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Updated: 2017-12-10T22:56:38.352-03:00

 



A memory that surfaced in the days reflecting on m...

2017-12-10T21:23:50.882-03:00

A memory that surfaced in the days reflecting on my times with Lynn, was the time we traveled back to the US together and I cried and cried. Now I realize that the saying goodbye to family bought up other deeper losses.
Thanks for sharing, Kim. Love you.



No, I have not decorated yet. You are inspiring me...

2017-12-10T21:14:50.366-03:00

No, I have not decorated yet. You are inspiring me. Iam hoping to being after grades are in tomorrow and Tuesday.
Love all your Christmas cheer. Thank you!



This must be why Mike has been in a decorating fre...

2017-12-08T19:47:51.777-03:00

This must be why Mike has been in a decorating frenzy - if it's stationary, it's decorated! I must say that it has helped make him feel better about our crazy life right now.

I wish you lived nearby - we used to put up a 7 foot tree, but haven't lived anywhere with enough space for one in 20 years. But I still have every ornament we've ever gotten. You could just "shop" in our Christmas closet :)



This is interesting and I agree. Decorating makes ...

2017-12-03T23:30:48.044-03:00

This is interesting and I agree. Decorating makes me happy too, and it brings back memories of childhood and decorating the tree, but also of doing it when my kids were little.
We have a new tree this year. I had gotten a smaller tree because I was sick of the big one, but it was too little. Now we have one that's skinnier but about 5 1/2 feet tall, and in the pot it's about 6 feet. I had such fun decorating it and I think it looks really nice!
I like your ornaments and I must admit to being a bit jealous of a mantle!



Oh amen & amen! I’m very bad at spending any t...

2017-11-30T00:31:36.596-03:00

Oh amen & amen! I’m very bad at spending any time sitting with grief & loss - I compartmentalize & wall it off instead. I’m so sorry to hear about Lynn & Mother Hoyt. That is a lot of loss to deal with in a short period of time. I hope her recovery is quicker than might be expected.



Oh dear Kim! I'm so sorry for your loss and ca...

2017-11-29T18:42:35.310-03:00

Oh dear Kim! I'm so sorry for your loss and can not imagine what you have been through. I just started to read blogs again and have finally come to see how you where doing and now I read this. I wish I could give you a big cyber ((HUG)). My sympathies and prayers will be with you!



This sounds like the right thing to do, right now....

2017-10-23T15:47:58.916-03:00

This sounds like the right thing to do, right now.



Thank you for sharing. Keep leaning, learning, and...

2017-10-22T22:58:57.884-03:00

Thank you for sharing. Keep leaning, learning, and giving us the gift of your reflections. Okay for them to be lengthy, that's you!



Leaning into grief sounds like a wise thing. Too ...

2017-10-21T22:05:37.746-03:00

Leaning into grief sounds like a wise thing. Too often we try to push it down, be strong and carry on, but it always bubbles up. I'm sure that reading those e-mails brought lots of tears, but I bet there were smiles too.



So very well described. I pray Grief's visitat...

2017-10-18T21:37:59.953-03:00

So very well described.
I pray Grief's visitations become less frequent and melt into sweet and healing memories.



I remember writing a blog post about "random ...

2017-10-18T15:17:59.586-03:00

I remember writing a blog post about "random huge grief" for my mother. I'll be floating along all serene & BAM. Like this last Sunday when I finally was able to work the (extremely tiny) clasp on her diamond necklace. I hardly ever saw her take it off, and now I'm not sure when I will ever take it off.

I'm wishing you peace. Grief will be grief, and as you say, it is different for everyone. But I wish you peace as you sit with him.



Oh, Kim, thank you for sharing your heart. Your lo...

2017-10-15T23:57:39.395-03:00

Oh, Kim, thank you for sharing your heart. Your loss is so great, such a deep hole she's left. But GOD . . .
Love the picture of the dogs.



I was so sorry to hear about Sharon. She was so yo...

2017-10-15T21:05:05.180-03:00

I was so sorry to hear about Sharon. She was so young! Of course, this would have been hard at any age... I’ll be praying for you and for her family.

P.S. I am available for snark, but would be useless with quilt design...



I'm so so sorry for your loss. I can't ima...

2017-10-15T19:43:51.101-03:00

I'm so so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine such a grief. More often than not, I imagine being the patient at the end, since I am in remission myself. I'm thankful she is no longer suffering, but I know your suffering and grief in missing your sweet friend is great. Sending prayers for all.



I'm so sorry. I'm glad she is no longer s...

2017-10-14T19:45:13.413-03:00

I'm so sorry. I'm glad she is no longer suffering.



Just looking over Grace Brethern website and saw t...

2017-10-13T11:17:12.306-03:00

Just looking over Grace Brethern website and saw that John went to be with his Lord in 2015 -- John and I went to seminary together and worked together at a local church in the area. I have warm memories of John over those years!

Ted & Ruth Martens -- retired in 2016 to tampa florida - previously Trenton, NJ



Profound and powerful truths so beautifully expres...

2017-10-02T17:54:29.176-03:00

Profound and powerful truths so beautifully expressed.
Thank you for sharing!



Absolutely beautiful! Thank you!

2017-10-01T13:02:45.654-03:00

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you!



I'm so glad to hear that Ivan's tumor requ...

2017-09-10T16:01:57.508-03:00

I'm so glad to hear that Ivan's tumor requires no further treatment! I sure don't blame your body for saying, "ok I'm done now!" Hope the sore throat does NOT stick around!

Maybe I've always been fortunate, and haven't had to fight for limited resources, but my default position has always been "Welcome all the people! The more the merrier! Have a seat at the table! Can I get you some wine or chocolate?" However, I know that in reality it IS messy to welcome the displaced. It disrupts our lives - and we have to watch to make sure we don't develop Savior Syndrome.



Praying for you and Ivan, and for good results fro...

2017-08-31T23:58:06.110-03:00

Praying for you and Ivan, and for good results from the surgery!



So wonderful that you were able to fit that visit ...

2017-08-31T19:24:33.106-03:00

So wonderful that you were able to fit that visit in a perfectly timed window.
God was in it.



Wow! You've been blogging again, and dailt!!! ...

2017-08-31T12:27:09.947-03:00

Wow! You've been blogging again, and dailt!!! I only today discovered that you are back. Just read your last two to Mike. All great content. Will try to catch up on the previous ones soon. Love you!



Prayers for you & Ivan - and I'm very hope...

2017-08-31T10:30:21.094-03:00

Prayers for you & Ivan - and I'm very hopeful that the removal of the tumor will solve all of his pain issues!



OK, let me rant with you - did they not know at th...

2017-08-30T11:29:47.139-03:00

OK, let me rant with you - did they not know at the outset that Ivan was self-employed & could they not have saved you the hassle by telling you the requirement right away? Sheesh!

Mike found our favorite non-stick pan at the DOLLAR STORE of all places. We call it Little Red (it's red with a white nonstick surface).

My parents built their house when I was about 4 years old, & that's where my dad still lives. Mike & I have moved a lot (to me), but you still win. We've only moved 7 times in 27 years :)



What a wonderful time with the kids! Adalyn is ad...

2017-08-29T21:37:24.851-03:00

What a wonderful time with the kids! Adalyn is adorable - it's hard to believe how big she is getting!