Monday, March 02, 2015

Nana Aurora

Yesterday would have been my Nana Aurora's 102nd birthday.
Nana passed away in November of 1991 from the progressive and degenerate
disorder of Alzheimer's disease.
I was only 10 years old when she died, so my memories are few, but the ones I
have of her are bright, strong and vibrant (she taught me "chickie").
Nana was one of my biggest sources of strength after the accident
while I was in my coma, and even now.
(I wrote about that quite extensively in my book)
I know our loved ones are still with us even after they have passed on.
I know this life doesn't end here. 
 I know it continues on and families can be together forever!
  I know we will see our loved ones again.
I can't wait to see Nana. 
Nana was beauty, femininity, grace, kindness, softness, and peace.
(A few of Nana's namesakes; Stephanie Aurora and Betsy Aurora)

We had a birthday party for her yesterday. 
At dinner, we talked about Nana and memories we have of her.
I shared this little tidbit about Nana (below) in 1933, 
when she and my Papa were married.
(Thanks to the amazing Family Search site. )

She will always be in my heart and the memories I have of her
are locked there too.

Happy Birthday Nana Aurora!
And Happy March to you all!

Friday, February 27, 2015


As I type this, it is snowing outside.  Makes me so happy.  
Do you know how much I love storms? 
I hope it is stormy all weekend!!!

Yesterday, I found Claire entertaining Charlotte as she made hand shadows
on my bedroom wall.  The afternoon light was perfect.
And Lottie was so amazed.
 I am happy that Lottie has big sisters who love her so much.
Claire and Lottie are the same age difference as my sister Page and I.
Page was a second mother to me, and I think Claire will have the same
relationship with Charlotte. 
 Sisters truly are the best!
Have a wonderful weekend!  See you Monday!
Spiritual Enlightenment HERE

Thursday, February 26, 2015

If I look back, it's only to see how far I've come.

If I look back, it's only to see how far I've come,
and I am so thankful for my progress.
I am proud of my body for responding so beautifully to 
hundreds of surgeries, physical therapy, medication
and as I continue healing.
I am amazed at how this body of mine has experienced something so horrific,
but has healed and continues to serve my spirit and soul so nicely.
I am constantly teaching my children the importance of staying
healthy in spirit, mind, and body. 
I hope you are thankful and patient with yourself and your body
each day, as you progress and grow.
Healthy bodies are such a huge blessing...Don't forget that.
Don't take it for granted nor neglect it!
 Ever. No, seriously, ever.
(summer 2008)                                      (summer 2014)

I love this quote and read it almost daily:

The pleasures of the body can become an obsession for some; so too can
 the attention we give to our outward appearance. 
Sometimes there is a selfish excess of exercising, dieting, makeovers,
 and spending money on the latest fashions
I am troubled by the practice of extreme makeovers. 
Happiness comes from accepting the bodies we have been given as
 divine gifts and enhancing our natural attributes, not from 
remaking our bodies after the image of the world.

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