Monday, March 21, 2011

Unsolved Mysteries

Many thoughts and concerns are laying heavy on my heart lately, not to mention the heavy pollen laying everywhere making it difficult to breathe! Life has placed some situations in my path and I’m trying my darndest not to stumble and fall flat on my face with them. After all…it could be a lot worse.

I believe the hardest part of some circumstances is the understanding of them. I am prone and driven to figure things out. I need an answer. I love to watch a good mystery only to spoil the ending with figuring out who-done-it before the end of the movie. But in my real life moments, I for the life of me cannot even begin to comprehend some of the reasons, the outcomes, nor understand why some things happen.
And drama…who needs it?

To occupy my time and talents, *insert smile* I am working on some small projects, painting an antique beveled edge mirror frame so that it will have that shabby look; and a few other things. I’m trying to enjoy this beautiful weather all while doped on allergy meds! Our veggie garden is growing like crazy! We will soon pick our first crop of English peas ~ swoon. You have not lived until you have planted a small seed, nourished it, watched it grow and bloom, and then reap the harvest of your work! It’s a personal reward.  I also beat the dust, or maybe it was pollen, off my camera and took a few photos of some spring flowers.  Boy did it feel good to click click click...

Oh My Gosh...
My daughter Holly and husband Richard are anticipating a big move. As you may know Richard is in the US Coast Guard and has gotten new orders to move. So they will be leaving New Orleans behind and welcoming their new place in Jacksonville, FL. They are so excited…everything offered so far as been BETTER; his job hours, 15 minutes driving distance to work from the new house they found, 30 minutes from beautiful beaches, and good old Florida sunshine. They actually found old friends in the area where the house is. The house is beautiful, over 2,000 sq ft with a Florida room and double garage!! Moving from a crappy apartment to this is going to be heaven for them and the fur babies. So….with lots to do in preparation for the move, I will be making a trip to NOLA in May to help pack and clean. We will then meet them in Jacksonville on June 1st to unpack and start a new adventure. I’m so excited for them!!

Please continue to pray for hurting and troubled people whether they be friends, family, strangers, enemies, and neighbors…this old world is hurting in many ways. Another why question comes to mind…Why is the child the one who always gets hurt in an adult situation? There is a child near and dear to my heart that has seen an unfair amount of hurt, disappointment, pain, and pure crap. No child should have to endure what this one has been through. God please keep this one safe and in your protection. Thank you.

It’s amazing how my happy-cookie-baking-cookbook-giving-away-photo-snapping-crafty-thrifting-blogging life can be turned into a spinning roller coaster ride lately. Talk about exercising my faith!! I’m out of breath… or is it just the pollen?

Faith grows by being exercised, and faith is not exercised
when we receive everything we want or think we need.
~ Graham Pockett
 I had to share this quote again…I love it!

Light, light, light up the sky to show me You are with me.


Marydon said...

Cora, I am here to cheer you UP!!! There is sunshine, life, beauty & love surrounding you ... & God hovering above with His hands on your shoulders. Now this is a good day, my friend.

I hope with all my heart the child is going to come thru the circumstances well.

Your daughter's move sounds pretty upbeat for them.

Hugs of love coming your way, sweet friend ~

Bev said...

the hurt is greater when we see children in pain. harder to understand. often, god's plans are beyond our scope of understanding. i am sure you are there for that child, and praise god you are. just keep shining your light...

BECKY said...

Oh Cora! I don't have trouble breathing, but I DO have sneezing fits...just finished one as a matter of fact! I'll pray for some relief for you! What a joy, though, to be anticipating the first harvest of your home grown goodness!! Growing your own is sooo rewarding! I did it at the old house where the back yard got plenty of sun, but can't do it here...too many trees...and I just can't part with them! I have tried some containers, but in our weather down here it is hard to keep the either dry enough or wet enough!!

We should hook up when you are down here...have some bloggy friend time...that would be fun, even if it was just lunch! What do ya think? I made a trip up that way to meet some other bloggy friends in early 2010. We had a blast!

You're a great mom to be helping out! We helped move our oldest and her family back here from Tennessee last November! It was some work!

Faith is indeed like a muscle; if we don't exercise it, it atrophies.
Here's to spiritual exercise! It does produce good stuff...just like your garden~~~:o)

Blessings and hugs to you!

Oh and I adore that photo!!

cottageprims said...

