Here But Not Here

The title of this long overdue blog post summarizes my life fairly well.  As I mentioned back in November, my husband was hospitalized and since then he has been hospitalized two more times.  I mention this not to elicit sympathy, rather in an effort to explain that for now, my life has changed in so very many ways.

These past three months have taught me so very much, often in the form of painful lessons, yet necessary ones.  In one day, my world and that of my family changed completely, and looking back now, I know it has made us stronger.  We have learned to take nothing for granted, and maybe that is the lesson, nothing is guaranteed or permanent.  I have learned that time is precious and life is so very fragile.  I look forward to each sunrise with eager anticipation and find the majestic beauty in each sunset.  As a family we have grown even closer, learned to do more with less, and to appreciate what we have and not wish for what we cannot have.  My family and I have a long road ahead, but I do not fear it anymore, rather I am learning to live in the present ( which has not come easy to me, as a natural worrier, but I am changing).

But what about books, one may be wondering at this point.  An excellent question and I am more than happy to report my reading is coming along quite nicely, averaging over a book a day. :)  So where are my reviews?  Another excellent question.  Some may think this is rather silly, but I honestly have neither had the time nor the energy to post my reviews here.  However, my reviews may be read on GoodReads or LibraryThing, some are posted on Amazon as well, and as always what I am currently reading or have read may be found here.  I am beginning my 33rd book of 2013, which I think is fairly good considering January is not yet over.  ;)   Will I begin posting my reviews back here soon?  I cannot say, so I shall not even pretend to know.  I am quite literally taking each day as it comes.

Stay warm my fellow bibliophiles and thank you for sticking with me through the good and bad times.  It all balances out in the end.

Happy Reading!

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  1. Will bend Gods ear with you and your husband in mind.
    Take care and know we are here when you return.


  2. It is wonderful that your family has responded in the way that you have and pray for continued strength and peace for you and your family. I am glad that reading has been so good for you so far this year!

  3. Jennifer – How can I find you on GoodReads?

  4. I’ve been concerned about you and your family and am so glad that you gave us an update, Jennifer. Life is so precious and fragile, and I’ll be sending good thoughts that all be be well. You certainly have the right attitude to help you through difficult times. I’m sending a hug and lots of good thoughts your way!

  5. I’m both sorry to hear this news but also happy that you’ve had a chance to reevaluate and appreciate things in your life. I’ve certainly been there, specifically this fall when my oldest son was hospitalized for two weeks. You find out your priorities and what truly matters, as well as knowing that, like you wrote, you can’t take for granted that things.

    I’m hoping that your husband is doing well, and that you’re coping too. I’ll be thinking of you, Jennifer.

  6. Having survived a 2011 where my husband spent nearly nine months, four operations, six weeks’ therapy and two nearly lethal crisis in five differents clinics/hospitals, I wish you strength, stamina and hope with my prayers and best wishes, Jennifer,
    Warmest regards,

  7. This morning I woke to an email with your blog feed updates….I’m sorry I didn’t see this sooner, like in January. Now that it’s August, I hope things are well with you. Feel free to drop me an email anytime if you’d like to chat.