Thursday, July 9, 2015

Life... by Christine Bush

Sometimes life flows evenly, but sometimes Not. So. Much.  I just had a week like that.

I’m blessed. I know that. Great kids, great job, great sisters and extended family, wonderful man in my life, and super friends.  There is a lot of good to be grateful for.

But life happens.

Early last week, I received the devastating news that my much loved brother in law, Ray, had suffered a stroke, and was in the hospital.  He’s been married to my sister, Cindy, for 40 years, and is as much a brother as if he had been born that way. I love this guy.

My sisters and I spent the better part of the week at his side, listening to neurologists, therapists, receiving test results and plans.  He is lucky to have had such good medical care.  It is also a wonderful thing that he has always pursued a healthy lifestyle, and has strength and perseverance to work on recovering from the results of the stroke.  But it will be a long path, and it’s a very challenging thing.

But I learned a lot through this.  One thing I am grateful for is that I see the power and beauty of love.  I see the commitment of family and friends, and the acceptance that we all must have when life hands us a challenge.  Together we can do what we can never do alone.

I also learned that celebrating the small successes breeds more success.  And that life is all about small successes, in whatever we pursue.  As Ray finds each success, we feel such joy.

Just as Ray’s condition began to stabilize, I received another phone call.  My daughter had gone into labor, a few weeks early. Another hospital, another life event.  Within hours, I was by her side, and able to hold my new baby grand daughter in my arms as she began her life. Such joy.

Life is like that.  The ups and the downs.  The expected, and the unexpected.  And we get through it all. Together. 

That’s why I write about love, and happily ever after endings.  Because ultimately, that’s what life is all about.  Love.  I think in the rush of daily life, it’s good to be reminded of that.

Christine Bush is the award winning author of many books and novellas of sweet romance and light mystery. She also writes Middle Grade Fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or teaching Psychology at a local college.  She lives with her family and two crazy cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, and loves to hear from readers and aspiring writers.

Christine's latest book is “Cindy’s Prince”.

Find out more about Christine's books Here

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  1. Wow. Your family has had quite a time lately. Blessings on your brother-in-law, granddaughter, and on your love stories which bring happiness to readers.

  2. Very true, love is all we have in the end. I hope your brother-in-law heals well, and congratulations on the new member to your family!

  3. Congratulations on the new granddaughter. They are such fun. Prayers for your brother-in-law. Thanks for reminding us that through all the troubles and good times we can get through it together.