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A New Year, Fresh Start

January 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I hope that the New Year has started off well for you so far. I never made any New year resolutions, so I did not have to beat myself up over not sticking to any of them! I think I have just decided to try to live be consistent in my life and not try to go overboard with my daily routine. I have so many friends that laugh because they did not go exercise the first day of January. Some folks laugh that getting out of bed was enough exercise for the day. (I love it). I think everybody has over eaten for the Holidays like we all do. Now it is time to get back on track and get back in shape. (I will start tomorrow)

I will be starting a new job next week. It will be a new career for me. I used to work for this Company a few years ago in another department. I was blessed to see that a few of my co-workers still worked at my old job. It is always nice to start a job where people are glad you are coming back and not whining that you are back!

I almost titled this week’s blog: Keeping Busy is not Enough”. What I mean by this is, when someone looses a child or a spouse, you feel lost at times, lonely and it may even be hard for you to get out of bed. Choosing to be positive is that a choice. it is easy to give up, have a bitter attitude, grumble at the world, not wanting to appreciate a sunny day. I can easily see how some people can feel this way. It was not easy when I lost my husband and my son. I live life to the fullest because I don’t feel cheated on any level of life itself. I can write, work, take my dog for a walk like anyone else. It still feels different not to be able to call my son and ask about his day. It is still hard sometimes not  to be able to share a problem I am having with my deceased husband. I have learned that I am allowed to make plans and goals for the rest of my life.When my son died, my world was suddenly changed forever. I chose to keep living life to the fullest everyday, because I have a purpose still for my life. Yes, I became one of the dreaded “empty nesters” also. So I could have spent all my time now crying over the fact that my son moved out of the house to help his grandmother nine months before he died, and the fact he died. Life to way to short to spent miserable all the time. I am a very Blessed woman. I have learned the secret to inner happiness. Enjoying and living life. Yes,by the way, I do have some days where I am sad and cry  over the loss of my son, but I know he is in good hands with God, and I will see him again soon. I have started telling folks “I do not hope, I know this for a fact”.

I know this is the Great year of calamity and all but we will just have to see. in 2000, everyone was concerned we would not have a dial tone. remember that? Well our phones are fine. I am not saying it will be an easy year, every year it seems it gets harder to make ends meet, everyone you know if either not talking to each other or fighting over money or disagreements on raising the children.

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Happy New year!!!!!

January 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New year ful of prosperity and a look into a brand new year. This year like every past year, holds uncertainty. The econemy goes up and down,our rent goes up, but no raise to help offset the cost. Groceries are Expensive. It is not so funny when we have to choose between put gas in our car,feed you children OR pets, or pay our rent.

At least gas prices are starting to come down some. Every new year,we wonder how this year is going to be different than lasy year. We just have to wait,watch and see what developes. I don’t listen to predictions because predictions have a way of not becoming a reality. I do know that it is tough out there. I feel sorry for our young generation. There are not many jobs to compete for. Adults are having a tough enough time trying to make ends meet let alone a young college student.

It is a nice morning here as I sit in my office writting this blog to you. I enjoy the sunshine,but it doen not feel like winter to me. Last year had a good snow. I miss driving in the stuff. I know what you are thinking.SNOW is she kidding?No I am not kidding. I like the snow, It is nice to look at all the snow capped moutains, flocked tree tops,  white lawns, you bundle up in a warm coat and scarf. Coffee just seems to taste better when it is Cold outside, with snow  falling quietly out your big window. I guess there are no accidents to speak of, no one slidding into a ditch to get pulled out, no one is pulling out in front of you only to hit the curb after loosing control. There are a few points that are good,but I do miss a white winter this year. I know the season is not over yet, but we had a whiter Thanksgiving this last year than a Christmas.

