Sunday, November 15, 2009

Heroes- Girl Power

A bit of a personal blog this week, that is, if I have any readers left! Everyday I look around at those around me. I have always felt that we are all on our own little islands doing the best we can. One of the things that I strive to do is to open up bridges from one island to another. Relationships, right? Whether it be parenting, health, education, marriage, mundane tasks it is important to know that we are not alone on an island. We are all going through the same things and being here for one another is key!
A few of my friends have stood out to me as true heroes! I hope I do not embarrass anyone, but I wanted to share what great women I have around me that continue to inspire me daily! I encourage you to look around and find your everyday heroes, then tell them just what they mean to you...

#1- My first hero is a mother of three. She is amazing at everything she does! About 5 years ago her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was not until 2 years ago that they found out it was cancerous. He, of course, is a hero! But his wife, lives everyday with the unknown of her future and her children's. She continues to be an example of pure strength. First he had to change careers due to seizures. That resulted in a moving to a new state. Then the diagnosis that nobody wanted to hear. We never know how we would react in situations like this, but she has handled this long term crisis with pure grace! They both have endured so well that I wonder if we take for granted his illness. I hope that they know that we continue to pray for them each and every day!

#2 & #3- Two of my friends completed a full marathon yesterday! It was such a thrill for me to be at the finish line with them. I've watched them train and prepare. The example that they've shown me is when you put your mind to something, anything is possible! Wow!

#4- Another mother of three, who is a great friend of mine, has supported her husband and family twice while her husband was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Seeing her first hand everyday, as a single mom, made me realize that even the little things that our companions do are meaningful in our lives. I would see her power wash the house and maintain cars and self train in his job to keep the business running. She would do all this while looking and acting with pure beauty, while inside worrying every minute about the love of her life. Right before his second deployment she gave birth to a precious angel that helped the entire family have hope. Now her sweet husband is home and there is a twinkle in her eye!
Each of these women have been a huge example to me in their own way. It makes me wonder how I can be an example to others!

6 comments:

Poetry of Life said...

You have always been an example to me of happiness and honesty. You seem to always be able to put a smile on your face and are always looking for ways to serve. I miss our Sunday opportunities to catch up and at the same time share the opportunity of feeling the spirit around us as we learn from each other. Hugs!

Leslie said...

Don't underestimate your example,and inner and outer beauty my friend! You are one in a million and I'm so glad you are my friend. Love ya!

..Kris Naven.. said...

The beautiful example you set to those around you is priceless. So many look up to you, and you truly are a wonderful wife, Mom, daughter and friend! I love you, and I am so glad I have gotten to know you better! It was so nice seeing you on Saturday! Hugs and kisses!

Tammy said...

Your heroes are all wonderful examples and it is a good reminder to us. It seems we all plod on through our days not knowing what is wround the corner, but knowing all of these fabulous heroes you mentioned...yourself included...I feel strengthened by all examples of what and who I want to be when I FINALLY grow up.

Miss you!!!

lynne said...

i totally know what you mean about the island thing, all of us trying to reach out and connect meaningfully with each other somehow.

love your hero examples... they are heroes to me too - and you!

Carrie said...

it meant so much to us that you came. what a true friend. love you!