Weathering

Again with the coffee shots. . . 

I find myself this afternoon, after a night of nearly no sleep, at one of our favorite coffee places. I’m frantically catching up on customer support requests and monitoring weather reports. The Oregon Coast endured quite a blow last night that knocked out our power and internet this afternoon. We’re over-caffeinated and praying for a quick restoration.

I spent part of my morning at coffee with a dear friend, planning our church’s Christmas pageant. I love little kids in angel costumes, I get giddy at the idea. It’s more than the caffeine, folks, it’s the reality that the light of the World is about to make an entrance once again.

And not a moment too soon. . . the world is blowing up. Sometimes the news looks like one long prayer request. Creator of the Universe, please bring peace. Soon. 

Closer to home, my family is gently walking the road of loss, as we cope with the news that Geo’s grandma Helen  “went to be with Jesus”  last night. We are remembering and smiling and shedding tears. From a parenting perspective, this is the first major loss my child has to had to face — so we’re listening more than talking. Creating space to mourn. You’re never really done parenting, are you?

So, I’ll wrap this up. As other people will want to take my seat shortly. Trying to connect with their families and work and lives outside of this wind whipped coast. I hope that this post finds your family well. For us, we are safe and together, and for that I am thankful.

May the light of the world find you as you gather with your family and friends this week. 

8 Responses to Weathering

  • CitricSugar says:

    My love to you all right now! Sending healing thoughts and peace, extra hugs, and prayers for Grandma Helen. Let me know if there’s anything I can do, ‘kay?

    • Wende says:

      Thank you. Helen was nearly 90 and had been in frail health the past few years. She died of a stroke and heart attack last night. We saw her on Monday night and IZ said then he was concerned. So, we knew she wouldn’t be with us much longer. She is an adopted grandmother… and well, you know how I feel about adopted family. Much love you, chica!!

  • Julia says:

    Wende, I don’t know how much more this world can take before Jesus comes back for us. I like that you talk about your faith on this blog. I am so sorry for your loss and pray for peace for you and your family. I hope you all have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. And I am praying that the weather calms down in your area and you and your family stay safe.

    • Wende says:

      Julia, thank you! We JUST got power and internet back and whew! I had just bought 7 bags of ice to put in my fridge, because I just HAD to go grocery shopping yesterday to beat the crowds. Thank you for your prayers. Helen was a dear soul who seemed to love our son the moment she met him. She was married to a “George” so she called our son, “her Georgie” and he loved her. Sometimes, it’s the family God brings into your life that make a difference, you know? Anyhow, thank you so much for your prayers. It means a lot to me… And have a FABULOUS Thanksgiving!

  • Katie says:

    I had a Grandma Helen, too. So very sorry for your loss… so very thankful for your words. Blessings, Friend.

    • Wende says:

      Thank you, Katie. We learned on Sunday about the stroke at church. I had hoped to get G to the hospital to visit today, but alas, that wasn’t to be. He’s missing her and processing. I really appreciate your prayers.

  • Heather says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Wende. Much love to you, IZ, and Geo.

    • Wende says:

      Thanks Heather. . . You know our drill, so an adopted grandmother is a big deal. She will be missed. Geo is taking it pretty hard–he got pretty sick. I figure next Friday will also be hard — it’s the memorial/funeral. We all face this eventually, but it’s never easy, is it?

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