to be here, often helping out with chores, too.
Just this past Monday we had a family over from church to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs grilled outside. They even brought a friend along who had no place to go that day. Amid extra furniture sitting around and floors in need of repair, we had a wonderful time. None of the clutter seemed to matter. They thanked us and said they enjoyed being here.
I was reminded that what really counts is making our guests feel welcome.
Enjoy this video I took on our walk at The Cove.