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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 11 July 2022

A Time to Say Good-bye!

I honestly believe that we all have something we can be grateful for, even when everything seems to be falling apart! If we set our minds on what we are grateful for, we can enjoy the beauty, the joy, and the blessings that come our way each day. ~ Sandi

Hello my dear blogging friends! I have been absent from my blogging for a few months, and I feel I should let you know what is going on with me.



Before I get into all of that, I want you to know that the past fourteen years have been a joy to me! I have invited you to my Tea parties and HOME parties and we have had such a good time, haven't we? I have shared numerous posts of my collection of Rose Chintz china which I am especially fond of. Many of you know the story of where most of it came from and my dear Auntie P who gifted it to me.  

I have shared my extensive collection of china and teapots with you, and I have shared some of my stories. We have walked our beaches together, and we have toured Green Gables together. It has been a lot of fun.



                       The Haunted Wood at Green Gables.

The truth is, and it pains me to tell you this, the past year in particular, has been very difficult. Most of you are not aware that I have some fairly serious health issues which I will share with you now. I don't need to share everything. I only wish for you to understand some of my struggle and why I have made a decision. 


When I was in my mid-thirties, I became very ill with a neuromuscular disorder which affected all of my voluntary muscles as well as my lungs. It has caused me a considerable change in life style and has made me extremely accident prone. With a compromised immune system, I am vulnerable to all manner of health issues.


Up until that point, I had always been very active and high energy with a very strong constitution. When I was first diagnosed, I made up my mind that whatever happened, I was going to fight this with everything within me. I also knew that God would be with me and He would see me through it all. 


At the time of my diagnosis, my three sons were still quite young. One was in his early teens, the middle guy was a tween, and my youngest was just a little boy. I knew my kids still needed their mom; especially my youngest, so I tried especially hard to lead a normal life for their sakes. Every time I looked into the big blue eyes of my little boy, I knew I couldn’t give up. I had to keep going and live as normally as possible.


                       My take on a Victorian sponge cake.

It took a couple of years for the specialists to get me levelled out with medication so I could operate as normally as possible. During that time, most of my activities came to a halt. I was not able to attend church and I was judged rather harshly for that. Some folks didn’t understand nor did some of them really try to. While I was housebound, I read my Bible and I spent a great deal of time in prayer. So, my time was not wasted.


Because of my condition, I had some very bad falls. Sometimes my legs would give out on me and oftentimes if I was especially tired, I could trip over my own feet. Stairs are not my friend. 


Broken bones, sprained and strained muscles, as well as torn muscles and ligaments became a way of life for me. My physiotherapist once told me because of my disorder, I was probably going to be seeing him for quite some time. He was right of course. Accidents happen when I least expect them.


After a number of years, I became strong enough to return to church and ministry. I had spent seven years at home but I grew a lot and I ministered to a lot of people. The Lord can use us even when we are incapacitated if we allow Him to. 


My 4th of July cake.

 


                          My favourite Rose Chintz and lilacs.

When Hubby and I resigned from our pastorate, I started blogging because I felt I needed an outlet of sorts for creativity. You see, I had been the music director and I also wrote short stories for the bulletins. Blogging helped fill the void and I got to know so many lovely ladies the world over. It has been wonderful!

                         Two of our fabulous beaches.

 


This photo below was taken by my son and I love the ripples he caught in the sand.



At that time, I was still getting out to the beach for walks which was probably my favourite thing to do, and thrift shopping, as well as having friends in for tea. But I was not able to drive any longer and I became very dependant on my hubby to get me around. It is a good thing that he didn't mind. Hubby is a very patient man!

                              One of my thrifted teacups.

My husband and I had Home Bible study groups for over thirty-five years, before and after we resigned from our church. I always enjoyed preparing treats for the groups and entertaining in my home. It gave me much pleasure to minister to others.



                             Roses from my garden.



In 2013, I had a couple of very bad falls, and I began experiencing more difficulty. But I managed to keep a positive attitude. I knew that I would be able to minister to others more effectively if I counted my blessings instead of my woes. Of course we all know having a positive attitude can take one a very long way. My Lord enabled me to do that for a very long time, and I am grateful. I told myself there were others much worse off than me, and we all know that to be true.
     

But, as I became more and more incapacitated, little by little, I was not able to do the things I used to do. This annoyed me to no end. You see, I always challenged myself. Now, my body was really challenging me. Sometimes I got angry because I was losing control. But I still knew that God was much bigger and wiser than I am and I always trusted Him to get me through the hard times, instead of giving in to that anger.


I am stubborn! Perhaps that is a good thing, because I don’t like giving in to things, especially pain. On the other hand, I tend to overdo and then I pay for it. Sometimes I will have another accident because I did overdo. It is frustrating! 


