an alphabet of thanks “Y”

google images/yesterdays

google images/yesterdays

Today I’m grateful for Yesterdays. There’s something about the fact that I can’t change a yesterday. I can change my interpretation of yesterday but that’s about it. Not all my yesterdays have been wonderful. Not all my yesterdays have been awful. As the saying goes, “We all have something.”

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is opportunity.They both have a place in our lives. Yesterdays give us opportunity to reflect. They give us opporutinity to plan differently for our tomorrows. Yesterdays, whether painful or wonderful, are a great jumping off place.

The thing about yesterdays is not to let them determine our future except in the sense that we learn from them. Even when our yesteredays are full of regrets, we have our tomorrows to change things.

no fair

some thing just aren't fair

some thing just aren’t fair

Whoa! Where would one begin? Globally, nationally, state-wide, or right in my own home? There’s lot of unfairness in this world. I would not be able to list all the examples in life I feel are unfair:

  • Starvation
  • Bullying
  • Catastrophic illness
  • Catastrophic illness and no insurance
  • Old-age
  • Denial of basic human rights
  • Depression

That the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.

I could go on ad infinitum. But navel gazing isn’t good. Besides a lot of what is unfair in this world sits squarely on our shoulders. A lot of the unfairness of this world is not because GOD has done anything but because we have done nothing.

There couldn’t possible be a hungry child if we all did our part. Bullying couldn’t exist without the bully’s. Parents are responsible to see their children are not bully’s. Mine weren’t. Not ever. Not once. They were taught to value people and they were also brought up in fear of the consequences if they did. They didn’t want “no mama trouble.”

Illness will strike but we can do our best to maintain a healthy life-style.

We can’t do anything about old-age but we can learn to be our best at any age.

We can write our congressman about lack of human rights around the world. We can pray. We can become knowledgable about what we can do.

Depression. A big one for me. But there is so much we can do about our depression. Depression can be defeated. (see

We can’t do anything about another’s financial success except to make sure that our lack of it is not to due to lack of initiative or poor choices.  (Besides, not all people want or seek financial success and everyone’s definition is different anyway.) At the same time we need to be aware that these people made sacrifices, some of which cost them dearly. Maybe we didn’t want to make those sacrifices.

I see unfairness every day and wonder about it. I know the adage that says “Whoever said life was fair?” but that brings little comfort. As long as evil people exist, unfairness will exist. But as long as good people exist, there is hope.

a heartwarming post to start your day and make you feel good

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google images

I hope  you find this as inspiring and heartwarming as I did. I know this person very well. 🙂  You’ll be getting my version of the same story in the future. It’s just taken a long time to write it. I am publishing this to “” as well.

Faith, Hope, and Love

Two years ago yesterday Down syndrome became my reality.

Two years ago today I sat in this same hospital where I now sit. Scared.

Two years ago today I watched as doctors performed an echo-cardiogram on my son who was less than 24 hours old.

Two years ago today I ran into a young man with Down syndrome sweeping the floors of the maternity ward. Scared for my son’s future.

Two years ago today my then dreams and hopes turned to fears.

Two years ago today I knew one thing. I loved my son.

Today Down syndrome is just another part of my life.

Today I sit in the same hospital. Happy. Smiling.

Today I’m thankful for my son’s health.

Today I saw several young people with Down syndrome. Working. Enjoying lunch. Enjoying each others company. No longer scared for my son’s future.

Today my fears have turned to hope.

Today I know much more.

Today one thing remains from two years ago today: my love for my son.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

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