Nov 16 2011

Thanksgiving without Kids

Maybe you feel like this too…when it’s quiet around your house…you think something’s wrong.  Someone has gotten into something they shouldn’t have.

I’m about to have a lot of quiet in my house, and it’s not because the kids will be watching a movie. 

This weekend the kids are leaving to be with their Dad for Thanksgiving.  It’s my first holiday without my kids.  No handprint turkeys, no pancakes in front of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

Thing is I grew up this way too…going back and forth every other year for the holidays between my parents that were divorced.   I know that this will make an unbelievable bond between my 3 sunshines, it’s good for them, hard for mama.  Not the way it’s supposed to be.  But, it’s the way it is.

I don’t know what to do with myself.  I am making plans though. 

I have a couple spa appointments, I’m trying to book myself…busy myself with distractions.   I have plans for Thanksgiving Day…excited about that.    I’m planning to sleep in…if I can.

Whether it’s your first holiday with your kids, someone you love, maybe you lost a parent or a spouse this year…know you’re really not alone. 

Every day I wake up…before my feet hit the floor I pray…God I know there’s nothing that will happen today that you and I can’t handle

My mom sent me this verse today:  1 Corinthians 10:12

“no test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face.  All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll always be there to help you come through it."

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Nov 15 2011

When the Life you live is not the Life you planned

Maybe you too were inspired by the interview with Gabby and Mark Giffords last night on 20/20.  So many moments of the special moved me to tears. 

Mark told the story of his wife, a Congresswoman, fought back after being shot in the head.  The moments that I’ll never forget…


He knew his wife would fight her way back, and at the beginning he fought for her.  He put a sign on the door to her hospital room for visitors that said “no crying”.

He was so sure she would beat the odds he put his Purple Heart on her bed. 

She wore both of their wedding rings on her finger and some of her first movements were playing with those rings, taking them on and off. 

Her mother said when she heard the news that her daughter had been shot, she literally heard the voice of God say to her, “Be Still and Know that I am God.”

You think about the things that you are going through right now…a crumbling relationship, money problems, you think life as you know is over.  Think of Gabby. 

It’s a powerful  lesson in reclaiming your life. 

If Gabby can fight back and learn how to walk again and speak again, I can be a single mom with 3 kids under 5. 

The ultimate moment last night was when  they showed home video of Gabby working with a speech therapist trying to put the right word with the right object.  She called a chair…a spoon…she started to say the words boo-hoo she was trying to cry.  She broke down.  The therapist held her and they started to sing “This Little Light of Mine…I’m going to let it shine.” 

If Gabby can do it, you can do it. 

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