A friend like mine…

This morning I had coffee and spent time with my close friend Patti. Except she lives in Minnesota and we were texting. But it’s all GOOD! It was early, the house was quiet and we had time for long drawn out texts about life. It was everything I needed. Patti is that honest, going to tell it like it is, type of friend. And I love it. AND HER. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders and will kick me in my tush when I need it. This is also the same woman who talked about me running my first marathon far before I ever ran my first half. She sees things in me, I never can. She has awakened thoughts in my head, I didn’t even know where there. And let me tell you, when this women believes in you, she makes sure that you do too. She is just awesome that way!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have a friend like mine!!!

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Marianne (MY ROCK) …

Being an MSW and a parent for over 20 years has not given me an immunity from worry. Heck, sometimes I think they may have made it worse, HA! Trust me when I say that I have seen some ugly horrible situations. So when it comes to my precious babies (yes, I know two of them are adults now) I can’t shake the worry that comes when they are sick, injured or recovering from surgery. I know I should be a pro at this by now. But I’m not. And times like this are when it comes in handy to have an incredible friend. My best friend from high school is one heck of a woman. She is ALWAYS there for me. She is the level headed thinker when I am the wreck. She might be just as worried as I am but she pulls together a strength for me that is grounding. Her love and support has carried me through many times when I have felt scared and alone. And I couldn’t be more thankful for her.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have someone to rely on!!!

An unexpected gift …

Last night we celebrated the life of a dear friend and sorority sister. It was an absolutely beautiful memorial service. She blessed the lives of so many. And she will be truly missed.

A few days ago my sorority sisters and I decided to go to dinner after the memorial service. We wanted extra time together to remember our sister, reminisce and reconnect. And that, we did. It was a such a special night.

Although I remain broken-hearted at the loss of my friend, I couldn’t help but look around the banquet room last night and say to her “you did this”. There were women there whom I haven’t seen or heard from in decades. Women who really mattered to me. Women who I loved. It was an incredible feeling being in their presence again.

My friend’s passing has been a great tragedy, but last night I was reminded that death is not the end of a relationship. It simply changes it to move beyond that which is worldly … and it’s beautiful. My friend may not have been with us physically last night but through her influence and inspiration she still managed to give her sorority sisters something precious. Togetherness.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you receive an unexpected gift!!!

Broken-hearted … 

Last night my dear friend and sorority sister lost her battle with ovarian cancer. She was so strong and brave. She was a warrior and I couldn’t be more proud to call her my sister and friend. Yesterday I was able to see her. I sat next to her holding her precious hand and rubbing her arm. I couldn’t be more grateful to her husband for giving me that time with her. I will cherish every moment we shared and every memory we made; our college days, our long talks, our texts and our silliness and laughter. She was an incredible woman exemplifying what it means to LIVE with cancer. She enjoyed her days, sharing them with family, friends and coworkers. She faced every step of her battle with humor and grace. I miss her so deeply already and I will love her forever.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t broken-hearted!!!

An old friend … 

Some relationships are so easy. Never a problem to speak of. Yet, be it life or distance, they are forced to end. Or at minimum change in every way shape and form. It’s sad. Time passes and somehow you get used to that relationship being gone. But it’s always missed. Then it happens! You get really lucky and hear from them again. And it’s like nothing has changed at all. For me, this is one of the biggest gifts life can ever blessed me with. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you hear from an old friend!!!

We finally got around to it … 

This morning I met with a friend of mine who I have been trying to schedule a breakfast date with for five years. No joke. FIVE years.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you finally get around to it!!!

My inner strength is shaped a lot like a tent …

We had a late night celebrating the marriage of one of my best friend’s daughters. It was an absolutely beautiful wedding and I couldn’t be happier for them. They are truly the perfect fit.

That being said, this morning came early. Very early. G3 had to be at his SAT testing site no later than 7:45. So we woke up at ungodly hours to make sure he got there with plenty of time to handle any issues that might come up.

When Reese and I were driving home I asked her what she wanted to do when we got back. Being that I literally took her from her bed and put her into the car this morning I thought she would say that she wanted to go back to bed, eat or just play on her iPad.

Um. Nope.

She wanted to do yoga.

I’ll be honest, I had absolutely no intention of working out today. Again. Late night. Early morning. Working out was the last thing on my mind. But Reese asked several times. Soooo for the next 45 minutes we did Yoga and core work. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that a little bit of my soul died this morning. Oh. My. God. And to make matters worse, every time I went into downward dog, Reese would come out of her plank and crawl under me like I was a tent. She thought it was so funny and would just sit there giggling and giving me kisses. As adorable as it was, it felt like I was upside down in Hell for 10 minutes at a time. It took all I had to hold that pose. But she was so happy to be under her mom tent that I just couldn’t disappoint her, despite the fact that I thought it was killing me. Now THAT is a mother’s love!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find some inner strength!!!