Thursday, September 30, 2010

One Week


The events of this week included my youngest finally getting her wisdom teeth out, myself having ocular migraines, rain pouring through the closed windows in our living room, and my husband traveling to be at his mothers bedside, because she is in the process of dying, despite being the picture of health a mere two months ago.


All of this seems to point to a pretty bad week, but in reality my daughter is healing well. I was relieved to find out the strange visual disturbances and pressure behind my eyes were just a migraine and not a retinal tear, as I had feared. I'm blessed with a pretty view as I sop up the water from my leaky windows. And most importantly, my Mother-in-Law in the last days of her life has brought family together who needed to be brought together. She is surrounded by people who love her and will miss her, and in the profound sadness of her passing there is tremendous grace and gratitude for her life.

35 comments:

BoogaJ said...

You have a great attitude! Thank you for sharing this.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Peace to you all. I'm glad you can see the silver linings in all your troubles. You just changed my attitude for the day, so ... thank you.

connie said...

Sending many good thoughts your direction.

nicolette said...

That’s what I call a wonderful way of looking at all that’s happening. Take care! Hugs)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

(((hugs))) I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Sujata said...

The bright side! You always seem to have one! I will be thinking of you and your family. Hugs:)

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

I once had an ocular migraine and it was a very scary experience- I actually thought I was drugged... such a bizarre experience.

So sorry to hear about you MIL. I hope the rainbow she's casting continues on.

La Dolce Vita said...

glad to know it is just a migraine. I am saddened to hear about your MIL but how wonderful that in such sadness, there is also hope for wonderful new relationships and the inspiration of love. xx's

kelly said...

Lovely post, Victoria. Both the photos and the words. Know that I am thinking about you and your family from afar.

So sorry to hear that things aren't going so smoothly, but touched by how beautifully you regard everything.

Thank you for sharing.

dosfishes said...

Passages of any kind are so important in the life of a family, glad one is coming together that needed to.
Glad you have only migraines and not something more serious but I can relate they are no fun. I liked your article on your baubles, loved seeing that big pile...
xox Corrine

Cheryl Arkison said...

That is quite the week. So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law.
I've had ocular migraines since junior high. The neurologist told me to me happy that I don't always get the headache part. But it is kind of fun to say that I can see auras when it happens!

Bronwyn MacDonald said...

Oh BOY. That's a lot to experience in a week. I'm sending your Mother-in-Law some loving beams to ease her transition. I also hope your migrane never comes back! I had migranes as a child and they are horrible! But way to keep a positive attitude, Victoria; you're amazing!

Munaiba said...

We wouldn't need pincushion if we didn't have the sharp pins to put in them. Life is a bit like that too at times. It's very inspiring to see that when life prods you with pins your response is to make beautiful pin cushions. I hope you have some happier and less stressful times soon.
Hugs
Munaiba

stitchinpenny said...

Sadly sometimes death can bring good to the lives of those left behind. I hope all involved will celebrate her life and respect each other after her death.

linda said...

peace to you and yours.

Kallie said...

What a beautiful outlook. I aspire to be like you.

henny said...

About grateful ...you're really a very good example for me! Thanks for sharing your positive outlook, Vic. Hugs for you :)

Candied Fabrics said...

Indeed, you do have an incredibly uplifting outlook for such a stressful week! Take care Victoria!

Jackie said...

Victoria, The way that you are looking at all the events is something to admire. Most would look at these quite differently. My thoughts are with you and your family for bright days to come and thinking of you in this time of trial.

Donna S. said...

Lovely post!!

Lisa said...

So sorry to hear all the bad news!

Allie said...

I'm keeping your family in my prayers, hon - so glad your mil is surrounded by those she loves and who love her.

Jackie said...

God Bless and u are in my thoughts!

XUE said...

Hi Vic! I think of you often especially with the things that are happening. I just realised that sadness brought us together too. Take care & lots of love & good wishes from this end.

Nifty Quilts said...

What a lovely, grace-filled perspective. Yes, no matter how bad things are, there is always so much to be thankful for. Best wishes to you and your family.

Great pin cushion too!

Fer said...

A simple post yet so very inspiring. I wish more people had your healthy attitude. :-)

The pincushion is gorgeous too! ♥

patty a. said...

Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Life rolls in cycles and things will get better - just take one day at a time. The pincushion is wonderful and put a smile on my face. Thank you!

Gina said...

Sorry to hear your sad news but your your positive outlook is uplifting. Sending best wishes your way.

Sherri Lynn Wood said...

The I--ching defines abundance as "many opportunities for joy and sorrow."

Blessings to you and your family.

Jude said...

Wow, what a week!!
I'm glad to hear you and your daughter are on the mend and that your mother in law, in her last days, has also done some good..
I'm sure she will be remembered in a wonderful light..peacex

deemallon said...

You have such a gift for expressing a range of feelings -- I so often feel like something is wrong with me that I don't automatically see the glass half full... Wouldn't it be nice if such moments were not ALSO full of self-recrimination? It DOES sound like you left the pity party in a very genuine recognition of the good that is around you. Best to you and your husband's family in the poignant time of passing, and hope you and your daughter are well! (PS no glasses on, excuse typos!)

Jackie said...

So sorry.
Its a sad time.
Those visual migraines can be quite alarming. I used to have them a lot followed by a terrible headache, but not so much now.

Kathryn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law and all the other trials you've had to deal with. You have an amazing strength, and it shows even in your work.

Hollie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your week but I applaud your attitude! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

Diane J. Evans said...

You have such a wonderful gift for expressing your feelings and connecting with all of us -- you are in my prayers,

Diane