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Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's Easter! Happy Easter everyone. It is a day of reflection for me. Mom passed away last Easter. I spent some time this morning writing in my private journal and exploring my feelings. I did a review of the past year. A LOT has changed...and, in the end, all for the better. I can even see that mom's passing was a blessing. Her health had been slowly declining for years and her quality of life would have been extremely low had it continued on. So, now I can see the dawn.

Yesterday, we got together with my son and his wife, and my daughter and her boyfriend. We went to BD's Mongolian Grill for our family/Easter celebration. My son and his wife have plans with her family today...so we had our celebration yesterday. It was really nice to spend time with them. After eating and talking, we went to the movies. We saw Rio in 3D. Cute movie. I wondered if I would get any "aha's" at the movie. For some reason, the movies give me more aha moments than anything. Sitting here, reflecting, and thinking about the movie, too...I would have to say...my aha is how things all work out in the end.

That's the conclusion I came up with this morning as I was reflecting on all the changes in the last year. I feel that we have truly made lemonade out of our lemons. My kids and me and my husband have all had our fair share of challenges...but we've been positive...made the best of things...and moved in a forward direction...and are currently in a good place. It's not because we just happen to be here...it's because of what we did with our circumstances. It's because we tried. It's because we explored our options and have not only gotten what we wanted...but wanted what we got.

I picked up a little necklace the other day that I've been wearing. It's the same symbol that some of the contestants on Biggest Loser are wearing. So, I thought I would get it and wear it to remind myself that I am on the same journey they are on. It's the Karma symbol. "What goes around, comes around." It's true. But, we decide where we go and what we do...then we get to reap the rewards of those actions. That's the cool thing. That is what is making this a very Happy Easter. Hope you all are having a good one, too! Spark on! emoticon
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  • OCTOBER2842
    Happy Easter Cathy
    3751 days ago
    I'm so glad you've made so many wonderful changes to your life this year and are finally starting to find a good place in regards to your mum's passing... It's amazing how much time can change our perspective on everything isn't it...

    3752 days ago
    Thanks for sharing Cathy! My Dad passed on Easter 17 yrs ago. That year it was April 3rd......... so it's like two days of remembering that day cause Easter always changes. Holidays are times to reflect on loved one past and present! That's why I say "Treasure family moments and keep memories close to your heart" we never know when God will call anyone of us home! As we learned with our Son's passing.
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    Comment edited on: 4/25/2011 12:07:38 AM
  • SHERRY257
    Happy Easter, Cathy! Great blog1 Thanks for sharing your day and insights! emoticon
    3752 days ago
    I often wonder what my parents' "passing anniversary" will be... isn't that strange? How I will miss them! I am so glad that you are at peace with your Mom's passing away. Kind of comforting, though... knowing it's on RESURRECTION Sunday. emoticon
    3752 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7840601
    Happy Easter Cathy!! Every day is a new beginning. Never look back. Grab the moment and decide what you'll do next!!
    3752 days ago
  • CHEVY63
    Happy Easter! I'm sure it's tough to face the first one without your mom, and I'm glad you've been able to reflect and find the blessings in your situation.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. It's great that you and your family are all doing well and moving forward.

    3752 days ago
    I enjoyed reading about your celebration.
    3752 days ago
    Happy Easter to you & your family! It's always nice to celebrate a special day w/those whom we love! I'm missing my parents today...& they are in my heart & in my thoughts.

    And we're all on this wonderous journey together my friend!
    Arm in arm! We're doing it!

    3752 days ago
  • L1LL1AN_M
    Thanks for sharing. I find I always reflect about changes around the holidays no matter what the holiday is. With my siblings living in various states now we rarely get together anymore and I really miss the family holiday dinners my parents had. emoticon
    3752 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your reflections on Easter!! I'm working on trying to be more reflective, pull the good out of circumstances and learn from them, and then move on carrying those with me.

    Thank you also for your comment on my blog! I totally agree on the reward for finishing my weekend challenge...I'll just have to come up with a really good one!! :) I completed the challenge with flying colors, which was a good way to spend Easter! I hope you have a wonderful start to the week tomorrow.
    3752 days ago
    My MIL just died on Good Friday and we are of a similar mind. She had suffered enough.

    I would love to eat at a Mongolian restaurant. We have none around here but there is some in the metroeast St. Louis area.

    I agree. We have a lot of challenges at our house too and make the best of what we have. We have a good life.
    3752 days ago
    Thanks for sharing all those amazing reflections on this special day. I am so glad you're at peace with your mom's passing - and you've had a year of renewal.
    3753 days ago
    How can you not enjoy everything around you with such a positive attitude? I admire and respect that you always see the glass as half full instead of half empty! Great blog and may I add Happy Easter to you and yours.
    3753 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5469563
    Great blog. Thanks for sharing with us. I hope you have a very wonderful Easter.
    3753 days ago
    Happy Easter to you too. You've worked hard to make changes and improve your life and you deserve to be happy. I think your habit of reflection and introspection are the biggest factors in your success. You are a great example for us all. Thanks.
    3753 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8398992
    Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Easter, too!
    3753 days ago
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