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Hope, Strength, and Gratitude

Hope, Strength, and Gratitude

where do you find inspiration

Yesterday was one of those days that started out with a lot of mixed emotions. I have a very dear friend who is struggling right now and I don’t know how to reach her.  I can’t find the words to be both supportive of her problems but at the same time motivate her to find the strength within herself to seek the help she needs.  I ended up using some straight talk, hoping that tough love would help. Instead, I feel like I made the situation worse.

In the midst of all that worry and doubt I was still thinking about my post concerning Gratitude that I had been reworking for over a week. I wanted it to be a great piece to help not only others look at what they are grateful for, but to hopefully inspire me to find the words that I needed for my friend.

I finally logged on to my computer and instantly a friend pinged me about some great news concerning a reviewing opportunity but then shared something very special with me. What had started as a pretty bad day turned into a day that brought me back to a more settled place.  A place where I found Hope, Strength, and Gratitude.

Here is the story my friend shared with me. We decided to both do blog posts about this today since it impacted us both so much.  But more than that, we want to share the story of a special family and one very special little girl.

Hi ya’ll! My Good Friday started off like any other day with my 2 teenagers. Pretty rough! They woke up late and were rushed so neither of them was in the best of moods.  I knew my husband and I needed to hurry and get them ready and on the bus so we could get our day started. Yes, every morning is a tag team with my husband and I because that is what it takes to get our 16 and 14 year old boys ready and out the door for school.


Cancer picked the wrong princessI had a doctor’s appointment at the VA and was running late myself so I rushed out the door and made it in time. I realized I forgot a VERY IMPORTANT package because I decided to do something different today.  I belong to a Jeep Club and I met this wonderful woman named Robyn and her 3 yr old daughter
Abigayil online. I was going to meet them in person for the first time.  I started talking to Robyn because I heard the story about her 3 yr old daughter Abigayil having B- Cell A.L.L Leukemia. My heart broke at the thought of a 3 year having Leukemia!! I was trying to find a way I could do something to brighten both Abigayil’s and Robyn’s day so I got some stuff donated. In my rush to get to the VA in time I forgot it so my awesome husband brought it to the VA for me.

I needed help taking the stuff up to Abby so I found 2 Paramedics who followed me over to the Children’s Hospital and helped me take it up. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the company and I forgot to take pictures of the paramedics. I was just way too excited to be finally meeting Robyn and Abby after talking online for a while.  The Paramedics left and I went to move my Jeep only to find a ticket on the windshield.  One of the paramedics walked up to my car and took the ticket and walked into the hospital. He then came back out, ripped it in half and said you don’t have to worry about this.

Cancer picked the wrong princessWow!!  I found a handicapped parking spot and got back upstairs and we were moved the Chemo room and we were waiting on her levels to see if she was moving up to a higher dose (which is good) or staying at a lower dose. Come to find out after a long wait that is her levels are GREAT!! Abby had to get fluids before she could get her first round of Chemo so that took 15 minutes and then each round of Chemo lasts about 30 minutes.  It is 15 minutes of Chemo and 15 minutes of fluid and we did this twice. While she was being a trooper, Robyn and I started talking and I found myself talking about my troubles and my boys and how they are different.

They are ADHD, ADD and “On the Spectrum”. For those of you who don’t know what that means, Autistic is the Spectrum, but they are NOT Autistic. I told her about how difficult it has been raising them and that now in this present day it is not easy. They both are on Mood Stabilizer, Sleep Meds as well as their ADHD and ADD medication.  Our life can get pretty rough!! She is so easy to talk to, I even found myself talking about my military career and how I ended up disabled.

Abby cancer picked the wrong princessRobyn and Abigayil showed me and gave me the most WONDERFUL gifts today!! Even when I was telling Robyn about my problems all she did was lift me up!! In the midst of her own problems with her daughter having Leukemia, she found compassion and empathy for me.  She showed me HOPE again!! Something I think I recently lost. Abigayil, Oh The MIGHTY little Abigayil!! Smart as a whip, showed me STRENGTH!! Something I really needed because I have felt so weak lately. They both have shown me and made me GRATEFUL for what I have! Yes, the trials and all!! I am ever so GRATEFUL now with renewed HOPE and STRENGTH Thanks to Robyn and Abigayil.  

I have included both the link to  Abigayil’s Fight against cancer- A.L.L  Support Page and her Go Fund me Page. Please take some time out of your day to visit both. Like and Share the page, please!! Please if you can do anything to help, do so, if you can’t then please, just share it with a bit of background information.

Abigayil’s Fight Against Cancer – A.L.L
Abby’s Medical Fund

Jody Estabrook
ReviewsbyJody

cancer picked the wrong princessCancer is indiscriminate and can strike any of our families at any time.  This time, cancer has picked the wrong little Princess, every time, cancer picks the wrong person.  Join in the Fight Against Leukemia and Cancer by helping to support Abigayil’s family through her GoFundMe page or her page where you can buy a shirt to raise awareness for Leukemia. The shirt has a really great theme; When fear knocks, let faith open the door ~ Hope anchors the soul ~ Hebrews 6:19.  Abby will be needing at least 2.5 years of Chemo. That’s a lifetime for a child. Please help take some burden off this special family.

