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.