My Garden Retreat

My Garden Retreat
photo Gridley Graves for Country Living

The Ride

For the past 8-12 weeks...

Our family has been on a nonstop ride that has had so many twists and turns
that  they don't even seem believable.
I made the decision at the last turn to get off the ride myself

As the other members of my family make their way around once again...
I hold my breathe...and scream at the top of my voice...just as they do.

I cry each time the terror of what they are enduring crosses my thoughts.


I am there when they roll  back into the starting position...

 I check their harness and make sure they are fastened and secure.

And away they each go down the different tracks of tragedy,
grief ,
 the unknown,
and the unexpected.

The stress of it all had started to take it's toll on me. I needed to step away from the track...

Pray for them from the sidelines and await my turn to come once again.

I am seeing things from a different vantage point..
looking thru fresh eyes at the day to day happenings
 in the lives of my beloved daughter...
and youngest son.

Of my dearest friend and her loved ones.

I do all that I know and all that I can...I pray for them.

This approaching weekend...I will once again head Texas.
My husband, myself and of course Otis blue(our dog)
are off to fix  what we can...

encourage and support everything else.

I didn't want to go into detail... It really is all quite unreal at times.
Just Pray for us...all.

I am seeing things so much clearer by having stepped off this ride for awhile.
My turn is fast approaching...but I am ready once again.

My next post will be brighter!
And So much happier...I promise!
Normally...I'm all about the happy side of life.
I think it's time for a ride on the carousel.

I know I am excited for a change in venue!

Upon my return...I will be getting started on making Spring's arrival at the store in Tipton...
A grand affair!
A real
Lots of  wonderments are arriving daily...I can't wait to share!
I hope each of you have a Blessed and Happy Week!
Spend as much time as possible with the ones you love!
until later...donna


  1. Hi Donna,

    I am thinking of you and praying for you daily. Have a safe trip.


  2. Donna dear, I don't know what is going on in your life now, but you will be in every prayer I pray, and I will now be praying a lot more.

  3. My dear Donna...your post made me stop and sigh and pray. Pray for you and your family...may our savior surround you with his love and lift you above your troubles. You will be near in my thoughts and my heart and always in my prayers. your lovely song playing on your are never alone...Denise

  4. Hi Donna
    Sorry things are still so hard... I know you are leaving for Tx now but if there is anything I can do please tell me, I don't live that far away! Even if it is a small get away my guest room (such as it is) is always open.
    My prayers are with you for strength - peace - wisdom and perspective

  5. Donna, I have been thinking of you daily and hoping that all has been well. Sending you hugs and prayers. ~ Rebecca

  6. We need to talk. Soon. I've called a few times, and I know you called me a couple of times before that. Seems we've had bad luck catching each other.

    I work tomorrow and the next day, but I'll be mailing you. You know that I've been praying for you and all that's going on.

    Much love,

  7. Donna dear, I sent you an email this afternoon. You are in my prayers, I know it's hard, but YOU are on track. I'm praying for God's grace, strength and peace to surround you. Don't get pulled in. Call or email when you can. You're in my prayers.

  8. DONE! I can only imagine what you are truly going through... I am sorry and I do feel for you. I too am stepping back maybe, for the same reasons or maybe diffent ones as you. I know this is a trial and oh how we for some crazy reason end up thanking Him for our trials. You hang in there my sweets He will carry you through this storm.


  9. Donna, whatever it is that your family is going through, know that you are not alone. God is there with you, waiting to carry you when you can no longer go on. Safe travels (we have family in Texas, too) and prayers for peace and resolution to you....

    BTW, I love 'ReTweet'! That's what we call our Twitter page for our 'Retreat' business!

  10. Oh Donna,
    Please know that my prayers are with you whatever they are needed for. This is such an uncertain time for many and I will uphold you and your loved ones in my prayers.

  11. prayers coming your way!

  12. Oh Donna I hate to come here and learn you are hurting...that your family is hurting...I am so sorry my friend! I will most definitely pray for all of you. May God give you comfort during this difficult time...

    Big hugs ~



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