Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Counting Our Blessings - Link Up!

I'll be honest - it's been a tough week here at the homestead. I have been going through some kind of "anger stage" with all that's happened to me and I've been trying to keep to myself as much as possible so as not to bite someone's head off. Unfortunately, I still do that, especially to my hubby, who deserves it the least. He is very understanding, but it makes me feel about 1 inch tall. I've been praying that the Lord would fill my heart with His joy and peace, but I'm still having this anger about all this. I think a lot of it is that I'm really, really tired and I don't feel like doing much of anything. I'm also gone most days of the week because I have to - not because I want to - and that adds to my frustration. I would love nothing more than to just stay home but I have to go to two different therapists and multiple doctors. Most of my days during the week are filled to capacity and that just wears me out. It also leaves me no energy for going where I'd like to go (like church) or to do the things around the house I'd like to do. I know....would I like a little cheese with my whine? I know things could be so much worse for me, but this is a stage I'm going through and I'm sure it will pass soon.  Okay, more than ever, I need to count my blessings for this week and I hope you'll join me!

30.  I was finally motivated to pick up a crochet hook and do a bit of crocheting. It felt so wonderful to do something I enjoy. Although I didn't get as much done as I normally would have, I did get a good start on my new shawl. Here's a picture.

The color is actually a lavender, although it looks more blue in this picture. I really like this pattern because it's so lacy looking. It was a blessing to crochet a bit.

31. I haven't had an Easter Lily for years (they are usually so expensive!) but we have a new WalMart here in town - another blessing - and they had Easter Lily's for $6.68 and so my hubby thought I should have one. Here's a picture of one of it.

It's gorgeous and is such a blessing to me!

32.  Holly is doing okay. I can tell she's not as frisky as she normally is, but she doesn't act as if she's in pain and she is eating and drinking good. Poor little thing has to wear her cone all the time, though, or she messes with the tumors on her tummy. I tried to take a picture of her, but she knows what the camera (and my phone camera) is and promptly turned her little back to me! That little scamp! lol Anyway, here she is with her cone.

She cracks me up how she will just turn her back to the camera like this! She's such a blessing to me and I'm so glad she isn't suffering and that I'm getting to have this time with her to love on her.

33.  I love having my toenails painted and I was lamenting the fact that I just couldn't do it and so my hubby said he would do it! Now mind you, in the 32 years that we have been married, he's never painted my toenails but he got down on the floor and did just that! He did a good job, too, and it made me feel like more myself again. Here's a picture of the finished paint job.

What a blessing my hubby is! To do this for me, without me even asking him to, was such a blessing and just brightened my life a bit!

34.  I think I shared that they had tried wrapping my leg at which point my foot turned purple. The therapist promptly stopped doing that and she is now using this special tape that athletes use for injuries. You wouldn't think it would do anything to help with the swelling, but I'm here to tell you that it helps a lot! Here's a picture of what it looks like.

She has it in the areas that are the most swollen. It comes in a 2" width and then she cuts those "v's" into the tape and puts them where she feels it will help the most. I have three of these on my leg right now. She's trying it out on an area that is really giving me trouble behind my knee and I'm hoping that we will see an improvement when I go into therapy tomorrow. I'm so thankful that there are other options and so blessed that I have caring therapists that figure things out to help me.

Now it's your turn! Please link up with me below and you can grab a button from the top of the page on the tab that says "Grab My Buttons" (clever, huh? lol) Can't wait to read your blessings, too!

Blessings - Julie


  1. The most touching thing, is your husband painting your toenails! What a sweetie, who obviously loves you dearly.

  2. That's so sweet of him!
    I was wondering if you link-up your blog anywhere? If you link-up the post that your linkup is in it could get you more people linking-up with you! Thanks for hosting! <3

  3. Wow, you are really blessed, Julie. Sharing with you mine last week.


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