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Feeling Blue

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dear Bloggy Friends:

Today I'm feeling blue.  My heart feels worn out.  It has been one awful week.

The terrorist attack on Boston has affected us all.  

I want to comfort the people of Boston:

I want to give them a hug,

make them tea, 

give them a treat,

give them flowers,

and say encouraging words, like our President did.  He quoted from one of my favorite passages from the Book of Hebrews:

The Race of Faith

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

~Hebrews 12:1-2

{You may read a transcript of President Obama's remarks from the Memorial Service here.}

I have faith that God will help the City of Boston heal.  I also have faith in the fine people of Boston.  Boston is one of our greatest cities!

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Just look at what law enforcement and Bostonians have accomplished in less than a week!  You've apprehended one of the perpetrators, and killed the other.

You have been strong, Boston.

Plus, you're already helping the victims of the bombings through several organizations, including The One Fund.

You deserve recognition for your efforts...what a wonderful community!

However much I wish I could comfort you, Boston, I want you to know that you have comforted and encouraged me this week.  I've been watching the coverage on TV and listening to it on the radio, and I've been awed and humbled by your bravery, determination, and resolve.

While I've been trying to nurse Mr. Art @ Home back to health, you have strengthened us.  

Thank-you, Boston.

Mr. Art @ Home has been terribly ill since Tuesday with a high fever, headaches, and GI issues. We've had several sleepless nights.  I finally persuaded him to go to the doctor yesterday and his doctor has no idea what's wrong.  However, it must have been bacterial as the shots yesterday and the Bactrim seem to be working.  He tested negative for the flu.  I won't be posting again until next Tuesday, but I hope that our entire household can rest the next few days. Hopefully I can visit a few of your lovely blogs!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. What a beautiful tribute to the city and people of Boston, Ricki Jill. I am so sorry that your hubby is ill. I hope he recovers completely over the weekend. It sounds almost like food poisoning. Blessings and get some sleep- xo Diana

  2. This is a beautiful post, RJ. Our hearts are in the same place but you said it so well. Boston is a city of incredibly strong and brave people that we are so proud to be fellow Americans with.

    I hope your husband feels well with each passing day. Take care.


  3. Oh poor Mr. Art. I'm so sorry that he has been so sick and I'm glad you are there to care for him. Sending warm thoughts and prayers your way.

  4. oh no, I will keep you all in my prayers, take care my friend

  5. Beautiful tribute, RJ. Hope Mr. Art feels better soon and that the rest of you avoid getting it. All the best for a restful weekend. ~ Sarah

  6. Hope your hubby feels better soon. It's just not fun having a sick husband. You feel so helpless.

    Thanks for the post. Very appropriate.


  7. I sure hope your hubby feels better soon. It's been a terrible week. Sending you some extra hugs!

  8. That is a lovely tribute! It seems I have run out of words and just wanted to be somewhere silent and still after yet another senseless act of violence. I'm glad you could speak for those of us who can't seem to. Let's hope for happier times and your husband to be well on the mend!

  9. Yes, it's been a sad past week with the Boston goodness, I wish these thigns stop, or people quit wanting to hert others, specially Americans. I too wish your Mr. Art gets better soon, sweetie. Have a blessed Sunday.

  10. what a beautiful tribute sending hugs

  11. Beautifully written! I hope your home becomes healthy once again.

  12. Great sentiment. Tell Mr. to get better!

  13. Good morning Ricki Jill!

    I too hurt very much for my fellow Bostonians; my husband and I grew up there as a couple while going to school there. We frequented the marathon for many years, walked up and down Newbury and Boylston and for this to happen is unimaginable. I am also an elementary French teacher and the loss of the young boy just crushed me.

    My previous post was a bit maudlin, but I felt it was time to move on to lighter issues, but I believe that those who go on before us are indeed alive, just in another place, with our savior.

    Thank you for your kind comment, wishes for a great birthday and for visiting. I see you have a fuzzy white terrier of some sort in your photo!!!!!!!


  14. Wonderful tribute RJ. It has been a hard week to post. I posted something that I had already written but I have very little motivation myself to even consider "decorating" and the like. It seems all rather pointless. I know that it really isn't and that we need to carry forward but there is a certain sense of emptiness when you consider what the injured and those that lost loved ones now face in the days, months and years ahead.

  15. This is such a wonderful post, Ricki Jill. I haven't posted much this week. I think with all that has happened between Boston & Texas, I just didn't feel up to it.

    Sending good wishes to Mr. Art. I hope he's feeling better soon! Take good care of him!

  16. A wonderful tribute to the people of Boston who have been rocked and who will recover stronger

  17. So well put! Yes, our hearts go out. What a horrible tragedy. Hope your hubs is feeling better soon.

  18. Ricki Jill,
    Great words of love and support. I hope your hubby is feeling better and back on track very soon. Get some rest, my friend.

  19. What a horrible senseless tragedy, such a waste of lives, it breaks my heart. There is not a lot of comfort in any resolution. I love the scripture President Obama read and it seems like a month since this happened instead of a week. I just pray for our country.
    I sure hope Mr. Art gets well soon. Hugs and love all round!!I think we all need it! :D

  20. I think Stephen Colbert summed it up perfectly, here:
    (warning: little bit of cussing)

    I hope this raging bacterial infection of doom clears his system soon! Those things tend to become a bad cycle of GI problems. And his tummy flora probably needs replenishing now as well. Hugs to your whole family!

  21. Ricki Jill~ Hope you hubby is feeling better and you got some rest over the weekend. Getting my husband to go to the doctor is like pulling teeth :)

  22. So, so true. I don't think until Friday and we had a moment to breathe that everything sunk in.

  23. interesting to read thank you I really liked your article I love your beautiful blog and so enjoy your posts.good job

  24. Ricki Jill hope hubby feels better soon.Love this beautiful post.Your words and pictures are soothing,we will OVERCOME,and this too shall pass,I just have been heart sick for the your sweet compassion.
    Jo @ LoblollyLane

  25. Ricki Jill, I hope your hubby is much better now. Sounds like he had a rough time.
    It is impossible to understand why such awful things happen but I know we have a loving God who understands our grief.

  26. OH I know, everyone is feeling a little blue and I am so sorry your hubby is ill, hopefully he will continue to feel better.


  27. I have never been to Boston, but I've always wanted to. It was so beautiful how everyone came together in the face of tragedy. Justice will be served.

    I hope Mr. Art at Home is feeling better now!


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