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Month: November 2010

Thankful for You

Thankful for You

I know Thanksgiving has come and gone but I am thankful for so many of the wonderful people in my life. This year was only the second year in my life that I spent Thanksgiving away from my Dad, sister and extended family. The last time I didn’t spend it with them was because  I was 8 1/2 months pregnant and traveling was a no-no. This year it was a combination of sharing them with my newest extended family members and medical issues. Mainly, the medical issues.

I will admit as I sat around our table of five, I became overwhelmed with gratitude. Clint worked so hard (for two days!) fixing us an amazing Thanksgiving feast.  We ate on our best china with candles and everything. As I listened to my family laugh and talk and enjoy being together, I’ll admit, I did tear up. I am blessed. The family Clint and I have created over the last 20 years is one of most amazing blessings in my life. I am thankful for them.

The long weekend was a nice break from doctors, hospitals, ER’s and all things dealing with needles, tests and doctors. But, as we have reached Monday, we are back into that awful groove again. Back to more doctors, more tests, more hospitals.

Do you know- even after all these years online with you readers and my friends both far and near- I am always so touched when I post about my fears, the medical struggles, my tears over my child’s suffering and within seconds of posting I receive such an amazing outpouring of love and support. From good friends who’ve known me forever to people who have never met me in person but have come to know me online and everyone in between, you’ve been an amazing support for me and my kiddo. Thank you! I am grateful to you.

I wanted to thank you for that. Thank you for caring about someone you may or may not have ever hugged in person yet still send love, prayers and hugs my way. You make a difference in my life. And? I appreciate you. Yes, YOU. The time you take to just let me know you’re thinking about us means so much to me. Even when you just stop by, read what I have to say either here or elsewhere and just take a moment to wish us well mentally, it’s appreciated that you even took the time to read my words.

I hope I never take you all for granted because you keep me writing, keep me strong when I feel I need a boost and make me laugh when I need it most. In short, y’all rock.

Happy Monday. We’re off to yet another appointment. I’ll keep you updated in the usual ways.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Ugly Truth” Tour and I was cool enough (for one day) to hang on the tour bus. (Part One)

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid- The Ugly Truth” Tour and I was cool enough (for one day) to hang on the tour bus. (Part One)

Totally got to hang on the Wimpy Kid bus. And, yes, it rocked!
Totally got to hang on the Wimpy Kid bus. And, yes, it rocked!

My cool points totally went up this week when I was able to meet the author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book series, Jeff Kinney and the two stars of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Movie, Zach Gordon (who plays the main character Greg Heffley) and Robert Capron (who plays his best friend Rowley).  To be perfectly honest, I am not sure what I expected but no matter how awesome I thought these guys would be, it didn’t come close to how amazing Jeff and these young men actually are in person.  Totally a ZOO-WEE-MAMA kind of day! (And? I really want that bus. It might be hard to maneuver in the carpool lane but I am guessing I would be taking half the school home if I did drive it. But it was suh-weet!)

It truly was a pleasure to be able to sit down and talk with Jeff, Zach and Robert.  I was joined by fellow bloggers Gretchen aka Texan Mama and Crystal of Crystal & Co. along with Matt Mungle of the Dallas Morning News and The Mungle Show.  We all jumped right into a conversation. I would call it an interview because we were of course asking questions but it honestly felt more like sitting down with good friends and friends of my kids.  For every question we asked, we were delighted to be entertained with a anecdotal stories from their every day lives. They drew us into their circle as if for that time, we were one of them. (Let me be the first to say, I would be honored to be a part of the Wimpy Kid Crew anytime, any day.) I guess that is one of those things I love about being honored to do these type of interviews: I am able to become a part of the lives of people I truly admire for even a little while. Sometimes, too drawn in as evidenced by my joking, laughing and not so reporter-like questions. But what I do and do well, is ask the questions the core audience want to know. At least, I think I do.

Me with the Wimpy Kid Crew along with bloggers Crystal and Gretchen
Me with the Wimpy Kid Crew along with bloggers Crystal and Gretchen

So are you going to share the interview, Jenn?

Of course I am. That is Part Two.  Part One (This, duh!) is the part where I tell you about the people and a bit about the experience.

1) Yes, Jeff is really as humble, kind, and awesome as you think he would be.

2) Both young stars are the type of young men you would want your own kids to be friends with. Polite, funny, kind, and normal! (That is a great thing.) And I have to add for Robert that in the movies they put him in really tight vests that were not the most flattering on him but he really is a fit, good looking kid without a bowl cut.  Oh, and that Zach’s hair really doesn’t have that part in his bangs and it doesn’t stand up in that back like it does in the movie. I just had to clear that up for them. Since we’re tight now. (Or so I tell my kids so they will keep thinking I am the coolest mom ever!)

3) You have to go get the new book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth today. Seriously. If you have kids who have read the series, this is a must have. If you have kids between 8-15, you have to get the whole series. I promise it is worth it.

4) A little peek into something many people may not know about The Diary of  Wimpy Kid book (and I tell you this so that if you are sitting back thinking this is not for you because your kids are either non-existent, too young or too old) Jeff Kinney actually wrote this book for adults.  Sort of a nostalgic look back at the time we all went through and did our best to survive. Yes, this book was written for adults. Find out what Jeff had to say when I asked him how much of the book he had to change in order for him to adapt it to a younger audience…

I Forgave You. (Day 4 of 30 Days of Truth: Something I have to forgive someone for.)

I Forgave You. (Day 4 of 30 Days of Truth: Something I have to forgive someone for.)

So, I am supposed to write about  something I have to forgive someone for.

I did that. Several times. In fact, I have three entire posts sitting in my drafts folder.

This morning I got up and read them only to realize they felt forced. It didn’t feel like it was from my heart.  Then I realized why.  The things I wrote about– the things I “feel I need to forgive someone for” aren’t there anymore. I’ve already forgiven them. I don’t know when it happened, but it did.

Let me explain.  I don’t think it is okay to hurt someone, know you hurt them and gloat about it.  I don’t think it is okay to taunt, gossip or tear down someone and hide behind “she deserves it” or “I am better than she is” because that is not right either. We even teach our children that is wrong.  When I hear about that, it bothers me to the extent that I cannot understand adults who cannot move on. But not forgiving someone who isn’t a part of your life anymore?  Well, that only seems to hurt myself not them.

However,  when it comes to anger and forgiveness, I am not in a place where I can afford to hold onto anger or harbor feelings in situations where I know I need to forgive someone for an act (or acts) that hurt me. If I have something to forgive you for, you can rest assured I already have. It is a way of life I accepted twice in my lifetime. First when I became a Christian and second when I realized that as a recovering addict I had to follow a plan to stay sober and sane. That plan was the 12 steps. Forgiving you (anyone I feel has wronged me) is necessary and vital for me.

Really? She is going all AA on us?

Yes, I am. It saved my life. It saved my marriage. It saved my family.  And it damn sure will save me from bullies or people who have hurt me or want to try to continue to hurt me.

I’ve moved on.

I hope you can, too.

So, to anyone who has wronged me or to those whom I feel have wronged me, I forgive you. I already did a long time ago.  I hope you reach that point someday.