5 Summer Motivators For Grandmas That Choose To Stay Fit and Active

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My big fear with being a grandma is that my grandkids will forget me someday. I’m currently a constant presence in their lives. However, we just never know when that privilege could be taken away. I’m still going strong today, but we just don’t know when our number is up in this life, do we? 😉

This grandmother is working out daily and doing her best to stay (active) with her grandchildren. When she says (active), she means ANY activity that her grandchildren may be doing. It doesn’t always have to be sport related or a (moving) activity.

10 Examples

* A Simple Game of Catch
* Running
* Board Games
* Word Games — Such as; I Spy With My Little Eye Game….a FAVORITE with the grandkids. <3
* Reading
* Walking
* Drawing
* 4 Wheeler Riding
* Spelling B
* Baking – My Sweet Granddaughter LOVES to Bake!

So, the mind needs to be just as active. — I think you get my drift… =)

I sometimes get a little lazy and choose to not workout on a particular day…or even do my work online. Yes! It happens sometimes. =( lol

So, let’s kick it into high gear…

The Following Motivators Help Keep Me On My Toes – (most times). lol

1) Include Variety In Working Out

I workout daily…however, there are lots of other things to do that would add a considerable amount of variety. This includes speed walking, aerobics, strength training, crunches, lunges, etc…

2) Remain Social

This includes doing things with friends and family, and (for me), staying active with my YouTube content creating, and on social networks.

3) Keep The Brain Active

There are so many things we can do to keep our brain (and body) ACTIVE!!!
You can find quite a few of my ideas on doing just that below…

Good Tips On Keeping Your Brain Alive and Active At Any Age

4) Keep a Good Schedule With Household Chores

Now, just like ANYONE; I get unmotivated and kind of (not in the mood) for cleaning from time to time. But, for the most part, I usually keep my chores done up by tackling them BEFORE heading to my computer.

However, I need just a little bit of discipline (sometimes) in keeping my house good and clean. We all do sometimes, right?! YES, we do! =)

5) Eat Right

Consuming a proper diet is key to many, many things with remaining healthy; both physical and emotional/spiritual. There is actually a good article to read that shares some nice tips on this…as well as other topics. Stress is one of those. <3

Be Good to Your Spirit, Mind and Body During Stress – One Dozen Tips Plus

You may also find the article below interesting to go along with this topic.

Outdoor Summer Time Fun With Grandkids and Work Outs For Grandma

Happy Grandparenting and Stay Fit and Active Whatever You Do With Your Grandchildren! <3 <3

Helpful Tips for Staying In Touch With Grandparents

Back in February, I wrote a post talking about tips for staying in touch with grandchildren who live far away. It’s often difficult and sad to not be with family all the time.

Now, I’ve decided to write about some of the best ways to stay in touch with us! The grandparents!

Tip 1: A Phone Call

There’s nothing better than hearing a familiar voice on the phone after a while of not hearing that voice. In this day and age, it’s often hard to grab someone’s attention long enough to talk on the phone. Never underestimate the power of a “how are you?”/check-in phone call. We want to know what’s going on in your life if you’re eating your veggies, and doing your homework.

It goes a long way in our hearts!


Tip 2: Send Flowers

A flower delivery not only makes your grandparents smile, but it also improves our mental health. A recent Rutgers Behavioral Study found that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude.

In fact, 81% of seniors who participated reported a reduction in depression after receiving flowers. =)

Even the colors of flowers can affect our moods! Red is an energy booster, purple is a sleep-aid and stress reliever, while green enhances relaxation.

All could be very beneficial to older people who might be experiencing fatigue and stress.

Next time you’re looking for a gift to give your grandparents or are just looking to send them something, flower delivery are a great idea. 😉

Tip 3: Handmade Card

If there’s one thing grandparents love, it’s handmade items.

It shows you took the time out of your busy day to make something just for us. It makes us feel special and even closer to you, especially from the little ones!

Feel free to send cute drawings, handmade cards, or even just pictures stuffed into a card. All are so fun to receive, and we can hang them up on the fridge so that we can see them every day.

