[I apologize ahead of time to those of you who read more than one of my blogs, as I am posting this in each one as an update!]
Hello – yes, it’s really me!
After getting off to such a good start with blogging in 2011 – I have had three unusual months in a row and am NOW trying to get back into it, in this new month of August.
Brief summary with the major events of each month:
*May: I had a GREAT private writing client who paid me $100+ per article, PLUS bonuses! He kept me busy most of the month; one week, I had my first ever $1000 week – and ended up making over $2400 for the month.
*June: Good news and bad news!
The Good News:
My youngest daughter got married and I acquired a wonderful son-in-law!
My middle daughter also got engaged, and my oldest daughter was already engaged – so two more weddings coming up in the next two years.
Also, I got rehired to work as an online writing tutor for the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Smarthinking.
The Bad News:
My Mom, who had been in failing health, fell a couple times at home, and while in the hospital for x-rays, tests revealed a mass in her lung.
*July: My Mom passed away.
It has taken awhile to get back to even feeling like writing or doing any other kind of freelance work. Mom had been sick for quite awhile, and we thought she had beat breast cancer a couple years ago…
She was under hospice care and surrounded by family members during her final hours at home. Her final words and fervent prayer were that God would take her quickly, so she could finally see her Lord and her Ben (my Dad) again.
We’re glad she’s no longer suffering and we’re rejoicing that she has rejoined Dad in heaven – we lost him nearly nine years ago, to lymphoma.
NOW… it’s a new day, new week, new month – representing new opportunities to succeed!!
People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad. ~Marcel Proust
The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity. ~Seneca
Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life. ~Albert Einstein
The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive – perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960