Not Feeling Our Best…But We’re Still Blessed

Dear Reader:

I don’t know where Gin-g finds so many cute cards that are right on target….but when I got home from Mt. Pleasant yesterday afternoon I immediately fell sound asleep. When I woke up I went to check my mail and here was the card above.

As I read it…”It’s hard to feel blessed when you don’t feel your best” I initially thought to myself what a solid piece of truth is in that statement…and it is.

But then I remembered all the fun from my stay-over with the grandchildren Sunday night and visits Monday to my other grandchildren before returning home…I decided to try re-phrasing the statement to…”Not Feeling our Best?…But We’re Still Blessed!


I had so much fun with Eva Cate and Jake after John and Mandy left for Florida for John’s business conference. I laughed till I cried as Eva Cate entertained us while dancing to the 80’s music!



Later we all snuggled tightly together on the sofa until little Jake fell asleep (a true miracle) and then Eva Cate and I got to talk girl talk. Eva Cate read two more chapters to me from Ivy and Bean. (So proud of her improved reading capabilities…all her hard work with a tutor is really paying off…felt like crying I was so happy.)

Reading is so critical…even more so in today’s society where directions and changing technology requires more and more reading prowess!



Raising children is hard work…there’s no way around it…but at the same time…the love that flows between children and parents and grandparents…just fills one to capacity. And these days it is touch in the form of hugs and kisses that provide exactly the blessings I need to feel my best…in spite of temporary medical situations.

Yesterday when I woke up at six…the children were already up…playing quietly in the ‘little den’ so as not to wake me…so we had a very early breakfast and were dressed and waiting on Katie, the baby sitter when she arrived.

We were going to ‘divide and conquer’ with Katie taking Jakie to his pre-school in downtown Charleston while I took Eva Cate to her day camp. She was thrilled Katie was getting there early to braid her hair…it was adorable!


I decided to stop by Walsh and Mollie’s before coming home to leave the photograph I had made of Walsh and his children on the slide…a great belated Father’s Day gift.




Mollie, Eloise, and I went and picked up Rutledge from Bible School and had lunch together before I headed back home…filled with hugs and kisses…the medicine that keeps me thriving…






Katie kept the children busy with art classes last evening and then even let them draw me a picture on her phone! Cool!





So until tomorrow….

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh


*Ambika thanks everyone for their prayers and thoughts for her, her loved ones and country.

*Ted’s surgery went well (Brooke’s husband) who fell Saturday evening in Saluda… He ended up having a partial hip replacement. Yesterday was a tough day…he is still in a lot of pain and fuzzy from the medications…but his daughters have come to be with Brooke and keep her company during this trying period. Please continue your prayers for a full recovery….Brooke wants to thank everyone of you for keeping her family in your prayers.















About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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5 Responses to Not Feeling Our Best…But We’re Still Blessed

  1. bcparkison says:

    Oh goodness…Bless Teds heart and Brooke too. Prayers for a speedy recovery. Life certainly takes aturn in the wronge direction sometimes ball that PT will be worth it .


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I think we always look for disguised blessings in accidents…that the doctors can not only repair accidental problems but actually improve the overall quality of life…that is our prayer.

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  2. Sis Kinney says:

    Good morning, Becky!
    Your blog today was spot on! As we get older and older, we have to remind ourselves that at least we’re getting older and older! And, with that age progression comes the inevitable aches and pains, and sometimes – like Brooke’s husband – falls and breaks. I feel VERY blessed that I have never had a broken bone; have lots of aches and pains though! Glad Brooke’s Ted is on the mend.
    And, yes, the hugs and kisses from grandchildren are sometime the glue that hold us together in our “not feeling best” state! I’m currently in VA winding up a week of taking care of almost-four-year-old Kilby. When he wants to give me hugs and kisses, I melt! LOVE it!!
    As for Ambika – I don’t know if I ever told you, but my daughter (mother of Kilby) did “study abroad” in the Deccan plateau of India (at Hyderabad), and she went to Chennai at least one time with the other study abroad students in her program. I even flew over to Hyderabad to be with my daughter during her last two weeks there, ending in early May. She’d told me that it was the beginning of the HOT season and while it WAS hot, we didn’t experience any drastic drought conditions anywhere. I have added Ambika and her family to my prayers, that they will receive some relief. That, too, is a feeling of “not being at your best.” I don’t think WE can truly comprehend what a horrible situation that can be. Blessings to her and her family.
    And, blessings and love to you!


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Thank you Sis for your sweet comments! Have missed you

      Sent from my iPhone


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Loved your comments Sis on aging….and here we go with six degrees of separation again…you and India…amazing…the same town! Wow! We need lots of prayers for lot of people and lots of situations…and the best thing is…God has got it all.


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