Tuesday’s Thoughts

Good Morning! Today’s thoughts are a mixture. A hodge podge. May you find a gem out of the hodge podge that speaks directly to you! Have a Wonderful day!!! And there may be 3 posts today from me (if you don’t mind. :)) I have 2 to do to catch up to the Everyday Inspiration online class by WordPress. I have enjoyed the prompts they have given so far.

  1. “I am not perfect, but I am always myself.”
  2. “A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”
  3. “Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” Virginia Woolf
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  5. Very true:
  6. “There are people who would love to have your bad days!”
  7. Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside. #theberry #quotes:
  8. STOP WAITING FOR FRIDAY, for summer, for someone to fall in love with you. Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it and make the most of the moment you are in now!” ( I had to include this one as soon as I  saw it for 2 people that came to my mind, I’m sure you know who you are! 🙂 )
  9. “If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it!” Ruthie Lindsey
  10. Quote on mental health: Pain is real. But so is hope. www.HealthyPlace.com:
  11.  : ( yeah I need this mug :))Fill your life with experiences...memories from your travels will last a lifetime! #travel #quote:

Assignment 3 -HOPE

For our 3rd assignment, (I am almost caught up :)) we were told to pick one word out of 6 that were given and write about it. This was the first word and I knew I needed to look no further, that I had found the word. Hope is something I have clung to and continue to as I travel these many side roads, detours and potholes that life has thrown. My children know it, for they have commented on it to me, and I feel blessed for passing it on to them. Even at the times where they tell me they don’t see the hope that I see.

Hope is in the bloom of a flower poking up its buds after the harsh winter. It is the caterpillar breaking out of its cocoon to fly away and soar to heights that it never could reach before. Soar to heights as a beautiful butterfly!

Hope is in the waves of the ocean that keep crashing back on the shore. They never end. Never stop and say , “I’m tired I am not going to move anymore.”

Hope is that feeling you have as you lay down your precious baby that had been crying for a long time. Praying they won’t start crying again as soon as you pull the covers up under your neck. Yes, I do remember those times 🙂

It is sitting beside a friend who has tears streaming down their face. Giving them that shoulder to cry on and letting them know that even if it feels like their world is falling apart that you are there!

It is in each Sunrise as a new day begins. Hope for what the day will bring.

Yes Hope is what keeps us going no matter what, for you never know when the tide will turn!

:-) I think we all no matter if we have a religion or spiritual background- regardless in my life I have seen it, most of us that keep going- have some form of faith. not the bible kind- just similar to this- folks this is faith- only way to not get stuck.♥ One thing I have noticed-at 43. XO lacey"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." Nelson Mandela quote  <a href="http://{http://celesteandpearl.blogspot.com/2013/12/hope.html%7D" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">{http:/...</a>I think a lot of times I try to convince myself that things will always be how they are.. that some things in my life are "unfix-able". It is in those times I need to remind myself that my God can make all things new. That there is always hope.

Assignment 2 -Write a list

We all make lists: grocery lists, the famous TO DO lists, Christmas lists and the list goes on 🙂  So having this as the second WordPress  assignment I didn’t think too hard. Only hard part is not making list too long! We had 4 options to choose from and I chose A list of what I Like 🙂 Hope you enjoy. They are in no particular order of what I like the most, just what came to my mind. When I first thought of this one of my favorite songs started going through my head. Thought I would share it, for how can you have a FAVORITES list without it 🙂

  1. Books
  2. Ocean
  3. Waterfalls
  4. Dogs
  5. Koalas ( still have  pair of stuffed koalas that I got from my sister when she went to college) 🙂
  6. Swinging on a porch swing on a Summer’s night
  7. Music
  8. Holding a sleeping baby
  9. Hugs
  10. Making good memories!

Day One: I write because….