It’s easy to get caught up in your own world and forget about family members you don’t see as often anymore. We understand! But even the little things can make such a big difference to us. Keep that in mind!

For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Learning to Cope with a Mesothelioma Diagnosis as a Parent/Grandparent

Finding out you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, or peritoneal mesothelioma can come as a shock at any stage of life, but especially when you’re a parent or grandparent.

You probably want nothing more than the reassurance that you’re going to be there to care for and interact with the precious children in your life for years to come. It’s important to consider the emotional trauma that can result from your mesothelioma diagnosis. Taking steps to deal with your apprehensions and fears is a vital aspect of your treatment.

Your Emotional State Can Impact Your Overall Well-Being

The physical side effects of mesothelioma can actually be exacerbated when you ignore your emotional state. But if you find effective outlets for common feelings associated with a diagnosis, you may enhance your lifestyle. There are a number of different options you could try to process your emotions in a healthy way.


Develop a Support Network

Finding a local support group or getting involved in one-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor who’s experienced at helping cancer patients cope could prove highly beneficial for you. There is strength in numbers.

Talking to a group of other cancer patients who can sympathize with your feelings is often a huge relief.

Hearing ways they were able to effectively cope with their diagnosis can be empowering. Honestly expressing your frustrations and fears in a non-threatening, accepting environment can provide a much-needed release of pent-up emotions.

Consider Encouraging Loved Ones to Seek Support

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, your family and friends will undoubtedly be facing emotional battles of their own. You can let them know that you’re in favor of them joining a support group for loved ones of cancer patients if they feel led to do so.

Your children, grandchildren, spouse, or other family members probably want to stay as positive and strong around you as possible, so they may suppress many of their negative emotions.

But it’s normal for them to feel overwhelmed during this difficult time as well. Finding others who are experiencing or have experienced similar circumstances can be a big morale booster for them.

Learning to Live One Day at a Time

One of the biggest struggles those diagnosed with mesothelioma often face is uncertainty. You may be uncertain about your treatment options, the symptoms of your condition, your prospects for the future, and the toll it’s all going to take on your family. You may not feel like you have the time or energy to be the kind of parent or grandparent you want to be. These feelings are completely normal.

Learning to take life one day at a time, be good to yourself, and not feel guilty for anything beyond your control can help both you and your family to cope.

If you or a loved one are suffering from a chronic illness with a high mortality rate, remember your biggest challenge is always you. Keeping some of the above in mind is by no means an all-encompassing solution to coping, but it could be a good start.

For the month of March and in honor of Colorectal Awareness Month, please say a prayer for those living and/or affected by mesothelioma related cancers. <3

Three Ways to Help Your Grandchildren Achieve Career Success

By: Karleen Tauszik

When you look back over your years of employment, how do you feel? Did you enjoy your jobs? Were they a good match for your talents and skills? In retirement, do you find yourself pursuing new interests while wondering Why didn’t I do this sooner? Can you help your grandchildren stay focused on their own individual talents and interests, and help steer them on a more satisfying career path than the one you perhaps had? Fortunately, the answer is yes! 😀

Enthusiasm

First, be open to your grandchildren’s enthusiasm. By age six, children realize that they are a separate entity from their parents. They’re usually eager to show off what they’re good at. Also, by that age, they realize that they will eventually grow up and have some sort of work to do. Adults are often asking them, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, so this is something they often consider as they look around and observe the many jobs that people hold.

But, of course, from a child’s perspective many jobs look fun and glamorous when in fact, they are not. Kids may dream of working as a tightrope walker, or a ballet dancer, or a basketball player, or a counter clerk at their favorite fast food restaurant. They don’t take risk, training, or pay rate into consideration.


Discussion

Second, take time for discussion. Their naivete doesn’t mean you can laugh at their ideas. Responding with, “Don’t be silly!” or “You can’t be that!” will shut down communication, and it tells them there are right and wrong answers to the “What do you want to be?” question. That can steer them away from their true interests and talents.