Serendipity ~ Once again I found something very special that I wasn’t expecting to find, but something I so desperately needed at that moment.  Hope, Strength, and Gratitude came from a little girl and her mother who are brave, strong, determined, and giving. Thank You Abby and Robyn!

Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way

Gratitude

Gratitude


Gratitude

What are you grateful for?

This can be something as simple as waking up in time when the alarm clock doesn’t go off to as complex as your relationship with a loved one. I have learned that recognizing and acknowledging gratitude can free me from some of the hurt I carry. I know from experience that I have sometimes let myself get so bogged down in the negativity that I have stopped seeing that I have so much to be grateful for. Concentrating on what I am truly grateful for is certainly a lot healthier than concentrating on what causes drama, leaves me hurt, or makes me feel isolated.

This doesn’t mean that any of our lives are perfect by any means. It doesn’t mean that it is wrong to feel worried, confused, frustrated or even angry over things that are happening. It only means that we shouldn’t forget to also take the time to look at what we do have that is going right for us. Taking it a step beyond that and acknowledging what we are grateful for can bring even more fulfillment to our lives.

I am so very grateful to my husband for taking such wonderful care of me since becoming disabled, but until recently I didn’t realize he didn’t understand just how grateful I really am. I can’t even put into words the depth of my gratitude but somewhere along the way that got lost in the day to day struggles and petty frustrations.  I am glad it finally came out in a long, enlightening discussion and I know that going forward I need to find better ways to acknowledge the effort it takes and the sacrifices he has made so that he does see how grateful I am. He deserves that much and more.

There are so many things in life to be grateful for. Take the time to think about those things. The people that impact your life and make it better deserve your acknowledgment.  Whether they are a neighbor, friend, relative, partner, or spouse, they will feel wonderful when you acknowledge your gratitude to them, be it for something small or something life-changing.

I wanted to share these inspirational quotes about gratitude that I have been collecting. They have inspired me and I hope they will inspire you.


Life is about the map we follow and the treasure we find along the way


 

Promotional Codes Giving You Trouble?

Promotional Codes Giving You Trouble?

troubleshooting amazon promotional codes fixing what to do when broken trouble applyingWhen I first started Reviewing on Amazon, one of the things I had the most trouble with was getting the Promotional Codes to work.

Having never used a promotional code before, I wasn’t quite sure what to do.  After I would enter my code in the Gift Card / Promotional Code box, I would sometimes get an error, or even more frustrating, nothing would happen at all.  Once I got these basics figured out, I have rarely had any trouble.

Don’t just automatically assume that the code is bad. More often than not, one of these options will fix it.

  • Copy and paste the code instead of typing it to avoid any errors.
  • The promotional product should be the only item in your cart.  Having multiple items in your cart can result in the code not working. This is not true every time, but so often that I don’t even try to check out with more than a single promotional product in my cart anymore.
  • Make sure there are no extra spaces before or after the code.
  • If it says that the code has been applied but the price has not changed, scroll down to the shipping options and change your selection.  This recalculates the order total and your discount should show now. Remember to change your shipping back to your preferred method.
  • Remove the item from your cart, close your browser and open a new one as an added precaution.  Start the order process again, hopefully with a positive outcome.
  • Are you using a special font on your computer or phone? I have heard that can trip up Amazon though I have never experienced it myself.
  • If  you have access to another computer/phone, try ordering from there.
  • Amazon could be having problems, wait a few hours and try again.
  • If all else fails, contact the seller (or admin) for a new code.

Note: If for some reason you don’t place your order after entering it, the promotional code discount will remain on your account until it is used or until the promotion expires.

If you are an experienced Reviewer, I am sure you have figured out all of these tips already, but I did want to write this for anyone who is new in the hope that it might save them some frustration.

For more information, here is what Amazon has to say on the subject: Redeem a Promotional Code

Does anyone else have any special tips or tricks that they have found to be beneficial? I love hearing from you all!


 Life is about the map we follow and the treasures we find along the way ~ Serendipity!


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

 

Today is International Women’s Day, a day in which the world advocates and celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women. I have been following this group for years now and would love to share their message and mission with you. Heifer’s projects around the world empower women day-in and day-out, to earn steady and dependable incomes for their families, to increase self-reliance and to become confident leaders in their communities.

Read more to find out how more about this fantastic organization and how you can help, with a name like Heifer International, how do you think they help women? It is an interesting and novel approach! 

For more information, click here. Thanks!

 

 

Announcing….

Announcing….

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….the winners of the  Serendipity Love and Friendship Contest
congrats to our winners

Well, of course you know I am going to make you visit the actual Coloring Books for Adults page now, but I did want to say a special thank you to everyone who participated.  I also would like to thank our wonderful sponsors CulaLuva and Coloring the West, An Adult Coloring Book.



Life is about the map we follow and the treasures we find along the way.