We made a lot of miles these last 12 days. Santo, TX to Sulphur Springs, TX. Right at 200 miles. Then to Tyler on Wednesday, back to Sulphur Springs on Thursday. To Tyler and back on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday. About 65 miles one way. And returned to Santo on Tuesday. Yes, we are tired, weary, worn out. Many miles. Much stress.
We worked at the park yesterday morning. I cleaned house yesterday afternoon. And paid bills.
The good part of the day yesterday? Joshua, Dessie, Shell and Kyla came over! Oh my! How very good to see them all. How very good are their hugs!
We ate supper outside at the picnic table. Laughed, ate, just enjoyed the company!
Joshua bought our 2003 Dodge pickup for Dessie :) ... she is such a good wife, an excellent momma. He is blessed! And so are we!
It is good to be seeing everyone again here at Coffee Creek. I missed everyone SO VERY MUCH. These people are not just neighbors. They are our friends, our family! We live together here, we laugh together, we cry together. We listen to one another. We pray for one another. Family isn't always about blood kin - it goes deeper, much deeper than that! I am so thankful for our Family here at Coffee Creek RV park in Santo, TX!
These last 2 weeks we have had more than a fair share of struggles. And they have taken a toll on us.
I for one do not feel as rested as I wish I did. I do not feel as tolerant or patient as I would like to be. This body is screaming with aches and pains, with soreness, with a tiredness that is bone-weary.
There have been "words" between rick and I ... and not nice or kind words. Words of impatience. Words of selfishness. Words that hurt one another. Words that have done anything but encourage and support one another.
We try hard to understand, to have compassion - that we are both struggling, and hurting. But ... sometimes ... it is just a bad moment, or a bad day. Sigh. LIFE.
And way more often than what we would like to admit, we look at everything we don't have. We see the glass as half-empty. Focused on the emptiness. Fixated on the want. When what we need to do, what we ought to do - is open our eyes to the blessings of the Lord! See what we do have.
God, forgive us. God, help us. God, hold us for a while. Please. Thank you!!!!!