Instead, ask, “What part of that job do you think you’d like?” When you discover the main attraction of that dream job, you can then discuss it further, talking about how certain talents they have could be a good match, and suggesting other job ideas that would use those talents. Also, in an age-appropriate way, discuss your own career path—what went well, and where you could have done better in your job decisions.

Encouragement

Third, emphasize their interests and areas of giftedness. Make comments such as, “You’re so good at…” or “Not everyone can do that as easily as you do.” Often, we don’t see our own skills as particularly outstanding, but reminders like these can help kids remember what they’re good at. Encourage their talents whenever the opportunity arises. And when it’s time to buy gifts, find books or toys that will reinforce their skills and plant seeds for a future career.

Currently, studies repeatedly show that over half of all Americans dislike their jobs. We certainly don’t want those dismal statistics to continue for our grandchildren. If you stay open to their enthusiasm about jobs, discuss their ideas, and emphasize their talents, you’ll be helping to steer them toward a successful and fulfilling career that’s a great match for their unique talents and interests.

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Karleen Tauszik is a former Human Resources professional who always posted her performance reviews on the refrigerator for her three kids to see. (They all grew up into careers that they love.) She’s also the author of a dozen books, mostly for children, ages 8 to 12. The goal of her latest book, the career possibility journal titled When I Grow Up, I Want To Be… is to change the current dismal job satisfaction statistics for the next generation. The goal of her fiction books is to get kids to LOVE reading. Learn more at KarleenT.com.

Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith – eBook Review

Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith

Good morning! I was delighted to be given the chance to do a review of Donna Riner Weber’s eBook –
Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith
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First of all, I wanted to say that I love Donna’s video from her website below. It was heartfelt and I wanted to share it with you all to inspire you and to uplift you.

I would recommend this eBook in a heartbeat for anyone that is looking to leave something behind regarding scrapbooking and faith to their family, children, grandchildren, mother, daughter and whomever they wish.

It may be your life’s passion for leaving behind something as beautiful as a personal and spiritual legacy

Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith

Taken straight from Donna herself…

Beginner Scrapbooking Tip for Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
Become a scrapbook missionary—by sharing your Christian
Faith with other people today and other generations tomorrow

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While reading the eBook, I was inspired to begin my own scrapbook for my two grandchildren. However, I’m known for starting craft projects and not finishing them. *Sigh 🙁

I found Donna’s legacy of Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith pleasantly uplifting and incredibly inspirational. What an amazing gift to leave your family members! 🙂

Scripture From Donna

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished…
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)

I was raised Pentecostal, so I was brought up knowing Jesus as my Savior. I thought sharing my own story of my spiritual upbringing and my favorite scriptures with my grandchildren would be a phenomenal way I could share my heart and myself with them. 🙂

Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith

The Faithbook Layout Includes 3 Generations

* Donna’s mother
* Donna’s son
* Donna’s granddauther

Donna Riner Weber looks at her Faithbook

Donna has a ton of invaluable tools for you to put together and incorporate thoughtful and beautiful memories in your scrapbook of faith. They are as follows…

* Photos, photos and more photos
* Basic scrapbooking tools
* Picking out the perfect album for your faith book layout and style
* Advice on using page protectors
* Various adhesives for your scrapbook, including permanent or non-permanent
* Offers advice, tips and tools for scrapbook journaling
* Prayer scrapbooking
* Scrapbooking Stories

She also includes four fabulous bonuses in her scrapbooking christian faith eBook

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#1 Bonus – How to do matting
#2 Bonus – How to do paper piecing
#3 Bonus – How to do titles
#4 Bonus – How to add some bling

Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith

Also features: 3 Generations

In addition, Donna Riner Weber has a special section in the book as “her love letter” to her family and grandkids. I thought, “What a lovely gesture and gift to leave your loved ones!” My favorite part! Also, something that I loved about this treasure of an eBook was all the scriptures she includes throughout. In fact, Donna begins her legacy eBook with some extraordinarily, spiritual scriptures….

Dear God,
I ask that you will be with the one who is reading this
book. As she reflects on the moments found within these
examples, would you remind her of the times you have been
there for her?

