Thursday, September 23, 2010

A New Day

When you start traveling down memory lane, its hard to stop.  Its easy enough to find many paths to meander down and great sights to take in, thoughts to ponder, questions to wonder, and then more memories to wander.

When I saw Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop prompt #2, "Tell us about a day you were sure you wouldn’t get through." and I knew exactly which trail I wanted to follow next.

Mom says she finds random bits & pieces of her Mom's, my Grandma (you know, Grandma & her boyfriend, Jerry Rice! :>), at meaningful times in Mom's life since Grandma passed.

I'm sure I gave Mom the "Yea, yea. Okay. Sure." response when it happened to her.  But, then Mom found a piece of paper with my name written in Grandma's script & a typed passage on the front and more writing from Grandma on the back about my confirmation.  She didn't tell me about it, but simply put it in an envelope & mailed it to me.

Fast forward to an extremely challenging morning with the most extreme kidlet meltdown in public ever.  No need to say anything else.

When the kidlets & I returned home and everyone was settled.  I walked out to the mailbox, still completely effected by the events of the 'extremely challenging morning' and what do I find, but an envelope hand addressed to me, from Mom.

Upon opening the envelope, I found the little piece of paper with the printed passage & Grandma's script on it.  I read it.

(Picture is clickable to enlarge & read!)

As I read, I was reminded to move forward in my day from that moment.  The challenging morning was over and I could choose to move forward and try to have a more successful day.  It reminded me that as challenging as that morning had been, it was gone and I could choose what I wanted to trade the rest of my day in for.

I put 'A New Day' up on our refrigerator four years ago and there it has stayed.  It serves as a daily reminder to me and somewhat recently, even Hubby said that he also often reads it.  Hopefully, you can find something positive to take from this as well!

What keeps you moving on your challenging days?  Share your keep moving forward mojo!

(I don't know what this is from or who wrote it.  If anyone recognizes it, please share with me, so that I may give proper credit!)

Mama's Losin' It

And because I have enjoyed meandering down memory lane so much this week, making it fabulous & I enjoy Minky {moo} (definitely take a stroll through both of these women's blogs...they are a riot!....but after you say 'hi', okay?! :>:>), I'm linking up with her too:


  1. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Believe it or not, the princess with the longest hair is actually a prince. he's never had a haircut so we get that a lot.


  2. I love this! I have so many challenging days, and lately, I just do my best to turn them into better ones.

  3. Sometimes all we need are those sweet reminders. :) I'm so glad your mom thought to stick that in the mail for you!

  4. Don't be embarassed! My son is 3 1/2and he's never had a hair cut. Trust me, you aren't the only one who thinks he sometimes looks like a girl.

    You should hear my MiL!


  5. Yup, having a Challenge Day today. Lots of tears, tantrums, etc.

    But Miss I-am-2-I-can-doit-MYSELF is taking much needed nap. Mr. I-am-4-I-can't-hear-the-sound-of-your-voice is busy playing.

    All the tears are forgiven and forgotten. That is the awesome thing about the little ones, short memories, no grudges, totally and completely in the moment.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Comments make me unnaturally happy!

  6. What a wonderful way to remember every day is a new oppertunity! Popped in from SITS!

  7. oh what a lovely reminder from your gramma! and so very, very true! i think i should put that little reminder up on my frig! i have so many challenging days, but i just try to remember that it is my faith that guides me. and yes, your comment made complete sense to me!!! thank you so, karen, for your lovely, lovely words! have a stupendously good weekend!

  8. This is beautiful. Simply beautiful - thanks for sharing.


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