Yes I did a bad job about staying caught up. Life has seemed to be very busy lately. I’ll try to 2 or 3 questions a day until I can catch up. We’ll see if I accomplish that.
Well the first one I pull out would not be my first one to answer but oh well. Q: Write about your health. Do you take good care of yourself? What do you do to keep yourself healthy?
A: I would say that my health is okay. Sometimes I think I take good care of myself by making sure I take my medication and the supplements my doctor recommends. I have regular check ups. But I don’t always watch what I eat and I would like to be more consistent in my exercising. I think that I’ve gotten a bit discouraged because even when I seemed to work really hard at it my health didn’t seem to really change. My doctor seems happy that everything seems to be well-maintained and doesn’t think I should stress about losing weight. So I do try to work out using the Wii and I try not to go completely crazy when I eat and if I have a day of junk I try to be even more careful the next day but I’ve decided not to stress about.
The next one for today is much easier. Q: What is your full name? Is there a story behind the name? Were you named for anyone? How do you feel about your name?
A: My full name is Karen Elizabeth. The Elizabeth is a name that had been in the family for several generations including my mother who was Elizabeth “Betty” Rae and my daughter who is Hannah Jo Elizabeth. The Karen came from my mom’s best friend when she lived up north. She wanted to remember her best friend by using her name. Of course what my mother may not have realized was that Karen must have been one of the most popular name of the early 60’s. One year in home room there were 3 Karen’s in just that one room. But I love my name. Maybe it just seems to suit me because it’s the only name I’ve ever had but it does seem to fit.
And finally, Q: Write about how a prayer was answered or a wish fulfilled.
A: When we lost our son, Samuel, while I was in the hospital waiting for him to be delivered I prayed that our loss would not be without purpose. I didn’t need to know what that purpose was I just wanted there to be something that came out of the loss. God not only answered that prayer but He even allowed me to find out about some of that purpose. Because Samuel was 39 weeks gestation we had a funeral for him. Our pastor did a wonderful, beautiful service celebrating this life that we only knew in our hearts. After the service both our pastor and myself heard from women who had lost babies of their own years ago. At that time the way to “handle” it was to take care of everything including the burial before the mom got out of the hospital. While we were given time to hold our son and say good-bye most of these women had never even gotten to see their babies. They all said that attending Samuel’s funeral gave them the ability to have closure and to say good-bye to their own children some as long as 50 years in the past. This just seemed liked such a wonderful answer to my prayer.