Heavenly Father, please guide and inspire her to scrapbook
her own message of faith. Help her to create stories, letters,
and prayers that will show your faithfulness to her and her
loved ones.

Please let this book be a tool to help her share her heart
moments of your presence in her life. Lord, guide her mind,
her heart, and her hands as she creates her own scrapbook
of faith.

May her love and faith reach the hearts of her loved ones as
well as those of future generations.
In the powerful name of Jesus, I ask you for those blessings
for my reader.

Amen
🙂

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Thankfulness

Taken straight from Donna:

Last on this list but first in my heart—Thanks to:

My God Our Creator and My Lord Jesus Christ
who gives me every happy moment I live
and helps me through every moment I struggle.
Donna’s focus has been reflecting on God’s work as she created her Faith

Scrapbooking Your Christian Faith

To get this delightful eBook, go to http://www.faithbook101.com/

Disclosure Statement: I was compensated for this review. However, my thoughts and opinions expressed are original and in my own words, and of Donna Weber

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You can find Donna below on Facebook and Twitter 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/donna.r.weber.5
https://twitter.com/donnarinerweber

Faithbook: 3 Simple Ways to Scrapbook Your Christian Faith for your Spiritual Legacy

Scrapbook Your Christian Faith

By: Donna Riner Weber – A grandmother and a strong woman of God! =)

I Personally Loved Her Welcome Video On Her New WebSite!

It was extraordinarily heart-felt!

Nana, MeMa, Gigi, Granny, whatever your AKA, God has a divine mission for YOU!

When the Israelites had been in the wilderness 40 years, God told Joshua that Moses was dead and he needed to get his people ready.
Joshua listened to God, prepared his people and led the new generation into the Promised Land.
The Grandmothers Bible compares us (Grandmothers) to Joshua, in that God has called us to prepare our future generations and lead them to Him.

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It is our divine mission to teach our grandchildren about God’s love and how He has been faithful in our lives. But how can you teach your grandchild about God’s presence in your life?

Of course one way is through the life you live. Another is by telling your grandchild stories. But while we need to do that, over time some of our stories will be forgotten.

There’s another way you can try to ensure that God’s Presence in your life will be remembered—through Scrapbooking Your Faith (Faithbooking.)

Three simple ways to Scrapbook Your Faith

Scriptures:

The Bible teaches us to “Ponder and meditate on it (God’s Holy Word) day and night, making sure you practice everything written it in. Then you’ll get where you’re going: then you’ll succeed.” Joshua 1:8 (MSG)

To help teach your future generations about the scriptures, you can adhere one of your favorite verses by the photo of your grandchild. You may choose a scripture which you’ve used to pray for your grandchild.

Prayers:

Write a prayer especially for each grandchild. Let it be a Blessing. You may write just one prayer or write one occasionally as he matures through different stages. You might decide to write one each year on her birthdays.

Stories of Faith:

As Christians you have had experiences where you know without a doubt that God intervened. Maybe a collision was averted or you lived through an accident when the doctor had said you wouldn’t make it. Perhaps you had a baby after you had been told you’d never be able to have one or maybe God blessed your home with a precious little adopted child. Share these stories of God’s Faith.

Grandma, whatever your story of faith is, you do have one and it is your responsibility to tell your grandchild about God’s love and His presence in your life. “One generation makes known your faithfulness to the next.” Isaiah 38:19 (TLB)

Let him/her know that while everyone experiences problems, God has been there for you and He will be there for them. Through your scriptures, pictures, prayers and stories of faith teach them about God’s presence in your life. Through your Faithbook Give them Hope for their Future.

Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE, copyright © by Eugene H. Peterson, 1993, 1994, 1995. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group. All rights reserved.

Scripture marked (TLB) are taken from The Living Bible ©1971 Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Wheaton, IL 60187. All rights reserved.

© 2014 Faithbook 101 and Donna Riner Weber

About the Author

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Chronic Illness gave Donna more insight into passing on her Christian Faith to the next generation. Becoming a Grandmother made it even more urgent. If you’d like more info about how You can send your Spiritual Message to Your future generations, I’d like to invite you to visit http://www.Faithbook101.com.

