20 April 2009

Thank You!

For the very first time in my life I am moved beyond words. There just aren’t any to describe the generosity and loving arms that the genea-blogger community has extended to me and my family during this most difficult time in our lives.

The moral support I have been gifted with from each and every one of you is what makes me know that everything is going to be alright. Certainly not today, maybe not tomorrow. But a better time is coming. There are kajillions of families out there who are much worse off than us. My family is healthy and it is times like these that a make person stronger and appreciate things a little better.

We have decided on some temporary arrangements that will have us living apart for a couple of months, but with our jobs and transportation issues this accommodates my family without putting hardship on those who are putting a roof over our heads.

As of this evening a little over 75% of my house has been moved into storage. I have decided that I can live with this arrangement for a couple of months. Husband seems to have accepted this arrangement a little too eagerly but let me explain why.

I will be in Sunnyvale, husband in Stockton during work week. I will see him on weekends – PROVIDING that fishing doesn’t get in the way. The San Joaquin Delta is absolutely the best place in the entire world to fish for bass, or so I am told over and over and over again. To my old man, fishing is more important than life itself. I don’t mind really, it keeps him off the streets and out of trouble.

He catches and releases the buggers and does not usually use live bait, preferring instead to use what I call cat toys. Rubber frogs, rubber sparkly day-glow worms and little plastic fish that have hooks on them. This is pretty much all I know and pretty much all I care to know about this obsession of his because I cannot stand the look, smell or taste of any type of fish.

We are like night and day, the only thing we have in common is watching Booknotes on the weekends and our obsessions. Fishing for him and Research and Family History for me. A match made in purgatory!

So no more pity party, no more depression, I’ve packed and am moving on….Ain’t Life Grand!


  1. Hi Fenley,

    You are a survivor...I know this has been hard but you will make it! In spades. Probably get more fishing for ancestors done in the process too. I hope.

    I wish you all the best - keep us informed, eh? I wish I could help more - our spare bedroom isn't big enough for the 25% of stuff you're not storing.

    Hugs -- Randy

  2. Sheri, I really admire your strength and ability to move onward.

  3. Sheri,
    I am so sorry to hear of your troubles, but I know that you'll come thru this.

    Keep your spirits up! All your friends are thinking of you!


  4. Brava, you! I know you'll turn this adventure into wonderful blog fodder and lots more besides. It's always so interesting to me to learn about which bliss a person is following. I'm so glad we're sharing the same one. It is a honor to be your friend and k-k-k.

  5. May Ol' Myrt suggest the use of SKYPE which offers both an audio and video component.

    SKYPE has been particularly helpful in my long distance relationship of late.

    Myrt :)

  6. Life is always best when you have a direction, so I'm glad you have settled some things.

    I love your strength and zest for life. Qualities that keep you getting up each morning.

    Know that every day I say a little prayer for you and send you my "Get Out Of Hell Free Card!" I've never said anything naughty about "Nuns," though I am looking for an old studio photo of one wearing glasses.

    GeneaOOOOs and XXXXs.


  7. Sheri, you hang in there, okay! It will be okay and "this too, shall pass." I just about choked on my soda when you wrote of hubby's bass fishing. We're twins! My man is major obsessed with fishing for bass in KY. In fact, our home was designed to house his bass boat. If you and your family moved to Kentucky, we could accomodate all of you and all your stuff in this massive garage! (Heated and air-conditioned)!
    Keep up that great sense of humor and delightful take on life...
    Keeping you in thoughts and prayers,

  8. Sheri,

    You are such a trooper! You take on life has always been so positive and wonderful. I am very happy to see you are taking the same road now. You do know you have a ton of genea-friends, and we are all rooting for you to get through this tough time as quickly and easily as possible. I know I for one, can take some lessons from you! Love your attitude! Hugs and love to you!