Keeping a positive outlook can be difficult – especially when you go through tough times. My dad sadly passed away, peacefully, on 15th February; which makes now one of those times. I am though, determined to try and keep positive through this strange period between dad passing away and his funeral, which is not until the first week in March.
Family: We started the month with a visit to my sister-in-law and her family. The plan was to leave our boys there while we went on a worship training day, but things didn’t go to plan and we didn’t end up getting to the training. We did have a lovely time though, and it was definitely the right thing to do.
After dad passing away, a lot of my time has been with my family sorting out the many things that need dealing with. This has been a sad time and I posted about it in the post “time-a-precious-gift” earlier this month.
In contrast, last weekend was a great, happy occasion when we were at a family christening. It was good to meet up with extended family that we hadn’t seen for a while – and some of them are staying down until the funeral, so no doubt we will see them throughout the week too.
Faith: With everything that’s gone on in the last couple of weeks, I feel slightly out of the loop when it comes to church. We have had lots of cards from church family which has been lovely. It’s good to know you’re being supported in prayer when you go through tough times.
With the loss of someone close in your life, it brings your faith into sharp focus – and I’m absolutely confident that dad is in a better place now and I will see him again one day.
Work: I had another session for my diploma on managing quality which was enjoyable and provoked thoughts on what that means outside of work. (See my previous blog – managing quality.) Colleagues have been very supportive and dealt with as much of my work as they could. I’m fortunate and grateful to have an understanding boss who has given me the time I needed after dad passed away.
So, like January; February has had its ups and downs – I wonder if a pattern is emerging!
Highlights of the month:
- Being with family at the christening last weekend
- The murder mystery dinner at church – excellent!
Below is a link to a challenging song that was played at church a few weeks back. I didn’t know then that I would be listening to it with the backdrop of loosing dad. Casting Crowns – Praise You in this Storm…