Looking at 2022

It seems the more years I live, the faster the time goes by. I look back at all the events of 2022. Each year brings change, a mixture of blessing and sadness. What a busy and blessed year I have had. The year 2022 was not all joy and happiness, there were times of sadness. As we traveled through the year, we were able to meet the challenges with finances for what the occasion required. I am thankful for the blessing of our finances in the year 2022.

The year started with sadness as we learned my husband’s sister had cancer, and it was advanced to the condition treatments would not help. We were blessed in the fact he was able to travel twice to see her before she passed. He was able to attend her memorial and the spreading of her ashes. Most years our finances would not have allowed for the travel.

My oldest son finally procured a job he had been striving to obtain for the past two years. An opening came and he was hired. This job has different working hours which allows his daughter to be able to participate in school sports and activities. Prior, he would not be off work in time to pick her up after the activities. His wife does not drive. So my granddaughter could not pursue any after school activities. This year she has go out for every sport, and enjoyed them as well as some after school clubs.

The beginning of the year brought us the happy news of additional grandchildren to be added to our family. My son and his wife were expecting another child in June. In March, we learned my daughter was expecting, triplets.

April came in as most springs and the news my son and his wife’s baby is a girl. Girls are rare among the grandchildren (5 granddaughters, 10 grandsons ). In June, I was able to visit my daughter-in-law and hold my new granddaughter in the hospital, which is very special as I have not been able to make very many of the births of my grandchildren. While living in Texas has had many blessings, the one disadvantage is that we are so far away from family.

May is always a happy time for me. May is when I go to Colorado and bring my grandson, Mr. J, down for a few weeks visit. When Mr. J was two, he lived with us for almost a year, and each year since he has come for a visit. This year we fished almost everyday. I taught him to fish. Our favorite fish to try to catch, catfish. We have caught some large ones and this year was no different. Yet, my grandson out fishes me with more fish and larger fish. It is always a joy to have him visit. Then on the return home, we arrived when his little sister and my granddaughter was born.

July, my oldest daughter and her three children made their first visit to our farm. It was great to give my grandchildren horseback lessons and play with baby lambs. We visited my youngest daughter and her family. Enjoyed some really good smoked Bar B Q, as my son-in-law is an awesome cook. Played games and watched movies. It was a real blessing and time of sharing having both my daughters and their children under one roof having fun and making memories. A week does not last long, but we managed to create many memories in one week.

In September, I went and stayed with my granddaughter and son-in-law as my youngest daughter was hospitalized due to her pregnancy with triplets. My daughter was informed she would eventually have to be hospitalized because of the strain triplets are on the mother’s body as soon as July. She was able to stay home until two weeks before their scheduled delivery. They made it to scheduled delivery time and were not placed in the NICU unit, as the boys were healthy and able to breath on their own. A true answer to prayer as it is the first time that hospital has had triplets born that did not go to the NICU unit.

I was blessed with being able to stay with them and help for five weeks. I truly enjoyed the time with my granddaughter, Ms. E., taking her to and from school, sleeping with her and assisting with her homework. Ms. E. thought is was good her Granny was staying with her and thought it would be best if I just stayed and lived with them. But I needed to get back to the farm as lambs were soon to be born and Papa needed help.

With the birth of the triplets, I also was told my uncle had passed, just a few days before their birth. The last of my dad’s brothers and one I was close to. His health had not been good the past few years. I was unable to attend his funeral service as I was caring for my granddaughter and could not leave.

October brought my youngest son moving his family to Indiana. His home sold in Colorado for the asking price and in a depressed market, and he was able to move his family to where he is working, Indiana. It is good for a family to be together, and this move was good. Although he is two hours closer to where we live, it is still a long way for a visit.

November arrived and we were hit with the challenge of my husband being dismissed from work. We had planned on him staying at this employment until he retires in a five years, but things happen, plans change. Although he was unemployed, I was happy he no longer was working for this company. After a few days at the house, I had the man I married almost fourteen years, back. This job had created so much frustration and irritation to him, he would come home grumpy. He was grumpy and tired every evening. Now he has peace, laughter and joy back in his life daily. While we are living from a savings account, there is peace about our future. We are not sure what is ahead of us, but we have peace on where we are. Will it be a new business? will the sheep make enough income? or will the next employment be a job he really enjoys? Will we live closer to my daughter? All questions with very few answers, but peace all the time.

The year of 2022 has brought many changes to our family, most of those changes are blessings. While we will miss those who have passed, we have so much to be thankful for.

amtolle

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