My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Monday, November 29, 2010

RIP Lisa

My sister Lisa's birthday is today. She would have been 48.  I had a few pictures on my computer of her.  I don't have many of her once she started down the path of her addiction but her are some of the better ones of her.  I miss her.  I mostly miss the person Lisa COULD have been.  But today I will simply say a prayer for her.  I miss her. 

 This was from 3 years ago at Megan's First Communion.  She was healthy here but years of abuse and take it's toll.
 Mom, me, and Lisa from the rehearsal dinner for my wedding.  It makes me sad to think that I am the only one still living from this picture.  Lisa was doing pretty well here and looked good.
Lisa was struggling here.  She is holding Megan.  She loved Megan.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Something to think about

"Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.". -St. Teresa of Avila

Thursday, November 25, 2010

My Thankfulness

These are the things I am most thankful for on this rainy Thanksgiving afternoon.  These are not in any particular order of importance.  I'm just going to let it flow as it pops into my crowded brain.

God for Blessing me with my Faith, Grace, and life
My amazing children who forever push me to be a better person for them
My family
my job and the wonderful women I teach with everyday
my boss for talking a chance on me when few would and who still believes in me everyday
the students I teach and their parents for trusting me everyday to take care of their most favorite people
my apartment
Ali, Bob, Dylan, Zane, Abraham, Jack, Tobias
Erik, Evan, Ana
Tim, Kim, Amelia, Jack, John, Sandy
my triplet Mom friends in Louisville
my Moms of Multiples friends on Facebook
my neighbors
the girls' friends
Megan B. Lee, Katie S., April, and the playground Moms and siblings
Field Elementary
Mindy and Leisha
my van
my health
the Family Health Center Portland
Brigid's doctor
my cats and guinea pigs
shoes and purses
my bed
keeping busy
the internet
warm socks
food because Lord knows I love to eat
my ex (no I haven't lost my mind-I have children with him)
Tuesday night Cindy B.
Mary and Joe, Ali and Ashley
Nickolodeon and the Disney channel
my church

I will add to this list.  Because I am always and eternally greatful for my life.  For myself and all my mistake-making faults.  I try to practice gratitude everyday.  Even if all I can say is "I got up in the morning." Because on somedays that is the greatest miracle.

I am thankful. 

Can you say that today?