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Believe ~ In New Beginnings by Ann Marquette

Believe ~ In New Beginnings by Ann Marquette

I am grateful for this holiday of Thanksgiving.  It is wonderful to spend special time with family, with friends, sharing a meal and giving thanks for our blessings.  It is delightful to sit around the table together sharing gratitude and memories of the past.  If only we could remember to give thanks every day, even for the small things and for the blessings God showers on us that we don’t even realize or think about that He gifts to us.

Every few years Thanksgiving lands on my birthday, which makes it special for me.  This year is even more special.  Several years ago I found the place where I truly feel AT HOME, where I feel embraced by the place and the people.  The last few years I have tried to sell the house in Georgia so I could move to Greenville, SC.  Earlier this year I sensed this was the time.  In September I listed the house with a great agent and we had a confirmed contract by October 21st.  The closing and my move took place mid-November.

So here I am in my new place, home in Greenville on this Thanksgiving Day, my birthday.  Thank you God for your many blessings.

This morning I am thinking about my mother who decided at the last minute, not to have me aborted and then gave birth to me at 7 months.  She said I was so small I fit in a cigar box J  She was only 17 years old and single.  It was not an easy life for her and it caused much friction between us through the years.  However, I am grateful to be alive, to have come through many difficulties in my life, but oh so grateful for the amazing blessings…including the extra surprise blessings God has gifted me with.

I am not sure why God brought me to this place, at this time, but I know He has a purpose for me here.  I pray for guidance every day that I walk the path He has for my journey.  I know one thing for sure…the people throughout my life have been the greatest blessings, and I ask Him to guide me to be a blessing to others.

Thank you God for waking me up on this beautiful sunny day, for my health, for the wonderful people in my life, and all the past, present and future blessings.

 

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Tulips in Keukenhof,

Tulips in Keukenhof, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hearing good news, special blessings in other people’s lives brings me joy. Friend B recently received news from her cardiologist that her heart is beating much better, since the defibrillator was installed.  He told her if it is doing as good or better in six months she will be able to stop taking one of her meds.

My friend G received good news that her bank has agreed to reduce her mortgage payment so she is able to keep her house.

Long time friend L had some good news from her doctor.

Past co-worker and friend D quit her job in March.  Already she has been a contract job with a company she worked with a couple of years ago.

Missing my dear friend T, she has loved the work she has been doing for the last couple of years, but it was only half days pay.  She recently was offered a similar job full-time and more money.  So, her current employer counter offered with full-time, significantly more money, 2 weeks paid vacation a year and a big bonus.

Me and my brother closed on the sale of mother’s house in February.

These are just a few examples of God’s blessings since the beginning of this year…most of them just this month.

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A red rose with dewdrops Français : Une rose r...

Two years ago today…

I remember the relief when we got the news that Mother quietly left this world, because she was finally able to go home to Jesus as she had wanted for so many years.  She suffered long enough.

Looking at last year’s post for remembering her I decided it says what I would say again. **********************

On this morning a year ago, my mother quietly passed from this life into God’s arms. She wanted it so badly for many years.

We had our differences over the years, but although we were never close, we forgave each other the hurts we caused.

It was very sad when we found out she had Alzheimer’s. She didn’t have the best life and my heart-felt so bad for her. I have occasionally thought about writing for her “Mother~You Deserved a Better Life.”

She was the last of eight children…six girls and two boys. All are gone now, including their spouses. I wish I would have thought, many years ago when they were all alive to start asking questions about mother…the things they knew about her. Writing about her would mostly come from my own memories or things I think I remember she told me.

I did know that she gave birth to me out-of-wedlock, and the details were sketchy, until…

The time came when we had to put mother in assisted living. We found a very nice place which looked like a hotel. Her doctor even recommended it, and no that doctor was not assigned to that home. We, my brother and I, made all the arrangements with the home including which room she would be in and had some new furniture delivered there for her.
In conversations with the staff there, and other people we knew who had to put a relative in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility we knew not to tell mother what was going to happen. The staff at the home said to bring her for lunch and that they would be around to help us when the time came to tell mother she would not be going back home.
God that hurts just writing it. It broke our hearts to have to put her there, but the doctor told us she should have been in about a year sooner.

