A Quiet Wood

A Quiet Wood

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Ramblings and Reports

Howdy, friends and prayer partners! It has been a while since I reported in. I feel I've been dreadfully out of the loop. I haven't even had time to read after most of you the last few days, so I hope you're still out there. :) You wanted updates, so here goes. After my "Sunny Day" and "The Hat" blogs, I was (as you may well imagine) feelin' mighty fine. My stamina up, back in the saddle, life good. However, as most of you know, sometimes, after a sunny Tuesday, there lies a mean and nasty Friday lurking in the shadows. Anyway, the weekend was a bit rough. I sat still in my chair for lots of hours. :) But this week has been better! I don't think I really understood how nonlinear the recovery process would be. One doesn't just get better. One gets better, and then worse. Then much better...oh, then worse again. But all in all, I think the better side outweighs the worse! So that's GOOD NEWS! Last night I was at the Academy Spring Program, and my chest was really hurting. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, when along came a gentleman who has been struggling for about a year with cancer and doesn't have long to live. He was asking how I was, smiling broadly, and saying how we had to stick together. Needless to say, I felt like a total whiny jerk. Praise God for reality checks every once in awhile. I am SO BLESSED!

GBS is in its wild slide to the end of the year, and all of my girls are feeling it. I called them all together last night for a little "You Can Make It There's Only Four Weeks Left So Don't Lose Your Focus And Get Careless With The Rules" pep talk. I think it went over OK. I really think I've got the best group of kids in the world. They're just tired and overwhelmed, so we talked about keeping their priorities straight and not losing perspective -- something that's good for me to hear as well. I really do love them. They can make me crazy at times, but they also bring me lots of joy. (One of them was battling pink eye recently and complained to me that her eyes were really "itchified". I hate it when that happens.)

Well, that's it in a nutshell -- a rather large nutshell as I look back over it. Oh well, you got the walnut version. Have a happy day!


Anita Dalkin said...

Thank you for the update. I pray for you daily. And oh how I wish we could have had such a cool dean of women as you. Mrs. A was alright but Sonja rocks!

Tara said...

Love you, friend!

kayla said...

I love your attitude. We will pray that pain becomes less and less.

~Heather~ said...

Glad for the update, and I thought you looked CUTE in the hat! Sorry for the rough days...but Glad that you have some good ones too. Oh, I remember those closing days at GBS, when all of the recitals, concerts, final exams, graduations, etc. were happening...and then campmeeting. In 1995, we went through the final exams of school, 10 days of camp, working off campus and 6 hours on campus each day, plus attending 2 serives a day...camp ended on Sunday night, camp clean-up on Monday morning, and OUR WEDDING REHEARSAL WAS MONDAY NIGHT AND OUR WEDDING WAS TUESDAY! =) WHEW! We were one EXHAUSTED, BUT HAPPILY MARRIED COUPLE! (Next month will make 12 WONDERFUL years together! =)
Love, Heather

Marty said...


Glad to hear from you again. I'm sorry that you are having to go through this pain. I am glad that you are able to give the girls their pep talk...I bet you did it in the most wonderful way. I know those girls may not realize what they have in you, but I DO! You are such a great role model. I admire you for your devoted walk with God. You are in my prayers! Love ya bunches!

CHolden said...

Hey Sonja,
Great blog. I'm just discovering this vast network of long lost friends in the blogosphere!

Toots said...

I'm bit by the bug-this great conversation machine! I found you through Julia's blog. It is so nice to be able to check in on folks like you whom I don't see often. Truly, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

LaRae and I have been having lots of talks lately about the "will of God" and related topics. When life doesn't go like we would prefer, it makes us really dig deep and seek to have a better understanding of the whole picture, doesn't it?

We were discussing how little we KNOW about God's direct involvment in the details of our lives. Our natural (flesh) wants to KNOW, but He says, "trust me." We know He cares and loves us beyond what we can comprehend. That really is enough.

You are an inspiration to us as you deal with this difficult, painful situation. Thanks for being one of several awesome mentors to our children. You may never know the affect you're having, the influence you're exerting.

Appreciate ya, Girl!
Laura F.

Kim M. said...

Hang in there girl!

Brenda said...

Yeah, I just found your blog and love it! :-)

Juwah said...

Thank you for sharing your life. It really is good to hear the happy and no so happy stuff, in this way I can better pray for you and know better how to be a good friend. Your recovery sounds like mountain climbing in the Philippines. YOu think you're heading down the mountain, but then you have to go up and then down and then...well you get my point. It's exhausting. Hang in there girlfriend. Love you.

Sharlyn said...

Just discovered your blog. I am so happy to "hear" from you! I think of you often and wonder how you are doing. Now I can just click and find out. Welcome to the Land of Blogs. BTW, your journey is plenty interesting without kids or hubs! :-)

Tara said...

Thank you for remembering my birthday. It really meant a lot to me. I'm so glad that I've had the privilege of calling you 'dear friend' for, dare-I-say-it, well over TWENTY-FIVE years now! HOw can it be? We're so old!
Anyway, I enjoyed talking with you the other day. Such a blessing and encouragement to hear how God is helping you and strengthening you. We're still praying for you!

Tara said...

Just checked my email and got the card! HA! It was a MUCH NEEDED laugh out loud! Thank you! Loved it!

Anita Dalkin said...

We eagerly await another update! How are you doing Sonja?