I know I’m 2 weeks late, but Happy New Year!

Things have been crazy lately.

If you read my last post, you know that my mom had a stroke in November. Several things were different during the holidays and we were missing some of our favorite folks. But we had many of our favorites with us, and WE had lots of fun! We’re truly grateful for that!

These days my fun is restricted. I had some elective foot surgery last week, so I’m hobbling around and doing my best to keep my foot elevated. My immediate future includes crutches and a not-so-stylish fracture boot.

fracture bootThe upside of this, if there is one, is that I’ll get to spend several weeks in pajama pants! (Pretty good timing on my part, seeing as how Virginia winters are cold and rainy.) I’m also going to concentrate on a writing project that’s long overdue, which means I’ll be doing less blogging.

I hope to pick up my Monday Pause and Good Word Wednesday again in the spring, but for now I’ll just post once a week on Tuesdays. I’m categorizing it “Museday Tuesday” because it will truly be musing. It will also be short. And lightly edited.

Tomorrow is my first edition. I’d love for you to stop by :)

Meanwhile, thank you all for your comments, prayers and emails in the past couple of months. The Lord truly is my strength and He’s used many of you to encourage me. The verse speaking to me right now is Psalm 51:8,

Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that You have broken rejoice.

A bone can be anything that supports us and holds us upright. Sometimes the Lord chooses to break them so we can be still for a season. (I pondered this in this post about Psalm 23)

That’s where I am right now, literally and figuratively. I’m training my ear to hear joy and gladness, knowing that my broken bones will rejoice. And that’s my prayer for you in 2014.


  1. I miss you, sweet friend!! Hoping you are feeling better even though your plate is full. God is good and is our peace and comfort. THAT gives me joy. Praying for all that is going on in your world right now, love you!

  2. Susan, I never quite thought of broken bones that way, that is very profound! As it happens, Joe broke his ankle this weekend, and maybe that is exactly wants him to do–be still for a season. Between your family and mine, we have kept the health care industry really busy these last few months! Here’s to a healthy, peaceful, joy-filled and productive New Year, and enjoy your jammy time. xo Kathleen

  3. It was wonderful to find an update from you in my inbox this morning. I hope the pj pants are comfy and that your foot is healing without problems. The website looks awesome, and I’m excited to hear about this writing project that you will be devoting yourself to. Good for you!! Are you doing Jeff’s “My 500 Words” challenge to get you going? Thinking of you, and praying all goes well. :) Julia

  4. Will look for it tomorrow!

  5. Oh my friend, how sweet to read your words. You STAY in my prayers! I love you!

  6. Looking forward to “musing” with you. Heal well.

  7. Welcome back! Praying for you. See you again tomorrow! :)

  8. Thanks so much, everyone! Yes, it’s been a crazy few months and it got even crazier this morning. Mom fell AGAIN and this time broke her hip. She had surgery and is doing well, but this is another setback. I’m committed to writing and staying on task, so Thank You for your prayers!

  9. So sorry to read about your mom’s health issues Susan. And then on top of it you had foot surgery; oh my! I know what it’s like to have to wear a boot like that. I tore ligaments in my ankle a number of years ago and made rounds at the hospital (nurse) like that for weeks.

    Blessings and love,

    Happy New Year!

  10. Praying for you Susan as you muse on the goodness of the Lord, and rest in His faithfulness. The days ahead will be good preperation for the ‘best that’s yet to come’.
    love you sweet friend!

  11. Love this love you!