 

I do not know what my future holds for me. I have had some people try sand tell me what is going to happen this year in my life. I am sorry, but the only one who knows what my future holds,is Jesus. I know there are well meaning folks out there, but I reguard what He says. There are so many people who are concerned about the fact that I am single. I can not beleive that friends are wondering if I am going to marry this year. it some what cracks me up. Some people (me) are happy in the relationship I have right now, and do not want to discuss if I will ever marry in my future. I know these folks are worried about me after Levi died, but I am happy,healthy and doing very well at that. I like the way I have decorated my house and I do not want to change it because someone else did not like Victorian style. I feel very comfortable in my little house and like to “take a step back in time” when I come through the front door. it is always a treat to walk on the carpet your son helped to install for his mom. I thought it was so sweet of Levi a few years ago, he wanted to “Fix” his mom’s house up more for her so she had a nicer place to live. If Levi could only see the house. He would be shocked at his bedroom. it is truly A Victorian dessing room.I love to get dressed in the morning and put on my pajamas at night.

I have an interveiw in the morning at a place I used to work a few years ago. I will be working as a dietary Assistant if I do get the job. The Company was a good place to work in the past. In my last job, I only had one person to cook for and please, NOW… it should not be to bad. I will keep you posted on the update.

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The Leigh family Reunion

October 15, 2011 at 4:17 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I had so much fun today getting together with family members I haven’t seen in a long time. Some of my family, it has been too long. My cousin candy came to visit with her husband from Washington. They were on their way to Sturgis. I love Dennis’s new Harley. I took a fun pose on the bike like I was relaxed on the seat. It was great to get updated pictures from my cousins and aunts. I will post them early next week for you to see.

I submitted a story to the Chicken Soup For the Soul book. It is on FamilyCare giving. We all know I have zero experience on this subject. It was fun to set down and let my mind create a new story that will be inspiring and Glorifingto god. I coudn’t be able to have the attitude I have everyday if it wasn’t for His Grace, peace ,love and encouragment. I am glad I am able to find a few more

stories to get my name out there more. I will be submitting a new story for Good News. The last story wasn’t printed for some reason, so I will just try a new one for next Month’s issue. I am having fun putting together  new material and keep my writting current. It is easy when you work a lot or are really tired, to not write anything.  

I am still waiting to hear from KVNI about interveiwing me about the book. When I know, I will post the time. I will be putting the interveiw on FB, and you tube as well.

Writting hs been such a creative outlet for me. After the death of my son, I coiuld have become bitter and angry at life, God, the world. It doesn’t solve any problems, it just makes you bitter, angry and make people not want to be around you. I hate lemon tasters. I am able to put some feelings and emotions down on paper, edit  what I want to say and then put the finished project on my Healing in the Storms FB site, or the blog or in a magazine article. It has been such an amazing journey that God has been taking me on. Last year, I couldn’t type very well, now I am doing well. It is funny when you have a simple request for God and he does answer you but, you get to have fun in learning how to type better and faster. When I look back on all my  GoodNews stories and newspaper stories or story submissions I have been involved in the last year, is just amazing to me.

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Had a great time at a special baseball game

July 24, 2011 at 3:22 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Today, I went into Couer d’ Alene to a baseball game . A friend of mine is a treatment program. The judge had a ball game the judges court against the guys in his program.The judge won this time… Rematch again next year. I am glad he puts this on every year, because it is a fun time had by all.

I am redoing my back yard. I have a cousin coming in 2 weeks and I am in the planning stages of putting together a first year party to celebrate the book “Healing in the Storms”. I am putting in lavender in hopes I can keep it alive long enough to enjoy it. (You garden specialists laugh) I am not kidding. I need tips to keep my back yard alive. I have a great lawn care person, but the rest of it, left up to me,dies. (I do water!)

I can’t believe that summer is getting ready to come to a close after next month. I am not fooling, it goes by faster every year now. I love the Fall of the year and putting everything to bed.Some people live for Spring when everything comes out and blooms. I just have always liked to take a fall drive and see all the pretty colors and the cool crisp air..Oh I am sorry I know some of you are cringing right now. I will try and enjoy what is left of my summer.

I have a few more events I am working on like another interveiw,plus the radio interveiw, and a few more book signings. This has been a fun journey I am on. I never would have thought that one, I would write a book that has gotten so much positive responce. I am so blessed to have friends and familt like you who continue to support me. Thank you.

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My Biggest Responsibilities

July 12, 2011 at 4:24 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Signing my book “Healing in the Storms” at a local coffee house in my home town.

