Monday, January 3, 2022

But ...

But we weren't done with our lives yet ...

We hadn't really settled in to this new house yet
There were new neighbours yet to meet
and walks in the park and visits to the local coffee shops to do
I'll continue to walk as much as I can. It heals and calms!

And some years to help the kids with the farming
Watching the grandchildren grow up on the farm
how do we do this all without his expertise?

And maybe one more trip - to England, that was cancelled in Spring of 2020
His voided passport was delivered to my door on Christmas Eve!

We had even thought that a year of Voluntary Service might be in the works?
Could it still be a possibility for me?

There were dreams of travelling across our beautiful country
in our little house on wheels.
More camping trips with dear friends.
The camper will now be loved by the new owners as much as we did!

Gently slowing down to enjoy our retirement years
Staying up late to read or watch a movie and then sleeping in.
the movies just aren't the same when you watch them alone.

Using our new place in the city as a gathering place.
Extending the table to friends and family.
Oh, the possibilities ...
who knows what the future holds?

But - here I am, having just completed my 70th trip around the sun as of today,
feeling blessed and humbled by all the good wishes from so many loved ones,
a crisp winter birthday walk around the river with sisters-in-law,
mountains of text, facebook, calls, and iMessages,
still able to enjoy the good things in life,
holding on to good health during this pandemic, 
and intentionally feeling all the feels of this momentous day.

It's time to shift gears - find my rhythm - read my Bible
and, be thankful for all the blessings that have been bestowed on me.

But - - - never to forget a life that was well lived and shared with me!

A 70th Birthday to Remember!!
So many gifts and cards - and, a cake with blue icing!

Till next time ... no more buts about it!



  1. Rosella! Happy 70th birthday to you. I beat you to 70 by 10 months. So happy to see you were celebrated well. Continuing to pray for all the new roads you will travel this year and onward. Blessings, prayers, and love to you!

  2. Happy Birthday, Dear One! This post brought the hot sting of tears, but I am lifted by your optimism and hope for the future. I see evidence of blue frosting on the little grand's lips. So cute. And what is that gizmo you received? A Ninja something...I'll have to look it up. Keep looking up.

  3. I just read parts of this to Herb. Recently having moved into a new house, celebrating retirement, we share in the dreams you had together ... and tears just came rushing out. Sending a big hug, Rosella. So glad you are blessed with family and friends who made your day special. Happy 70th Birthday!

  4. Dear Rosella; my sincere condolences to you and your family. Reading about your hopes and dreams brings back a lot of memories for me. You have journaled beautifully about your past few months and I thank you for sharing.
    Allow yourself time to grieve.

  5. Dear Rosella - Thank you for dropping by my blog. I came by to say hello and was so very sorry to read about the loss of your dear husband. That's a hard blow. But I'm glad to see you surrounded by such loving family and friends - and most of all you are upheld by the Lord each day. He has plans for you - plans for good to give you a future and a hope. Love and prayers, Kathie


April 2022

  April 2022 Perhaps one of my darkest months on record? Greys and Browns seemed to be the colours of the day and to the heart. Suddenly thi...