6 August 2008
Trying to Create a “New Normal”
Let’s face it, life in the Ames household will NEVER be the same! They can’t be the same. A valuable member of the home has transitioned to the high life of Heaven. We are stuck with what remains. I cannot speak for my Dad or my Brother, I can only speak for myself so I personally have been encouraged to create a “new normal” since I can never go back to life as I have known it for the past 23 years of my life. Here are some things I am doing to try to create that:
- I am thankful to God that he provided me with morning hours at my job. It gets me up at a reasonable hour but not at the butt crack of dawn and I work ’till noon everyday. This has created for me a morning schedule that suits my needs and pays very well for my bills.
- After work I eat some lunch and let my food digest then I recently discovered a “complementary” Exercise TV program selection from our On Demand channel through our cable. I have been “walking away the blues” in my living room, as per the instructor’s words. It’s fun so far to try the different exercise videos that are available. They also get my heart rate up and get my joints moving like they should at my age!
- After I finish my exercise I have begun to listen to a theatrical reading of the New Testament on CD. It’s been fun and very uplifting, much better than watching Judge Judy While I listen I either sit quietly and take it all in or do some dishes or dusting around the house.
These are my first few “baby steps” (if you’ve ever seen the movie ‘What About Bob’ then you are laughing right now I hope). They are working so far. I still have many many sad moments, but overall I feel like I have a goal. The goal is to not crawl in a hole, but instead to live as my mother taught me to, “do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Our family greatly appreciates your continued prayers for our healing. We will continue to need it for a long long time.