Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 - Life is bittersweet

So here we are 3 months later, after my last post. A lot has happened and I thought I should update and put things into perspective again.

  • Our friend who I wrote about back then has passed. He fought a good fight, but in the end it was not God´s will for him to live longer. We lost 2 close friends last year. We pray for the widow´s who have to manage and learn to live on their own now. We will miss Evald and Werner dearly!

  • I started a new job again. I was 10 months at my previous job, but knew pretty soon, that it was not a job I wanted to stay at for long. So when this other position opened up, I applied and (hallelujah!!) got it. I love it! I have my own office, I can work at my own preference and I can take days off, without having to search for a replacement. Something I couldn´t at the previous position.

  • We celebrated Christmas with our new son in-laws and it was great! I love that they like each and visit each other. Something I have prayed for.

  • I am healthy again. Thank you Lord! Even though I still need to lose weight and start walking again, I do feel great. I know it is not to be taken for granted. Too fast things can change.

  • I got a new kitchen! Those that have me on fb have seen the pics, but here´s a glimpse for you.

  •  I love it. It´s so light and bright and clean. :) Too bad a cook doesn´t come with it. haha

  •  It is summer where we live and everyone is taking their vacations. We plan on going to a  hotel in eastern Paraguay next month, so that is something to look forward to.

  • This year is looking good so far. I miss reading everyone´s blogs, but am glad to keep up with some of you who are my fb friends. I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!


ladyfi said...

Sounds as if this year is going to be a good one for you. I hope so!

Jeanie said...

It is so good to see this catch-up post from you and to hear that so many things are going well. Your new kitchen is really beautiful. I love the pic of your whole family.
Stay healthy and enjoy your upcoming vacation.

Debbie said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friends. I know it leaves a hole in your life.
On a lighter note: Congratulations on the new job! Your kitchen looks amazing. Thanks for sharing a picture so we could see. You have a good looking family. You are so blessed!!!!!

noexcuses said...

I've been a little absent from my blog, as well! Your kitchen looks devine! I'm so happy you were all together at Christmas. What a beautiful picture of all of you! Wishing you a wonderful 2014! Liz

Anita said...

Life is bittersweet, isn't it? I'm sorry for the loss of your friends and about your past health issues; however, things sound very positive for you now!

Congratulations on getting a job that you love and a beautiful new kitchen. I have black countertops and white cabinets, too.

LOVE the family photo!

Happy New Year! and continued blessings to you, your family, and friends.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Wonderful to catch up with you Betty.

So very sorry about your friend passing. It's just heartbreaking when someone leaves us all too early. My heart is with you and your friend's wife.

Glad you are feeling better and you look fantastic in the family photo!

Love, love, love your new kitchen! You and I have similar tastes in decor. It turned out really fantastic, and although it didn't come with a cook,. it'll make cooking seem more fun, won't it ;-)

Sounds like you've found the idea job to start the new year with. Take good care and keep in touch.

Happy 2014! xo jj

Empty Nester said...

I'm so glad we're friends on FB because I couldn't stand it if I only got a glimpse of you every three months or so! I did see the kitchen on FB and I LOVE it! We have a wedding in May. That'll put us up to 2 sons-in-law. And ours love each other too. It is nice, isn't it?

Tracy P. said...

Glad your year is off to such a good start! Sorry to hear about the losses of the past year though. Your kitchen is gorgeous. I could use one too, although if I had to choose between the two, I might take a cook over a new kitchen. ;-)

Mari said...

It's so good to see a post from you! The family picture is beautiful and you look great. Congratulations on the new job. It sounds wonderful. I love your new kitchen!

Debsdailylife said...

Hello beautiful!! So great to hear from you!! And that life is treating your good!!

betty said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, Betty. I am sorry for the loss of your friends; I do hope 2014 is a kinder year for people's health!

So neat that your son-in-laws get along with you and with each other!

Love your new kitchen!


Joyce said...

I'm glad you had a happy Christmas with your family. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends, and will add their wives to my prayers this week. That's hard.

I love the kitchen! Enjoy!

Kathy said...

Hi! So happy to see this new post! Yes, we will pray for the new widows as they learn to navigate their new lives. Are you children nearby?
How wonderful that you are feeling healthy and have a new job that you love! Plus, your kids are nearby and all get along! Blessings for sure!
Will you put up some pictures of some of the things you are cooking in your new kitchen? I always loved your food posts!
Take care and God bless!

Kay said...

I love your new kitchen, Betty. I'm so glad you're feeling better. You've been away a long time. I'm also happy you've got a new job you're enjoying. Your family photo is gorgeous!

Julie said...

So I bug and I bug and than I miss your post. UGH!!!
I am glad you're back and caught up some. I'm sorry for your loss, it's hard no matter who it is, the hole is there.
I'm glad you're feeling better. Your kitchen is awesome!!! I hope the new job works out for you. It feels so good to have a job you love.
Take care my friend. I'll be by to check again soon.

Julie said...

Okay girly girl, it's time for another post. Are you okay? What's happening in your life. I get to worrying when I don't see anything from you in a bit.
Anyways, just know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Blessings my friend!

Lilly said...

Your family is beautiful Betty. You all look wonderful. And your kitchen is gorgeous. I am like you. I wish I had a cook too. So sorry about your friends passing. Life is so hard sometimes. Soon enough there will be babies and a whole new phase to look forward to. Glad we have caught up on Instagram. I find that easier than blogging.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Sorry about your friends passing, such is life. Glad you have Jesus in your life.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Donna B. said...

Hi Betty…so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. Congratulations on the new job and the new kitchen…it is gorgeous!

Your family looks wonderful and your two daughters are so lovely.

I just returned from Ca for the birth of my first grand daughter…who is my fifth grand child. She will be well protected with her older brother Jacob, who is now three years old and her three other boy cousins…ages 13 months to 12 years old.

I am re-cooperating from throwing my back out again…

Life has been flying by so fast for all of us…it seems more of a challenge to keep up the pace, let alone write about it…

Big hugs to you and your family! God Bless you all.

Kay said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better and CONGRATULATIONS on your new job. Your family is so beautiful!