I guess I have always wanted to be strong and not give in to weaknesses. I didn’t want to be a burden to anyone, especially my family. 



I am obviously an A type personality and it’s difficult to admit that I have to start taking better care of myself. I can’t bake as much as I used to and that is incredibly hard on me. My hands are so bad that I cannot peel an apple or a potato. I cannot spend any more than five to ten minutes on my feet or my back causes me extreme pain. In regards to this back of mine, I need surgery but they don’t recommend it because it is an 8 to 10 hour surgery, and because of my condition, I am a risky case. I was told by a surgeon and my neurologist that it probably wouldn't work anyway.


More and more my hubby has taken over the role of house keeper. This is a very hard pill for me to swallow. I can no longer shop, go for walks, or enjoy a coffee in the evenings down at the boardwalk like we used to do. My life has become very difficult and yes, boring!


I have been hesitant to confide in you because I have strived to keep my blog upbeat and as interesting as I am able. But I feel my time in Blogland is coming to an end. I have had a wonderful time hosting parties and sharing. A part of me wants to continue but it has become increasingly hard for me. 


Shooting a tea time for example is especially difficult because I have to get the china out and set it up. My hubby isn't always here to help take the china down for me. He works part time at a job he loves and he goes to the gym. He is also involved in the church. He is still very active and he needs to be.


I always liked to share a treat with a recipe when I had a tea time, but it is becoming increasingly difficult for me to do that. I don’t get out much so pictures of the Island and other things that interest me have come to a standstill. 


So, my dear blogging friends, I have so enjoyed my time with all of you here in Blogland, but I think it is best to close down. Perhaps one day I will start a site on Facebook, who knows? When I feel up to it, I may try to visit some of you.


My love and thanks go out to all of you for coming to visit and leaving your delightful comments over the years. You have all been such an encouragement to me. A few of you have been especially kind to me, sending me cards and gifts over the years. You know who you are, and I will always appreciate your thoughtfulness. 


It has been lovely belonging to such a caring "village" of blogging friends.

Please take good care of yourselves, stay well, and remember God loves you, and so do I! I will miss you.


FYI ~ The pictures I have shared on this post are from some of my postings from over the years and I hope you enjoy them.


                             Sunset at Victoria Park.


When asked if my cup is half-filled or half-empty; my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. ~ unknown



Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

27 comments :

  1. I am very sad to read this posting from you. I am sorry for your pain and your trials. I will keep you in my prayers. I have always enjoyed your sharing your tea time and you will be missed. Please take care and know that you will not be forgotten.

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  2. Dear Blogging Friend: I am one of those who has so many fond memories of your blog parties! We certainly understand Sandi your need to pull back but hope you will leave your blog on blogspot as many may find it. I have prayed for you and will continue! God Bless! Bernideen Canfield

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  3. Dear Sandi,
    I don't remember when I first found your blog, but I got to know you a bit more through the tea exchange group set up by Judith. I am so sorry to read of your continuing health problems and of your need to stop blogging. Your delicious baking has inspired me many times, and I've admired your lovely tea settings. Life is full of transitions, and I know that God is with you through all of it. I pray that you will find joy in the little things, and that God's grace will be, as He has promised, more than abundant for you each day. Hugs, Lorrie

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  4. Dear Sandi,

    Oh my, I try to imagine how hard this post must be for you today. And I am so sorry for all that you have had to go through these many years. Your positive attitude and heart is truly an inspiration. Thank you for honouring us with your story. I hold you close in my heart. And I wish you His grace for the days ahead, for those many changes coming yet again because of declining health.

    Please know I have enjoyed visiting you over the years and being a part of your beautiful world as you've shared on your blog. We shall miss you here. If you can ever pop in once a while just to say hi, we'd be content with that. And if you cannot, please know we shall miss your sweet presence here in blogland but we'll never forget you and your beautiful blog. Heart hugs, Brenda xoxox

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  5. Sandi.
    I know you have had your physical struggles for some time as you have confided in me in the past. It saddens me greatly to hear this and I am so very sorry that it has come to this for you but I do sincerely understand the hardships you face on a daily basis...I THANK YOU for always being so upbeat and positive in your blog postings and I have greatly enjoyed them over all these years...You were one of the first Bloggers who reached out to me when i first started to blog in 2010 and I will never ever forget your kindness...We had a lot on common as our hubby's both worked for the Postal Services and we were Mom's of sons....I will pray that you can remain strong and positive even though i understand how hard it is to deal with chronic debilitating illness....And, my dear friend, if you ever feel up to it and care to drop me a line as to how you are doing, please feel free to do so...You can even email me and not post it on my blog.....My email is under CONTACT ME on my blog....I will keep you always in my prayers, Sandi and I will remember you forever.....
    Many Hugs and much Love,
    Deb

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  6. Oh Sandi, this is a powerful story of how you put faith, family and friends first. I love that and had no idea what you have been going through over the years, I admire you. Would you like to be my penpal? If your hands cooperate in writing. I would send you encouraging cards and notes and I know you would do so in return. If so send me an email at thekilns1 at hotmail dot com. Terra at Terragarden

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  7. I have enjoyed your blog over the years. Thank you for blogging. God bless you!

