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Don’t Miss the Forest for All the Trees

I woke up this morning and was reminded via FB of two events that occurred on this day one and two years ago. I can’t help but to be grateful in this moment of my life. Two years ago today, I was meeting with one of two specialists for my oldest son, following almost a week long stay in the hospital—on the cancer ward. He had a mass on his lung, but after a biopsy was performed, it was determined that it was not cancerous, but rather an allergic reaction to mold. Funny, I can’t recall the name of it off the top of my head right now, but it wasn’t supposed to be there. This only occurred in people who were immunocompromised.  Chris’ Infections Disease doctor stayed calling him an anomaly. Chris was as healthy as he could be. The only reason the mass was noticed was due to a scheduled screening to check up on his scoliosis.

Here we are two years removed and we are no longer seeing either specialist. Chris is 7 months away from graduating from High School. He is active. He is healthy. He is well.

I am grateful. I am blessed. I am humbled.

Now fast forward to this time last year. I am 2 months out of my home due to the flood that hit Baton Rouge. I am paying mortgage on a home that I cannot live in. I am visiting my home daily just to say I “came home today”.

We have been back in our home for 11 months now. We moved backed in prior to it being complete. It is fully furnished, and the flood is completely behind us. Today, my mortgage is paid up through February 2018 and I have been without a job for going on two months now.

I am blessed. I am grateful. I am humbled.

I have been dealt some tough blows over the course of the past few years. I have survived each of them. I made it through. Through both ordeals above, my mother has played a huge supporting role. She stayed with us in the hospital most days, brought us food and clothing. She was a source of strength.  She opened her home to us after the flood and went out of her way to make sure that we were comfortable while our home was being worked on.

I am grateful. I am blessed. I am humbled.

Today, I am struggling with trying to figure out the direction that my life needs to go in. I am at a major crossroads and defining point, but I have so much to be grateful for. I cannot sweat the small details, for the bigger picture is that all is well with me. I do not have present worries. My kids are healthy and provided for with little to no outside help. We have a roof over our heads, with the bills paid and food to eat. My kids know I am not working, but they don’t feel the loss of our income.  We are blessed. We are loved. We are kept.

I am grateful. I am blessed. I am humbled.

We often miss the forest for all the trees. Life happens every day, good or bad. We’ve got to learn to take the bad with the good. We have to highlight the good, embrace and work our way through the bad without losing sight of the bigger picture. THIS TOO SHALL PASS. How many times have we made it through? How many times have our dark nights turned to day? How many times have we survived?

Let us count our blessings on today. Focus on all the good in our lives. Give thanks daily. Look at how far we’ve come, not how much further we have to go.

I am grateful for those of you who are taking the time to read my blogs. I appreciate your support.

Tell me, what are you grateful for today?

With Love & Respect,




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