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Day 14 Tuesday: Reboot!

Happy Valentine's Day! The call this morning was good. Maria had cared for David all night during his confusion and being awake most of the evening. One can only imagine the confusion after a week of sedation and being out of touch. She also said that many who come out of the sedation are confused, have their days and nights mixed up and are up all night the first few nights. Today is Valentine's Day. I was excited to see David again today and Wilson and I had planned to go back again in the evening after my lunchtime visit with David. I was excited that he was off the vent tube and that today he would be talking a little better and be more awake! I am so glad I celebrated yesterday afternoon with my flowers and strawberries because today soon became a ride! I started early planning to go see David in the morning and then return later with Wilson to see David, wish him [...]

By | 2017-09-01T12:19:03+00:00 February 16th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Day Thirteen / Monday: 0 to JOYOUS!

Beginning like every other day these past two weeks, the dogs needed taken out, the coffee was not yet in my cup and I had taken my morning probiotic and gulped water down. I hung over the Keurig as my hot Newman's Organic brewed and mused over the news I would receive this morning. Could they bring David's oxygen down to 50% today? Would he be more alert? Tuesday is Valentine's Day, would I be able to wish him the Valentine's Day that almost wasn't? With steady hand I hit the recent calls on my phone and at the top of the list from last night's late call was the number I have grown accustomed to. "Good morning, this is Tanya Hale checking on my husband, David Hale." Then the long pause. This morning it seemed like forever, but Tara was still on duty and answered, out of breath and chipper as ever. "He has done great over night! I just got done bathing him and he [...]

By | 2017-09-01T12:19:04+00:00 February 14th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Day 12 Sunday: Another Step on the Journey

An absolutely beautiful morning to sit on the front porch with coffee and God. Unseasonably warm, upper 50's and a light breeze, sunshine abounds! I had called to check on David and his nurse reported that he had his bath, was somewhat coherent and nodding in answer to her questions. His nurse overnight confirmed that he remembers nothing of days prior to the moment he is in. His doctors had not been in yet, so little information was available except that he is the same. Just knowing he was awake and responding was encouraging enough for me! With coffee in hand and the early morning unseasonable warmth, I headed to the front porch, one of my favorite spots to be with God. This morning I was lead to begin reading through the Book of Ecclesiastes. Many times I will read different Bible versions and this morning I chose The Message version which is more like novel writing. After reading this version I compare the text to other [...]

By | 2017-09-01T12:19:04+00:00 February 13th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Day 11: Saturday A Journey of Fellowship and Prayer

Life changes so quickly. Count your blessings as they come! My day began in quiet time and prayer as it does every day, usually before the sun rises. Today's prayer time, like the last 10 days was wrapped in David. Wilson and I had plans for the day; he was preparing for folks who would come help cut wood for our burner and I to go to work and get a few things caught up in the solitude. Soon it became apparent that I may need to rethink my plans. Our first blessing of the day came from Appomattox Courthouse with a small but mighty carpenter. How ironic that a carpenter would be our first guest of the day! This carpenter came bearing a truckload of cut, split and seasoned wood so beautiful to the eye! As he loaded it into our storage trailer, I prepared to go out and help him. By the time I got out to him, he had completed his deed. We spent [...]

By | 2017-09-01T12:19:04+00:00 February 12th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Day 11 In the early morning hour…

Each day has it's own challenge, thought, intrepidations and randomness. Who's life doesn't? Ours right now just seems a little more staccato in the music of life. Last night was long and the fits in and out of sleep were difficult for me. My mind kept rolling to the Facebook Prayer post of a friend who prayed Angels were on guard around him in the room. An army of Angels surrounding my husband David, standing bright and tall with a glow surrounding them. Staffs held high, and Angels breathing towards him with a aura of their breath flowing in his direction, filling his ailing and weak lungs with glorious, pure, clean and healing warmth of their breath to strengthen and heal him for the journey of bypass surgery next. God directing this choir of Angels somewhere unseen with the command of a sea captain; "Slow and steady", being careful not to send too much or too little. Comforting as it is, it was a permanent video running in [...]

