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Gratitude Week: Friday

This week I am joining Michelle’s annual Gratitude Week 2015.

Today Michelle asks:

Can you think about a difficult time you went through (maybe it’s current) and can you recall beauty that was filling your life, in the midst of that difficulty? There may have been tears running down your face, but was there something simultaneously softening your heart?

A few years ago, my mom was undergoing chemotherapy and preparing for very serious surgery. She was 81 years old at the time. Taking care of her through these medical procedures, required much driving to and from appointments, procedures & tests; so we spent a lot of time together in the car. She has also lost 98% of her hearing, and as she cannot hear, she told me stories of her childhood. She told me many stories I had not heard before; some funny, some sad.

Even though this was an extremely difficult time for all of us, I found myself laughing at her stories until tears rolled down my face. I am oddly grateful for the time we had to make repeated trips to hospitals & doctors, as they allowed us to bond and learn more about her life & experiences.

It has been over 3 years now since her surgery and she is looking forward to her 86th birthday in January. She lives one day at a time; enjoying her beloved garden. The last photo above (mom in her purple shawl) is her “Hey, I survived!” photo.

Today I am grateful for:

  • my mom
  • the time I still have with her
  • her positive attitude to life
  • her enduring life lessons

What are you grateful for today?

You can check out Michelle’s blog here. If you are on Instagram, tag your photo with #GratitudeWeek_2015.

Until next time, Connie 🙂


I am living my dream life in the country! I love photography, travelling, cooking, baking and I even try my hand at quilting.

11 thoughts on “Gratitude Week: Friday

  1. I love to read about the story of your mom, the survivor! I’m so happy she made it through and you had valued time with her while she was in the midst of something so very difficult. And difficult for you too. Thank you for sharing this story, your mom is super adorable.

  2. Connie, this post just filled me with emotion. I am also a cancer survivor and spent many hours driving back and forth with my daughter Mary. She would have me in tears from laughing so hard by doing silly things like making my wig (which I hated to wear and mostly kept in a box) talk like Julia Childs. She’d lift the lid a little and go, “Let me out of the box, Grace! I insist!” I know that your mom treasures those moments in the car as much as you do. Sending you love!

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