For the past 4 weeks, I've put everything possible on the back burner, dealing only with what absolutely had to be done in an effort to free up time to make trips to my in-laws', the hospital, etc. While I missed blogging and working on my book, this time away from both (among other things like housework, which I definitely didn't miss) proved to be beneficial.
Just as I often have what I consider my most profound (and I'm using that term very loosely) thoughts when I'm laying in bed trying to go to sleep or doing some mindless chore, I spent much of every 4-hour round trip "back home" letting my mind roam free.
Similarly, because my mother-in-law slept more and more as the days passed, I spent much of my visits sitting by her bedside knitting and simply letting my mind wander.
And, quite honestly, spending time in my in-laws' home, full of 55+ years' accumulation of stuff -- literally hundreds of knick-knacks scattered through the 3-bedroom house, drawers and closets full of quilts, dresser drawers full of photographs and negatives still in the envelope they were placed in at the store, etc. -- was also helpful.
In short, the past 3 weeks have even solidified even more my desire to make radical changes in my lifestyle and convinced me that I am on the right track as I work through the Dream Save Do process.
While I've fallen almost-completely off schedule and am behind in all my projects, I know that this 3-week hiatus was merely a bump in the road. I'm even more determined than ever to move forward, and I feel a sense of renewal and invigoration.
I'm ready to take things off the back burner, turn up the heat, and make things happen!
I shared here almost 2 months ago that my mother-in-law had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Sadly, she passed away 7 weeks to the day after her diagnosis, on October 3. Thankfully, she was spared the extreme pain that usually accompanies pancreatic cancer, and she passed away in her home, surrounded by her very-loving husband, sons, daughter-in-laws, grandchildren, sisters & brothers, and sisters- and brothers-in-law. She was a wonderful, Godly woman who was a blessing to everyone she encountered, and she will be sorely missed.
Thank you for your prayers and for your compassionate support through comments and/or emails. I shared with my mother-in-law that people I knew via facebook and this blog were praying for her, and she was very touched and grateful. She asked me to tell you "thank you", and so . . . thank you from the bottom of my heart.