Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dear God, Thank you!

I pray every night and at least a couple of times during the day, and always try to say "thank you" and count my blessings even when things don't seem to be going very well. THIS Thank you, I felt, needed to be shared.

It is a huge stress when someone in your family is diagnosed with cancer, and you can't help but also stress over the money. Your loved one can't work, bills mount up, collection agencies begin to call, its just unbearable at times. I hate to pray for money, because that just seems wrong, so I prayed for an answer, I prayed for guidance and my prayers were answered.

Our Patient Advocate told us that organizations donate money to families with high deductibles and high out-of-pocket medical costs. She applied to several for us and we received the news yesterday that we were approved for financial assistance for this year!

I'm just so beside myself with relief and joy that I wanted to share the news with everyone. Those who follow my blog have been so supportive and it is so appreciated, too.

So, I just wanted to say, Thank you, God, for all you do for us. I am so grateful, that words just cannot describe it.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Incentives

I go through long spurts of not being able to accomplish anything. Although my intentions are good, I always manage to talk myself into procrastination. Because of my husband's illness and working longer hours and the dark, grey, depression of winter, I've put off a lot of things that need to be done around here. Things pile up, nothing gets thrown away and I'd clean just enough to not be embarrassed if someone stopped by. I live by the old Erma Bombeck way of thinking, if I clean it up, it'll just get messy again in a week or two, so why bother?! (I love all of her books - she was inspirational when I was growing up, lol).

But then, I go to someone's house that is worse than mine, and I think "how/why would you live this way?!" and I found myself picking things up, throwing things away, and I realized, why don't I just do this at my house? It inspired me like nothing else could. I spent the day throwing things away: junk mail, freebies I had collected from here and there, old straws, matchbooks, and I started finding a lot of things that I had "borrowed" ages ago from people, so I started bagging those items to be returned to their owners (bet they'll be surprised).

I think it was therapeutic in a way. Clutter can bring you down and make you feel like you're buried and when life is a little rough anyway, breaking through the clutter can be liberating and gave me a fresh outlook.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Far Behind

I'm so far behind on my "to do" list because I basically have done nothing but watch movies during the holiday off days. It was very relaxing and rejuvenating and totally necessary. I have so much to write about but don't have time enough this morning. So, coming up, I want to share what I thought about the endless number of movies I watched the past 2 weeks, one book review (I felt it was a total scam) and an update on my husband's chemo, etc. I'm starting to think I can keep this blog, but then maybe I should make additional blogs to categorize the things I write about. But then, I start thinking that would be a lot of extra work. What do you think?

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