SETBACK ...




SETBACK

along with the hectic schedule that only November and 
December bring ... 

there's been a setback here at this old farmhouse.


it started with the nanny story out 
of New York City a few weeks back
and has now blurred into
the current events 
involving innocent schoolchildren and their
beloved teachers.

Sadness has consumed me.
I cry at the drop of a hat
or the latest yahoo news story.

Staying busy with the November/December rush
had kept my mind occupied  ...

however, I can no longer push down
what's going on in my soul ... in the grand scheme
of things, to chat about Christmas design
or the greens on the front porch leaves me cold
and empty ...
I have no desire to go anywhere or do very much.

~~~

setback

I'll be checking in
right around Christmas

laugh ofen
love more
pray much


38 comments:

It's me said...

8 days to go darling...love Ria...xxx...

Theresa said...

I am having trouble as well! Praying thru it! HUGS!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I feel the same way and miss my dear BFA too! Trying to remember the real Reason of the Season and not let satan have any victory...

Farmgirl Cyn said...

weeping with those who weep....

Sandy said...

I just can't seem to get into anything in my life.. I did have to turn off the news, it's so horrible.
Just thinking of my family and how much I have to be grateful for.
We will all come through this as we have in the past. That statement alone bothers me because there is another horrible thing to come in the future.... all we can do is shake our heads and move on.
Sandy

Di said...

Bless you, my heart and prayers to all, Di

Susie said...

I know this is not the Christmas that God wanted us to have...with the killing of innocent children and teachers. But God will see us through this horror. Stay strong in your faith.xoxo,Susie

NanaDiana said...

I feel the same way. I am sharing my nativity tomorrow and honoring the day of silence on Tuesday and then I don't know....we'll see....xo Diana

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

I totally understand where you're coming from! It's actually a good thing to grieve this kind of thing... where would we be if our souls were so hardened that we could just brush off these tragedies?

Thankfully there is hope... that is the message of Christmas. Christ coming as our Hope in a crazy, fallen world.

Thank you for being so honest about your heart!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I know, it's been one thing after the other. Continuing in prayer is what we have to do.

Diana Browning said...

I think everyone I talk to feels the same- just
a sadness sweeping over now- but the good news is the one we celebrate still holds us in his hands and
promises he will give us Grace when we need it..
and we NEED an extra dose now !
I pray that God will send a special outpouring of strength and grace to all those who lost a loved one-
and we all are holding our little ones a LOT tighter
this week.

Diana@107Vintage.com

westernreservebutlerspantry said...

I know. It's that awful sick feeling inside. I feel the same. I'll push through so we don't miss a minute of the time we can spend together as a family. Lets face it darkness comes. I'm just trying to focus on letting those I love feel secure in our love. The rest we can't control. I've always thought about the poor children and women all over the world that suffer everyday. What is it 40,000 just in Syria this past year? In the meantime people in Hollywood preach to us as they make millions turning murder and evil into entertainment. I can hardly wait until the result of passing a law to allow pot. We've sunk pretty low. I keep shrinking my world a little bit more all the time. Life is very tough.

westernreservebutlerspantry said...

I know. It's that awful sick feeling inside. I feel the same. I'll push through so we don't miss a minute of the time we can spend together as a family. Lets face it darkness comes. I'm just trying to focus on letting those I love feel secure in our love. The rest we can't control. I've always thought about the poor children and women all over the world that suffer everyday. What is it 40,000 just in Syria this past year? In the meantime people in Hollywood preach to us as they make millions turning murder and evil into entertainment. I can hardly wait until the result of passing a law to allow pot. We've sunk pretty low. I keep shrinking my world a little bit more all the time. Life is very tough.

Sonia said...

Our lives can be changed in an instant. So important to count our blessings every day and let those around us know how much we love and care for them. Hope you feel better!
Miss Bloomers

gme said...

Couldn't have expressed it better myself. I just have no words.....

Gail Peterson said...

I am praying for hope and peace....
for the unforgettable souls who rest in the loving memory of the world.
xo
Gail
casualloveselegance

Cheryl McIntire said...

the poor poor babies and the angels who cared for them. prayers to all and bringing things back to the important things

Cheryl McIntire said...

the poor poor babies and the angels who cared for them. prayers to all and bringing things back to the important things

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

God Bless us all.

Life is precious.
Lots of prayers... and time for healing.

Trying desperately to find peace in knowing they are now safe with Him.

Hugs for you, friend.
xox

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

So tragic , so sad... it hurts so much...

Burlap Luxe said...

Praying...Amen.

Blessings to you and your family Joy.

Doré

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Prayers for love and light.
~Lynne
w/L.

Pattie Taylor said...

OH Joy me too... I have watched this for the past four days now and I can't seem to shake it. My heart is broken into a million parts.

Shabby soul said...

I cried a lot when I heard about that tragedy. I'm a mother...
True... pray more, love more...
Hugs
Silvia

flowerlady464 said...

Could not stop watching the news coverage this weekend. Could not stop thinking what if this happened at my school? Prayers for the children, families, and staff at Sandy Hook.
Seeing and reading my fav blogs helps to make things a little better.

ImSoVintage said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are feeling so sad. This is such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Hugs,
Laura

Charlene said...

There are no words! Watching that poor father speak about his baby... Thinking how we put their back packs on them & kiss them as they leave. Be sure everyone you love KNOWS how much you love them. Hope your heart lifts with the season & the love it brings. HUGS!
Charlene

ElmwoodCats said...

thinking of you and hope your sadness eases soon ....

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sharing your grief and feelings!

Terri said...

I am just now reading your blog post.... I too have not had the heart for the "Norm" at this time of year.... my precious daughter is a first grade teacher and my grandson (her son) is in kindergarten at the same school... My mind cannot even comprehend how it would be to lose these precious ones in such a way.... my heart and prayers are with the families and community of Newtown ....Only the comfort of the most high can help us move forward!!

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Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you joy for making time to visit, your words I will treasure.

Always inspired by what you create.
Xx
Blessed are his children.
Blessings to you and yours
Xox
Joyeux Noël

Doré

Marias Hörna - Njut av livet ♥ said...

Wish you a Merry Christmas, hugs from Maria ♥

Unknown said...

Our hearts hurt, too, for the families in Newton, reminding us all of the true meaning of Christmas.

xo
E + J

vignette design said...

I cannot imagine...cannot fathom what those families are going through right now. It's true, everything else seems trivial. I've just been going through the motions, hoping to be distracted, hugging my granddaughters extra hard and telling my kids that I love them.
We are all so fragile....
Merry Christmas Joy to you and your family.
xo Delores

AndeM1 said...

I miss seeing your posts, but understand where your heart is....the news seems consumed with horrible stories.....they seem to disuss them over and over. I finally have just turned it off. Something that I saw (on a blog) was helpful for me....perhaps it will for you too. Look for the helpers (Fred Rogers) when there are bad things that happen...there are always helpers....Look for the helpers! Merry Christmas. I will be glad to see you back soon!

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