Monday, January 15, 2018

Family

Dennis's side of the family didn't get together at Christmas, it was a little sad for me because I worried about staying connected to the people who have been my family for 37 years.  So last weekend we all got together for January birthdays and a belated Christmas.  We got a limo and went to the German Restaurant in Waynoka, Ok, yes, Waynoka.  It is run by a man named Dieter and it is amazing!  (Also where my father grew up.)   My niece, Karley drove as she is the only one not of legal drinking age, not that we drank but just in case we wanted some wine with dinner.  I had never been to Café Bahnhof and I didn't know what to expect, but it was a treat!  The appetizers were great and the food delicious, I will look forward to my next visit.  We had a blast and when we got home played cards till very late.  We also had a beer for Dennis, he would have loved this restaurant!  Great memories.



Much love , Cheri

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas 2017


A little thing that happened a week before Christmas was that they started the remodel on my two bathrooms.  It was stressful but I did have one done by Christmas Eve!


I think it was actually a gift because I was so focused on the remodel I didn't have time to think about the Christmas without Dennis.  So Christmas Eve my family gets together for games and Dirty Santa!  AND FOOD!!!
                                                               My daughter Whitney and my son-in-law Nick
                                                      My brother Gary and his wife Kim
                                                         My nephew in law Royce got a nice cozy white blanket!
                                                            My two great nephews Luke and Mark!
We had a great time as we always do when we get together.  So this year closes and I am looking forward to the new year, a fresh clean slate to try and draw new memories on.

                                                                                   Much Love, Cheri

Monday, December 25, 2017

A little Different Christmas



This Christmas was a little different for me.  I didn't have to get Dennis ready, I didn't have to feed him or make sure he wasn't cold, I didn't have to make sure his water wasn't empty and his pills were taken.   This year he has a new glorified body and singing praises for the birth of his King!  But here on earth we still miss him................

                                  The Blessings of Christmas to All,  Cheri

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Getting back on track



I went to a Mark Lowry concert this week and realized my focus this season has been a lot on me and my loss, and not on Jesus.  Mark Lowry is the man who wrote "Mary, Did you Know?".  He was in the Gaither Family for years and this video is one of another singer, David Phelps, who sang with them also.  This song is where we need to be focused.  Jesus came, lived and died so that we could live again with him and our loved ones!  He is the Reason for the Season! 
                                                             Much Love, Cheri

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Children

It always seems like nothing can lift the spirits like children at Christmas!  We had our children's Christmas Cantata at church last Sunday night and it was quite entertaining. 
They did a great job and I loved every minute of it.  We also had our Christmas parade on Saturday night.  There is nothing that beats the perks of a small town. Tons of people lined our street to watch the parade go by and to wave at Santa.  The Grinch even made an appearance!
                                                                      Make Christmas Great Again!!


                                                                                       It's Santa!!

                                                                         Love my small town!  Much love, Cheri
 

Friday, December 8, 2017

8 months and counting

I sometimes wonder when I will no longer count the 2nd of every month as the time stamp for Dennis's passing.  Will I ever?  Will the days get easier and is it just the holidays that make it so hard?  I guess only time will tell.  When Dennis passed away I said I wanted to go to sleep and wake up in 8 months, well here it is and  now I want to go to sleep and wake up in June!  In my grief-share class we talk about how everyone has their own way and their own time of grieving and so I have to put my trust in God and know that he is working all things for my good.  There has never been a time in my life when this has been harder, even counting the time when Dennis had his accident.  That time was hard but we were going through it together, this time is different, this is forever.  I don't want this to sound like a pity party because Dennis is healed and whole and praising his Jesus in heaven right now and I wouldn't change that.  Now I have to look forward to the time when I get to join him .  So as we look to the reason that we celebrate this season, I will pray for my heart to be healed and for those who have lost loved ones to be comforted, because now we have the gift of eternal life, all because of a tiny baby in a manger.                             

                                                    Lord Jesus come quickly,  much love.   Cheri










 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Guilt and Caregiving.


For the eleven years I was a caregiver, you always had conflicting emotions.  If you were out doing something fun and your loved one couldn't go, there was always a guilt factor involved.  Since Dennis passed away it has taken some time to get passed that emotion because guilt is a very powerful  tool that Satan loves to use.  But, we know our loved ones  would want the best for us, and that is what I cling too. I had 37 years with the most wonderful man, but now, I have to find happy again.  At least as much happy that is possible without Dennis, until I see him and Jesus in Glory!  Some days I don't think it is possible and some days I do, so I have to take it one day at a time.  I know without a shadow of a doubt that Dennis would have wanted me to be happy, he was that kind of person. This month some friends and I went to see REO Speedwagon and Dennis would have loved them!!



 
 We had a great time!!
Yesterday I went to the Oklahoma State University Homecoming game! We had so much fun. 

Much love, Cheri