A Wake Up Call and Happy Thanksgiving

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My heart is heavy this morning with all the anger and hatred going on (not only in Ferguson) but in other areas of the country. I’m not going to comment either way on my thoughts on the decision that was made on the death of Michael Brown. The most important thing is what’s going on in reaction to it. I’ve never seen anything like this! 

I was glued to my TV the night before last from 5pm until about 2:30 yesterday morning. My heart goes out to the Brown family. What a painful loss. I could not even begin to imagine if that were my son! I watched in enormous disbelief, and all the while asking myself, “What is this cruel world coming to?” I know to an (end) in an hour that we do not suspect.  (Rapture) I truly believe that; as my mother taught me this, and the Bible tells us so. 

◄ Matthew 24: 43-45►

43″ But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

44″For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

45″Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?…

What was I witnessing as I sat there in horror? Violence, hatred, and anger…towards who and what?! 

We ARE living in the last days, specifically how many, we do not know. 

I agree with many…violence  is certainly not the answer! Again, I’m not commenting. I’m just leaving you with a few more scriptures… 🙂

*** From a few apps on my iPad…

O God, grant me a heart full of tender mercy.

Dear Lord, keep my thoughts fixed on what is true, pure, excellent and worthy of praise.

Dear Lord, help me to stay focused on Your word rather than what my human eyes can see.

Dear Lord, may we never retaliate when we feel wronged, but help us to make choices that would show that we love.

Good Jesus, give me a deep love for Thee, that nothing may be too hard for me to bear from Thee.

Let’s keep the Brown family in our hearts and in our prayers! I can only imagine what their holidays  will be like. 😉

With that said, my wish for everyone of you…have a SAFE and Happy Thanksgiving, and please continue to pray for our country and everyone that was affected by the non-indictment of officer Wilson. Pray for peace! 🙂

In addition, lets keep praying for all the police officers that are putting their lives at stake and while they are doing their job to the best of their abilities.

My Progress Report – Lifestyle and Healthy Changes

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Well here it is a whole 9 days late with my weight loss progress report. A lot has been going on recently; you know; life just gets in the way sometimes. 😉

 

 

—->>> For folks that have not read my NutriSystem review, here you go; you can read that Here….Includes pics of some of the food itself and also my “before” pics 🙂

For the most part, I’m happy with my continued progress on the Nutrisystem plan. I think I should have been losing much quicker, however, hey; that’s about 75% of the population’s complaints when dieting. I have to remind myself too that I’m still in the process of menopause, yep! lol that definitely makes a bit of a difference.


Right up front, I’m still having a few days when I don’t consume enough water. I will have to practice some more discipline in that area. I always take out 2 or 3 bottles of water out of the ice box every morning after my work outs and place them on my desk right next to my to do list. (Still, it’s hard getting the water down even with it in front of me). I get so very busy with my work, and a lot of days, I just don’t drink the water I’m supposed to. 🙁

I’ve lost a total of 20.2 pounds since March 11th. I hear of various NS members losing more consistently. They could be much heavier than I am and thus, have more to lose. That does have an impact on how fast you lose.

I have about 1/2 box of food left and my next shipment will be coming soon. I’m seriously thinking of stopping the NutriSystem plan and just eat more healthy foods and eat small portions more often throughout my days.

And above ALL else, keep up with the workouts and meet that goal of consuming a certain amount of water every single day! I HAVE to do it. 🙂 I also will be eating a few Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers meals over the course of the weeks ahead.

So, here’s to some more healthy eating for 2013!

