Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Give thanks

The FH spent a lot of time in the last days listening to a CD of hymns, played mostly on a guitar, that I had bought when I attended the Methodist Big Pray earlier in the year.  Number 14 on the CD quickly became his favourite track, and if I ever left him in the car whilst I popped into a shop, he always asked for that track to be loaded on to the car stereo so that he could enjoy it whilst I was away.

The track is called "Give thanks, with a grateful heart" which says it all for me.  We have so much to give thanks for right now, starting with a very happy 22 year relationship.  People are coming forward with memories of the FH which they are sharing with us now, and we are grateful for their remembering.  We have two lovely daughters, and lots of caring friends, both in real life and on the internet, supporting and encouraging us through this challenging time.

On a very practical note, I am grateful for the stores we have built up, for the vegetables I am growing in the garden, and for the food in the freezers!  We are able to conserve our ready cash at the moment whilst our immediate future income is sorted out, as we look into bereavement benefits and I begin to look around for a new way of making ends meet.  I've had delicious new potatoes, runner beans and courgette from the garden tonight.

The paperwork and organisation is occupying my time, but I had time to cut the lawns today and do some washing, as well as going to gymnastics for a while this afternoon.  I am also having some interesting times looking on the internet to contact some of the FH's old mates from his teaching and special constable days. One of his old friends has helpfully written a book, so his website was easily found!


Bridget said...

Just catching up Morgan and I can't believe all you are going through at the moment. Sending you hugs and comfort through this reply. Xx

Angela said...

So glad you are finding so many positive things to be thankful for - and that song will become especially precious to you in the days ahead. I am sure that next Tuesday will be a celebration of a life lived to the full, and you will be surrounded by many friends with lovely memories to share of their times with FH. xx

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

It must be interesting to hear from all the people who knew FH, you sound as if you are very busy.
Hope the girls are OK
Still keeping you in my thoughts

Judy Y said...

I love your grateful attitude, I think it's wonderful that you can feel that way in the midst of your loss. You should be very proud of how you are doing.

hugs from across the miles

Judy xx

Frugal in Bucks said...

Sending love. Thinking of you often. X

Kim @ Him, Him Me said...

Thinking of you all & holding you in prayers