So we told her we were taking her out to lunch, and since the dining room was on the first floor just like a hotel she would not think anything of it. She did mention a couple of times about all the old people there and so many in wheel chairs; but then immediately forgot about it. We had it arranged that when lunch was over and we were ready, the lady who was going to be mother’s daytime caregiver would come and offer to take us on a “tour.”
Then once we were in “mother’s room” we would tell her the news. I am not going there today.

Anyway, when we finished lunch and dessert we had some coffee and conversation. With Alzheimer’s the memories go, beginning with the most current so gradually they begin remembering older experiences. At one point mother looked at me and said something that I never knew, and my brother had never heard it either. She said “I am so glad I did not have you aborted!” Talk about shock! She told us that she had been raped (another shock) and was how she got pregnant with me. She said two of her siblings (she could not remember which ones) told her she should have an abortion. Apparently she had agreed. When they took her to have it done, as she was about to walk through the door to the room she decided she could not go through with it. So, she gave birth to me and kept me. It was not an easy life for her.  And then she ended up having to go through this horrible illness and be in assisted living for four years.

You deserved a better life mother, but I know you now have the best life.

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PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease

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I wrote some of this May 5, 2008. Two years previously we had to put Mother in assisted living because her Alzheimer’s has progressed so she needed 24/7 care.

I recently talked with the nurse at the assisted living home where Mother has been the last two years. She advised me that Mother’s memory has deteriorated significantly in the last few months. She does not know where she is going, cannot use the elevator, unable to figure out where to go.

I have seen the people in this state and they kind of look like walking vegetables…almost. It is so sad. For years, even before she was bad enough to be placed in the home she has prayed for God to take her HOME with Him.

This is one illness which I wonder why they have to live for years this way. I ask “why God, don’t you take them home?”

So sad to watch people lose their memories, starting with most recent and gradually those further away.

Sorry Mother you had to go through that, but so glad you are now at peace…and remember everything.

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Jesus with children, early 1900s Bible illustr...

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On this morning a year ago, my mother quietly passed from this life into God’s arms. She wanted it so badly for many years.

We had our differences over the years, but although we were never close, we forgave each other the hurts we caused.

It was very sad when we found out she had Alzheimer’s. She didn’t have the best life and my heart-felt so bad for her. I have occasionally thought about writing for her “Mother~You Deserved a Better Life.”

She was the last of eight children…six girls and two boys. All are gone now, including their spouses. I wish I would have thought, many years ago when they were all alive to start asking questions about mother…the things they knew about her. Writing about her would mostly come from my own memories or things I think I remember she told me.

I did know that she gave birth to me out of wedlock, and the details were sketchy, until…

The time came when we had to put mother in assisted living. We found a very nice place which looked like a hotel. Her doctor even recommended it, and no that doctor was not assigned to that home. We, my brother and I, made all the arrangements with the home including which room she would be in and had some new furniture delivered there for her.
In conversations with the staff there, and other people we knew who had to put a relative in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility we knew not to tell mother what was going to happen. The staff at the home said to bring her for lunch and that they would be around to help us when the time came to tell mother she would not be going back home.
God that hurts just writing it. It broke our hearts to have to put her there, but the doctor told us she should have been in about a year sooner.

So we told her we were taking her out to lunch, and since the dining room was on the first floor just like a hotel she would not think anything of it. She did mention a couple of times about all the old people there and so many in wheel chairs; but then immediately forgot about it. We had it arranged that when lunch was over and we were ready, the lady who was going to be mother’s daytime caregiver would come and offer to take us on a “tour.”
Then once we were in “mother’s room” we would tell her the news. I am not going there today.