Thank you for reading my progress report! 🙂

Another Report Will Follow! 😉

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What Makes a Family Strong

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Things have been crazy around our house as of late. Nothing is going according to plan and some days I feel as if I could just go running and screaming down the road and not look back. That is if I did not absolutely love and adore all of the wonderful people in my family. We may not see things the same or think the same way but there is one undeniable fact holding us together, we love each other. I have heard we are not the only family that has issues. Is there a picture perfect family out there? I have yet to discover one.
In the past few months I have a son who has gotten himself into some trouble. Teenagers; you cannot live with them but you cannot live without them. I think that is what they say about husbands and wives but it works well in this case too. My son and I are on a different planet most days but everyone in a while we find ourselves sharing a moment where we actually connect. When this happens I find that I usually stop breathing because I feel like if I do the moment will end. In these moments I remember the little boy that used to think I knew everything and looked at me as if I were the core of his world. *Sigh*

I also have a daughter who has changed quite a bit over the last year which is quite hard for me to take. She is in her late twenties and is now in a serious relationship. It kind of makes me wish she had gotten into a relationship earlier, but not really. I have had her all these years, we have been buddies and pals, and we have shared jokes and have loved the same foods, movies, and games. Now that she has her beau she is much more interested in what he is thinking, feeling, and what his likes are. I know she still loves me but I am no longer the “go to” for sharing information. I knew this day would come and even prayed for her to find the right fella but since it has come I find myself in a tug of war between being happy for her and resenting her new relationship. I know in my heart which way this rope pull will go. Such is life.


You never think about things like this when your children are born, at least I did not. Who thinks about their children getting into trouble or leaving you for a new love when you are holding them in your arms? But as all this has been taking place lately I have realized that God allows all this to happen to make us stronger and to help us to keep our focus on Him and not our children. God gives us family but they are blessings, they are not intended to take the place of our heavenly Father. When we put our family in the position of being what we live for instead of God it never works out. Even our family will let us down from time to time even if it is not intentional. This is something that I am thankful I am learning. God is always the same, He never changes, and He is never going to let His children down.

There is another huge event that has taken place just this past week in my life which has made me realize how much I depend on my family instead of seeing them as temporary blessings. My Mom has recently found out that she had a blocked carotid artery which had to be worked on immediately. We spent five days in the hospital together. I know there are some of you that have slept on those little pull out chair/couch contraptions they have in some of the hospital rooms. That is where I have spent most of the last week. I do not think I have one single place on my body that doesn’t hurt.

Mom’s birthday is next week and she will be seventy-seven. They found out when they were doing this surgery that she also needs a triple bypass two weeks after she gets out of the hospital. My heart fell when I heard the news. My Mom is going to live until Jesus returns; at least that is what I have engrained in my mind. She is vibrant, alive, and constantly in motion. Just the week before she was at her sister’s house who is seventy cutting down a big tree with the chainsaw I bought her for Christmas. Yes a chainsaw and she asked for it. She is stronger and much heartier than I am and most people I know as well. She is seldom sick and has always been there for me, always. I just keep thinking over and over that I have to keep my eyes on Jesus and trust Him with my Momma. This is a reminder of how important it is to love your parents with all your heart and treat them well for as long as they are with you. Which in my case by God’s great grace is until Jesus comes!

When things like this happen your whole world starts to shake and you find yourself wondering what in the world is happening. I really do not know what people do who do not have faith in God at these times. I find myself going out of control emotionally and then He reminds me who is in charge of everything and how much He loves us all. He does everything for the good of those who love Him and when I remember this in those panicked moments and ask for His peace then everything becomes alright.

Another added bit of excitement is when the siblings come into town to see Mom and the cousins and the aunts, and the old friends. Throw all these people into the pot, some of them staying in your home and just as upset as you are, and you have a wonderful recipe for high anxiety. This is the time that you can let family make you stronger or take you down. They are the few rare people that actually have this power over you, like it or not. And it is all because of love. This is the reason why we hurt the people we love most. We know they will not stop loving us and we can get down to the last raw nerve in their body and (in most families) things return to the normal loving relationship within just a short period of time. This is especially true in the parent/children/sibling relationships, isn’t that an amazing thing? It is a love thing and that is what makes the family strong.

I don’t know who is reading this or what your belief system is. If you are a Bible believing, born again Christian you know from the Word of God that this is Satan’s plan, to destroy the family. He knows that if he can get the family in chaos that everything else will fall. I am extremely thankful that I am not just running on my love but that I have the love of God in my life so that all these hurdles can be met and overcome. Life is hard sometimes but love is oh so much stronger.

