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I can say without a doubt the past 24 hours have been some of the most angst-filled I have ever endured. At this moment as I write, Southern California, in particular the San Bernadino mountains where our cabin is located, has been pummeled by a fierce winter storm with very high sustained winds and torrential rains. Considering the severe drought the area has been going through for months, I fear these rains will cause major damage and possibly mudslides, although I pray they don’t! The temperature is holding steady at 33 degrees F. and later today the rain is supposed to turn to heavy snow. The weather forecasters are predicting anywhere from 1′ – 3′ of snow for elevations over 7000 ft; our cabin is at 5600 ft. so the predictions are up to 12″ of snow. There are flash flood warnings and high wind warnings.
The wind howled all night long and the cabin shook from the tremendous force of those winds. I hardly slept. I asked the Lord to put a hedge of protection around the pets and myself and I was relieved when it finally became morning although the winds continue to howl. The cabin, which is more than 30 years old, is well-built for which I am very grateful. But we have some mighty tall trees near the cabin and the way they are bending and heaving with those winds makes me nervous they might snap and fall on the roof or deck. So far, we’re safe and snug inside. I’ve taken every precaution and can do nothing more than wait out the storm knowing I’ve given my fears to God to shelter us while I’m here alone (well, not exactly alone. I have the cats and Peanut.)
Everyone endures storms in life. There are seasons for everything, including the storms when the winds of strife howl and shake the very foundations of our lives. In full disclosure, I admit 2021 has been a difficult season in our lives. Yes, there have been some wonderful things which have happened including the promotion and exciting job opportunity for my sweet husband and I couldn’t be happier for him! But I’d be less than truthful if I didn’t tell you there have been many challenges this year, too. There have been many moments of doubt, hurt, exhaustion, frustration, and loneliness. People I thought were friends turned out not to be, and I’ve gone through a period of a lack of motivation and creativity. I’ve chosen to use this time to just “be still” and wait while the storms pass by. And they will pass by. They always do and I rest in the certainly of that fact.
In the meantime, I remain consciously focused on the blessings, of which there are so many. The Shoo Fly blocks have been coming in by the dozens (I estimate I may have enough to make two quilts!) and I have spent many lovely moments pouring over the sweet, handwritten notes, delicious treats, special trinkets, gifts and prayers you have sent to me. You all have been so very generous. The words “thank you” are so inadequate to express how much each letter, parcel or package has meant to me. I open each one (with Cheeto’s help, of course) and I have done my best to contact each person with a photo and a note of thanks for your kindness and generosity. If you didn’t hear from me, it is because I couldn’t find your name/account on social media, couldn’t find an email address, or had no other way to write to you personally to thank you. But the heartfelt words and wishes from my heart remain and I am supremely grateful for everything each of you has done to make and send those beautiful blocks. I plan to work on the quilt(s) in January.
Although hubby and I find time to talk a little each day, we do find the time difference to be very challenging. Due to the security of the site where he works, he has no access to a phone during the day. By the time he gets out of work each evening, it is 1:00 – 1:30am my time. I stay awake to talk and we’re grateful for the short amount of time to share and touch base. Separations due to deployments are more tolerable now than they used to be but still challenging nonetheless. My heart goes out to those military families enduring deployments where the service person is serving in a forward area.
Overall, I’m doing well and will be focusing on some exciting new things in early January which I hope to be able to share soon. The NEW Janome BOM Blitz quilt will be coming out in late winter/early spring and I can’t wait to share more about that with you all! In the meantime, I ask for continued prayers to get through the separation and for Kent’s safety while he’s halfway around the world. Oh, and prayers for my safety as well, please! I took a bad fall last week on our icy deck and oh, my goodness! I’m very stiff and sore and thoroughly bruised. God is good, though, and I’m fortunate not to have broken any bones.
As the winds of this current storm continue to howl outside my window at this moment, I rest knowing it is only temporary. The sun will eventually shine again. I pray for each of you whether you’re enduring your own life storms or you’re experiencing sunny weather in life right now. And I hope you’re doing everything possible to enjoy the real reason for the season!