I enrolled in another Writing course that WordPress offered. They are actually on Day 3 now, so am a little behind, but that is OK. You can enroll anytime, so to my blogger friends if you want ideas for posts go and sign up! 🙂

Why do I write? I write for its part of me, its in my soul. I have stacked up journals from the time I was 13. I wrote Family Newspapers when I was 8years old. Writing has been something I have always enjoyed doing, and that has come naturally. Writing is a way for me to speak my heart. A way for me to put my thoughts together and a way to be surprised. I am surprised at times when I follow a prompt, to see what comes out. For I don’t always think about what I am going to write. In fact with the short short stories that I have posted at times on my blog the story forms as I type. I am surprised at times to see how it ends up. I now understand my favorite author, when she says how she cries at times over her novels, and some of the things that happen to the characters. I would think, But you made it happen?? I understand more fully now how our heart takes over when writing and yes even the Author can be surprised.  Do you fellow writers relate?

I write to inspire others. To help lift others up. I feel its one gift that I have, and we should never waste our gifts. Use them the best we can. This is one reason why I have decided that I really want to make it a goal to go to a Writer’s Conference this summer. I have always got flyers about them in the mail and been intrigued, but never went. Now is the time. I want to further my writing and  learn what I can. I have enjoyed writing as a hobby for so long, but I am feeling more drawn now to see if I can make it more. No matter what happens, I won’t give up writing. It is a part of me as much as breathing and I don’t plan on giving up on breathing for a LONG time yet!!

Thank you to all who have encouraged me in my writing, we all need encouragement and affirmation. Take a moment to really let that person know how much you enjoy their gift. For you would be surprised probably by the number of people out there who don’t see what they do as a gift. Who may not think its as great as what others think. I feel its because they compare a lot to others. I know that I compare to my favorite authors and to other bloggers and then I look at my posts and are like, Hmmmm…I am not as impressed 🙂 But we can’t do that. We each have our own personal way of writing and tho our style might be different doesn’t mean it is not as good. But that is humans for you. We live in a world of comparisons. The neighbor’s house is better, their lawn is better, their clothes are nicer and the list goes on and on and on. STOP! You were made YOU and all you have to be is the BEST you can be. I don’t plan on being another J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rawlings or Karen Kingsbury, etc.  but I do want to be the BEST I can be and that is all that matters! And my timer just  went off so I am done. You were supposed to set your timer for 20 minutes and just write.

NOT your Typical Day!

Survival

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt. Not sure how to participate? Here are the steps to get started. (Prompt idea by Biola ‘Leye.)

 

I was getting my girls ready for school the morning of December 17th and felt fine. Out the door they went, and I began starting my day. About a half hour later my left leg started throbbing. I hadn’t done anything to it so thought that was strange. Sat down for a little and the pain didn’t ease  up. Stood up and my leg  no longer had pain; instead it was numb. I felt like I was dragging my leg as I walked into our living room. I thought if I shook it the numbness would go away , you know like when your foot goes to sleep. Nothing helped, I was starting to get nervous. The thought of stroke passed through my mind, but I was like, NO, can’t be! I called my Dr and they told me to go to the ER.

I remember the scared feeling that washed over me when laying in the ER. A feeling of panic arose within me as I was told to lift my left leg and I couldn’t do it. I was really trying to and my leg would not budge! It felt like there was a 100 pound weight on my leg keeping me from moving. I could see that nothing was on my leg. It didn’t matter how much I willed myself to move my leg, it wasn’t moving and I wondered what had happened to me.  While laying there  I started getting a really bad  headache. CT Scan, MRI, bloodwork, etc. Welcome to the world of tests!

Into the night my headache lasted and I still couldn’t move my leg. My left hand began going numb also and there was short period of where my speech wasn’t slurred, but I really had to concentrate to get the words out. A feeling that just can’t be described. So many diagnosis were thrown around, the beginning of MS, Parkinsons, heart problems and yes stroke was among them. The Drs. were confused tho, for I didn’t have risk factors for stroke and the tests they ran didn’t make it real clear. (Remember how I said in that Mother’s Day post that I have perplexed Dr.s from when I first was born :))

There were many nights of tears shed. I was away from my precious family. Yes I got to see them every day, but that wasn’t the same. I knew the girls were scared at seeing me hooked up to monitors, seeing me having to have help to walk. What was wrong with Mom? My husband was scared but holding it together for my girls. Saying goodbye to them each night was the hardest. I felt so alone. I remember one night in particular that was my hardest night. For some reason my left hand started twitching really bad. I kept hitting my leg as I tried to play cards with my family with one hand, to get my mind off of it. At one point a very tender moment happened between me and my 9 year old daughter. She took my hand and put her leg right against mine and said ,”Hit my leg Mommy.” That still brings tears to my eyes. We just talked about it recently and she said how she remembers that freaked her out so much. But at that time she was strong and was there for me.

