Just Updates #1: The Long Absence

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-01-2013 01:00 AM 1205 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Dear Friends, isn’t life just interesting?

Emma Smith has said, “Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” I have been riding some rapids lately. Not huge terrible ones, but the sort that keep you concentrated on what is right in front of you so that you cannot look away because if you do, your kayak will be overturned and you along with it.

My woes are nothing special, my life no different that many of yours. I struggle with some injuries from war, some physical, some deeper and more complex. Thank the Lord my boys are healthy, BUT not so true for my beloved. In fact as I sit and write she lies next to me in a hospital bed, connected to a pain pump to manage the severe pain of surgery to the abdomen. This will be the second surgery this month and hopefully, God willing, the last!!! There is no need for alarm, she should be ok in the next few days!!

So, as you can imagine, my time away has been divided. First, staying healthy myself. I have been getting a new treatment for the headaches…botox shots! I know it sounds nuts, but it really does work. A series of 18 are injected around the hairline and in the back of the neck. Not all the pain is gone, but it is reduced. I can sit with earplugs in and sunglass on and actually enjoy my boys during a mild headache. Severe migraines are still a problem. The vertigo attacks have diminished but still come, mostly when I am tired.

Of course I am always taking care of my boys! That is a magnetic pull I will always allow to divide my time! And right along with that is taking care of my beloved wife. We do make quite the pair, both of us being broken down as we are:). Thankfully we have lots of family to help raise the boys when neither of us can handle the task.

Then there is our house…meaning the electrical upgrade, the shop floor and my wife’s glass shop.

I am also a helping a dear friend, the best friend really, take care of cattle. You met him before, Dr. Steve Braatz. Turns out I love being a cowboy. I have just learned to ride a horse, something I thought I would never do with my vertigo issues. But Steve taught me to lock myself in and I wear a helmet. Riding with cattle is one of the best things ever. All the proceeds from the cattle business goes to charity so it is a really good thing. Alas, during the last month or two I have not been able to help do to Theresa’s health.

Finally, my sister’s husband left about six months ago, leaving her with 9 children, ages 18-1. Her house has needed some improvements and she has needed some help. Theresa and I both agreed that I should step in and help were I can, so I have been doing some work for her; remodeling her pantry, fixing the horse barn, fixing gates, and such.

So as you can see I have not been idle nor bored but yes I have been tired.:).

I tried writing this the other day with pictures present but there was a snafu with Flickr. Another headache! But it was a blessing in disguise, this turned out to be healthier for me. Maybe not as much fun for you?, but healthier for me:)!

So for now, I have caught you up on just the goings on, I will of course write more with pictures!!!!

I am sorry for the long delay and will attempt minimize the occurrence again!

As always….More to Follow!!!...


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 01:11 AM

First, prayers for your wife for a speedy recovery and for you for the strength to help her and your boys. Life sure has a way of making sure we don’t get bored!
It’s great to hear that you’ve found some help on the headaches. I know they can be debilitating.
Keep strong, my friend. The Lord has his hand on your shoulder.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 01:11 AM

Our prayers are with you and your wife Nate. As things get better keep us posted.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 01:23 AM

Hang in there, Nate. The Goo Lord doesn’t ever give us more than he knows we can handle. You, your wife, and your family are in our prayers.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 01:28 AM

Thank you for opening your heart and sharing. Please remember God will not place you into a position that he does not have the Grace to keep you. Worlds away here in Indiana but will keep your family and friends in my prayers. Anyone in near the Janesville, CA that can lend a hand. Times are going to be tough and we need to help each other. God bless and good night.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#5 posted 11-01-2013 01:38 AM

Nate, I have been thinking about you as of late. I’m glad to hear you are doing well, but sorry to hear about your wife. Praying for a speedy recovery for your wife and hope this is her last surgery. Prayers for you all. Bob

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#6 posted 11-01-2013 01:48 AM

thank goodness you are the man you are, for your family and also your sisters family….the Lord has blessed you with the physical ability to do what you have done, not pain free, but able…i always love seeing what you done work wise, i do worry that your metamorphosis into a ground hog being hard on your family, but having the benifit of being able to dig when and where you have needed it has come in handy…LOL…JUST REMEMBER TO COME UP FOR AIR…....bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 11-01-2013 01:50 AM

At times we act as if our peace and confidence is a matter of effort and self-control. That’s not always the reality.

A little more than 4 years ago, I had to take an early retirement do to some health issues and my retirement account took about 18 months to be released with no other income. I turned it over to God, for if He brought me to it, I knew He would see me thru it. Our savings got us through that period and my retirement and Social Security Disability both arrived at the time I needed it. We are doing fine now.

My point is, when we ask Him for help, it doesn’t always show up in the time frame that makes us comfortable, but in His time when we most need it.

Your courage and faith are a great inspiration, and makes me feel like my little bump in the road of life was just that, a test of faith.

Keep the Faith Nate. God’s Speed.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 11-01-2013 02:13 AM

Nate, hope your wife has a speedy recovery. Good to see you around, pictures or not! Just know you have people around here who care.

-- I never finish anyth

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 11-01-2013 02:31 AM

I am overwhelmed by all of your support!

Lew, Thank you, keep up the good work turning. Though I cannot always get to a computer to say so. I love seeing your work and weekly posts. It makes me feel like I am at a lathe, learning even though I am not! Turn away brother!

Mike, thank you for your kind words of encouragement!

Dave, thank you for your prayers, and I love your avatar picture! There is something heartwarming seeing a fireman reaching out to Mickey…or is Mickey reaching out to him? Either way, I think the gratitude flows both ways. One is grateful for live of sacrifice and service the other for inspiration, possibilities; of dreams offered and fulfilled.

409, Thank you for your kind words as well. Yes, I do have a great support network here thank you for asking. Welcome to LJs. As you can see, LJs are true class, of the heart people!

Bob, Thanks for the thoughts and prayers! It means allot!

Grizz, Bob your always so uplifting! I fear at times that you may feel I push you aside. I hope that isn’t true and that you see its just the rapids I ride for the time being. You have a very unique and compassionate heart! Keep up the enthusiasm! I’m not so sure you see how many lives you touch out there, but anyone who has been on LJs who pays attention knows the truth! You are a good man! Thank you so much brother!

Len, When I was a boy, my parents always told me that during biblical times, those who wished to be wise, should go and spend time with the elders who sit at the city gates. Each time you write I can see wisdom in your words, and I truly appreciate. I am glad you have the courage to speak! Thank you for that. And never consider your struggles against mine or anyone else’s. What may be a hill to me, my be a mountain to you. What my be a mountain to you may be an ocean to others.

Philip, Thank you for the encouragement! “Pictures or Not” Thats cool:). You have lifted my spirits.

Thanks everyone!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 11-01-2013 01:08 PM

Keep it on the up-side Nate.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 10:42 PM

I’m a little late replying but I hope all is well, my prayers are with you and your family.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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