Simple Things

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I missed a day!! Ugh, I tried really hard but missed posting yesterday. Oh well, maybe I’ll get in two posts today to make up for it.

This week I’ve seen how simple acts can feel very big.

The loss of my friend on Sunday hit hard. It was so sudden and so senseless, it was hard to wrap my mind around. The outpouring of love and seeing the amount of people her life touched was amazing.

The physician I have worked part-time for over the last year had just met Tammy but he knew she was important to myself and another co-worker and he sent flowers. He had barely met her but such a small gesture meant so much.

On a bigger scale there was a story out of San Francisco yesterday about a little boy who has fought leukemia. The Make A Wish Foundation worked with this boy and his family to make his wish come true – to be Batman for a day. He was dubbed Batboy and people from all over the city came together to give that little boy his dream. Not because people knew him but because they cared.

“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” (Gandalf – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)

Yes, this is just a line from a movie but it is true. It isn’t the big things we try to make happen but it’s in the little, everyday things we do that can touch someone else’s life so greatly. Keep doing the little things, they mean so much.

Throwback Thursday – Prom Edition

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I have seen so many awesome pics posted on Facebook for TBT but have never taken part.  I thought today was a great day to get in on the fun.  Ump-teen years ago my best friend and I went to prom together (with our dates of course!).  I located a pic and scanned it in so please excuse the quality (and the red eyes!).

Brandi and Brandy

Brandi and Brandy

We share a name and although we don’t get to see each other nearly as often as in the past, I am thankful she’s my friend and that we’ve had so many good times together.  (How crazy is this picture Bran??)

Making It Better

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There were multiple times yesterday that I cried. Sometimes it was sadness, sometimes shock and sometimes just plain anger at the situation and the senselessness of it all.

Gabe knew I was sad and he told the kids that mommy had a bad day. Of course the kids asked what happened and Gabe told them my friend had died. When I got home these were waiting for me:

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My sweet babies didn’t want me to be sad and wanted me to know how much they love me. These small, wonderful things are what make the tragedies in this life just a little bit easier to navigate.

Life Rarely Makes Sense

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Friday afternoon I had the honor of catching up with a sweet friend that I hadn’t seen in quite a while.  I am planning to leave my part-time job that I held for the last year because of my current position as an RN.  This sweet friend was going to take over my medical billing position so we met Friday evening to start training.

Of course the start of training included hugging as we met, catching up, and her wanting to see current pics of the kids.  I asked about her husband and she asked about my brother.  When we parted ways she gave me a hug, we said how good it was to see each other, and we made plans to meet for more training on Tuesday evening.

This morning I received a call telling me that my friend was killed yesterday in a motorcycle accident.  I was shocked and sad and walked around in a daze this morning.  This afternoon I found out that the accident was caused by a drunk driver who crossed the center line at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.  And I became angry.  My generous, kind-hearted, easy to laugh friend was taken from this life because someone had too much to drink and decided to get behind the wheel.  It’s not right.  It’s not fair.  It hurts.

My friend, Tammy Hale, touched so very many lives.  I’m thankful that I got to know her and I will forever have my memories of singing along to The Backstreet Boys in the tiny closet we called an office and laughing while doing it.   Tam, you will be missed.

R-L: Mindy, Tammy, Jessi, Brandy (we like to associate ourselves with others whose names end in "e")

Left-Right: Mindy, Tammy, Jessi, Brandy (we like to associate ourselves with others whose names end in “e”)

Children’s Birthday Parties

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I would like to take this time to say thank you to each and every person who has ever come to one of my children’s birthday parties. Seriously, you all deserve medals.

Aiden was very kindly invited to the birthday party of a classmate today. I was scheduled to work 12:45-4:00 and the party was to take place from 2:00-4:00 at a local children’s bounce house/arcade establishment. This meant that poor Gabe was tasked with taking the kiddos on his own. With a stroke of luck I was able to leave work at 2:30 and meet up with the crew to help out.

Children’s birthday parties are ROUGH. There was a large crowd in addition to the birthday crew and to say it was sensory overload is to speak a very large understatement. There was pizza and cupcakes, bouncing and games. There was also screaming and running and being pulled in every direction.

More than likely one of our two children’s next birthday celebrations (maybe both) will be held at this establishment (and we know the owners – the kids absolutely LOVE it) so I apologize now for the sensory overload experience I will one day foist upon you. I do have to say, though, I am very glad these places exist because I’m not sure my living room can handle another of the kiddo’s birthday parties.

Simply Thankful Saturday – Veteran’s Day Edition

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Monday is Veteran’s Day. My father served in the Navy and in the Navy Reserves. During World War II my grandfather served in the Navy and after his time in the Navy he joined the Army. They served our country well and raised me to respect this country and the service of every man and woman in the military.

Thank you to Max E. Campbell, Jr. and Max E. Campbell, Sr. for all you did and for giving me the love of this country I have. And thank you to every man, woman and family that sacrifices every day for everything I have. Sincerely, thank you.

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I Love Fall

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The smell of fall leaves, mums on porches, pumpkins everywhere. Yep, I love fall. The leaves in Indiana have turned a little late but we have the prettiest yellows, reds, and oranges right now.

I’m sure when it starts threatening snow soon I will have longings for summer but until then I will enjoy scenes like these.

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Daylight Savings Is Terrible

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I wanted to write something having to do with Throwback Thursday or with being thrifty but I just couldn’t do it. I am TIRED. Daylight Savings time throws me off and I don’t like it. By 8:00 I’m already feeling like it’s bedtime and right now it feels like I’m up super late. In a day or two hopefully I will be adjusted and be able to concentrate again at night. We shall see…