Archives for November 2010

Nov 29

Rewards for a Very Tough Year

I don’t have to tell you that the past year has been tough to say the least. Caring for my mother while she was sick, her death, and then mourning her death…well, it’s been hard.  Through it all, I’ve had support and love that have carried me through the hardest of days and I’m so grateful. It’s hard for me to put into words how grateful I am. VERY.

Last August, my oldest son, Blake, called me and my husband into his room to let us in on a little secret.  For an early Christmas present, Lacey and Gramps (my husband’s parents) were taking the whole family to Walt Disney World December 2-7, 2010.  I immediately began crying.  Ugly crying, but a very happy, I can’t believe it, this is just what I need and it’s too good to be true cry. It’s okay if you don’t quite “get” my crying over going to Disney World. I admit, it seems silly. I cry everytime I go and everytime I leave.

I absolutely love Disney World. I’ve been many many times. My family lived in Orlando in the early 70’s when Disney World opened. This could be part of my emotional love for the place. My family was so happy then. I was young and innocent and naive still. I believed in a good world. I started going then and just never stopped. It represents happiness to me. Everyone is friendly there. There is a magical something that happens. And Disney plans it that way. They do a phenomenal job at making sure that while you are there, you are a special guest. You forget about any problems or stress that you left behind. It’s an escape that’s for sure. I know it’s not real world, but that’s what makes it so grand. It’s like moving into a fairytale dream. It’s common to see people in crazy hats, dancing in a parade with cartoon characters, or just humming a merry tune. It’s magical.

I’ll be spending time in places like Fantasyland, Adventureland, Animal Kingdom, Italy, Canada, UK, Hollywood Studios, and Coronado Springs. I’ll be hangin’ out with the likes of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Tigger, Pooh, Mary Poppins, and Ryan Seacrest…yes Ryan Seacrest, he’s hosting the Christmas Parade, which will be taped while we are there :)  I’ll also be hangin’ out with the most amazing family ever…my own.

Thanking God today for all blessings. And thanking God today for my mother and father in law who are taking us to Walt Disney World.

Counting down the days. 3.

***Edit on Tuesday morning:  Counting down the days. 2.

Melissa
Nov 26

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

***I made it through Thanksgiving. It was a great day, but thoughts of my mother were at the forefront of my mind all day. It was hard not to just spend the day crying. I could have done that, but Mom would be furious with me if I did. She would tell me that I wasted my day. I decided to focus on my family that was with me. I’m so thankful for each of them and we had a great day. I did have moments of tears and when I did, my kids and husband were right there with hugs. 1st Thanksgiving without my mother is now history. That’s all I’ll say about that.

Hope all my US friends had a great Thanksgivng holiday wherever and however you spent it. If you have any leftover turkey, I have found some great ideas on what to do with it, thanks to my sweet and beautiful friend, Karen Ehman. Visit Karen’s blog for 10 creative and easy recipes. #10, Turkey Quesadillas, is top of my list!

Blessings to you my friends. Enjoy today and the rest of your weekend.

(Go Gamecocks!)

Melissa
Nov 24

I’m Full of It, Are You?

I absolutely LOVE this time of year.

First of all, it’s STILL football season.  Here in the south, the weather is mild, not too hot, not too cold. The leaves are a wonderful display of God’s mighty artistry and His attention to detail and beauty. There’s a happy feeling in the air, the holidays are here.

For some reason when the holidays are on the horizon everything seems a little lighter. Maybe it’s because Christmas songs are already on the radio. Maybe it’s because we focus on giving instead of getting. Maybe it’s because it’s the one time of year when most folks decide to be thankful and spread cheer. Whatever it is, I love it.  In fact, I’m full of it!

This year, there is someone missing from my Thanksgiving table. That is my mother. :(    I’ll never forget last Thanksgiving. Mom called and told me she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to be here. Our family was crushed. We knew she was sick and feared it would be our last Thanksgiving with her. We were right. To our surprise, about halfway through dinner, the front door opened and there she was! Even though she wasn’t feeling well, she made it. She even played Pictionary with us after dinner. Then we took pictures. I’ll never forget it (have I said that already?). She is sorely missed this year. It’s going to be very hard to get through the day without the tears.

Despite the void, there is still much to be thankful for. Today, I want you to know how thankful I am for you. I’m serious about that. Many of you have shared your hearts, suggestions, encouragement, support, love and friendship with me. I don’t take that lightly. Thank you if you have ever taken the time to read my blog or anything else you may have stumbled on by me.  I appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You.

Melissa