Monday, February 11, 2008

Give it All You've Got!


I spent the weekend in Palm Springs cheering angel daughter number two on throughout her cheer competition. This is a picture of her in all of her cheerleading enthusiasm, egging on the crowd! Go AD2!!! She is certainly a spirited young woman, with a whole lot of team spirit. I adore watching her as she flies through the air performing gravity-defying feats and landing on her feet with a smile and a wave.

It was also angel daughter number four's birthday, so we had a lot to celebrate. Life is good, and even though I may not have perfect health, I am so grateful that I am able to enjoy every moment. There is something about knowing that our health can be fleeting that makes the special moments even that much more valuable. I do not think that I totally understood that before I became chronically ill, but there are lessons in every phase of our lives if we allow ourselves absorb them. I am learning, I am trying, I am surviving, I am thriving. What more could I expect out of this life.

More photos and words to follow. I missed all of my dear friends, and I am trying to catch up on all of my favorite blogs.

13 comments:

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

How fun to see your daughter cheering!

I went through a time of illness a number of years ago, with low thyroid (which was undiagnosed at the time), and it does change one's perspective. Praise God I am healthy now. I do try to remind myself now and then of how it felt to not be 100% so I don't take it for granted. You are a great example of thriving in spite of the illness!

xo

Irene Latham said...

Deb, you amaze me. You do SO MUCH and under pressure that would cause we mere mortals to crash and burn. You inspire me to no end. AD2 looks so young and vibrant... and happy birthday to AD4! I know you are one proud momma. xxoo

daviida said...

i love you so much. it was good to see you and spend a little bit of time with you the other day. miss you!

KellyJean said...

How Fun!!! Your daughter is beautiful!!!

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

You always put things in the right perspective. You are my sunshine on a cloudy day. I really do wish I lived near you. I would love to have morning coffee or tea or gas station cappuccino with you. You are an incredible woman.

Ness said...

How cool that your daughter can do that! I always love to watch cheering competitions on TV.

Yes, I totally agree about "little things" being much more significant when confronting an illness. I can't tell you all the little things I thoroughly enjoy being able to do since fibro and cancer invaded my life. I get the biggest thrill out of going on our deck at night and feeling the wind on my face and to look up at the stars. I even get a charge out of going down 3 flights of steps at night with my husband for the final dachshund outing of the day so we can share a kiss under the stars. I take nothing for granted anymore.

Missed you!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Wondered where you had wandered off to!! Glad it was somewhere wonderful! Could you ask your
daughter to bring some of that energy to Maine! I could use a rousing cheer to help motivate me to CLEAN THIS HOUSE!!

Shmoops is home and I am one blessed momma.

Hallie :)

Grammie in WA said...

sigh...! UPLIFTING!! Thank you...

kim-d said...

Hi Deb~I'm glad you're back; I kept checking for a new post and I have finally been rewarded. I agree 100% with what you said. No matter what comes our way, there is always something to be thankful for, if we choose to see it. I personally think it would be easy to be thankful, while watching AD2 perform so beautifully. And celebrating AD4's birthday during the same time period...even more fun! I really appreciate your positive perspective, Deb; you help me to stay positive, too!

Alison said...

great picture!! I love your positive outlook on life!! You are an inspiration to me!

Catherine Holman said...

You're very blessed and you bless those around you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I was moved by this post and then I read something about "gas station cappuccinos" in the comments and that just made me laugh and made my night. Thank you both. You're really sweet.

tj said...

...Gosh, I wish I had just an ounce of that energy! She's so cute too! :o)

...So glad you're back - you were missed young lady! lol... ;o) Hope you're feeling well!

...Blessings... :o)

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