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  8. Grateful all your hard work and loving efforts on your blog. Thank you Sandi. :)

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  9. Dear Sandi, thank you for sharing about the reality of your life. It's encouraging to read of your trust in our God through this difficult physical battle you have been in for so long. May God lead, comfort, sustain you with the Joy of the Lord even in the midst of your physical trial. May He also strengthen your husband with perseverance in caring for your needs, too. God bless you dearly.

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  10. Thank you for the update, Sandi. I'll always be grateful that we met and became friends through your weekly tea parties. While I'm sad to hear that you'll be leaving Blogland, it's completely understandable. And I know we'll continue to keep in touch offline.

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  11. Thank you for your wonderful blog . Thank you for such encouragement and beauty. You are an inspiration. You are in my prayers. Blessings.

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  12. I am so sorry to hear you are suffering so much. I didn't know about your illness and the challenges you face. I've enjoyed your blog for many years and will come back to look at your beautiful photos from time to time. You bring such beauty and grace to blogland. But please take care of yourself and know that we all care. (I did another comment but it must have gotten lost) I will miss you but it's more important that you take care of yourself. Sweet hugs, your blog buddy Diane

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  13. I am so sad to see you go. I have enjoyed your blog for so many years. Participating in your tea parties. Praying that rest and time will help with your health condition. Pop back once in a while to let us know how you are doing.

    Blessing, Jocelyn

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  14. Sandie,
    How sad for us all. I am sorry that your health issues are limiting you. I have a back issue too, and can understand the limiting aspect.

    We've had grand fun over these years, with the online parties, and sharing our mutual love of tea and tea items! I will miss your gentle presence.

    Is there a place we can keep in touch with you?

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  15. Dear Sandi,
    It was by simple accident I found your heartwarming blog. Maybe I had googled about "Anne of GG"... I'm not sure, not being a blogger myself. Anyway, over the past few years I have so enjoyed your many posts sharing the beauty of Prince Edward Island, the joy of Green Gables, the loveliness of your teapot collection, and the sweetness of family. I especially adored your Advent series.
    You are such an inspiration. As Bernideen said, I do hope you'll leave Rose Chintz Cottage open.
    God bless you, and your family, always.
    With much gratitude,
    Linda

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  16. Dear Sandi,
    Your blog has always been an inspiration to me; your lovely images, tea parties, and sometimes recipes! I have even printed some of your posts for reference from time to time. Needless to say, you will be missed, but we all know when we need to make changes in our lives. May God bless you.
    Sincerely,
    Debra

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  17. Your blog has always been so beautiful and your photos always made me smile. Be happy , be well and keep the faith.

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  18. To continue your upbeat theme: Every path has it's twists and turns, may your next be smooth and fruitful. If you are anything like me---with only a few years of blog posts, i have 25000 photos already sitting in the wings to share if I never take another! I so enjoyed all your island wanders and sweet teas! Hugs and my you find another creative outlet, you will be missed, Sandi, Hugs, Sandi

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  19. Dear Sandi, Thank you for sharing your heart and I will for sure lift you up to our Lord. I am so very sorry you have dealt with so much but just reading how you have ministered to so very many has given me great blessing. I have learned that no matter what our journey is that God can use us in mighty ways. Thank you for serving and ministering to so many. God has you in the palm of His mighty hands. Praying for you today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  20. Dear Sandi!
    So very sorry to hear of your difficult health issues! I wish I had been able to meet you when I was living on the island. We lived outside of Hunter River on Fredericton Station Road 3 houses in from Rte. 2. Your blog posts have been beautiful. As I have mentioned in the past, I also have the Rose Chintz dinnerware set which I use everyday. May the LORD give you continued strength mentally, emotionally and physically to do some of the things you love to do. Will be praying for you! Love in Christ, Linda S.

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  21. Dear Sandi, I have loved reading your Blog's and learning about you and Prince Edward Island. I have visited once with my family and really loved the trip. Didn't want to leave. You have been an absolute blessing to me, I have loved everything you have shared on your blog. You also have introduced me to other blogger's that I didn't know about. I hope you keep your website and past blog's available for a while. I have not read everything, since I only found you at the start of the pandemic. I pray that the Lord gives you many good days and strength for your tomorrows. You may not feel well enough to post anything anymore, but we will remember you and keep you in our hearts every time we read your past blogs. Thank you for your gift of writing and will keep you in prayer. Patti D. from Wisconsin.

