Monday, May 14, 2007

We have friends/relatives reading this blog who are not bloggers—most of whom do not usually leave a comment ☹. BTW, you are invited to comment anytime you wish, but you are welcome even if you don’t. I appreciate that you are coming by and am aware that some of you read hoping to keep up with Mr. L’s condition/progress. Although I don't intend for this space to be limited to a record of his condition/progress, this is a good place to communicate with you all at one time. One of the reasons for having the blog is to be able to connect with family and friends. I will plan to report on a more regular basis.

For those who do not know us irl, if you like you can learn some of the history here. “The man” is known here as Mr. L, PH, or Poppy. Mr. L, because we have a grandson known on the blog as L; PH because I like the term that a special friend has used when she speaks to me concerning him--“your precious husband”; and Poppy because four special young people call him that! Just add these names to the long list of nicknames he already has—almost everyone who knows him has a special name for him--you know you have one for him!

This picture was taken several months ago--before the last hospital stay.
He said I could put a picture in if it included me.
I had to go that far back to find one we would both allow!
Mr. L Report—He is doing relatively well at this point. I emphasize the relative concept—relative to when he was in the hospital a couple of months ago. He is still experiencing weakness, fatigue, and some pain. Some days are better than others. He does enjoy visits, but sometimes has to make them brief and, rarely--but occasionally--he is simply not up to visiting.

The best news is that Mr. L is writing again! He had been able to do very little of that since the last hospital stay. Those of you who really know Mr. L, can attest to how important it is for him to be working—especially for the Kingdom. This past week he finished a script for Christ to the World (a volunteer mission endeavor he has been involved with for about a year), and had an icamera chat concerning future plans. The fact that he was able to do have the online conversation was huge!

In addition to Mr. L’s work with this ministry, which provides the story of Jesus to people in Asia via radio, he has also resumed some personal writing. He is writing what we call “the book.” The family has encouraged him to write his amazing life story. We don’t know yet what God has in mind for this journal—it may be a family treasure, or may be shared with others. We all watch his progress with interest—we are learning things we did not know!

We still ask for your prayers—they have sustained us this far and will continue to, I’ m sure. It has been a long, and sometimes difficult, journey. But, God is good! We continue to take each day as it comes and feel blessed to have this time together as a family.

I continue to ponder the direction of this blog. I have intended it as a place to have fun, communicate some with with family, and share the people, ideas, thoughts, and experiences that I cherish. Above all, I want to be sure that I am following God’s will in this blog—and in other areas of my life as well. Cherish. . . is, after all, just one part of my own distinctive life journey.

So far I feel that I am doing what I intended. I am finding a plethora (look it up, Michael☺) of blogging choices. Wordless Wednesday, Thursday Thirteen, Challenges—oh, the challenges!), Three Word Wednesday, Show and Tell, and on, and on, and . . . I find that I really enjoy some of the “group” activities (Show and Tell, etc) and will probably encounter more that grab my attention. It is an interesting way to meet other bloggers with similar interests. I enjoy the sharing and community spirit of participating. For a little while I was getting frustrated with all the possibilities. Now I am enjoying the process of learning discernment with what—and how often—to become involved so that the individuality of Cherish. . .the word is not lost.

I am continually amazed by the vast number of participants in blogging. As I visit and daily discover new blogs, I am “meeting” some of the most delightful, insightful, funny, and intelligent people I have ever known. The life stories are amazing—stories that are ordinary, sad, uplifting, funny, hilarious, tender, sometimes almost unbelievably miraculous, and always uniquely interesting. I enjoy hearing about people who live in places I have never been and/or have a daily experience that is somewhat different from mine. I am particularly thrilled to be finding so many people who share some of my experiences, interests, and goals in life.

I’m having fun! I invite you—if you are just lurking—to come join us in the blogosphere!



I hope this is the week I will be able to unveil the new look for Cherish. . .the word. Keep coming by, the new look is due soon from Bluebird Blogs. I am SO excited about it! It’s almost like redecorating a room—only not nearly as expensive!

Have a great week!

  posted at 2:06 AM  

At May 14, 2007 at 6:18 PM, Blogger Susie said...

Hi Myrna,
This was a nice newsy post. Glad to hear your hubby is having some good days. Loved seeing a picture of you 2.
A new blog design sounds fun. I'm looking forward to seeing it!!

At May 14, 2007 at 6:49 PM, Blogger Penless Thoughts said...

Oh Myrna - thanks for the lovely picture of you two and more about your wonderful husband. Praise God he is able to begin writing again. I will make that a central part of my prayer when lifting you guys up. You have blessed me greatly with your blog as I know you have many others. I think the very variety of what we can post and are lead by the Spirit to post is one of the true joys of blogland.
(hugs) to you and your dear husband
P.S. Can't wait to see your new digs!!!

At May 14, 2007 at 7:44 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

Lovely post, and I'm glad to hear you're having better days from time to time.

I used to analyze and then analyze again what to do with my blog. I finally decided to just write about whatever I felt like on any given day. Most of it is about family, my faith and my point of view on things in my life, and I'm enjoying it so much more by not trying to mold it.

I'm looking forward to seeing your new look.

At May 15, 2007 at 7:02 AM, Blogger Trella said...

What a lovely picture. I will pray for your husband. Thank you for taking the time to visit me:) I can't wait to see your new design. I know it must be exciting. When my husband showed me how to change the color on my blog, I was thrilled.


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