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I am a 66 year young woman who has changed much in the last few years. I'm single again. I changed jobs twice (learned new skills), had a serious stroke in 2008, "retired" and after getting better started taking up new interests, and am continuing to get more fit. Some things have matured. I've enjoyed watching my three guys grow into men I respect and am proud of. One waited 11 years to have his first birth child. Today I'm a grandma of six (four boys and 2 girls between two families) with a third girl on the way. I have learned to love Jesus even more, and I have regained my sense of adventure. Someone said, "The best is yet to be."--I believe it, if I keep an open mind and heart and keep growing and walking with God.

Friday, July 15, 2011


I am still growing and changing since the stroke. In April I told some friends that I thought I had gone backwards over the winter, and one who prays and has a prophetic gift said that Jesus had it under control and that I was getting ready for a big leap forward. It is sometimes hard for me to wait and rest in the Lord when things seem to move at a snail's pace, but I'm learning.

So it should have been no surprise when in mid-May I found myself able to do something I haven't been able to do since before the stroke. I woke up one morning able to and wanting to organize and settle my home. That may seem ho-hum and ordinary, but it is huge for me now. When my guys moved me here, they put out the rudimentary things, but the rest remained stored in boxes in my spare room. I often thought of going through those boxes; however the task not only seemed overwhelming, but also incomprehensible. I don't know how to completely explain what happened in the stroke, but that area of comprehension is finally coming back. I'm not done organizing yet, but I've gotten rid of some things and put others in place. I've also been able to climb on a step stool again, and even hang a couple pictures by myself.

I have wanted to reread some decorating books I got years ago at the half price bookstore, as well. I'd thought of getting rid of them because they were incomprehensible to me, but all of a sudden I understood them again.

I now am also getting more comfortable with grocery shopping. I've been doing it for a year and a half or so, but it was very hard for a long time. Now I can make a list of more than seven items and even use the self checkout or go to a cashier and pay without taking what seems to me like forever. It's not like it used to be, but I have hope it can keep improving.

My typing is getting better--faster and with fewer mistakes than before, at least at times. I'm starting to play a few computer games to work on eye-hand coordination as well, and to play solitaire with a deck of cards from time to time to work on dexterity. Also, my driving is still slowly coming along. At least I'm no longer running up on islands at the gas station, and I can put in gas with less trouble. Oh, I also am washing dishes more. Laundry is still a challenge, as I have to drive to get there to do it, but it's possible.

So, though things are not happening at my desired pace, they are happening. Thank you all for your continued prayers on my behalf. Love in Jesus, Barb

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Blogger Cheri said...

Barb, I am so blessed to read of your progress! God is so good.

Love you!
Cheri Hardaway

July 15, 2011 12:21 PM
Anonymous Jacqueline said...

Dear Barb,
This is such good news!! I am blessed to know of how the Lord is taking care of you in these seemingly small, but wonderful ways! Praise Him!!
May He continue to be glorified in all of it!!
Love in jesus,


July 15, 2011 9:22 PM

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