My dad had Cancer, so I took him to his Doctors appointments when I was in High School. The second thing is my husband had Diabetes. I took him to Dyalisis for 3 years untill he passed away from his illness. The third biggest responsiblity would be being a single parent of my 4 year old son.

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First chapter of Healing in the Storms

July 12, 2011 at 3:43 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I added a new page to the blog. It is the first chapter of my book. The address to my blog is http://www.HealingintheStorms.wordpress.com

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A new story to read

July 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I wrote a new poem on Levi’s memorial page if anyone would like to read it. It is hard to beleive he has been gone 4 years now. My life changed in so many ways that July evening. I have made so many positive changes in my life.I live life to it’s fullest everyday. I have fun creating little stories about my son’s life.

I was really blue 2 years ago. I started to put stories in the Good News paper in my son’s memory. I keep writting articles and stories because there are so many of you who didn’t see much od Levi and I over the years and I like to keep the loving memories alive. If anyone has a cute sory or a picture maybe I didn’t even know about, youcan post it on his page. What gave me the idea to start this page was 5 of Levi’s friends kept his Myspace page alive for almost 4 years. I was so impressed.

I will post the story I put in the Good News paper later this month so all can enjoy reading in in other states. I just want you all to know I appreciate all you love, support, encouraging words and reading “Healing in the storms”and sharing about the book to your loved ones. This really means a lot to me.

Have a happy and safe 4th. I am going down to Black Bay in Post falls and watch the fire works war the nice houses put on every year. it is almost better than what down town Cda puts on.

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Happy Father’s Day

June 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I would like o wish all the dad’s a very Happy father’s day indeed. I still miss my dad who died in 2002 from cancer. On one hand it is hard he isn’t here anymore,but he was real sick at thre end of his life,so I am glad he is in a better place now. Plus I get a great tour of Heaven one day soon and I can see all the best gardens in Heaven. I always try to look at the bright side.If there is fishing in Heaven,Wayne, Jesse, dad found the best places for you to fish with him one day.(smile)

God blessed my morning. I went to beakfast with some dear friends of my family. I hadn’t seen the father in awile,so it was nice to celebrate the day with them. I went over and visited the gentleman I take care of who was in an Assisted Living Facility for a few days. I am home now, updating my friends on the morning events. Mom and I ar going to have Pappa Murphy pizza tonight and a movie, then back to reality tomorrow and work.

Thank you for reading my blog. i do appreciate all of you so much, have the rest of a great day.

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Funny story about Artwalk Book signing.

June 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

My friend Faye, Rosalie, Stormy and I all went to the Art walk book signing last Friday evening. After the event, Stormy wanted to stay longer for the wine tasting. Faye and I drove home in style. Stormy’s Cadillac. When we drove into Stormy’s driveway,we both got out of the car,got out belongings,and forgot we didn’t get our books and I didn’t know where I had put my purse. We went into the house to call Stormy,because Rosalie never has a house key with her. Faye and I were trying to figure out how to get out of the house and lock it because the front   from the inside and we didn’t have an extra house key. Meantime,  I found my purse where I left it when I had arrived earlier.It was in the basement on a table.(Good place for it).

Faye was ready to eat because she didn’t eat all day, so we headed out through the garage exit. I let Faye out but I was wondering how I was going to get out now. I opened the garage door and clicked it to close again. I made a jump for it. It was like out of a movie Faye had said. I flew down the garage stairs and through the door before it closed again. I was told later by Stormy that if you get in the way of the light,I garage would close again because it was child proof. Boy I really know what it is to be a stunt person now.

I really had a good time that night. I met so many nice people and sold a few more books as well.

I have another Book signing at Garden Plaza in Post Falls on July 9, 2011  from 3:30 – 5:00p.m. Garden Plaza is an Assisted Living Facility. I was blessed to be able to serve meals to these sweet people. The residents were excited to hear about the book.They all told me when the book was published to please get the a copy. I was sad to have to quit working for a great company,but I was working 7 days a week and couldn’t function.I cut back housr so I could devote the time to take care of my mom who was struggling with some health issues.

I just finished with a new story for the July issue of Good News Northwest. The story is a tribute to my son who I lost in a car accident 4 years ago. The paper is available the first weekend in July. For those who can’t read the paper, I will post it in July on FB and my blog.

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