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  22. Sandi, I wish you all the best. Will sure miss you here at Rose Chintz Cottage. I hope you'll go back to my blog to read my reply to your lovely comment. Also, while you are there, please snag my email address just under my photo at the top of my sidebar and drop me a quick email when you get a chance, so I'll have your email address. You will be missed by many in the blogosphere, but will not be forgotten, my friend.

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  23. Awww dearest Sandi, I have such fond memories of your tea and home parties. Of course, we understand completely your need to step back. Thank you for sharing your life, beauty, pictures, recipes and lovely tea tables. Every time I use my Rose Chintz teacup, I think of you. Everyday you have been in my prayers and I’ll continue to pray for you. Thank you for your beautiful quotes that you always shared and for your positive attitude. You are a lovely daughter of Jesus Christ and May God bless and protect you, my friend.

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  24. Oh Dear Sandi, I am so very sorry to read of your struggles and painful health issues. It breaks my heart to think of how difficult it is for you, and yet you have persevered throughout so many years to keep going. Although we are all very sad to see you leave blogging, we certainly understand. I have always enjoyed your posts and have learned so much from you about setting a lovely tea table and enjoying these special moments with or without friends beside us. We are your tea table friends, and the conversation and refreshments have been delightful. Every time I look at my Anne of Green Gables doll and read her stories, I think about you actually living there and knowing exactly where all of that adventure took place. Because my mother named me Pamela Anne with an "e", particularly after Anne of GG, I feel like I have a special kinship with you. Also being a retired pastor's wife and understanding the feelings and pressures that go along with that, for better or for worse...and for you especially with your health concerns I can imagine just how difficult that was for you. You are an amazing woman, and I am richer for knowing you here. Thank you. I hope you will leave your blog up and available for reference. I enjoy looking at your posts and seeing the recipes, etc. May God continue to bless you and keep you in the palm of His loving hands. You are loved by many. (((hugs))) and thank you.

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  25. May you rest and enjoy each and every moment and know you have left a beautiful legacy in Blogger Land! You inspired so many in the love for tea and beauty in the home! Your love for Christ and God's Word was apparent in your posts. I will start praying for you! Blessings, Roxy

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  26. Oh, Sandi, I am so glad the Lord brought me here today.. Even though I have been very sporadic in visiting and joining in here, I have always felt you were a kindred spirit and that our shared love for all things tea was a heaven sent love. I cannot claim to the same story of trial and hardship as you, dear friend, but in my own defense I have had some trials that have kept me from doing the things I love, and doing tea has been one thing I have had to leave behind. My arthritis and torn meniscuses have really set me back since I retired in 2003 and I have had three different seasons of daily therapy to be able to function as I have longed to do In 2015 Lynn and I got to go on an Ireland trip with our church. I was so excited to get to go and partake of the many great outings involved but it was a difficult trip for me because of the walking involved .. So because I could feel the strength receding I did more therapy and it did help. Last Christmas our daughter and her family told us that for our 50th anniversary they were taking us to Scotland. My dream and I was so excited but I knew the walking would be my nemesis, so I did therapy 3 times a week from January through May and I mainly worked on being able to climb steps. But I still took a walking stick with me on the trip which lasted through the month of July. That is why I missed your post.. but I am so glad to have seen it to be able to tell you I am so very sorry to hear this, but I can in my limited way understand. My scariest thought is falling and I do every thing I can think of to keep form falling. At 72... with my situation I something think it will be the thing that really sets me back.. But I am so thankful I did get to go to Scotland and I only did those things I felt that I could do. and thankfully Hubs was very understanding! I always loved our tea get togethers around blogging. I had such an affinity to your style, recipes, and china patterns. As you are able perhaps we could still share through letters. I would love that . My email is smile7850@yahoo.com. Let me know if that is something you would enjoy! God bless you kindred Spirit! Schotzy

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  27. I'm sorry dear Sandi, that I am just reading your post now. You always shared such beautiful thoughts and pictures of my beloved Island! I was able to return to the island this past fall with my brother. It was such a quick trip, and yet I was so glad to see the beaches even after the destruction of the hurricane. I wrote about my trip on my blog. You are in my prayers dear friend, I can only imagine how hard this has been on you to struggle through such a horrible disease. I pray that the Lord brings peace, healing and comfort to your heart in the difficult days you face. Your presence here in blogland has always been such a blessing! with much love and hugs to you!

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi