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 My mother always taught me to look for the good in others and in every situation we experience in life, and to be thankful in all things.  What I have discovered is that you can’t focus on the things you are thankful for and dwell on the negative things at the same time.  Thankfulness puts things in perspective and makes us grateful instead of stressful.


  • In February my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
  • In March I was diagnosed with heart disease.
  • In April my husband needed sinus surgery.
  • In April my husband was diagnosed with c diff.
  • In April I was diagnosed with sleep apnea.
  • In May our hot water heater went out.
  • In June my mother fell and was hospitalized with many stitches.
  • In July we moved Mom out of her independent living apartment to assisted living.
  • In August our grandson’s truck wouldn’t start in the parking lot where he works.


  •  My husband accepted his diagnosis, gave up driving and is doing well on the medication given to slow down memory loss.
  •  A heart catheterization revealed that all 3 of the major arteries in my heart had blockage.  The one that goes around the back of my heart was completely blocked, but my body had created 2 new bypass arteries from it.  No surgery was needed.   And, I finally found a cholesterol drug that I can tolerate.
  •  Sinus surgery was a great success.
  •  C diff was cleared up quickly with an antibiotic.
  •  I wear a sleep apnea mask while sleeping and feel like a new person.
  •  Our hot water heater went out on a Saturday morning and we found someone to replace it by Monday morning.
  •  Mom healed quickly and is doing so much better now that she is in an assisted living apartment.  All of my brothers and sisters were here for her birthday in August (94 years old).
  •  Our grandson had AAA tow his truck to a garage.  They couldn’t find anything wrong and it has been running fine since.

Like we always say, “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.”  (I think John Lennon is credited with this saying).  We are confident that things will work out for the rest of the year.  We’ve seen how things work out over and over and know that God is watching over us.  Sometimes it may be a bumpy road, but we are not alone on the journey.