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A year ago…And why I am even more thankful this year!

Last November was one of the hardest months of my life!  I have been through challenging times, like most people have, but this one took me to a whole new place.
I am sitting here overwhelmed and in tears of how we made it through last year…
On Nov 6, 2013 the Hubs went in for some tests.  I really had NO idea what the results would be nor was I prepared to hear them.  When the doctor came and told me he needed immediate heart surgery I was shocked! Floods of different emotions crashed over me again and again.
After working some things out with the insurance company and some follow up tests, the surgery was scheduled for the following week.
{From Facebook- Nov 12, 2013- Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to explain the past week….at first it was from news about Wayne’s need for surgery. It has shifted to being totally overwhelmed by God’s grace, everyone who is praying, who sent cards and all the phone calls and text messages. And tomorrow several friends and family are traveling to be with us.
I can not say thank you enough!!!!}

Nov 13 was the longest day of my life to date.  We headed to the hospital early in the morning.  The surgery was scheduled for noonish and the recovery rate was 5-7 days in the hospital, and then of course more recovery at home.  As we waited for him to get prepped for surgery we had many visitors.  I am forever grateful to the family that was able to come (the Hubs’ sister, and some cousins, plus a few of his frat brothers and my dear friend). They drove from other parts of Houston, Austin and Dallas!! I know they made sacrifices to be with us (me mostly) that day and I am so thankful!

The day ended up being a lot of waiting.  The surgery was pushed back a little while due to other surgeries going on.  I tried to stay distracted and chatted with the family and friends there.  In the waiting area there was a phone that would ring.  It was how the doctors and nurses communicated with those waiting.  Every time that phone rang my heart jumped.
I somehow managed to miss being in the waiting room when the calls came in for him.  I was in the restroom 2 times and out to lunch another time.

{Wayne is still in surgery. They were running behind with the schedule today so his procedure started late. So far we have heard that everything is going well!
Thank you all for your prayers!!!}

At the end of the day the surgeon finally came out and said everything went really well!  He said looked really good to them, but would probably look really scary to me.  After a bit I was finally able to go see him in ICU!  I will forever remember the smell of that floor in the hospital!
I went to his room and he was all hooked up to so many machines!  He looked really helpless and unsettled.  He kept trying to pull out some of the tubes and they had to secure his hands down.  The first nurse I was with did not seem very happy and it was tough seeing him treat my husband like that.

I called and talked to my pastor’s wife.  She was very encouraging and told me that he was not going to remember any of this.  She suggested I do what I could to get some good sleep.
I headed home after seeing there was nothing more I could do.  I wanted to stay, but I was of no use to anyone if I did not get some sleep!

A sweet sweet friend offered to come over and stay with me for a while.  She arrived a few min after I got home.  I opened the door to let her in and just started bawling!  It was what I needed.  Some food and a good hug!!

{Nov 14 am-I spoke with Wayne this morning. He is feeling much better already!!! Thank you again to everyone who has been praying, sending sweet cards and messages and for just being there for us!!! We are so blessed!!!

Less than 24 hours after open heart surgery and Wayne is up and walking around!! Every medical person who has stopped by today says he looks REALLY good!!
We are thankful and blessed!}

Over the following 2 weeks my life was pretty nutty.  Would go to work, then head to the hospital which was an hour away.   I would stay for a few hours and talk with the Hubs or help him with things, and then go back home.  A few times I stayed overnight, but I did not get any sleep those nights.  So many noises and people coming and going.
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After a few days in ICU he headed up to the recovery floor!  It was much quieter up there, but not all the nurses seemed to be very attentive.
On Nov 19 I got a call from a nurse saying he had to be taken back to ICU because he could not breathe.  She made it seem like not a big deal when we were on the phone.  I left work early and headed to the hospital!  Turns out he has some tummy issues going on that had caused fluid to build up in his stomach and it pressed against his lungs!  That was a scary 24 hours!  They were draining so much and it did not seem to help very much.  There was talk of another surgery and I was NOT happy about that.

{Nov 20, 2013- Wayne is still in ICU. The drained 9 liters of fluid and he’s feeling better and responding better as well. Still no updates on the tummy issues yet. Praying and believing they have resolved themselves and he won’t need any further surgeries.
Thank you all for praying!!!}
 
{Nov 21, 2013- Very thankful that Wayne’s tummy issues are being resolved!! He is able to eat and drink again and there is no need for any further surgery!!!!!!
Now we both just need SLEEP!!!}

{Nov 22, 2013- Wayne is continuing to improve! We are so thankful!!
Keep it up baby! I am ready to bust you out of this joint!}

{Nov 24, 2013- Thank you Jesus, Wayne is finally out of ICU!!! Hopefully home soon!}

{Nov 27, 2013 pm- Thrilled and thankful to be picking Wayne up from the hospital!!!!! Thank you to everyone who has been praying these past 3 weeks!!}
I was so thankful to get Wayne the eve before Thanksgiving day!  It was challenging, but we made it!!!

{Dec 14, 2013- Yesterday was 1 month since Wayne‘s surgery. It has been a very challenging month for both of us. As I pondered all the wonderful people who have been such a support to us through this all I am overwhelmed. My tears today are from a thankful heart overflowing with all the blessings and the beautiful expressions of love that have been poured out on us!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!}

I honestly can say that we DID make it through that month and this past year by God’s grace, and the love, care, and support of SO many friends and family members.   I can not say THANK YOU enough.  Prayers, cards, meals, errands, house cleaning, groceries, gift cards, flowers, hugs.  Just a few ways we were blessed last year!  I know I speak for Wayne and myself just a HUGE thank you!!!
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Thankful Thursday

Day 2 of the October blogging challenge!  I have been working on finding more things to be thankful for lately.  I have seen many of my Facebook friends take on little thankful challenges and it makes my heart so happy.  I know there is a lot of junk that happens in all of our lives, but I have really learned that no matter what, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for!
So here are a few things I am really thankful for today!

