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I can’t believe it’s been five whole years. Some days it feels like they flew by and other days, not so much. But we managed to get through them – together – never once letting each other go, no matter how bad the mood was.

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A lot has happened in five years. Babies were born, relationships ended, kids started college, others finished, some of our kids graduated high school, relationships we were certain were over began again and became better than ever.

And a lot has stayed the same. Our amazing group of friends/family has never failed to be there for each and every moment I mentioned and so many of the ones I didn’t They were always quick to offer a hug, a pat on the back, a large drink, a shot of tequila, a huge congratulations, and even a kick in the a$$ when necessary.

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A lot has been learned in five years, as well.. we’ve learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems, life goes on and it will be better tomorrow. We’ve learned that the darkest times can lead us to the brightest of places, and the most devastating struggles can grant us the most necessary growth.

As for me, personally, I am still in awe of the strength Isaiah, Destiny, Malcolm, Rick, and Roxanne continue to possess. You have handled each hurdle with grace and unwavering faith and I am more certain than ever that it is that love for each other that helps you to continue moving forward, overcoming whatever you may be battling at that moment, knowing that it WILL pass and you WILL make it through.

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May you never, ever, for one second forget how far you have come and remember that you will make it through whatever comes next. Becuase we will all be there to help you do it – TOGETHER.IMG_1386

Faith Anchors the Soul

Meredith Grey once said, “Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is, appreciating small victories and Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human”  Yes, Meredith Grey is a real person and I will not accept otherwise…

 

While I agree with her completely, I also believe that there is really only one thing a person needs in order to survive that struggle.. faith.

Faith is defined as a ” firm belief even in the absence of proof “. I define it as trust and assurance that I will live to see another day. Faith is what keeps me going.

I would never describe myself as a religious person but I am a strong believer in HIS existence. I have always struggled with a lot of what we are expected to believe and the guidelines that have been placed upon us. And yes, while I am a proponent of the “everything- happens- for -a- reason logic” I do not believe that the reason is always a good one or part of some “Master Plan, on the contrary, I believe that sometimes the reason is that you are stupid and just make bad choices.. really, really bad choices.

So where exactly does faith  come in? Well, it actually never left me. For even in my darkest times and even when I have made the stupidest of stupid choices; I have kept the faith that things will be ok. They may not always work out the way I want them to or hoped they would, but I know that in the end – I will have survived it all.

 

So every single day I give thanks for the familiar things I know and I give thanks  for the things I may never know. I continue to give thanks for the people in my life, the memories we’ve made and the ones we have yet to make.

We live in trying times. Our world seems to be filled with devastation and crisis and opinions, so…. many….. opinions, and we continue to be tested on a daily basis. Yet every morning I get up, say a prayer for myself and my family and go about my day – with nothing but the hope of, not only surviving it, but getting to do it all over again tomorrow and faith that HE will help me do just that.