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Count your blessings

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What are you thankful for today? I'm thankful that even though I come from a dysfunctional family with a seriously alcholic father, I broke the cycle. I married a man the complete opposite of my father. My husband tells me he loves me, is hands on with the kids, provides for us financially and does not drink!
I'm writing this because last week I was away working at a summer camp for foster kids and other at-risk kids referred to our camp by Social Services. It's tough emotionally and physically, but I wouldn't trade my time there. However, I am so glad to be back home with my family. I get homesick very easily. The kids were 7-11 years old and have experienced more in those short years than most of us will in a life time. Some of them have never even had a birthday party, so we make sure to have a birthday party - complete with cake, ice cream and gifts - for all the kids. Their faces just lit up. It's a life changing camp, not just for the kids but the workers too. This is the 6th years I've worked the camp.
Count your blessings and hug your kids tighter, tell em you love em everyday. It does make a difference!
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TIMELESSCRONE 7/3/2010 8:33AM

    What a wonderful way to give back!

I have spent a great deal of time, over the last 18 months or so, making a a conscious effort to remind myself of the things that I am grateful for. It's a powerful motivator, and a humbling experience.

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JULIAJEAN2 6/29/2010 10:31PM

    Greetings,

I too have worked with abused/neglected children and understand the difficulty believing others could treat children the way they do. Bless you for taking the time to make these children feel special.

It sounds like you have succeeded in breaking the cycle of dysfunctional-ism and have succeeded in choosing a healthy and loving mate. I like your advice to hug your children as often as possible. Could I add, please, tell those in your lives how special they are and that you love as them as often as possible.

Remember to take care of you as well. Great post.

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J2740LOU 6/29/2010 10:21PM

    Those kids are blessed by having you in their lives. Make sure you tell that husband how much you love him, too. emoticon

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