Where to begin?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lots has happened since the last blog...not sure where to begin, with the good or the bad. Let's get the bad out of the way. I heard this morning that may stepson, Tim, passed away last night. After the immediate feelings of grief, the anger set in...it was a drug overdose. But the more I thought about it...I just had to write this blog. The family on all sides is devastated...but we will persevere. Sigh...

Okay, better news. We did get an estimate for the finish (we hope) gravel for our driveway. I also wrote a blog about the beginnings of our decision to purchase land, how/why we decided, and the steps we took.

When we went to our property, we were surprised with Sadie's buddy, Keta, meeting us down the road when she heard our truck. Once again, they had a blast. Sadie will be blogging but for those interested, here are the video links I uploaded.

Afterward we took a nice drive up to the Kentucky border to check out another shed company. I took a bunch of photos out of the window.

The other photos of the day will be in Sadie's blog and the Fire Lily Base Camp blog. You can see all the photos in these SmugMug albums:

We're supposed to get some severe weather tomorrow so Stu canceled his bike service appointment and took mine on Thursday. My bike is less than 1000 miles from my 5k service, so we'll wait until I get another 500 or so miles on it and then reschedule.
Till next time - keep on rollin',
Donna and Stu

PS> Remember, hug your loved ones and let them know you care!


  1. I am truly sorry to hear that your stepson passed away. That is devastating news to hear. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. So sorry to hear about your step son, Tim. And thanks for your reminder to hug our loved ones and I like to add to that say I Love You whenever you can.

    Will be praying for your family in the days to come. Be safe in this difficult weather storms that we are having.

  3. Very sorry to hear of your loss...we are keeping you in our prayers.

  4. So sorry to hear about the death of Tim. Such a tragic loss.

  5. Donna
    I tried to think of words to offer, and had none. Words seem so futile against such grief.

    The loss of those closest to us, for reasons that seem so meaningless and useless are for me the hardest to endure.

    Then I read your other blog about what happened, and the life that was lived before...

    I should have known that you'd have a strong philosophy to carry you through.

    Something I wonder about. You describe a family of such great beauty that he helped create, in spite of the faults he may have had. That is a legacy any man could envy. Could it be that as grievous as the loss is to your family, he served as a teacher for us all? To show us in stark terms, how valued each of us is... to so many others?

    Time doesn't heal wounds. The sorrow and loss endures in our souls forever. We simply must summon the courage to learn to deal with our pain. From your words, I know that you and yours posses the spirit and strength to carry you through this time.

    ... and if you should ever need it, you should know that there are many, many who stand in support of you and yours.

  6. So sorry about your loss. My youngest son has struggled with drug addiction, but has been clean for four years. My dearest hope is that he will continue to be successful with this. The alternative is so heart breaking for all involved. :(

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. (hugs)

  8. We are so very sorry for your loss, Donna.

    Prayers are heading your way....

    Hugs, Trent and Teresa Shipley

  9. I posted my comment to your other blog but I want to repeat it here for others who may need to hear it. It is hard to watch those we love choose a path we wish they wouldn't but all we can do is love the best we can and I'm very sure you did that.

    Linda Sand

  10. So sorry for your loss Stu and Donna. There is nothing anyone can say right now, but it will get better. When a younger person dies this way it is such a waste. God bless both of you and your families.

  11. Sending along the same feelings of sorrow for your entire family that so many others have posted here. Such a sadness.

    On another note, don't know what kind of "shed" you are speaking of, but we just built a Wick building recently. 40x60 ft. with a rock floor for storing the motorhome and vehicles and the ever popular junk we all collect! If you're thinking of that type of building, a great thing to all is the sunlight strip down the roof line. No electricity will be necessary, unless you want it for other reasons. The inside will be so light that you will be amazed!

  12. Sympathy to you, Stu and anyone else affected by this senseless death. How often we wish we could change the lives of those we love.

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your stepson. The fact that it was due to drugs makes me even sorrier.

  14. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones. Safe travels to you and Stu as you attend to family matters.

    On a lighter note, I notice the photo of Forbus General Store. Did you go in, and if so - were there any locals playing the card game 'Pig'? Forbus is well-known for this. I grew up watching my dad, aunts, uncles, and Poppa and Grandma play Pig at every family gathering! Never did understand the game myself...


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