The last ten years of my life have been the most difficult to try and communicate. I always said that I was along for the ride, which is the way I wanted it. My dear Charles and I had wonderful times of reading the Bible and growing together, but I realize now how far behind as a Christian believer I was. I think of things I did just because Charles loved Jesus, that is now an essential part of my daily life. Just digging in the Word is so satisfying and calming. I needed to be on my own to continue growing in Christ.
The last ten years have been eventful and, at times, stressful and full of surprises. Life changed quickly on October 16th, 2008 when Charles E. Jones went to be with his Lord. While helping my granddaughter house hunt, I found a small home that I instantly fell in love with. I moved there, just one mile from my old homestead. I was so thankful that I was able to make this move before selling other property and auctioning off belongings. This was a real grateful time to God.I continued to go to Executive Books (now Tremendous Leadership) several times a week to keep in touch, but in December 2009 I had an auto accident which kept me in the hospital for two months. My daughters helped me decide not to purchase another car but to depend on them for transportation. It takes a long time to adjust to not having a car, but I did it! I live among tremendous neighbors that are always there to help on another—Carmella was a great choice to move into and is just one mile from the old homestead, so everything stayed the same as far as doctors, bank, grocery store, and church.
Living in a 55+ community is comforting. Many of the residents are the same age as my children. I’ve witnessed individuals that have survived many challenges either with their families or with their health. I have opportunities to comfort and listen to them. Sometimes the less said is best. Many friends have, in return, been there for me and I have had the opportunity to let God’s will be the most important thing in my life when tragedy strikes, as it does to all of us.
I have witnessed much in my own family. God is no respecter of persons. One daughter had colon cancer and still has problems with Lyme disease. Jere, my eldest, went home to be with the Lord after years of struggling with depression and addiction. Jeff had brain cancer and seems to be doing much better. Besides this, there is always the normal family situations and problems that every one of us faces these days. These things make it easier to show comfort to others.
Through even the hard times and the changes we see with our families and everything around us, we still must be hopeful and go forward and take each day at a time. At ninety-one years of age, I have genuinely found that this is the path to living a tremendous life. Thank you to everyone for the continued support, encouragement, and prayers. Charles' vast network of speakers has meant the world to me. He and I shared many beautiful times with The Speakers Roundtable and the Veterans Speakers. Their love and support allow me to feel still so connected. May God richly bless you all!