Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Back In The Land Of The Living

Well, Hello There!

Firstly, Thank you so much for all the kind and caring emails during my long absence!  
What an encouragement ya' all are!

Secondly, I have had a serious extended illness since July that has really, 
really been a difficult thing to live with and get anything beyond 
getting dressed each day a possibility. 
 But, Praise the Lord, 
I am back to feeling well, and so very, very grateful to have energy, vitality,
 and reasonably good health.

So, to catch up, everything has gone along fairly well, regardless. 
 The children and my dear husband have picked up where I left off, 
doing the cleaning, cooking, laundry and anything else necessary to keep the household functioning. Meanwhile, I was posted in a comfy chair only able to give encouragement and counsel.  
They did a remarkable job but are very glad to have mama back in the kitchen, 
taking walks, able to be out and about and physically functional!  

And my, have they grown in the last 6 months! 
 Jim passed me up in height around Christmas, Ben gaining on me rapidly. 
Olivia turned 5 (Ack!) - Gabe had his 7th birthday, 
Scott and Anna came for a visit with little Mary,
Shiloh is talking in full sentences,
We got a scruffy little puppy,
Brian and I both have more grey hair,
 and Rose is home from College. 

 Now that you know everything, here are some pics.

Ben is a regular at filling the soup pot

Jim shot the buck of a lifetime

Scott, Anna, and Mary visiting Idaho

John, Michelle and Shiloh bought a little farm just a few miles down the road

Rose and a sweet friend

building an igloo

too cute!!

Blessings to Ya' all,
with the promise it won't be months before another post!



Deanna Rabe said...

I'm so sorry you've been ill, but am glad to hear that you are on the mend and getting back to your usual routine.

Your family is thriving. What a blessing.

Happy to see you back! You've been missed.

Kim said...

It's so good to hear from you! Every time I scroll through my short list of favorite blogs I would see "Providence Lodge". And I would say a short prayer and wonder how you were doing with the newlyweds and grand babies.

I am thankful you are feeling better. I hope you continue to improve each day. It is hard to be a momma and be sick. But, in those times, God lifts up friends and family to step in the gap for us. You are so loved!! All those big and little faces just beam with love for you and your hubby. How is your husband and his health? He's been on my mind as well as the church. Being a pastor is a huge job with many challenges and blessings. Our best friend is a pastor and he is in our prayers constantly.

The pictures are lovely. Is that a 10 point buck and a turkey? My boys were "oohhhing" and "aaahhhhhing" over those pictures. Funny isn't it? Your children are all growing up and taking on new responsibilities. I love seeing our boys try new things. Many hands make light work! Although, I don't have as many hands here, as before, but I love it that my children are getting married and starting lives of their own.....but I do miss them terribly.

Please know that you and your family are a blessing to me. I treasure every post. Like-minded Christians are hard to find these days. Take care of yourself and don't push yourself too hard. God is faithful. He will make a way. We women are the gate-keepers! Prayer is powerful!

By Grace Alone,

Carol Slater said...

So very glad to have you back! Enjoyed the photos.

Janet LaRue said...

Julianne! It is so good to hear from you again! You have been missed! I pray for you and your family often! I am so sorry you have been ill! But so very thankful that you are felling a bit better! I'll continue to pray that the Lord returns you to full health and full strength! I enjoy the updates on you and your wonderful family! I look forward to more in the future!
God bless, Janet L.

Jen said...

Glad you are back and feeling better -you were missed- love your blog-
All the best from Canada-

Rhonda (GrannyNana) said...

It's so god to know you are feeling like your old self again. Have been praying for full recovery. Loved the post and pictures. Thank you for sharing! ~ Rhonda 😊

Lisa Beth W. said...

Soooooooooo nice to see a post from you again. :) Glad to hear you are well again, and so nice to see your family's lovely faces. God bless!

Maggie said...

Praise the Lord! So very glad you are back. And I thank the Lord for encouraging me to click on Providence Lodge...just in case you were there.

He is good and He is faithful.


Andie said...

So glad you're back!

Bobbie said...

Have missed your posts! I also have had a "chronic" condition since July and can totally relate to how it just puts all the non essentials to the wayside. Blessings,

Rebecca Kirk said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you were so sick. I missed your blog and am very happy to hear that you are on the mend and back to normal routines. Your blog is a blessing and I very much enjoy it. Thank you,

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better and back to blogging! You have been missed!


Kelli Dominguez said...

I'm so glad you are back! I've missed your blog. Glad you are feeling better from your illness.

Kelli Dominguez said...

So glad you are better from your illness. I missed your blog so much. Thanks for coming back and sharing your family with us.

Anonymous said...

Julianne, it's great that your health has improved and that you are back - I hope so very much that you'll have time to write a post now and then, I've found them very wise an encouraging in my life as a new mom. Thank you so much and all the best to you and yours.