Anyway, when we finished lunch and dessert we had some coffee and conversation. With Alzheimer’s the memories go, beginning with the most current so gradually they begin remembering older experiences. At one point mother looked at me and said something that I never knew, and my brother had never heard it either. She said “I am so glad I did not have you aborted!” Talk about shock! She told us that she had been raped (another shock) and was how she got pregnant with me. She said two of her siblings (she could not remember which ones) told her she should have an abortion. Apparently she had agreed. When they took her to have it done, as she was about to walk through the door to the room she decided she could not go through with it. So, she gave birth to me and kept me. It was not an easy life for her.  And then she ended up having to go through this horrible illness and be in assisted living for four years.

When my brother and I were told by the staff at the home that mother had passed, we actually felt relief for her because we knew she was now where she wanted to be.
“Bless you mother.”

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New Start by Ann Marquette

A great day began with blue skies and sunshine, when it was expected we would have rain this morning.

A friend who recently had two stints put in her heart’s clogged artery was told by her cardiologist, after doing an echocardiogram, he didn’t think her heart doing as well as it should and that she needed to have a defibrillator implanted. He referred her to a specialist surgeon who does these implants at Emory Hospital. I took her this morning and after meeting with him she came out smiling. He advised that she may not need one of these devices. It has not been three months yet since her stints were put in, and apparently it takes that long for the heart to start doing much better. He will see her again the end of April and do another echocardiogram to see how she is doing then. Ah thank you God for this hopeful good news.

While waiting at the doctor’s office for this friend, I did some reading of the inspirational kind. Hope and joy fills my heart when I read the stories of other’s coincidence experiences which changed their lives for the better.

Great time to rekindle A Blank Slate within myself to begin anew with hope, confidence, faith, and excitement for surprises to come https://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/a-blank-slate/  

Happiness is ~ Heart Smiles, and I have one right now. Do you?
I wish you many Heart Smiles https://amarquette333.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/what-made-your-heart-smile-today-or-any-day/

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Wherever I happen to find myself sitting with paper and pen, my imagination bursting with the words eager to be put on that paper, is the non-exercise activity I wish would keep me physically fit.

However, it is a great workout for the brain cells. As I walk through the maze that is my brain, searching for the right words, to create the perfect sentences in order to describe the scenes, the people, and circumstances which makeup the story I am working on…surely that exercise gives the brain a good workout.

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I hate that I missed posting last night.

Spent today partially in quiet seclusion and did some inspirational reading.

Around noon I watched Joyce Meyer, topic – Heart Test http://www.joycemeyer.org/ourministries/broadcast/  about various ways we are tested.

How do we feel and react when we are rejected, go through a job loss, financial difficulties, health issues, or whatever struggle we experience.  Can we pass the test by being positive and trusting in God’s love for us, that He will see us through it?  Joyce suggests when we are tested we say “I will pass this test.”

Being determined, I said to myself “I WILL pass this test.  I know it will make me stronger as other tests in my life have done.”

Later I watched Dr. Oz whose guest was Deepak Chopra, who walked us through a couple of meditations which are beneficial for the body and mind.  http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/deepak-chopra-anti-aging-pt-1?hs317=billboard_1

I love learning and adding new positive habits to my life.

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A Feast for My Heart

When I wrote this in 1993 I must have really been in a dream world 🙂
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I have tasted an appetizer of You.
It was a sampler platter of your loving kindness,
your gentleness, your caring, your touch, smile, kiss, and your hugs.
Many times my heart savors the memory of that pre-dinner feast.
However, it has been too long between courses, and,
My heart and I are starving for the rest of the meal.
There are moments I get a visionary flash of the main course
and a hint of dessert …and, oh, what a feast it is.
The wine…the union of us…has been aged with loving care.
It is a rare vintage, ready to be uncorked and enjoyed…
oh so slowly, as we sail into the sunset of our lives.
I have been waiting patiently for a long time,
but the heart is beginning to fade away from
lack of nourishment.
Please, hurry before it dies.
My heart and I are here, ready and waiting for the Feast of You.
Let us begin…
Place: Each Other’s Arms
Time: The Rest of Our Lives

Copyright November 1993

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