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Rough Start

At 5:30am I was woken by the sound of my dog vomiting in my room. At 6:30am I was outside in the cold walking my dog after she inhaled a half-gallon of water. At 7:30am my daughter broke her glasses, just in time for the state math exam. Enter her Papa with super glue to the rescue.

Sometimes we just have rough starts. Today was one of those. Fortunately, they tend to smooth out. Often someone comes alongside us, to walk through the rough spots, hold our hand, and help us keep it together.

Today I am grateful for rough starts. They remind me of the bigger picture and help me not to focus so much on the little things.

I am thankful for those who come to my rescue. Some are praying me through, whether I know it or not. For others, it’s the offer of a cup of coffee and adult conversation. My favorite are the hugs.

And I will always be grateful for superglue.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Love Letters

Last night, during our usual bedtime routine, as I snuggled with each of my daughters I pulled out a journal I bought for them earlier in the day. It was chosen specifically for them, with encouraging quotes that I hope will inspire them. On the pages between I began a letter, written just for them, to each daughter her own. I retold their special birth story and how they were created specifically for our family. I detailed the joy they bring to those who have the pleasure of knowing them. I highlighted their unique and extraordinary gifts. I shared how truly blessed I feel to have been chosen to be their mother.

Writing letters comes from a place inside us that is authentic and vulnerable.Wrtie More Happiness into the World
It is not always easy to share our inner-most thoughts with another person. I began these letters to my daughters because I want them to know what it is like to be their mother. I want to be able to express to them the honor and pride I feel, as well as how humbling an experience it is. We will have ups and we will have downs, and I will chronicle for them the journey. This is where the lessons are learned and we can pause to reflect even if just for a moment.

I encourage you to write letters to your children, to your spouse, to a sibling, to a parent. Writing helps us tell our stories and preserve the memories.

“One day you’ll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.” – Anonymous

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Embrace Life

I have been inspired this week by some truly beautiful people.

My amazing coworker is recovering from surgery and facing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She takes each day as it comes and faces every hurdle with steadfast determination. I admire her inner will and fierce perseverance.

On the news, I heard about a 10 year old girl who learned about Ghana in school and decided they needed clothes and supplies more than she needed birthday gifts. She organized a fundraiser and filled a car that her aunt donated with needed items to be shipped overseas. I admire her selfless compassion and desire to serve.

Following the jet crash in Virginia Beach last week, numerous stories surfaced about those who were someplace else when they should have been home, right at the crash site. They attested to losing everything in the fire but were just thankful to be alive. One pilot who was found by residents could only apologize after being ejected out of the jet, saying repeatedly “I’m sorry.” I admire the resiliency of the human spirit shown by the people and the honor and humility of the pilot.

This morning, I came across a post from a friend that made my day. It depicted various animals and what made them happy. I think we can learn a lot from these creatures. I know I did.

Awareness that life is a series of profound absurdities that are beyond your control (and not your fault)
Have no particular place to be
Seize the day
See the silver lining
Look adversity in the face (and squawk contentedly at it)
A sense of humor
The simple things in life require our attention
Strong sense of self worth
Hard work, simple, old-fashioned values
Delight in companionship
Show kindness and good humor
Relentless optimism
See the fun side of things
Persistent, unmitigated enthusiasm
Wisdom and grace
Take life as it comes
See each new challenge as an opportunity
Discover joy in the little things
Fierce, unshakable hopefulness
Unabashed sense of wonder at the everyday marvels that the world has to offer
Welcome each new opportunity with open arms and a glad heart

You never know what life will bring, how hard it will be, or when the storm will pass. When you think you’ve got it rough, remember and pray for those who have it much harder. Count your blessings and look for the good in every day. It’s there, waiting to be embraced.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

While You Wait

Confession: I am the least patient person I know. That’s not being self-critical; it’s the truth. I hate waiting.

I spent a lot of time this week waiting – waiting for a health update, waiting for news from an exciting opportunity,  waiting for plans to fall into place. Every single one produced bad news or a definitive “no”.

You see, I want my dog to get better. I was hopeful that a different job would make life easier. I really wanted to make that trip happen to be at our friends’ wedding. Truth is … none of those things are deal breakers. None of those things should dictate how I approach my day or how I act with friends, family, coworkers.

What I have learned is that while I may be anxious in anticipation of how things will turn out, I am right where God wants me to be.

In the waiting, I lHopeearn to listen and to be grateful.

In the waiting, I find grace.

In the waiting, my faith grows.

God meets us there … in the waiting.

 

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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