That episode lasted 3 hours! I was exhausted by the time it was over and even more emotional at my family leaving. Remember crying into my pillow as I turned off my light and crying out to God. God answered in the way of my sister calling me from Virginia and I slept in peace  🙂

The hospital was my home for 6 days, I was so eager to get back home! They discharged me on Dec.22nd. Yeah,so much for Christmas shopping and baking cookies,etc. But you know none of that mattered when I got home. I was just so delighted to be with my family. The meaning of Christmas really held true that Christmas. It surely wasn’t in the gifts. It was in the LOVE and being able to be with all my family as we celebrated. I may have still used a cane, but I was there!

Being that the Drs. weren’t really sure about my diagnosis when they released me I was referred to John Hopkins. I felt very confident in the Dr there even tho I was shocked when he first told me his diagnosis, until he explained. A Hemiplegic Migraine or another word is Complicated Migraine. I was like Ummm….wait a minute I have had headaches before. This was a little more major! My leg and hand  were affected. He went on to explain how with a Hemiplegic migraine the blood vessels constrict affecting the frontal lobes of the brain. These cause stroke-like episodes. If constriction is extreme or for prolonged amount of time it can cause nerve damage.  If you remember I mentioned while laying in the ER I developed a very bad headache that went into the night!

Have I confused you yet? My diagnosis is a mini stroke, BUT was caused by a Hemiplegic Migraine. These are rare, which is why a lot of Drs. aren’t fully aware yet of what damage they can really cause. My neurologist from John Hopkins said to spread the word, so I am spreading it.:) It took about 2 years til my leg felt normal again. And over that time I could tell when  a headache was coming for my leg would start hurting first or  go numb on me. It still can happen that way. Especially if I get really stressed about something I can often feel the effects in my left leg first. I told the Dr its my stress barometer 🙂 It is that way cause of the nerve damage, making it the weak part of my body now.

I have been on beta blockers to help prevent it from happening again and it really has worked wonders on my headaches! I am very thankful that the Dr could find something to help me. I could not take your typical migraine meds for they constrict the blood vessels to help stop the headache. In a hemiplegic migraine the blood vessels constrict too much and that is what causes the stroke symptoms.

If you suffer from headaches or are curious at learning more I urge you to research it. The research will explain it a lot better than me. . You can google Hemiplegic migraine, their are people who have suffered a lot worse from them. My neurologist wrote a book called Heal your Headache, and it also is a very good source of info to help you with all kinds of headaches. Feel free to ask me anything you want and I will answer if I can.

In the end, yeah my leg might not be the same and yes I can be more forgetful at times  with some of the nerve damage done. BUT I am thankful to God for not having it be a major stroke and that I am still here! I can still enjoy life to the fullest being surrounded by my wonderful family and friends!

On a side note in last appointment with neurologist it was told to me that anyone that has a stroke it increases their risk 50% more to have a second one. That can be a little disturbing, but can’t dwell on that. I asked in what ways I can avoid it, besides the normal risk factors. AVOID STRESS! YUP, that is what the DR said. I laughed, and asked for a plane ticket to Hawaii and a maid, chaueffer, etc. 🙂 I say that to prove a point. Stress is not good in our lives, and unfortunately it is IMPOSSIBLE to avoid. BUT we can have some control over how we let it affect us and that is why I strive to let things roll off my back. I strive to find humor and joy even when life may be hard.  I strive to make sure I have ways to express my stress, whether its in journaling, blogging, talking it out, etc. Find a way that works for you and do it!! YOUR HEALTH does really depend on it!

 

 

 

I think I can….

a Little Golden Book--THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD - vintage childrens book:

Good Morning friends! Yes, it is time for another post with a children’s book in it. Can you tell that I love books of all kinds? 🙂 I  love finding hopeful messages in books and I think more adults need to read children’s books. There are important messages in them! So let me help you out with this Vintage story.

