Sunday, November 20, 2011

I Remember...

On this lazy Sunday while watching a Lifetime movie, something happened to me...

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Without leaving the comfort of my couch, I grabbed my iPhone, logged in to MY blog, read the last post and each comment that was left for me.

I realized that healing does take time.

I still have good days and bad days, but that seems to be my new normal.

However, I did not realize so much time had passed since.

You were with me every step of the way...

Thank You!

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From my blog, I then logged in to my Flickr account.

I really can't explain how my heart could be happy and sad all at the same time, but it was.

There I saw beautiful photos ... MY photos all of which hold priceless memories of creativity, happiness and friendships.

I turned to The Man and said "You know, I really used to be creative and I enjoyed it so much. Every photo has a memory."

He said in the softest voice...

"You ARE still creative Jodie...you ARE."

And...with that said, I jumped off the couch and jumped on the computer because I AM LONESOME for YOU and CREATIVITY!

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I believe creativity comes from within. I also believe everyone has a touch of it, but some may not believe they do. I don't think God would have made this world in such a way that we could not put our personal touches everywhere...do you?

And that goes for blogging too. I cannot count how many times that I was touched by something a blogger posted about or commented about. Touched by a photo I saw, or something someone created and shared with us all.

Creativity is just plain amazing!

With all the time that had passed since I last posted, I thought I would go back and remember all of the things that have mended my heart (as much as possible), cleared my mind (but not forgotten), and kept me alive (which was much needed).

Here we go...

APRIL

The Man and I bought us a camper... (love love)

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MAY

My beautiful niece graduated from high school and was Valedictorian I might add!!!!

I just love this baby girl of mine!!!!! :)))

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 JUNE

One of my best friend's daughter was married...the bride and groom (Dr. & Mrs. O'Neal) baked me a cobbler before they left for their new home 7 states away!

I'm so lonesome!

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I went to Vegas with my girlfriends, aka The GG's! These girls are the best! I can never keep up with them...they are way too crazy for me but I just can't stay away from them! I was pregnant at the time but never told them until we arrived home. And...they were too busy drinking to notice that I NEVER drank a drop!  ;)

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AUGUST 

One of my nephews was married!!!!

It was a simply beautiful evening from start to finish...

(I stole this photo from my niece...thank you Payton!)

Please meet Mr. & Mrs. Creasman...

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Also in August, I enjoyed our Annual High School Co-Ed Softball Tournament. I'm not much of a "player"... I'm just a catcher.

I was just out of surgery 5 weeks at that time so I only played two innings throughout the whole tournament. I enjoyed being with my classmates...go 88!

We ended up winning the Championship for the first time this year!

How ya like that game face of mine?

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And...also in August, I spent the day helping my niece move into her very first apartment for her very first college semester.

We hauled boxes, clothes, went shopping, ate and had a wonderful day decorating her room while I forgot that I parked my Suburban in a handicapped spot.

I really intended to run up the stairs and run back down and move it...only to forget for two and a half hours and walk out to this scene...tickets in the window and wheel chocks! Geez!!!!

AND $275 worth of fines!

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At least my Suburban was clean for the photo, right? ;)

The Man thought that was not funny.

Moving on to

SEPTEMBER

I decided to make a spur of the moment trip to Round Top/Warrenton Texas since I didn't go in the spring.

Besides, it was Cat Daddy's birthday and I needed a big hug from both he and Debbie!!!!

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As an added bonus, I was able to met their daughter Jennifer in person and spend some quality "hug time" with baby Bella!!!!

Pictures were taken from my camera but for the life of me I cannot find them so I'm stealing these from someone's facebook...probably yours Lisa P!!! ;)

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Sarah, Me, Lisa P, Debbie and red neck Robelyn

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This was really the first road trip I took since I was down and it sure felt good to smile again :)  Thank you girls!!!!

OCTOBER

Yep...I had a birthday. No big birthday MONTH bash like all my previous years. I was still on the mend. I appreciate all those who remembered...you bloggers and good friends are the best!!!

