Before I picked Lila up from school today I stopped by the grocery store. I picked up fresh fruit and deli meat for sandwiches. As I walked around the grocery store, noticing the ever-rising prices, I started to think about how I was going to walk to the check-out, pay for my groceries and not worry about a thing. Some people can't do that. My brother was laid off from his job this week. My husband was out of town this week and our dishwasher took a dump. Our basement ceiling is severely damaged and so is a lot of the carpet. A friend's husband was in a motorcycle accident this week. It's a miracle that he is alive as his helmet flew off. His recovery time will be lengthy. They have a typical 4 year old and a 2 year old with DS. Her husband can't use his arms at all- she has to help him with everything. My sister's having a rough time with chemo this week. My friend Bruce, who also has cancer, broke his hip and came down with pneumonia.

Next time I feel sorry for myself somebody please give me a reality check.

My daughter can't walk- she will in time.
My daughter aspirates and all of her liquids have to be thickened- she will outgrow this.
My daughter has sleep apnea and has to have her tonsils and adenoids out- thank God for modern medicine.
My daughter has sensory issues and we have lots of homework for this- so thankful for a great OT and for Medicaid that pays for it.

I could go on but you get the picture. We are blessed. I am thankful. I need to discipline myself to focus on the good things in my life.

Count your blessings today~



  1. Those are really wonderful thoughts, Linda. Really makes me put things in perspective. I think everyone can use that reminder now and then. I definitely try not to take anything for granted.

  2. Must be in the air tonight - I had a similar conversation with a woman in a department store line-up. Her 5 month old had heart surgery last month and we were talking about how grateful we are for our children's health. Also how it's a humbling experience to be in Peds ICU.

  3. You're so right. We have small problems, but so much to be thankful for. My husband was laid off after Goldie was born until she was 18 months old. He has a wonderful job now. I am so thankful everytime I pay bills, buy food, or get to do something fun with the kids.

  4. Wow, Linda, thank you for the reminder of how blessed we are. And my heart goes out to those who you mention that are hurting right now.

  5. Thanks for the reality check. There are so many things we take for granted and we gripe that we don't have certain things. So sorry to hear of your friends/family members who are suffering.

  6. Reality bites, doesn't it? I really liked your post. There are days when reality can get to me, but the thoughts of how blessed I am can put my "misery" in check. Thanks for the reminder.
    I always liked the scripture Psalm 118:4 "This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it." Even when it is tough, we are still here and there are blessings all around us. I just said to someone yesterday that I am so tired of feeding Sydney... then I think that there are parents who feed their children every day of their whole lives, and I am thankful that Like Lila... Sydney will grow out of this. Bless you!