I was in a bookstore recently just browsing, really not planning on buying anything. I enjoy being in bookstores, and sadly they are becoming more of a thing of the past. I like the smell of new books that fill the store. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Kindle to! It enables me to read a lot more books then I would be able to without it. For I can hop on the computer and get all the free and cheap books Amazon and other sites offer.  But I do still enjoy opening a new book and paging through it as a I read.  Ok, my Train of thought is getting off the track, so onto this story.

As I was browsing I saw the book,  “The Little Engine that Could”. I picked it up to page through again as memories came back of reading this book as a child and hearing it in my teens. Yes, my teens. I went to a Private High school and every year on the first day of school the Principal would read this story to the entire HS first thing in the morning. As a Freshman I remember their were eye rolls and laughter over the Principal reading this story. But by the time we got to be Seniors we understood the message more, we were embarking on new territory, we had a mountain to get over so that we could graduate. A mountain we never had climbed before.There were times throughout our school years that we thought we wouldn’t make it, but we persevered.

Now there are times as adults that we are facing challenging mountains and uncharted territory. We say OH that mountain looks too huge! But like The Little Engine, we don’t turn away from the challenge.  We tell ourselves ,”I think I can, I think I can..” as we travel up the mountain and when we make it, we smile and say, “I knew I could!”

Keep chugging on my friends, you really can make it!

Tuesday’s Thoughts

Good Morning! Another cloudy, rainy day here BUT hopefully these quotes will bring Sunshine to your spirit 🙂 I am quoting Rumi again, he has so many good ones. I was thinking of my friend Ameena who introduced me to Rumi in one of her blog posts. She has amazing heart tugging poetry! She is taking a well deserved break right now, but hope she comes back soon 🙂 ENJOY and have a Happy Tuesday, at least it isn’t Monday!

1.#inspiring #quotes #Inspiration Rumi http://www.socialmediamamma.com:

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6.Being a candle is not easy ~ In order to give light ~ One must first burn ~❤️~ Rumi

7.Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots. - Rumi.

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10.Why are you knocking on every other door? Go knock at the door of your own Heart ... Rumi:

A Mother’s LOVE!

I hope all my friends are having a wonderful Mother’s Day! Having a relaxing day here, went out for a very yummy meal. Enjoyed Freckled Lemonade, delish and a Southern Charm Burger 🙂 My one daughter has not been feeling well all week, so was laid back day. Hoping she can turn the corner soon, but still enjoying the day just being together and talking about day trips we want to take this summer.

While pondering what to post about in honor of Mother’s Day I remembered a  short story I had read that really touched my heart. I found it and thought it perfect to share today! May it touch your heart like it did mine!

Edison's Mother:

Thank you Mom!

There is no love or devotion like that of a mother for her child. <3 More beautiful family quotes on Joy of Mom - please do drop by to visit! <3: SO glad we decided to start trying to have a baby in November 2012! We were blessed to get pregnant so quickly, and we are so excited to welcome our son into the world this October!:   Happy Mother’s Day to my dear MOM! No words will be enough to say how much she means to me! How can I thank someone who has always been there from the very beginning. Someone who didn’t even plan on me! The Dr.s had told her she couldn’t have more kids, welllll…shows what a Dr knows 🙂 And come to think of it, maybe that is the reason I still baffle Dr’s. today! I did it from the very beginning!

My precious Mom has been through a lot this past year as far as medical things go and I am just so happy that she has made it through them and is still shining! For the saying that “We are never too old to need a Mom”, is so true! I will always need you Mom and always always hold a special place in my heart for you! You helped make me the person I am today  and most importantly you gave me the best gift of all – UNCONDITIONAL LOVE! I LOVE YOU MOM!!

Best Mother's Day QuotesSweet and Inspirational Mother's Day Quotes for DIY Gifts by DIY Ready at http://diyready.com/diy-gifts-mothers-day-quotes/ and I have to include this next one, for the benefit of my dear sisters who read this 🙂  Haha!

Mom's Favorite Child