Yes, this happens to be the 11th anniversary of Leisha’s accident. But we couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than have some friends over and share stories of hope- yours preferably. We already told ours in the book.
Speaking of the book, I had ordered quite a few Lovely Traces of Hope books for a book signing in Texas that was not able to happen. So we decided to combine the book signing, story telling, and visiting all together.
If you have a friend that you think might benefit from the book, or just getting out, bring them along.
This won’t be fancy mind you. We’re not planning refreshments or lot’s of choices of drink, probably just water. But we’d love to have you. You can come for a few minutes or stay for the two hours. We hope to be outside, but if is rains, we will just make it work.
Hope to see you Wednesday. If not, we appreciate your prayers for another family in our life that just lost their 23 year old daughter last week. We know you have people in your life that need your prayer support as well.
I recently attended the funeral, actually, the celebration of life of a 23 year old daughter of a friend.
The uncanny timing of this particular event was not lost on me. As I sat at this funeral, I was reminded of another that took place just one week shy of 11 years ago- in the same church- led by the same pastor. It was a funeral I was very much a part of since the life being celebrated was my 15 year old daughter, Leisha.
I didn’t have to go to this young woman’s memorial service. I didn’t know her, though over the years, I have often been encouraged by her family. I argued with myself I didn’t need to go because there would be so many people at this service, they wouldn’t miss me.
But I couldn’t NOT be there. Just as so many had done for us when Leisha died, every thing in me urged me to make the effort to go. Every thought I had about it said I must attend.
I sat in the middle of a row surrounded by people I have come to care about deeply. I was struck by the emotions that were welling up in me. Not the numbing grief as I had experienced 11 years ago (though my heart does grieve for what this family has yet to experience). No my emotion this time was gratitude.
It occurred to me that we don’t always go to a funeral because we know the deceased or even because of our relationship with those who did. Often we find ourselves there because of other reasons. In fact, I might argue that these are opportunities for us to be grateful! Continue reading 6 Reasons to Be Grateful at a Funeral
This is a ‘new’ season for me. It’s a time when I am FIERCELY taking on some issues in my life- mostly related to my health.
For the last 12 years, I’ve slept more than I’ve done anything. There have been so many days spent trying just to get the most important thing done. I’ve talked about getting serious about my weight, and my blood sugar.
For the last 5 years or so, I’ve been choosing one BIG thing to focus on. One year it was a new coaching program for Green Hope Coaching. Another year it was following up on a coaching credential and certification. Of course one- or two years I spent writing and publishing the book, Lovely Traces of Hope.
This year I knew that I had to make ME the focus. I chose to be intentional about me. I made an appointment with a Dr. that specialized with endocrine issues. I committed to a 21 Day Detox. I cleaned out my fridge and goody shelf and started to create a new menu for the week.
But this morning Continue reading Are You Waiting For Tomorrow?
Have you ever had a dream of doing something significant?
Have you ever made a plan for doing that significant something, but it just lays on the pages of your notebook or in the files on your computer?
Me too! I’ve had a lot of ideas that have never come to fruition. I’ve had notebooks filled with plans and dreams that are still great ideas, but I haven’t yet followed through on them.
But not this time!
Continue reading Believe Your Dream to Real
Because it’s a very special day!
(I apologize for the freeze frames in this video- but you get the idea!)
This week in a Video I made for the GHC community, I challenged you to take time to PAY ATTENTION to what you noticed that struck a chord in the core of who you are. (say that 5 times fast)
Well, I do try to practice what I preach…so this morning I sat in one of my favorite thinking spots and asked myself I noticed about what had happened in my week.
It was quite a week: Continue reading Two Views from my Thinking Chair!