Blessing One Another

It has been a rough few weeks. I have not gotten much done except fall out of one resting place into another. Very weak, worse brain fog than usual, some bone pain, yada yada. My phosphorous levels have done a 180 on me. The level is so high now that there is concern for kidney issues.  High normal for phos is 4.2 and mine is 15.4. All phos meds are stopped. More labs tomorrow. I never cease to be amazed at the wonder of our bodies—for good or for ill.

I had a cataract removed on Monday and that went very well. I am excited to get new glasses soon. All the better to read you with, my dear! Terry is going to River’s Edge for a week for his consulting group retreat and to help with the estate sale at my Mom’s house next weekend. I will be staying with Heather and Co. for a week. She is able to drive short distances now! I feel sad not to be with my sibs for the sale. There is a contract on the house and I may not get to visit it again. Oakwood Forest has been “home” for 61 years. But, I feel like I need to stay close to Duke.

As I have pondered during these days, I remembered this quote from Henri Nouwen and it has helped turn my heart and soul toward the sunshine in life once again. I hope it will inspire you, too!

“To bless means to say good things. We have to bless one another constantly. Parents need to bless their children, children their parents, husbands their wives, wives their husbands, friends their friends. In our society, so full of curses, we must fill each place we enter with our blessings. We forget so quickly that we are God’s beloved children and allow the many curses of our world to darken our hearts. Therefore we have to be reminded of our belovedness and remind others of theirs. Whether the blessing is given in words or with gestures, in a solemn or an informal way, our lives need to be blessed lives.”

A Daily Prrayer

All that I love into Your keeping.

All that I care for into Your care.

Be with us by day, be with us by night;

And as dark closes the eyelids with sleep,

May I waken to the peace of a new day.


Celtic Daily Prayer, 2002



  1. Kitty
    Oct 20, 2017

    Dear Donna,

    Your messages always lift me up. I love the bit about Claire’s devorations and theme. My youngest son, Aaron, who is 22 today, shares a special relationship with that song and with me.

    Keep swimming, Donna! I hope your days are as good as they can be. You bring so muvh joy to me and to others.

    Much love,


  2. Harriet Smith
    Oct 20, 2017

    So good to read this and know you continue to show us how to positive. Love you lady!

  3. Cathy Lantz
    Oct 20, 2017

    Feeling grateful and happy to hear from you, Donna, and sending you love and many blessings!

  4. Paula Daniels
    Oct 20, 2017

    I loved this, you Have been such an inspiration to me in so many ways that I am sure you didn’t even realize. I am trippy blessed to know you and your awesome daughter. Love you much Me. Donna my prayers will continue to be lifted up for you and your family

  5. Cindy Mitchell
    Oct 20, 2017

    Whenever I saw you and Terri, you were a blessing. Thanks for this reminder. It is all about lifting others spirits. Hugs to you and Terri.

  6. Judy Lee
    Oct 21, 2017

    Evening dear friend. I look forward to your writings as often as you feel well enough to share your wisdom, love and yes humor. I love the fact with your writing the “realness” in your words of direction that you share. Sharing of your journey means a great deal to all of your friends. Thank you for sharing with us.

    I hope you will have a restful week with Heather. Being restful may be a different interpretation for many. Knowing being with your family will be a comfort for all.
    Love you bunches!! Hugs x 12

  7. SARAH Phelps
    Oct 21, 2017

    Much love to you and Terry, Donna. We are thinking of you a lot and hoping you are having more good days than otherwise. Thanks for the update. ❤️❤️❤️

  8. Colleen Helms
    Oct 22, 2017

    Such a wonderful message. Your messages always seem to come when most needed. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Thinking of you and so happy to hear from you. Praying for your peace.

    • Jean McDonald-Walker
      Nov 3, 2017

      Donna, All blessings on you and yours. You are an inspiration and I am blessed to have spent some time in your presence when you lived in Winchester. Praying for you always!!!

      Much love, Jean McDonWalker

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