By | 2017-09-01T12:19:04+00:00 February 11th, 2017|David's Journey, Uncategorized|

Mom’s Special Macaroni & Cheese

Like most kids, especially in the 1980s and 1990s, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the blue box was a standard staple for lunch or dinner. Quite frankly, both of my kids grew up on it. I remember in college in the early 80's our dorm and "little house" brought back a gross of White Generic Macaroni & Cheese Boxes to college after visits home. We lived on the stuff, along with instant mashed potatoes and green beans and butter! Those days are far behind me and though my children still appreciate a good blue box once in a while, my youngest has begun to appreciate the value of a good pan of homemade Macaroni and Cheese! He brags to his friends and co-workers about the goodness and inevitably I am making several pans every time we have a gathering! 1 Lb Elbow Macaroni Cooked Drained Sauce: 4 Tblsp. Butter 2 heaping Tblsp. Flour 4 Cups Whole Milk 1/2 large onion, diced 1/2 tsp. Himalayan or Celtic Salt [...]

By | 2017-09-01T12:06:37+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Fall Table, Health & Wellness, Winter Table|

2016 Holiday Musings #2

After the Thanksgiving decorating blitz, this week has become Christmas detail week and lists are flying! Things to do, things to get, things to make and the everyday chores as well. In the midst of all of this, the reality of everyday life kicks in. There are friends to talk to, support to give to grieving friends with lost loved ones and those asking for prayers for medical tests, recovery and the unknown. This week we work on the final touches to our home that makes it uniquely ours and welcoming to all of our friends and family who come to see us. This week the Snowflakes my mom carefully has crocheted for decades and given to all her friends and especially her family and starched them to a crisp flat beauty were finally found. This are a constant in our holiday decorating and one that we treasure. With mom's recent stroke, we may not get these again in years to come so these precious treasures were [...]

Christmas decor in the Country

There is nothing like Christmas in the country! All my life I have lived in the country, somewhere in the United States. I love the rural life and how with a little creativity we can decorate our homes and create a welcoming environment for family, friends and out of town guests. Here in Dinwiddie County Virginia we have one of the largest populations of pine tree farming in the state. This makes decorating for Christmas a joy! On our farm we are surrounded by trees, mainly pine trees. As I prepared for the Holiday Season this year, I wanted to keep a more organic and natural feel to our home, both indoors and out. Using pine boughs, cedar sprigs, pine cones, holly and berries one can create a beautiful setting while capturing the feel of the season as well. Today I jumped in our Ranger and headed for the edges of the woods. I scavenged for greenery and nature that would go well with the variety of [...]

2016 Holiday Musing #1

So the 2016 Holiday Season is here! Wait, Holiday? Yes, our society has now dubbed it the Holiday Season. In reality, this time of year is the holidays and it always has been. Some have removed Christmas from the equation and yes, that is upsetting, as Christ is the real reason for the Christmas Season. The Holiday Season for me starts the weekend before Thanksgiving and continues straight through New Year's Day. This year has been different, as each one is. For me, the holiday season is a joyous time filled with joy and excitement, plans for family and friend gatherings and so much more. As I have gotten older the holidays seem to be harder in so many ways. Many have lost loved ones at the holidays and they mourn their past and the loss of their dear one. Others have grown older and found that the Christmas Wish List carries less and less gift ideas for themselves and more for the children and grandchildren in [...]

Holiday Chex Mix

Our favorite Chex Mix is old fashioned, but it's our favorite. We have carried this one on trips in Ziplock bags (sizes snack to gallon size, depending on the children's age at the time!), given these in tins, quart jars, special dollar store or Sam's Club special containers for the holidays and even made some in the summertime once in a blue moon just because! Always made between the day before or on Thanksgiving Day, this is a holiday kick starter at our home! My youngest son's eyes light up and I become the "best mom in the world" as those cake pans of precious cereal and pretzels come out of the oven! Folks, it's the little traditions we create annually that win out in the memories of our children! Make it special whatever it is that you do! Be counted on! OLD FASHIONED CHEX MIX of my childhood 2 Cups Cheerios 2 Cups Corn Chex 2 Cups Rice Chex 1 - 2 Cups Wheat Chex 2 [...]

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