Thursday, January 9, 2014

Being Thankful

A few weeks ago, I received a comment on my blog from a woman named Heather. After talking with her via email for a bit she shared her blog and story with me and it is so inspirational! She asked me to share something I was thankful for on my blog in honor of her amazing journey.

I often get caught up in things that are going wrong in my life-- by "wrong" I mean things that are not going exactly the way I want. The most relevant example I can give you is this stage of pregnancy I am in right now. I am at the "end" and so things are getting very uncomfortable. Jake's movements are so often and he is so big now that I am constantly uncomfortable from his movements. The heartburn is out of control, I am extremely emotional, and my back is starting to hurt. But... you know what? I am so thankful for that precious baby boy. Instead of viewing every movement as an uncomfortable jab, I should take more time to be thankful that he IS moving. Every ache and pain I feel means he is growing and developing to get ready to be in my arms. Now, don't get me wrong, it isn't all butterflies and rainbows. I think it is okay to complain some-- we have to vent! But for me, I need to do a better job of reminding myself how blessed I am to have my health, and to have Jake be healthy.   

Thank you Heather for reminding me that no matter what is going on, I can always find something to be thankful for! :)

Heather's story is one of inspiration, perseverance, and hope. Please go visit her site!

Heather Von St. James was given 15 months to live shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Lily. This was all due to her exposure to a deadly substance when she was just a child. Heather was exposed to asbestos secondhand when she would wear her father’s dust covered jacket to play outside. After undergoing surgery to remove her left lung, chemotherapy, and radiation, Heather is still with us 8 years later. Now, Heather makes it her mission to spread awareness of this preventable disease in hopes to save innocent lives. Read more about Heather's story here: http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather
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3 comments:

  1. This is a great perspective and one of the reasons I love blogging so much! We are always meeting people who help to center us, support us and remind us of these things.

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  2. awesome post! we all should have a lot to be thankful for!

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  3. Wow! Heather's story is truly inspirational and what a blessing it is that she was able to remind you that there is always something to be thankful for. I love this! It is so easy to get wrapped up in the negative things and the things that aren't exactly going your way. Staying positive when the world feels like it is bringing you down is sometimes the hardest battle. Thank you both, Heather and Sarah, for reminding me of this, too!

    XOXO, Taylor
    The Taylor Diaries

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