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!