I started my post series on my trip to Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference with a post on growth, entitled I Perceive It. It seems only fitting that I wrap it up (actually I have two more people to spotlight later in the year that I'll also tag with Mount Hermon, but this is the everything I want to talk about right away) today with some pictures of the growth explosion that greeted me when I arrived back home.
|Dale and Jenni|
After Dale so kindly drove me home and we enjoyed lunch (sorry about the shrimp allergy!) and hours of talking together, we pulled onto my street that had been wintery dormant when I left town, to this:
This is what I feel the conference did to my heart!
I had time to miss my family, for them to miss me. I think this is a good thing. We appreciate being back together!
Even our birds, who tend to be rather indifferent to me, if not outright rejecting, seem glad to have me home!
|Nest in a much more cleaned up form than how I typically managed to keep it.|
Where I've mostly lived life these past 4 years.
I had Kathy help me clean up my corner. I'm down to just one end table (rather than 3), am enjoying my CD player in my bedroom again (rather than only seeing it as a therapy tool), have just one basket (had 5 of 6 for different needs) of books by my chair, a tissue box (got rid of the trash can as I can actually walk to our kitchen one now), and flipped my lap quilt from the beautiful fall pattern I've displayed for years to the spring peach stripes! With my prayer shawl and prayer journal at ready access, it is now my ready War Room (rather than more of a hospital room). This feels great!
I'm FAR from having my household managed well yet, but even my Ms. Kathy who STILL comes to help me clean house or do gardening ever couple of weeks, noticed the "new Jenni" change in my heart. The stroke sucked SO MUCH from me on every single physical, spiritual, mental and emotional level. I've been fighting to regain and grow. I'm still young in this effort, in the springtime of my recovery, but "See! The winter is past; Flowers appear on the earth; the cooing of doves The fig tree forms its early fruit;