One of my other nephews announced his wedding engagement and I was honored to be the photographer of their engagement photos...

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Gosh I loooovvvve that ring!

Their wedding will be coming up in February and I'm looking forward to taking those photos too.

They are such a cute couple, aren't they? 

The future Dr. & Mrs. Fruge'...

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NOVEMBER

The first few photos of this post are from an engagement shower that I helped coordinate/decorate for my cousin's son last weekend.

I have a lot more of the engagement shower to show you but I will save it for my next post.

Thank you for visiting and catching up with me...I know it's been a while!

I can't believe we are already into Thanksgiving Week...which makes me count all of my blessings, both big and small.

Before I close this post, I want you to know that YOU are one of my biggest blessings! I know I've been a terrible, bad, horrible blogger (not posting and not visiting) but I want you to know how very grateful I am that you haven't given up on me.

Thank you for the sweetest comments and emails and most of all, your patience!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!!

32 comments:

Petite Michelle Louise said...

well welcome back dear jodie! you have been sorely missed....and I for one have patiently waited for your return. i knew you'd emerge once again...a bit stronger...a bit happier(?)....ready to take those baby steps back to where your heart finds joy! ;)

alveen said...

Great post! Welcome back Jodie.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Bless your sweet heart, Jodie. I cried over your last post, but didn't read it until weeks after the fact. So glad you're feeling better. we've all missed you, xoxo

sissie said...

Gosh Jodie you have been so busy and I sure have missed you girl!
So glad that you are back and on the mend.

hugs
sissie

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Jodie...it is so good to hear from you. I was just asking Karen if she had heard from you. I am glad you are feeling like being creative again...and what a wonderful time, Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Jodie!!
I am so happy to see you...have missed your posts, have missed you! I am also happy to see you smiling a bit through this post!

Wishing you and the mister a Happy Thanksgiving! Think of you often!

Oh...LOVE the trailer!!

Miss Sandy said...

Jodie,

I have whispered a prayer for you every time I have scrolled past your link on my blog. You have been sorely missed and I am so happy you are back. Wishing you continued smiles, happiness, and healing. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Malisa said...

Girlfriend, it was SO good to see you in Warrenton! I needed to see that smile of yours! I don't know if you know, but I wasn't feeling my best. More about that in an email. You and your friend were heading off to a big adventure at Ikea. I have been wondering how that went. Hope to see you at the spring show...if not before. My son, daughter-in-law, Lurch and I will be celebrating an early Christmas in New Orleans! Want to come join us?

Love you, girl!

Malisa

I have a new blog which will provide you with a daily chuckle. Come visit me at www.pentupphotos.blogspot.com

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Jodie you are still creative and wonderful and I am so glad to see you posting again. I did not give up on you and wish you only the best as this year ends and another begins. Many hugs, Linda

Theresa said...

It is SOOOOO nice to see your sweet face! I missed you terribly! What a busy time you have had while being away! Great pictures of the happy occasions!

I am happy that you are smiling and thankful that you are getting your creative groove back:) Love you to the moon and back my precious friend! T

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I am so happy you are back blogging Jodie. I missed you.

Danielle

Leanne said...

Jodie, welcome back! I am glad to hear that you are healing. You have been in my thoughts a time or two...

Fursdon House said...

Dearest Jodie,
You've never left us. Strange - how this HUGE universe of ours can be so small and seconds can indeed last a lifetime. May God continue holding you close to His most gracious and everlasting heart. Jan

jojo said...

Love, healing and creativity will find a way and you will be all the stronger. Glad to see you post. Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving and a heart full of Grace.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Welcome back, Jodie girl! I'm very happy to see you posting and hearing that you are feeling better. It's good that you were busy with so many events to get yourself distracted. Although you haven't heard from me, you were in my thoughts a lot and on my head too because I wore your hat countless times :-).
I love your game face. No wonder that you won the championship. The other team must have been very scared looking at you, lol.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your guys :-)!
Big hugs to you,
Julia

The English Romantic said...