As I am writing this I am also waiting for one of my brothers to come into town. It is a strange phenomenon that happens in families all over the world; kids can grow up in the same identical family and not be a thing alike. My brother and I could not be more opposite. We have learned over the years to bend with each other’s idiosyncrasies and love each other despite these differences. I, being the less confrontational, find myself backing down more often, not conceding mind you, just shutting it down for the sake of love, peace, and harmony.

Strong families have problems, strong families go through crises, and strong families disagree. But what keeps families strong is the knowledge that family is important and love is what binds them. They refuse to let go and they trust in that love to keep them together. They never give up and they never surrender.

About The Author:

Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of http://www.nannypro.com/. Learn more about Sara Here.

Overcoming Cancer as a New Mother

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I was delighted to get this email. Heather reached out to me and wanted to share her story about surviving cancer.

Heartwarming Story!

Most 7-year-olds don’t know what cancer is, but my daughter is very familiar with the term. Not only does she know what cancer is and how frightening it can be, but she knows that there is always hope. When asked about this deadly disease, she will tell you that she saved my life. She’s not trying to be cute, she just clearly understands the effect that she has had on me and how hard I fought so I could be with her.

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While our friends were starting their families, my husband and I were still focusing on getting to know each other. Our lives felt complete as they were, and we saw no reason to rush into parenthood. I was 35 when Cameron and I decided that we were ready for this incredible step, and we had no idea how fast the process would be.

It only took us three months to conceive Lily, and I took three pregnancy tests before I really believed the news. I was so excited about all the changes we were facing. I was shocked and nervous, but I was also incredibly excited and happy about becoming a mother. I spent so much time rubbing my belly and thinking about the baby growing inside me. I wondered what kind of mother I would be, and I knew that I would do everything in my power to be a great mother to our child.

Pregnancy agreed with me, and the nine months passed without any serious problems. I could have had ten more children because Lily was so easy for me. My only problem appeared as I was preparing to deliver her. My little darling was breech, and the doctors were unable to turn her. I was whisked in for an emergency C-section. While other women may have panicked at this, I turned it into a positive by joking that her head would be perfectly round. When she was born, I was overcome with so many emotions. There was so much I wanted to teach her, show her and tell her.

All I could do was hold her in my arms, staring at her perfect little features and thinking about how incredibly blessed I was. I could have held her that way forever, but things always change and time stops for no one.
Lily was only 3 ½-months-old when I went to the doctor and received news that would change all of our lives. Thank God my husband was with me, because I didn’t know what to do when the doctor said I had malignant pleural mesothelioma.

When he started saying I only had 15 months to live, I began to shut down. All I could think of was that I wouldn’t be there for Lily. I had barely gotten to know her, and I would never get to see her grow into the beautiful woman of my dreams. Thankfully, my husband was there and he continued to listen even as I started to drift in my shock and grief. He collected the information the doctor gave us, and he made the decisions about my medical care.

They weren’t easy decisions to make because they involved traveling and some extreme surgeries. However, they were my best hope for surviving. It would start by going to Boston to meet with one of the top mesothelioma specialists in the world. I would undergo surgery to remove the infected organs including my left lung, the lining of my heart and even my diaphragm.

I would remain in the hospital for 18 days to stabilize me and help me start recovering. After that, I would live in an outpatient facility near the hospital for two more weeks. During this time, my daughter would be away from me. She would be living with my parents in South Dakota while I underwent the treatments and Cameron tried to continue working and supporting me. Finally, after two months apart, I would join her at my parent’s house before returning to Minnesota to start my radiation and chemotherapy treatments.

This was a major sacrifice for Cameron and I, but it was necessary. I missed an entire month of her life, but it meant that I would be around for her in the years to come. I hated being apart from her, but I made the sacrifice so that I could be here for her today. I fought to live for my daughter, and I cannot thank her enough for giving me the strength and courage to fight.

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I look back on my journey with this disease, and I know that I am blessed to be alive. With mortality rates of almost 95 percent, the odds of survival were not in my favor. However, I had something that other people don’t have. I had a baby girl at home who needed her mother, and I absolutely credit her with saving my life.

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