Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | March 3, 2010


I don’t like it when the phone rings very early in the morning, very late at night, or in the middle of the night.

Because unless I’m on call to be a helper for a lady friend who is going into labour, a phone call at an unearthly hour only means one thing – bad news.

I received such a call in the early hours of Wednesday, February 10. What I heard across the phone lines was unfathomable…even to this day, almost a month later. I am not at liberty to discuss details on so public a forum, but suffice it to say that there was an unexpected death in my extended family, which has left me (and everyone in the family) reeling from shock.

Which in part explains the silence on this blog, as I travelled to be with family. But even after coming back home, I looked at this neglected blog, trying to figure out what I could possibly write that wouldn’t sound frivolous or flippant.

So many thoughts swirling in my mind, but I couldn’t put a sentence together. So many things I wanted to say, but didn’t know how. So many emotions that threaten to overwhelm.  

And yet life goes on. My husband & children need me, meals need to be cooked, the mountain of laundry needs to be conquered, school needs to be done, the toddler needs to go to boot camp, the dog needs attention. Did I miss anything??…oh yes, the house needs to be cleaned.  AND NOW…sap buckets need to be watched and emptied…which I’ll explain in another post.  

                            The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
                                     My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
                                     My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
                                                                                   ~Psalm 18:2

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