Random 5 April Friday

It’s Friday – Good Friday – and here are my random 5.

1. Yesterday, with the windows open, I heard a sound I hadn’t heard in a while: birds singing. Lots and lots of them.  It had rained and their little chirps conveyed their delight at Spring’s arrival.

2. Tuesday my sister had a heart attack.  She’s stable and will be OK – but it was a very close call. Living on a farm, 25 miles from the hospital she nurses at, she realized what was happening, called ahead and had her husband drive her there (translate: drive like h*ll through hills and potholes!! ).  Life flight was soon on scene and she was transported to a bigger hospital with cardiac facilities.  How did I find out? My brother-in-law called his kids and emailed a few of us.  I got his email just before heading off to my grand-daughter’s Kindergarten concert.  I pulled in a few people and made some calls and waited.  The waiting, that’s the hardest part.

3. This little face was the perfect distraction from chaos going on elsewhere:

MJ's Beach-themed Kindergarten concert; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

MJ’s Beach-themed Kindergarten concert; an Emjayandthem (C) photo

4.  Chatting with my Mom,  we both cried while discussing how close we came to losing her and how grateful we are that we still have her in our lives.     Sissy is a nurse, the care-taker, primary caregiver to Mom, the sun in our family’s universe.  In her honor, I baked.  I baked a cake for my Father-in-Law because that’s what I do when I can’t do anything at all.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Caramel icing

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Caramel icing

5.  This morning, I woke up to birds chirping, a cake on the counter, and the knowledge that He loves me this much:

We asked … How much do you love me? And He said “This much.”

And then He stretched out His arms and died.

For you. For me.For us. For them.

For the good, the bad, the weak and the sad.

For all of us. He loves you this much.


** Wishing you and yours a blessed Easter **

Categories: Faith, Family, Food, Home, Life, Personal, Seasons, Thoughts, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

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21 thoughts on “Random 5 April Friday

  1. Easter blessings and prayer for your family

  2. Oh, I am so hoping your sister recovers quickly. It’s wonderful that you have that cake ready for the special people in your family too. And thank goodness for spring arriving and the birds singing to remind us all of life waiting to be lived.

    • I hope so, too, Dor. The cake is gone; Grampa took 2/3 home with him, the rest I doled out to friends 🙂 so much to be thankful for! Happy Easter to you! MJ

  3. Oh, dear MJ, I’m glad your sister will be okay. How frightening for all of you to hear this and have to wait for news. I’m sure your FIL appreciated his cake.
    Skylights open this morning, listening to the sweet sound of singing birds.
    Happy Easter, MJ.

    • Thank you for your kind and heartfelt wishes, Dianna. She is home now and I am very grateful to have her still in my life! Grandpa loved his cake 🙂 MJ

  4. Oh, MJ, as I sat on my daughter’s balcony I delighted in watching and listening to a bird singing from the highest point of a declining pine tree covered in vines. Little did I know I would be reading of a similar experience you had yesterday and then your #2 gripped me. Prayers for your sister, your brother-in-law, your mom, you and all your family. You will definitely be in my thoughts. Just like you to press on, loving on your family by baking.

    • It was a gut-wrencher, still is, but she is on the mend. We feel very lucky!

      The cake is gone — when Grandpa saw it he whistled 🙂 He took most of it home and I doled out the rest to friends 🙂 MJ

  5. No birds singing here (perhaps they slept in!) but many, many prayers for your sister, your mother and your whole family are being sent your way. It does sound as though your sister received help quickly, and that all should go well. Have a little piece of cake, and listen to a few more birds!

    • Thank you for the many prayers and good thoughts; I really appreciate it!! I did have a small piece of cake with my coffee today – and the birds were singing 🙂 MJ

  6. Sending positive energy for your sister. Baking (or anything creative) is good therapy and there is a good tasting reward at the end.

    • Thank you Kate – I’ll take all the prayers we can get. The cake baking was a good outlet; felt pretty inept in that moment, that’s for sure. Happy Easter to you! MJ

  7. Jude

    I was thinking this morning about all we take for granted and how we can lose everything in a heart beat. Our Patty had a massive stroke on Thursday. The world stopped. Yesterday she said my name. There is no measure for that feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with your sister and all who love her.

    • Oh Jude, that is some news. I am so glad she was able to wake and say your name — let us all press on with the knowledge we still have our sisters – yay! ❤ MJ

  8. Happy Easter MJ. Last year was the first without my mom and we chose not to get together which turned out to make it worse, not better. This year we divided her recipes and made her traditional meal. It was great. Learning.

    • Thank you, Renee. Yeah, I would think not getting together would make it worse, too. As you say, we learn as we go. Dividing up the recipes- what a great idea! Mom’s been fighting a chest infection, too, but in all this hullaballoo the only thing she says is “I’m FINE!” (code word for don’t want to talk about me!)


  9. I hope your sister is recovering and doing well. I had a wake-up call recently, another brother in need of heart-related bypass surgery. The third out of the four of us. He’s practically a generation ahead of me in age; I have increased motivation to take care of myself.

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