Apologies for making everyone in my group wait for my post.
Whew what a week.
Sunday began with celebrating my daughter’s Tenth birthday. Hard to believe; the time has flown so quickly. She is above all my biggest gratitude in life. She is my daughter and my best friend. She tries my patience at times but is my angel baby and keeps my going. I am so blessed by my wonderful children.
Sunday evening, we attended a fun filled evening at the equestrian center she attends for a Christmas party. Surrounded by friends she knew and new friends…everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her. She was very surprised and couldn’t have smiled any bigger.
Tuesday was very quiet celebration of my birthday. Tuesday afternoon, I joined a multitude of others for some last minute holiday shopping on Christmas Eve. I was I have been having some difficulties of late with hip and leg pain. After a couple of hours shopping Tuesday I found myself beyond my threshold. I still wanted to buy my daughter a new bike. A very nice employee had helped me earlier but when I had made my decision there was no one around. When I slowly made my way to the checkout lane disappointed to not have the bike, I asked the cashier about assistance or to getting a bike from the front of the store. She called her manager who came to help me. The manager seeing my discomfort and pain, told me to wait there she would be back in a few minutes. She went to the bike department and brought up the bike, took me to a register near-by. She then, with out my request, brought the bike to my vehicle and loaded it for me. My heart was so filled with gratitude. I Thanked her several times. Other than exhaustion, it was a very successful day.
Christmas morning I was woken in the morning with my daughter’s excitement. “Mommy, Mommy, did you see? Mommy, I got a bike for Christmas! There is not tag on it but there is a bow and ribbon. I know it’s for me. Mommy! You have to come see!” I stood and said, It’s going to be a wonderful Christmas after all. The pain seemed fainter and my heart larger.
Today, Sunday, I am finally feeling better. That plateful of cookies in the picture……I got to eat one! Gratitude to the staff at my local ER last night. Thursday morning I began feeling achy all over and noticed the beginnings of what I thought was a cold. I slept all Friday and Saturday. Saturday I was awoken from one of my naps feeling like I was choking. My glands and throat were swollen even under my chin. I got someone to watch my daughter and I headed to the emergency room. They took care of my right away. They were so caring. I have never been so grateful to get a shot (Wow, did it hurt :-)). They gave me a shot of steroids to start taking down the swelling.
So….. to the cookies. I haven’t eaten solid food since Thursday morning. Today with the a swish of lidocaine to numb my throat I was so happy to eat a holiday cookie.
Gratitude to all the little things along with the big.
** My pile of cards grows 🙂
Happy Holidays and Wishing Everyone Many Many Blessings in The New Year!