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Let's just pause a moment

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Folks who are reading over my shoulder are probably saying, "what do you mean pause... you've been at this life-stopped point for a week". And that would be true. Even though I have kept being active and eating healthy, the magnitude of the changes in the past week have truly kind of stopped the calendar in its tracks. I woke up to the Sports station talking about the upcoming Super Bowl and kind of said, "when did THAT sneak up?"

I'm about to step back onto the merry-go-round of "normal", as I head back to work today after taking my pause. The subject line is my pep talk reminder to breathe, contemplate and appreciate, every day, not try to "catch up" because I've been gone for a few.

Yesterday noon at the funeral lunch, my son accused me of "looking at me funny". His cousin nailed it, "She just can't believe you're really here." Yep, that's it... I'm so relieved he's home I could sing. It got all jumbled up by the coincidence of time stopping to say good-bye to his aunt, but now that we are past all the official ceremony... for me, it is time to relish his being here.

I expect over the next few days he'll drop over to visit and collect his car (it's been sitting in my garage since he left). And I will cherish every hug, as I have the ones I've gathered so far.

For now, the healthy habits hold... lunch packed, healthy breakfast consumed, determination to take the break walks in place. It shall be a good day.

Because LIFE is good. Now let's all go LIVE it. Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WATERMELLEN 2/1/2013 8:20PM

    Such joy! After such pain, and such worry . . . Pause and enjoy every moment of it.

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    Definately a difference between stop and pause.

Take a deep breath and plunge back in.

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MOBYCARP 1/31/2013 8:56PM

    I'm glad Sgt. Nephew made it back, safe and sound. He'll just have to put up with funny Mom looks from time to time; it comes with having a mom who cares.

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KARIDIAN1 1/31/2013 8:50PM

    I understand. Life just felt like it went on pause after my mammograms last week. Yesterday finding out everything was okay and no biopsy was needed on Wednesday just made me stop and appreciate everything.

Am taking Saturday off to spend the day with hubby. Just thought some us time would be nice for a change.

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PATRICIAAK 1/31/2013 8:14PM

    Super pause

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GABY1948 1/31/2013 6:49PM

    You are so right...let's all go LIVE it! I am so glad you are back in the swing of things again...and a son coming home is SURE to do that! GO! Girl!

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MSLZZY 1/31/2013 2:46PM

    Sometimes moms just can't get enough looking, especially after long and stressful absenses beyond our control. Soak up every detail! You are so
grateful to have him home and so blessed. HUGS!

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DLDMIL 1/31/2013 11:24AM

    It is that look of "when did you change" look. It is hard to figure out exactly what has changed, but they have. I still do that to my son and he has been home for over a year. Hang in there and pause when you need to. Glad to hear that you made it through yesterday and that you are back to work and moving forward. Hugs and prayers.

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SHESMITH1 1/31/2013 11:18AM

    As always, you are so inspirational. I think you have this "living thing" down! You know how to care for yourself no matter what life throws your way.

I trust that the days ahead will be as filled with joy as the days behind were filled with sadness.

God bless you~


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LJCANNON 1/31/2013 10:20AM

    emoticon Thank Your Son For his Service & Sacrifice for all of us. And Thank YOU for sharing Your Journey - Including The Pauses! - with all of us!

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CASEYTALK 1/31/2013 9:59AM

    He's home he's home he's home he's home! Of COURSE you're looking at him every moment you can because you can't always just look over and see him and you're enjoying it while you can.


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1CRAZYDOG 1/31/2013 9:27AM

    so happy he's home. there really is no other greater feeling of joy!


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ANDI571 1/31/2013 9:22AM

    I am so glad your son is home, and what good timing. Enjoy those hugs! emoticon

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4DOGNIGHT 1/31/2013 9:17AM

    Enjoy your son and his family as you move on from this sad event.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/31/2013 9:13AM

    I am so so so happy, relieved, just content for you that your son is home safe. Enjoy him. Tomorrow my son will be 35. Where does the time go!

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AMSPARKER 1/31/2013 9:03AM

    I have been reading and follownig every one of your blogs, not doing so good with the comments, but Barb, please know that I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU THAT YOUR SON IS HOME! ENJOY HIM! And continue to take care of yourself!

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LEANJEAN6 1/31/2013 8:34AM

    Oh Barb!!--He is home!!!!--No wonder you are just looking at him!!!--So nice for yu!!!----Hug him from me too!!! And thank him for serving for us too!!----You deserve that "pause""----Lynda emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 1/31/2013 8:12AM

    Carpe Diem! Enjoy your son being home and getting somewhat back to normal.

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SLENDERELLA61 1/31/2013 8:07AM

    I'm so happy for you to have your son home. Glorious joy!! Embrace him; embrace the experience. You are right there. Love that you are breathing and taking a few minutes to appreciate and know where you are. Very good that you are mindful that you don't have to catch up all at once, but should ease back into work, with your lunch packed and your break walks scheduled. You are doing great! You should be so proud of yourself to come through this most challenging time with your motivation for healthy living in tact and still a top priority!!

Again, thanks for responding to Borobabe. Her son is about to go to Afghanistan and she does not totally have her healthy lifestyle in place yet. That's a challenge I'm sure you understand.

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KALIGIRL 1/31/2013 8:02AM

    "breathe, contemplate and appreciate, every day" - Can't do much better than that!

So glad you are starting on a new chapter in your journey of 'normal' - starting with your precious son home. It will be glorious as you are right - Life is GOOD!

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