Cora~ Sorry things are not so light hearted for you right now.I'll keep you in my prayers.On the other side I got a smile at the thought of your garden going growing like crazy,I'm just getting ready to start the inside Blessings!~Amy

Char said...

yes, i have problems once all the tree pollen starts, especially the pine pollen. not fun. hope you're feeling better soon.


and just think jacksonville is not that far from savannah

Tracy said...

Love your writing and your photography!! I hope you start feeling better soon!! There's nothing worse than allergies, especially when it's nice outside!

Hang in there! :-)

Cindy said...

Cora I bet the kids will love that part of Florida!!I have several blogging friends in that area and they love it!You take care of yourself...good to chat with you today.

Hugs and squeezes...and I love the Dogwood picture!!!!!My favorite tree!!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Tina said...

Very happy to hear that your daughter and hubby are making a 'good' move. We were military for 20 years so I understand that!
I will be praying for you and the child you are referring. My oldest grand-daughter is also one of those children caught in an adult mess...because of her mother (my ex-daughter-in-law!) I cry and then pray every time I think about it.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Cora, our paths seem the same of late, my youngest son and wife moved to Ky. a couple of months ago and now are expecting so I miss them even more. It's hard to let go, roots and wings! Another son is going through a divorce and my grand daughter seems so lost, it's so hard! Our children never grow up in our hearts but we can't always fix things, my faith has been a treadmill since the start of 2011. So true, our planet is in so much pain! Stay strong, God is good. Hugs!!

notes of sincerity said...

You remain close to my heart in prayers. I am so sorry for your loss and the days that are following. I posted a song this morning on my blog that nearly took my breath away while experiencing a very difficult time. My prayer is that you will be blessed by it, if you choose to listen. I am just like you. I need answers and strategy. When my hands are tied, it is difficult.
Ironically, we moved 5 years ago from Jacksonville Florida. We moved there after my husband was out of the Coast Guard. :o) We live an hour and half north of New Orleans now. :o)
Amazing, the things in common. :o)

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

find your rainbow Cora... : )

Anonymous said...

So happy for your daughter! Sounds like it will be an amazing move. I am sending you lots of hugs and love cora. I am going through some stuff are in my prayers.

Cinner said...

Dear Cora, sometimes there are never enough answers. I find I question things and ask why and wonder, wonder. but I have faith that one day I will understand...Glad Holly and hubby have found a nice place. Will they be further away from you...I know you will have many trips to visit....I am so in awe that you have vegetables already....if to you hope you feel better and peaceful. be well.

Julie Harward said...

I don't know why but when I get here to your blog, the print is normal at first and then it fades til I can hardly read it. It doesn't happen on any other blog so I don't know what it is!? Anyway..I am here and trying to visit! ;D

Anonymous said...

I have prayed for you and your unsolved mysteries this week. Some things we just won't understand this side of heaven. We all long for that understanding so you are not alone. Just wanted to share this scripture: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 Like the old song goes: We will understand it better by and by.

Brenda Peters

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I think you summed up in one post what I have been saying all year...watering my garden in prayer, picking weeds of my own sin, asking questions, while trying to swallow all that life can hand us through laughter..."Big Girl Panties". You have wrapped it up with a bow.
I enjoyed reading thanks for sharing.
Blessings on your daughter's move and new adjustments

Sares said...

I am sorry to hear you are going through such a difficult time. I hope as Spring and Summer approach, your hurts will begin to heal.
Your photographs are beautiful, as always. It sounds like an exciting move for your daughter and SIL! I hope the move goes smoothly and safely for them. Have a wonderful weekend Cora!

Leann said...

Hi Cora

I thought that I posted here but don't see anything...

Wishing you guidance to understand that which should be and comfort for all.


Cora from Hidden Riches said...

From one Cora to another. . . . I just LOVE your up front honesty and openness!!!! Maybe Cora's are just that way, I don't know. But thank you for that. At least I don't have to dig to figure out what you are feeling and where your heart is.

No, we can't always figure life out. No one can. As much as we would like to know the next move, the why's, and what-should-I-do's, we don't always get that. And so trust, hope, faith come into play and learn to exercise those muscles, don't we. Not what we want, but it IS what we need sometimes.

Thank yo so much for this post. It was really great to have been here, though I'm REALLY late!

Angie Berry said...

So sorry sweetie! I know I am way behind on reading and wish I wasn't. We all have these roller coaster times in our lives but thankfully God is there to sustain us through it all. If I had known this, I would have been praying for you. I'm glad things are better now and I love you~