Nicki Black March 1 2011 04:07:14 PMDear friends, it's been a while since I've written anything personal here on my blog. I want to say thanks for hanging in there and checking back from time to time. It has been a very stretching season for me in many unexpected areas. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I came down with a whopper of a bug. It started with a raging food poisoning episode that ate me up for a week. Then that rapidly turned into the worst bout of bronchitis I've ever had. My voice isn't even the same anymore, for I think I did something to my vocal cords coughing so violently for 8+ weeks. The bronchitis lasted through Christmas and into January. I was down for the count - no energy, no appetite, couldn't seem to get rested. To rub salt in my wounds, I then got the flu after it had been traveling through the family. Nothing like waking up in the middle of the night to the wee one next to you hurling all over himself, his toys, his sheets, the floor... ugh. No doubt, all us parents have been through this at some time or another! Then the hubs got another bout of another bug, and we're still in the midst of of lingering buggery around here. The construction projects on the house and studio have been stressful, as well, for we've had some major problems with our general contractor, and various subs and tradesmen, which have eaten months into our work time to try to fix their errors (not to mention our pocketbook - thanks for any prayers of restoration in that area). All the while, life, work, ministry, homeschooling, broken cars, breathing... all had to continue on. They weren't waiting around for me to be 100%. *sigh* God is STILL good, though! It's been few and far between since I've been able to sit down and write, but you all are not far from my mind. I am looking to 2011 as being a year of renewed strength in the Word, renewed faith in climbing the highest of mountains that I face, and a new day in being the best Mom, wife, and friend that I can be. Now that I'm feeling more on the mend, I'll be more in touch and less with my head under my pillow, clutching my gut for dear life, heh. :p ... Thank you so very much for your grace!