1. My husband! We have been together for almost 5 years and married a little over 3.  He puts up with a lot from me, and he is a saint for all the love and support he gives me!
2. My job!  Some people have asked me why I do what I do even with having my master’s degree, and it is easy, I LOVE it!  I get to work with amazing families, and each day is an adventure!
3. My bed!  We saved and got a new mattress/box spring and bed frame last year, and I have been in bed heaven ever since!  I LOVE my bed, and I am so thankful that I have a beautiful and comfortable bed! (Now to just get more sleep….)
4. Ability to exercise!  Over the years I have dealt with several different medical/health issues and each time the doctors told me I would not be able to do certain things any more (run, do pushups, lift heavy weights, etc).  I took that advice and threw it out the window (with some caution), and since then I have finished over 50 races, I lift like a beast, and I can do a push-up (well sort of…haha).  Staying active is a privilege that I do NOT take lightly! 5. I have consistent access to the basics of life! Food in the fridge, roof over my head, clothes to wear, clean water to drink, and even luxuries like 2 cars, $ in the bank, all the bills paid, and the opportunity to travel.

I have so so much to be THANKFUL for!!!

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Birthday thoughts…

Today I woke up with the gift of life.  The gift of another day and a chance to do what I am called to do.  I have not always enjoyed my birthdays.  Growing up they were not as big of a celebration, and there were times in my life when I did not celebrate life and I took it for granted.  This past spring and summer many people near and dear to me have passed on, and it just is such a reminder that life is precious and fragile and each day is truly a gift!
I know many people have written about how Robin Williams’ death affected them, and I have to say that today was the first day it really hit me.  As I was driving to work this morning I heard THIS song on my local radio station.  It is a song about being honest about what you might be dealing with instead of being afraid.  Someone has cleverly added some movie/interview quotes from Robin Williams.  And now to be honest, it made me cry!  It made me say a big thank you one more time to God for the gift of life he has given me and for keeping me here even in the times I did not want to live.
This afternoon I saw this on my TimeHop and it was so appropriate.

IMG_9513So instead of getting annoyed with myself for what I may or may not have accomplished in this past year, I am just going to continue to be grateful  Grateful for life, for my loving husband, my family, my supportive friends, my church, my job, my health, and the freedoms we have.  And for hope.  I am so thankful there is ALWAYS hope!

Thank you for sharing in this journey with me.

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(beautiful flowers from the hubs!)

xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

 

Move, Nourish, Believe Challenge weeks 2 & 3 recap!

Well the last few weeks have been pretty crazy with sick kiddos, lots of work and getting sick myself. I managed to keep up with the challenges (for the most part) for the Move, Nourish, Believe challenge, and am finally getting a chance to write about it!
It was really fun to have a challenge through most of the month of February. I really enjoy having a new challenge each day to keep things fresh, and to try new things!

Week 2: Nourish!

Monday – Go Meatless – Skip meat today! Try vegetarian/vegan meals.
Today was filled with lots of yummy meatless meals! I was especially excited about making blueberry pancakes!
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Tuesday – TYLTW! – Take Your Lunch to Work today! Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com to inspire your packed lunch!
I always take my lunch to work, so this wasn’t anything new for me. However, I was sick all day with nauseousness and no appetite, so I didn’t get a chance to eat it.

Wednesday – Write it down! – Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us!One thing I love about apps is the My Fitness Pal app! It helps me keep track of what I am intaking and keeps me accountable with many other healthy minded friends! If you are looking for a simple way to track your intake, check it out! You can enter the information on a smart phone or a computer!
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Thursday – Smoothie Day! – Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today!
Smoothies are my FAV way to get a healthy dose of fruits and veggies! I love that you can mix and match so many combinations to make delicious drinks!

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Friday – Go Raw Friday! – Choose a recipe from movenourishbelieve.com and go raw!
This was a great day filled with yummy raw foods. Even though it was Valentine’s day, I did manage to stay raw!
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Week Three: Believe!

Monday – Spoil Yourself! – Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!
I was not feeling great and I took full advantage of the twins nap time and I took a 2 hour nap! It was so wonderful!!

Tuesday – 5 Mindful Minutes – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.
The twins were sick and Mr. R did NOT want to take a nap, so my meditating minutes happened while he finally fell asleep in my arms. There is just something so peaceful about a little one asleep in your arms!
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Wednesday – Be Happy – Show us your happy place!
I have several happy places. For the most part, it is the BEACH for me. Especially the beaches in Costa Rica!

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The beach, private beach in Costa Rica, finishing a race, the beach, the hubs, traveling, meeting people I admire, the beach and more beach!

Thursday – Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!
I have much to be thankful for!
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The beach, friends, flowers/nature/my faith, ability to run races, my hubs, quiet time, health, ability and resources to travel, my education.

Friday – Share the love – S/O to your #1 supporter/motivator!

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My #1 supporter is my hubs! He has been there for me through so much the last few years. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful supportive man by my side!

I hope everyone who participated had a really great time, and enjoyed the challenges as much as I did! I am really looking forward to the Twitter party this coming week and to see who the winner of the $1,000 shopping spree to Lorna Jane is! I know I was encouraged and inspired each day by the amazing entries in the challenge, and I have no doubt the winner will be tough to pick!

Thank you to the Fit Approach ladies and Lorna Jane for putting together such a fabulous 3 week challenge! You all are a daily inspiration 🙂