fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

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sunset and froyo {day 315}

Today was a tough day. We have to fight with my new insurance to get them to cover the only medicine that has made my fibro even somewhat bearable. I am frustrated and scared that they will make me try a bunch of other meds (not more effective and not specifically for fibro, and with more & worse side effects) so they can save a few bucks. The thought of being in moderate to severe pain every day again is enough to make me cry. Additionally, we have been trying to get a family member into treatment for an illness that they have struggled with for nearly 20 years, and today the program that was suggested as the best option turned down the request for this family member to be admitted into the program. No discussion, no real reasons, just flat out denial. Talk about discouraging. I love this person and desperately want them to have the opportunity to turn their life around. Please say a prayer for those helping this person find a treatment that will work for them.

But despite the frustration and tears today, I am thankful for beautiful sunset that reminded me that even in this crazy world, the Creator gives us glimpses of amazing beauty.

I am also grateful for frozen yogurt dates with my sweet hubby, and that he doesn’t judge me when I can’t decide on a flavor so I just get two.


Hope your Wednesday was more encouraging. What was your best part?

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weary {day 243}

Today was tough. I am weary and heavy-hearted. There are a lot if people I care deeply for who are sick, scared or hurting.

I am grateful for ceramics class tonight. It’s cheaper than therapy and my clay covered hands are soothing for my soul. Even when my first pinch pot cracks…


I am so grateful to come home to a thoughtful and precious journal entry from my sweet hubby (who also gives great hugs, so needed by the time I got home) and for a puppy snuggled up while I read it.


And for encouraging words from sweet friends that point me towards Jesus.

Even in the midst of darkness and hurt, I know Jesus is near. For that, I could never fully express my gratitude.

Please continue to pray for my sweet friend Harlow. She received her first chemo treatment tonight following a very rough 24 hours.


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prayers {day 95}

today I am thankful that I have a sweet group of friends and family that will pray for me at a moment’s notice. today was not great. I had a check-up at Northwestern, which I actually felt fine about. maybe I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes so high, because it turns out I have a new tumor and will be having surgery again. surgery number 8. EIGHT. what the heck?!?!
funny, but in kind of a dark way, story…the doctor came in and said “Hi Sabrina, how are you? Have you hit 30 yet?” my response? “I think with this one, that will make 28 tumors that have been removed.” she meant years old. oops. awkward.
anyway, I am so thankful that there are great people in my life who support me with prayer. I had people praying before I even had the chance to tell them what was going on, because they told each other, they offer me help, offer to go with me to the hospital, offer to visit and cheer me up. and I know some GOOD huggers, for which I am also so grateful. a good hug goes a long, long way.