Monthly Archives: November 2011

In Gratitude

The man I was dating before my move was a retired army officer. Before I knew him, I really did not understand — at all — what life was like for the people who serve our country in the military.  I did not understand — at all — the sacrifices they and their families made.  Now, it brings tears to my eyes. Please take a moment to pray for veterans today, and their families.  They pay the price for our freedom.

Just call me …

GRANDMA!  Yes, it’s true.  My 19 y.o. son who is living with his 19 y.o. girlfriend, both of them in recovery (and doing very well), just announced they are having a baby.  So in 2012, I will be a grandmother for the first time.

Since this news, I have seen a change in Al.  He seems more focused, more calm, and more upbeat than he’s been in awhile. It’s not as if the demands of his life have been removed. Far from it! But … I think he has, perhaps, a new sense of purpose.

Thankfully, my ex-husband and I, and Al’s girlfriends parents (who are also divorced) are all on board and ready to walk alongside them as they bring our newest family member into the world.  I pray that this child is born healthy, and that these new parents find the strength and support they need to walk their own healthy path.

Life goes on.  It sure does!  God bless!

Letting Go

I received this in an email from the Harmony Foundation – the first residential program my oldest boy attended a couple of years back, located in Estes Park, Colorado.  I hope you like it!



To “LET GO” does not mean to stop caring, it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To “LET GO” is not to cut myself off, it’s the realization I can’t control another.
To “LET GO” is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To “LET GO” is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To “LET GO” is not to try to change or blame another, it’s to make the most of myself.
To “LET GO” is not to care for, but to care about.
To “LET GO” is not to fix, but to be supportive.
To “LET GO” is not to judge, but allow another to be a human being.
To “LET GO” is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes, but to allow others to affect their own destinies.
To “LET GO” is not to be protective, it’s to permit another to face reality.
To “LET GO” is not to deny, but to accept.
To “LET GO” is not to nag, scold, or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them.
To “LET GO” is not to adjust everything to my desires, but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it.
To “LET GO” is not to criticize and regulate anybody, but to try and become what I can be.
To “LET GO” is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
To “LET GO” is to fear less and love more!!
— Anonymous