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Moms

Friday, May 11, 2012

Many of us are moms and we certainly all had one. My own mom died ten years ago this month, and I'll miss her everyday until I see her again. My daughter is a mom who will feel bittersweet this Mother's Day because instead of awaiting the arrival of a new one in July, she had to say goodbye to her at 20 weeks. My daughter-in-law looked forward to being a first-time mom in June, but that wasn't meant to be either. I think about a little boy of mine who didn't make it to term about 33 years ago. Many of us have these stories, and yet we wouldn't have it any other way because we can't be in charge of everything. I hope you have a relationship in your life that is mom-like - either being mothered or mothering someone (something) else. There is nothing in the world like it. Enjoy it - love more and worry less. Use your energy to be hopeful and forgiving

Happy Mother's Day to everyone who qualifies!!!!!

  
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FISHINGLADY66 6/12/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon Blog. God Bless

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MOMMA48 5/11/2012 5:56PM

    emoticonCarol for such a sweet and caring blog! Despite life's events, knowing that someday we'll all meet again, is a strong and valued feeling and I'm so glad to see that you carry the same in your heart and soul, hun! Have a wonderful and blessed day too!

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Struggles and Lessons - this is a tough one...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

On Valentine's Day my daughter called to say she had seen the ultrasound and she was carrying a girl...then the bad news - her cervix had started to dilate and she went home to bedrest. I made the 200 mile trip to help her and her husband with childcare for the 17 month old. Her mother-in-law and I had it all figured out how we would switch off and on to help get her closer to her due date of early July. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. The baby girl was born too early today and I have a heavy heart. Struggles like this beg the question why? I believe in God's plan but when good parents lose wanted children it is just so hard to understand. Thanks for thinking of me.

  


It's working for me

Thursday, December 08, 2011

My last post was about bah-humbug for Black Friday and let's hear it for Advent. I am pleased to say that a brief non-serious illness gave me a new lease on eating and appreciating. For five days I had no appetite as I fought a stomach bug. I joked that it was a Miracle! Rarely if ever do I choose not to eat (not that I should choose that), but it's usually a mind game to not use food as a reward. I lost a few pounds and had a sense of accomplishment to have made it through the illness while learning some physical and mental lessons. I want to continue to be open to the unexpected. I truly don't know what's in store for me and I want to embrace that idea. I believe that God knows what He is doing with me, and it takes adversity for me to realize that. I feel closer to Him then, even though it's not always comfortable. The struggle strengthens me to move on.

  
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STRONGERLEANER 12/8/2011 9:44PM

    It can be hard sometimes to see the blessings in our struggles. How wonderful that you see the blessings clearly!

Glad you're feeling better. I'm going to look harder at my struggles to find the lesson and recongize the blessings within them.

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PATTYKLAVER 12/8/2011 8:46AM

    I'm glad that you're feeling better and that you have a renewed outlook on life. I agree with you on the effects of adversity. Sometimes my low self-esteem gets to me, though, and I wonder how much adversity I really need to go through. I'm working on that, though. Have a wonderful holiday season.

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December is almost here

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving is over for another year and we're knee-deep in Christmas decorations, sales, you know what I'm talking about. I'm trying to focus on my plans for the next month. I'm not a lover of the Christmas hoopla, never do that Black Friday thing, feel a little weird that I don't share my friends' excitement about the holiday. I loved the vacation time while in school and also for 35 years of teaching. Figured once I retired I'd have the time to do all those Christmas things I had to rush through before. That didn't seem to happen. I still put it off waiting to be bitten by the Christmas bug. See - I even associate it with an insect. Except...I do love the Advent season. I will happily read devotions each day as Advent progresses. I will think about how I feel for Mary as she awaited her holy task. I will focus on the joy of Jesus's coming and remember how important that has been to my life. The rest will come and go.

  
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GRAMIAM7 11/28/2011 8:43PM

    I so agree. I abhor all the secular things that have taken over the real meaning of Christmas. I watch mothers of young children leaving those children for hours upon hours with sitters etc. to run around from mall to mall, store to store to buy all those highly promoted toys and gadgets when they should just spend that time with them.

I too love Advent. Jesus is the reason for the season and we must not forget that.

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Status - Emotional

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I was reminded when I left the 95 degree outdoors to enter the cool of a fabric store that summer is fleeting - they had the fall decorations hanging from hooks. To women of a certain age (60 for me), fleeting becomes racing. My week is encompassing many emotions. Excitement for my brother-in-law, staying with us for the time being, that he will be receiving disability benefits which we've worked hard to get. Sadness as I attend the funeral of a cousin's husband - such a good man. Lots of energy and excitement as I attend a U2 concert with my husband, son, and his fiance. Then, to finish out the week, a wedding for my son Dan and Holly. I am blessed to be able to witness all these events in good health. May God grant me the serenity to appreciate each one for the way it affects my life.

  
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NJJAZZ 10/4/2011 7:21PM

    life happens - and you are handling it............. good for you and Im happy to see that.


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C11ELF16 7/12/2011 11:14AM

    A week full of lots of events for you. It is understandable to be full of emotion. Hope you have a great week! Enjoy each moment !!!!

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