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Choose to Live Your Life in Abundance in the after--- after the spouse dies, after the marriage ends, after the kids leave. Join me on my journey of CHOOSING LIFE in my after. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live- Deut 30:19

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November 11, 2015

Back In Texas

I'm back in Texas until after Thanksgiving. My son's best friend is getting married this Saturday.  This summer when I planned my trip to the wedding, I thought it would be a great idea to visit my parents before the wedding for a week, visit my son at my home in Texas the next week, and have Dr. T fly to Texas to meet me for Thanksgiving.  As the time approached for me to leave, I was a bit anxious.  I have been very dependent on Dr. T since we started emailing each other after R passed away.  He just seems to ground me... plus, I am happy in my new life!!

So- here I am at my parents' house, which is wonderful.  We have been busy, and it is so nice to be with them.  My sister is here so we are really having a good visit.  I got up yesterday morning and ran in the pasture on the farm where their house is.  It is only a little over 2 miles, but it is beautiful and I love to run here.  The year after I lost R, while training for the New Orleans Marathon, I ran in this pasture every time I visited my parents.  I also ran the streets of the little town where they live in Central Texas.  I ran up the hill on their property and looked off in the horizon-- I prayed and thanked God for my life.  I would never have wanted to lose R the way that I have, but this is what has happened in my life.  I hope to make R proud my how I live the rest of my life and honor him in some way.

The farm:

R is buried right by my wonderful grandfather.  Two wonderful men who loved each other very much!!  My grandfather was a veteran so the boy scouts put a flag on his grave today.

November 02, 2015

End of Fall?

Since I'm used to living by the gulf coast and not the mountains, the whole idea of winter here has me a bit nervous.  I tend to freeze at the mildest of temperatures.  There have been a few time the past month that the weather has cooled here.  Each time, I've thought to myself-- Is this it?  Is this where it gets cold and stays cold until May????  This morning as I watched the weather, I had the same thought.  It is supposed to get much colder by the end of the week.  I made myself get outside for a run.  I ended up going to a nearby trail.  I'm very proud of myself for doing that.  I usually run on the streets when I'm by myself.  But today, I just had the urge to go onto the trail and enjoy this beautiful weather.  I'm so glad I did.  I ran/ walked/ and prayed for most of the hike!!  It was such a good feeling to be out in nature.

One song that I love to run to is Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide."  I love the words... they are so fitting for my life.

Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too

I love to run to that song.  It had a bit of a new meaning this morning when I heard it.  I was lucky enough to get to spend the weekend with my parents.  Dr. T went to Fort Worth to meet up with friends for the weekend.  On the way, he dropped me off at my parents' house.  My dad looked at me Saturday afternoon and asked, "Sharon, are you happy?"  What a sweet question.  I assured him that I am.  We talked about what a huge move this has been for me.  And even though I don't have any friends here and I've left a home and job that I loved... I am very happy.  

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

I hope that R would be proud of how I'm handling the seasons of my life.  I think he would be.  

Scenes from my hike: