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Life is Short in a World of Busyness

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Hello! 
I have not posted to my blog in over a year!  Where do I even begin?! So many things always running through my mind as I have wanted to write so many times in the last year.  Unfortunately, once again, life got in the way and I put my writing on the back burner.  My friends, I can't tell you how much I have missed writing posts about life in general.  So many changes around here in the last year.  
Honestly, I could tell you that I have been too busy to write, which is true to a degree.  How truly busy are we in our lives?  Too busy to make time for our passions and things that we enjoy and make us happy?  I have recently stumbled upon articles about how the world that we live in today, basically has trained us that we must constantly be busy.  When you ask someone you haven't seen in awhile, how they are doing or what they have been up to, so often, the response is…"Busy". I am certain that you have likely spoken to someone this very week and received that res…

Thankful Thursday…My Gracie

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Well, hello spring!  
It appears that I survived the countdown to spring!  Today is officially the first day of spring. Hard to believe, right?  If you live in Michigan, you can completely relate to what I am saying.  We woke up to a dusting of fresh snow this morning!  After the never-ending winter that we've had, I, honestly, didn't have high hopes for an early and warm spring.  I was only dreaming about it. Every winter, a little piece of me thinks that I should be living in a more southern part of the country.  I am not a fan of the cold.  I would be perfectly happy if we just had a little bit of snow around Christmas and then when January hits, I would happily welcome spring.  Wishful thinking!! I am smart enough to know that if I want a change, I will need to move to a milder climate.  Maybe someday.  
It just so happens to be Thankful Thursday again today. Today, this very first day of spring, I am thankful for my wonderful girl, known as my  daughter, Emma.  You may be t…

Thankful Thursday…Today

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It's Thankful Thursday!!
As I was thinking about what I was thankful for this week, I decided that the most fitting thing to be thankful for was simply…
Today.  
I am thankful that I was given yet another day at this thing that we call life.  It is so easy to get caught up in our lives and lose the appreciation for the moments and experiences we have on a particular day. 24 hours seems to slip away so quickly and I know that I, myself, am guilty of letting the entire day and night slip by me and not really considering the things that I may have experienced or the blessings that may have been bestowed upon me in that period of time. One. Single. Day. 
This is something that I was reminded of, after a local young man passed away unexpectedly.  A guy who had everything going for him and had a great future ahead of him that was cut short, without warning, because of an enlarged heart that he was never even aware of having.  My heart breaks for everyone that knew him.  Many friends and fam…

Yes!! One Month Already!

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Today, I have hit a milestone in my road to healing and better health. It's already been one month that I have been completely gluten-free!  Part of me feels that it went by quite quickly…then, when I reflect back to the times that it felt like such a struggle to feel normal, or like everyone else when it comes down to meals, snacks or grocery shopping, it seems like time has crawled by incredibly slowly.  I have had times that I feel like I am doing a pretty darn good job with adjusting to this whole, "I have celiac disease, I absolutely can NOT have any gluten, not even a crumb, so please keep it away from me or I will be very sick…I will wash my hands obsessively, cook with my own "special" pans and utensils and sometimes when out to eat with others, will sit and watch the rest of you eat, thing that I will call my new life."  
I am really trying my very best to stay positive about this, as much as I possibly can.  The last month has definitely brought many c…

Thankful Thursday…Only 41 Days Until Spring!!

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It's Thankful Thursday!! 
Today, I am thankful that Spring is only 41 days away!!  February has only just begun but, it feels like I'm living in a frozen tundra!  I am so OVER the snow that seems to be falling every single day!  I do, fully realize, that just because Spring arrives in 41 days, that the weather may still be cold and snowy… I would be happy to see 40 or 50 degrees! I am honestly counting down the days!  I am willing to bet that I am not the only one that is feeling this way.  Its beginning to feel like I'm in that movie, Groundhog Day…where Bill Murray wakes up to the same day over and over and over.  Sounds familiar, doesn't it? 
Besides for the warmer weather, green grass, and leaves on the trees, I am looking forward to Spring because I should be feeling much more like myself again.  A couple of months into my gluten-free life should allow my intestines to heal and my body will be able to once again absorb all the important nutrients that its been missi…

Just Another Bump in the Road

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WOW!  I haven't written on my blog in EIGHT months!  On one hand, I can't believe it. On the other, I know exactly why I haven't posted on the random happenings in my life. I have been happier than ever in this new season of my life.  My relationships with family and friends are great.  I'm still so very in love with Chris and am enjoying the life we share together.  
From a birds eye view, everything seems to be going well in my life. So, what, do you ask, is the hang up?  This, my friends, was a mystery to me as well. I have been feeling fatigue like I have never experienced in my life. I thought that perhaps my iron was low, as it had been in the past.  I also have had frequent headaches that at times would occur daily.  My stomach has been a mess for as long as I can remember but, has gotten worse over the last year.  My mind hasn't been clear as it always was, in fact, its been very foggy. My bones have ached and my body feels weak.  For months, I would get up …

Yep...I'm Still Alive!!!

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I'm back!! 

I know some of you may have wondered what happened to me.  Did I fall off the earth?  Did I run out of things to blog about? Did I quit blogging altogether?  Nope.  None of the above.  Quite honestly, I've just been traveling through life day by day just like each one of you are doing.  I will admit that there were many days that I told myself that I needed to sit down to blog but, obviously other things either took priority or I quite possibly was distracted by things in my life.  Today, was one of the few times that I was actually happy to see it rain!  Not only did it give my lawn a much needed drink but, it also excused me from picking those rotten weeds that seem to sprout as soon as I get them picked!  I thought it was a perfect day to sit down with my computer just like I used to do all the time, to get back to blogging and my love of writing.  A perfect day to feed my soul.  Those weeds will have to wait until the sun beckons me out there.

So, where do I even…