And So it began

"ONCE UPON A TIME"....there came along this little lump...insignificant really when you compare it to the entire world of lumps. That is, right up to the point that it wasn't...insignificant I mean............... and so began my journey.

A NEWER SHADE OF I more then SURVIVE...I am learning to THRIVE...

OF COURSE... we all know things are bound to get a little crazy with a surprise around most every corner...not to mention an assortment of bumps and bruises along the way...but I am ever thankful for them all...they have all made me who I am. So buckle up, hold on tight and enjoy the ride thru what I lovingly refer to as LIFE

Friday, November 14, 2014

- PART 2 -

LEST WE FORGET - All our BLESSINGS & the MIRACLES in our lives.


How often does life get in the way and we become too distracted by all the "stuff" that is our lives and we go day to day just going thru the motions so mindlessly that we don't even remember what we did?  We have all  had the conversation with someone (I had one with my brother yesterday)and they ask "what you have been up to?" and you can't come up with a single thing?  All the days roll into each other and we can't even remember what we had to eat?  I will admit I have spent the better part of almost a year with my eye off the ball & getting hi-jacked by all the "stuff"...especially the post cancer/chemo mess your body is left in & not truly cherishing the gift of healing and life itself that once again has been given me.  I've been whiney & over focussed on trying to get answers to pains and aches that I never will...blah blah blah....leaning WAY over into the "I can't anymore", "I'll never again", "what next" head space instead of acknowledging all my personal little victories....and there have been many.  Nothing that anyone else would notice or care about but to me they were HUGE!!!  

Ya....I still ache really bad all the time and most day have the energy of a sloth....nope, that might even be a stretch....but time to dig myself out of the trench and put on my big girl panties and find something everyday to be rejoice over....start to celebrate the little small stuff cause honestly....the big stuff if just too far out on my grasp....FOR NOW!!

  EVERY minute of every day is a Gift & Blessing ....Our Life, Time itself, Easy & Hard times, Family, Friendships....& OUR FREEDOMS


Thursday, November 13, 2014


I know you may think I am a couple days late with this one....but trust me...I AM NOT.


What a most powerful set of words that instill a world of reflection and emotion.  WE use them with love, respect & thankfulness especially toward our Vets & also our Active Duty Service men & women, our Police forces & our First Responders - all of whom serve & protect us and our peaceful way of life with such selfless diligence and sacrifice.

LEST I FORGET - As I have gotten (really almost obsessed) involved in my family history and researching my ancestors I have identified 14 BRAVE men in just one branch of our family tree that proudly served in both WWs and thankfully returned home again...(I have other branches that were not so blessed).  I know of these other branches but most of these 14 men I have been able to personally connected to my line & so have a more emotional/personal connection to. 

As I have pondered over them and the struggles I know they went thru both during and after service, those 3 words powerful words took on a broader scope and became more meaningful for me...

LEST WE FORGET - All our own personal battles and wars that we have had to stand and face head on & what life meant to us in those moments. Remember all the lessons and moments of wisdom we gained because of them. 
  •  Have we put what we learned into practice?  
  • Is our live and outlook better?
  • Have we atleast changed from where we started? 
  • Are we actively still in the fight but seeing it from a new perspective & place of strength?
LEST WE FORGET - Others in their own battles...dug into the trenches - fighting day to day.  There are so many silent warriors in our own circles who are out there fighting for their own lives, their families, or with themselves.....
  • REMEMBER them in our prayers
  • ENCOURAGE them everyday
  • FIGHT with them if we must
  • MARVEL at their strength 
  • BUT DON'T let a day go by that we don't think of them because not too long ago they were just regular folks like us!!!
Find them & reach our - they feel alone....but they don't have to.....(TBC...)

  Love shared is multiplied & Battles shared are lessened