Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Life...

Hello my favorite followers in the world! Yes, that means you ;) I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you that have been on mind... and it kind of explains why the only posts you have seen from me in almost a week is giveaways. Wait... let's re-word. Sorry that I'm not sorry that I have been hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways on my blog. But I am sorry that I haven't been giving you more of "me" like I promised I was to last week.

Just when one thing seems to start getting better, boom! You get hit with another boulder. I am saddened to say that I spent my weekend attending two funerals. The services I attended Saturday were for the father of one of our good friends. He lost his life to lung cancer after being diagnosed only two months ago. While I only met him a handful of times, my heart aches for his family. Especially for his two sons- our friend and his little 9 year old brother. That is just too young to bury a parent. I can not even begin to comprehend the amount of sorrow and lose our friend and his family is experiencing. The second service was for a co-worker of mine who lost her long fought battle with breast cancer. I saw her on a daily basis for the past 2 and a half years and had the privilege, the honor, to grow a wonderful friendship with her. While it breaks my heart to loose a friend, my grievance is for her family. Her husband and her daughter, who at the the age of 17, is also way to young to be burying her mother.

I spent a quite weekend at home, when I wasn't at the services. A lot of reflecting on life. Of course I want to ask God the ultimate question, "Why?" But we don't know the reason why. And questioning God will not help. We must just believe that God's plan for their lives, even though shorter than what they should have been, were bigger than we could even begin to imagine. There is a purpose to everything,  even if we don't see it yet. However, by attending those two services, I saw how many loved both those who have passed away. And more so, we were all blessed for having them in our lives. For calling them our family or friend. They brought us happiness, companionship, joy, knowledge and so much more. Although short, it was clear as day that they loved those in their lives to the fullest and they were loved. And for me, that is enough to not feel the need to question God. 

So with that, I spent the rest of the weekend and last night too, just reflecting on how blessed I am to have so many loved ones in life. I caught up with an old friend that I haven't spoken to in months. I was extra sweet to my hubby we when came out of his study cave for his 5-minute breaks here and there. I was going to write this post last night but then I decided to write letters to my elderly grandparents in Colorado. I went through pictures of my past family reunions. I called my mom and mother-in-law "just because". And lastly, I renewed my vow to myself to take care of my body. To continue on my weight loss journey. Not just for me, but for my future and my loved ones. 

Never forget how blessed we all are to be loved by others. I can promise you that you have a positive impact on their lives, more than you probably even realize. Take the time to appreciate those around you. Enjoy the simple things in life. And you can never say "Thank you" and "I  love you" enough. 



13 comments:

Mary said...

Beautiful post, Mary. I'm so sorry for the losses you and your friends are experiencing, but you have such a fantastic outlook on all of it. Thanks for the reminder to say "I love you" and to live life to the fullest! It's too short not to! :)

Kelsey Eaton said...

I'm so sorry sweetie.

Emily said...

Mary, I'm so sorry you had to spend your weekend at two funerals! That is way too early to lose a parent and I can't even begin to imagine it. Maybe it's the preggo hormones, but you had me in years by the end of the post! Even when it's hard for us to see it, everything is under God's time!

Jessica G said...

Mary, I am so sorry for your losses. I buried my own Mom less than 8 weeks ago, after she passed from Lung Cancer. I don't want to troll on your post, but I have started a blog to remember my mom and honor her memory. If you have a moment, click over - http://www.ForLittleDebbie.Blogspot.com

Ella {champagne+cardigans} said...

What a beautiful post and a much needed reminder. Thank you for being so real and using your experience to inspire others (us, your favorite followers) to cherish those special moments.

Miss Eshbaugh said...

Thank you so much for the authentic and thoughtful post! I really appreciate you sharing your quiet time with us and how you are feeling how God is blessing and has blessed your life! You inspire other bloggers to remain authentic and reflect on the good and positive of our lives even in times of sadness. :-) You go girl!!

Jenn @ Finding My Sunshine In Life said...

Beautiful post and thoughts and prayers for both families.

Real College Student of Atlanta said...

touching post<3, thanks for sharing those personal thoughts

Amanda Raborn said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Mary! I will be praying for you and your husband.. Not a great time for all of this, especially with finals for the husband! Hang in there!

Amanada
It's an Easy Life

Kristine Foley said...

I am so sorry for your losses. My heart aches for you all.

Even tho it shouldn't take a person passing to reflect on all the amazing blessed things we have going on, the reminder is a blessed thing I think :) Huge hug sent your way!

P.S. F U Cancer!

Kristine from The Foley Fam {unedited} Blog

Cait said...

oh goodness my twin:( so sorry to hear all this sad news but its good to reflect and realize that life is still going on and you're doing FABULOUS at always having a lovely smile on your face every day! xo

Helene said...

what a wonderful post. I am sorry about some of the tough news but know that you have so many thinking of you and supporting you.
Helene in Between

Nicole said...

I love this post. Everything you said is so, so true and I while I'm struggling with some really hard life things right now I know that because I know Christ I am immeasurably blessed. I trust that no matter what happens he has worked everything out for my good. Thank you for encouraging me!