Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Only You Remain

Can you imagine living a life where nothing changes. Everything remains the same. From your routine in the morning right down to what you eat.  Would you be content? Could you be a positive person? Know anyone like that?

I have wanted to get back here and write about Lizzy, but honestly......there is nothing to write about.  Nothing. Everything is the same since the last post. Everything has remained the same and I was having a pity party until God slapped me across the face....HARD.

I heard a song from Mercy Me. It's called Only You Remain. A constant in my life. Why do I focus on these petty things with Lizzy? She is happy and healthy. I began to think about how his love is something that remains the same. Something to be happy about. Never changes. His love reminds me of how child like Lizzy loves.  No grudges. No expectations. Unconditional. Lizzy has no concept of holding a grudge and it's wonderful.

So even though, in our home, we live in routine and what seems like monotony, we can be happy about one thing that NEVER changes.....His love for me. His love for Lizzy. His love for you.

My camera needed repairing and I just got it back. So happy. I've missed taking pictures of my girl. Isn't she beautiful?

I have taken some action with getting healthy. I have done something that is crazy.....yes, I have started a blog to document my journey. I know, right? Not like me. I need accountability. Knowing that people are reading and waiting to see results puts big pressure on me.....and I need that!

Here some great pictures of Lizzy from the week.

Oooooo......that drool was mid-drip!

Playing with dad.

Have a great week.
God bless.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


There is one thing (that I am willing to admit) that I wish I could change about me as a mom. I wait until the last minute to get something that I have to have. Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, it doesn't matter. So getting a pumpkin for our front porch or running through the pumpkin patch was something we thought of doing weeks ago but never got around to it.

Sunday was the day. The day before halloween we all got in the van and headed over to the pumpkin patch. Kids were excited and couldn't wait to pick their own pumpkins to paint. We all would look and find that perfect pumpkin for our front porch. We even brought Marty (our shi tzu) to join in on the excitement. So we pull in and the kids are busting out of their seats. Damon gets Lizzy in her chair and rolls her up to the pumpkin patch. Picture perfect, right.

Oh my goodness, it was pitiful. I was so disappointed. Look at how many pumpkins are left on the pallets behind the kids.

There were rotten pumpkins, dented pumpkins, grey pumpkins, and pumpkins with warts. We wanted a perfect round pumpkin. That's it! I picked up a pumpkin I thought would be fine for our front porch. It looked okay and didn't roll over when I set it up so it worked for me. A gentleman that worked there walked up to me (at the same time, Damon was rolling by with Lizzy) and he said to me, "oh, you don't want that one, that has too many imperfections, let me find you a better one." I immediately felt proud. I looked at Lizzy and then back at him and said, "We're okay with imperfections."

We took our "perfect" pumpkin home and to further teach us a lesson, it was so hard we had trouble getting a knife in it. We tried every tool we had just short of Damon's chainsaw. Finally got it carved and lit up.

Perfection. Right. This pumpkin story reminds me of Lizzy or any person with a disability. We were hoping for a perfect, bright orange, and round pumpkin but instead found beauty in one that others may find ugly or imperfect.


Speaking of ugly and imperfect, I have been trying to get healthy. That was a joke because I find myself gorgeous and perfect! Just ask Damon. Seriously, within the last three weeks, my left foot has been hurting terribly. When I run on it, it seems fine. Unfortunately, I have plantar fasciitis and have stopped with my running program. I am committed to losing weight and getting healthy before I turn.....gulp.....4-0! I have a year and a half so pray for me as I stay focused and in the zone.

And while I am at it, I would like to introduce you to our new blog supporter. Danielle Hodgins hails from Medina, NY and is a Beachbody Coach. Committed to helping others (including myself) get healthy and fit for life. Her story is amazing and will move you to also get healthy. Check out her website and read her story. I found inspiration reading her story and other transformation/success stories. Her link is on the right of the page under supporters or you can click on her name.

It's is getting colder here and I need to shop for some warmer and bigger clothes for Lizzy. Time to hit the consignment shops!

God Bless!


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