"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

Monday, December 5, 2011

Finally, I Return!

Hi All! Just popping in to say "hi"! I just noticed it has been a whole month since I last posted. I am not even sure if anyone really reads this old blog anymore (except maybe Grandma), so am trying to decide if it is time to retire from the blogging world. I must say, though, that this blog is the only time I have ever recorded any thoughts, pics, etc. about my family and our life.

I didn't even do baby books.

So, perhaps I should just force myself to keep going.....so at least I have a scrapbook of sorts for when my memory is fading (which feels like it is happening sooner rather than later.)

Today, I am in Sioux Center, IA, with Elizabeth. We are visiting Dordt College as a prospective student. She just loved it here. She is actually staying overnight at the dorms with some girls and I am at a hotel all by my lonesome. What a treat!

The last month was one of the most stressful, agonizing months of our lives. So many overwhelming things happened. The biggest I won't even mention here because I have to respect the privacy of the family member. Let's just say it is so hard!

So, my life is going through some changes, the least of which is that my eldest will be going off to college in less than a year. I am so proud of her, yet will miss her terribly!

Thanks to all of you who continue to read this blog. If I do decide to keep going, I will have to commit to doing a much better job, huh?

Blessings, Paula

15 comments:

  1. I'm glad you were able to pop in for a moment. One of the wonderful teenage girls from our co-op is looking at Dordt. She loves it, too, but it is a LONG way from Maine!! Prayers for you and yours.

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  2. I'm still reading!!! Glad things are going well, for the most part!

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  3. Paula, LOL glad you popped in to let us all have an update. Oh my college life just around the corner for her, how incredibly exciting!

    :)

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  4. It's always fun to read about what your family is doing! I can't believe how your children have grown, especially Elizabeth. Wow!

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  5. I read it :) Glad your having a good trip!

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  6. I still read it! Oh, and I never finished my first born's baby book nor did any for my other kids, so you're not alone!

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  7. I have your blog saved as a favorite on my computer. It is fun to watch the family grow and it is also helpful when we pray for you! Keep it up. May God comfort and continue to grow you stronger in spite of difficult circumstances. Helen

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  8. I am still reading it! Please keep going! :-)
    Thanks!!!

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  9. I am glad you popped on I always enjoyed reading about your beautiful family. keep blogging! you never know when you will touch someone's life!

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  10. Paula, I follow alot of blogs, but yours is one of the few that I always take time to read. You were such a wonderful resource and encouragement as we began our first adoption from Bella's orphanage. And as I became a first time mom to little girls with Ds. Sometimes I ask myself, "Hm, what would Paula Burckhard do??" ;) It's been awesome seeing Bella come home and become part of a family, I love Grace's fashion and Grace-isms ;) And then when you told me you were going back for a little boy, it was such an encouragement as we were returning for G & J. I think the world of you and your family. I'm so sorry you've had some rough times lately, but truly praying the worst is behind you now. Please keep blogging. I would miss you so much.

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  11. We are here whenever you post. That is the beauty of blogger, the dashboard and google reader...Love to watch your family blossom and grow. We too are visiting colleges and will be sending our first off in the fall!
    HUGS!

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  12. I love reading your blog and I hope you don't stop. It's always good to hear about your family. I'll be praying that this month isn't as hard as the last.

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  13. Thanks for posting, ladies! I guess I will keep going for the time being! Your kind comments were balm to my weary soul!

    Alice....that is so cool that you have a friend that may go to Dordt! Elizabeth has decided that it's the school for her, so let us know if she decides to go too!

    Sherry....you are just too sweet! You and I will forever be connected because of dear sweet Pasha! I am so thankful that you are his mama!

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  14. I'm reading!! I missed visiting when my laptop died! LOL!
    We love you all here in St Cloud MN!!
    (((HUGS)))

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  15. Paula Please don't quit your Blog it is the only way I can get updates on your family. I enjoy reading about all of you..Especially the updates on the kids. I love Grace's new look...WOW! Even if it is monthly I enjoy hearing from you.
    Avis

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