Wow Jodie,
It's so great that you are back!!
Healing takes time but you get there in the end, Lots of us have been there in different ways so we understand completely.
It was great to do catch up.
Lots of warm hugs,flying over from England,
Angela.x

Cindy said...

I am glad you are back! It is ok to just take time for yourself and mend. I am glad that you are getting back to your wonderful creativity, I look forward to seeing your projects and photos!
God Bless you!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Hi Jodie, we've never met even in blogland but I found your blog while you were away. I'm glad you are feeling happier and just want to say welcome back. From this post it seems you have a busy life with lots of family and friends. I hope you will consider me as a new blog friend.
Shannon

Lisa Phillippi llelsik@aol.com said...

Hi Jodi! Im so happy to read every word of your post!!! Im glad you are getting back to doing creative things, because I know it will make you happy! I was so happy to see you, and missed getting to tell you goodbye in Warrenton. I think you often, and keep you in my prayers always! You are a very special woman, and I know God has his eye on you! ;) Hugs

Lisa said...

So glad you are back, Jodie! Love all your sweet pictures of your beautiful family and friends! Wow! You've got a lot of weddings goin' on.LOL.:)
PS Happy Thanksgiving!

Linda said...

Dearest Jodie,
I'm so very glad I checked your blog today. I've missed you. ♥

At the same time, I'm barely hanging onto my blog, considering giving it up for good at some point, although I was hoping to make 900 posts or maybe 1000. I just go back and forth on the time aspect and since I've never had a huge readership, it seems more that I'm often just posting for myself (or for my daughter though she really never reads it now - I keep telling myself that someday she may read it as a book, as I've already printed off/saved the whole thing).

At any rate, I'm so glad to have come here today and read your update and see your beautiful photos.

I pray for your continual healing and strength and yes - creativity, which indeed you've always been blessed with.

Love to you and yours this Thanksgiving.
Linda

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Jodie,

So great to see you back again, sweet friend.
You have been missed here and it was so lovely to see your beautiful face smiling, on the road trip with your friends.
Do take care and hope the days ahead for you will be brighter and you will feel like getting back to creating and doing the things you love so much.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family
Hugs from NZ
Carolyn

Tina @ TinyBear Studio said...

Welcome back Jodie - You have been dearly missed. Sending lots of thoughts and hugs your way friend.
I´m so glad to see you post - I have been thinking of you - a lot.
xoxo Tina

Olive Cooper said...

I had missed you here and am thankful you are back. Happy Thanksgiving ♥ Olive

susie said...

These lovely thoughts & sentiments are perfect for the holiday season...to remember the blessings & the joys, where we find them, big & small. I LOVE this post sweet friend, a reminder that after a deluge, there is SUN!
Big Hugs & a Happy Thanksgiving wish!!!
Smiles,
Susie

miss lynn said...

so precious.
xoxox

miss lynn

Vicki said...

It is so nice to hear from you. I've thought of you often and certainly have missed you. Happy belated birthday. ((hugs))

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Its good to hear from you, Jodie! Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

JY said...

Bout time you came back, must have been the good time that you had at the cruise-in on Saturday night.

Dorthe said...

Dear Jodie,
I`m glad to read your blog again- and see you are well, and happy.
I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving day, and will be back taking part in your life, and creations.
Hugs- Dorthe

Payton said...

What would I do without my sweet Aunt Jodie (AND Uncle Thad)?!?!

I feel so special I'm here in THREE times AND you used a picture I took with my cheap, little camera! ;)

So happy to read your blog again:)

Love you:)

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Jodie, so very good to see your post today and to hear your voice is getting stronger and you spirit and soul are mending...I have been where you have been and I know how it feels...not good. You ARE so very creative and you have been so very missed....

God Bless you sweet girl....

Lou Cinda