I'm just realizing how long it's been since I wrote you to share my heart and thoughts. Wow... I apologize, but you can tell from the email title I have been a little occupied.
During a check-up with my doctor after finding my best friend of 37 years and Gabby's godmother dead from COVID, I was diagnosed with anemia and eventually discovered I had fibroids that enlarged my uterus to the size of a six-month pregnant woman. I tried many alternatives before I conceded to undergoing a total abdominal hysterectomy.
The surgery and recovery were tough and longer than I expected, but I am much better now and have more energy (pray for Gabby's daddy... lol).
Having major surgery right after celebrating my BFF's second birthday in Heaven was emotional, but I followed the instructions of my Grief Share support group to "ride the wave" and made it through the turbulence maintaining my joy.
Nothing puts life in its proper perspective like health challenges and the death of a loved one. My grief journey has made me appreciate life - every minute, every second - all the more.
As Mother's Day approaches, I'm even more grateful for the gift of motherhood. To be trusted by the Creator to love, nurture and guide precious beings is such a blessing. And after doing our first college visits with Gabby over this Spring Break, I'm slowing down to appreciate this gift - every minute, every second - as the time we have our children with us goes by so fast.
If you are a mom, grandmother, God mom or auntie, slow down and soak in every moment of honor this weekend. You deserve every minute, every second and so much more. No job is more important on Earth.
With love and gratitude,