2014 February | MVP Cancer Courage

My Father’s favorite poem, words of wisdom through the ages....

Feb 25, 2014 by

The Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what...

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Clear.

Feb 18, 2014 by

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” Audrey Hepburn What a difference a year makes…..a year ago at this time, I was on vacation in Breckenridge with my family, teaching our youngest son Christopher to ski and catching up with old friends when I got the call from my Doctor that there was a “suspicious shadow” on my mammogram.  As I pushed the terrible fear out of my mind to try to enjoy the last days of my vacation, I had no idea what was in store for...

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Topping off the year…..

Feb 2, 2014 by

Did I mention that between all the commotion of Christmas and Christmas Eve, I was pouring a glass of wine from one of those big party bottles for Sissy/Nana and myself before dinner and it slipped out of my hand – as I tried to catch the bottle from falling I bent my left pinkie finger back.  It hurt, but maybe my tolerance for pain is much higher after having a baby and fighting cancer.  The craziest thing is that my finger was stuck in the bent back position! DJ and Sissy, God love them, thought it was dislocated and “offered” to put it back into place for me!  I figured that was NOT a good idea and decided to tape it to my ring finger and ice it for the night. The next morning...

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Christmas Day.

Feb 1, 2014 by

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~Burton Hillis Day two of our blended family Christmas celebration. The kids woke at our house and waited at the top of the stairs while we called the rest of the family to come over.  Once Courtney, Mac, Nana, Leslie, Bobby, Ed and Ann all got to our house, we let the kids come down and see their presents under the tree.  As much as Sam and Connor don’t believe in Santa anymore, they are happy to keep the magic alive for their little brother.  As they tore down the stairs together you could hear Christopher squealing with delight the whole way. We had a cozy and lazy morning by the fire with...

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My Birthday.

Feb 1, 2014 by

My birthday is Christmas Eve, which always causes both celebration and reflection for me.  Birthdays are a milestone that bring joy and memories of so many birthdays past.  As I mentioned, when I was born, my Grandparents started a tradition of celebrating my “half” birthday as well.   They didn’t want my special day to be overshadowed by the holiday.  At church, for Christmas Mass, when I was a child my Mom would always embarrass me and say to the Priest, say Happy Birthday to her! As I grew into adulthood some still celebrated my half birthday, thank you, Chris Cotteleer. As life went on that tradition faded, though I still try to remember my niece Paige’s half birthday on June 23rd and Samantha and Connor’s on the 30th and 21st. I like to make...

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The Christmas Season.

Feb 1, 2014 by

“Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. Peace on Earth, good will to men, kind thoughts and words of cheer, are things we should use often and not just once a year.” – Norman Wesley Brooks Christmas time, this year so much to be grateful for…….but as my energy level, life and business travel pick up – I am still tired and need to protect my energy and pace myself through the holiday rush. I had a Board Meeting and a business trip the week before Christmas.  I had to fly to Chicago on December 18th, have a bunch of meetings,...

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