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  • A Reflection of Gratitude

    I’m so very thankful this morning as I reflect on the past six months. I’ve been rather quiet on this site and I’m so thankful for your kind emails and your patience.

    You see, I promised myself that this blog would never be a place of illness, cancer, or ungratefulness. And it NEVER will be. So when life happened and we were faced with some scary scenarios unfolding, Jeff and I were suddenly stopped in our tracks. I’m not going to get into details because I’m ok now. And we haven’t shared much with others because we have a teenager, who is very aware, sensitive to our feelings, and involved in social media. Jeff and I have wanted as much normalcy for her as possible as she has adjusted beautifully to her transition as a freshman in high school.

    We are great now. I am just working hard to lose additional weight from the side effects of idleness, medication, etc. I have a long road ahead of me with losing weight, but Jeff and the kids are cheering me on and I will see a strong, athletic self again in the future. I will. I must.

    I’m looking forward to sharing things I’ve learned and blog about more items off my 39 list that I’ve completed in the coming days.

    I turn 39 in 19 days and couldn’t be happier and more scared. I’m happy and grateful for life. I’m thrilled that I can start working on a 40 list even though circumstances have prevented me from completing this year’s 39 list. I’m reminded that life is so fleeting, and I want to make sure that I am living the width and height of every moment I am blessed with. And that will always be more important than checking off items of a list. My list serves as a mere reminder to live life intentionally.

    So today I am grateful.

    I’m grateful for being winded when running on my Couch to 10K. The feeling of my lungs hurting reminded me that I was alive. That feeling is so much better than numbness brought about by illness, fear, and depression.

    I’m grateful for my health and ability to take care of others. I am much happier as a nurse, especially when you have great veins.

    I’m grateful for my superheroes, even when they are scared by wolves.

    I’m grateful for life changes with Rebecca that have left me proud and faced with the sobering realization that her time at home is passing too quickly. Car washes, belly giggles, and sisters are the best.

    I’m grateful for my Heavenly Father that knows how many hairs I have upon my head. When I stop to take that in, I’m simply amazed.

    And I’m grateful for this community despite my absence.

    Life is good. See you tomorrow.

    Blessings sweet friends – Jenny




    Soo sooo soooooo glad to see you back in the saddle here on your blog. Missed you as made your transitions. As Kelly Rae Roberts says “we are all just walking each other home”

    Blessings to you.


    1 November 2012 at 12:05 pm Reply

      That is such a nice sentiment Betsy – it’s hanging on my refrigerator now.

      4 November 2012 at 9:48 pm Reply
    Jen Kinkade

    love you, friend!!! :)

    1 November 2012 at 12:06 pm Reply
    Jeri Ann

    Yay! I just enjoy LOOKING at your blogs. :)

    1 November 2012 at 12:12 pm Reply
    Els Manning

    sweet post… really sweet. <3

    1 November 2012 at 12:20 pm Reply

    missed you <3

    1 November 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply

    I was wondering where youwere. Glad you are back and love the pic of your two girls!

    1 November 2012 at 12:56 pm Reply
    Sarabeth Burke


    1 November 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply

    Glad you came back with an update.
    Hope you are feeling better and stronger.
    Love your pictures and your awesome attitude.


    1 November 2012 at 1:26 pm Reply
    Tisha Ward

    SO glad you are back! I am thankful for YOU!!!! Praying that each day leaves you happier and healthier!! You are truly a blessing to all of those that you encounter!!

    1 November 2012 at 1:52 pm Reply
    Denise von Minden

    So good to see an update! Missed your words!

    1 November 2012 at 2:12 pm Reply
    cathy stolze

    You are like a breath of fresh air.

    1 November 2012 at 2:48 pm Reply
    Julie McD

    Missed you.
    Glad you popped in.
    Keeping you and your family in my prayers and heart.
    You are amazing!

    1 November 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply

    It’s great to hear from you and to know things are good, and getting better each day. I’m in Thailand and have been mostly offline, but checked email today and was happy to hear your voice again.

    Have a great day,


    P.S. Being 40 rocks!

    2 November 2012 at 9:08 pm Reply

    Yes, it IS good to hear your “voice” again!

    I am getting ready to start a new job with Humana, training full time for three months, then will be doing telephone case management from home. I actually thought of you when I got hired, b/c they are starting a Phoenix branch now, too. I don’t know how far you are from there, but it’s something to consider…I needed a break from the hospital. No more weekend, or holidays, or night shifts. A lot less stress. Yes, I am ready for that.

    Hope all is well in your world. Take care, Jenny!

    3 November 2012 at 10:29 am Reply

      So excited to hear that you have a new position. I’m down to part time which is a good fit for me, but 12 hour shifts are sometimes too long. I never rule anything out though. I’ll keep in touch and see how you are enjoying the new job – hooray for you and your precious family.

      4 November 2012 at 9:47 pm Reply

    You have such grace. I have yet to find a situation, good, bad, triumph, struggle, or daily life that you share with us that isn’t inspiring. Here’s to your healthier, made through “the scare” you!

    7 November 2012 at 11:27 pm Reply

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