ten little toes.

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“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”  Isaih 52:7

 

Two little feet, ten little toes,

running and jumping at play.

Two little feet, too little time,

will be walking to school one day.

Kicking a rock, or skipping a rope,

wading a puddle or washed with soap.

Two little feet, one little child,

will soon go their own way.

But footprints in my mind recall,

they stood here yesterday. Continue reading “ten little toes.”

the “M” word!

it’s the monday giggles….

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Photo from Pinterest.

A few months ago a little bit of “fluff” started showing up around the hips…unexpectedly. 

Nothing drastic, but enough to cause me some personal uncomfortableness.

Along with the fluff came some very unusual feelings, as well.  Often accompanied by an inferno setting up residence in my body!

Finally,  having enough of this unusual “fluff & feelings,”  I sought medical answers.

As many more mature females who are reading may have already suspected, the Dr’s diagnosis was of a hormonal nature.  The dreaded “M” word was mentioned, which was later confirmed with further diagnostic testing.

Indeed, I’d entered the “fun” phase of femininity….menopause.

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WTF = Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot. But really, Sam Elliot???????? Photo from Pinterest.

So compassionate was my doctor when the diagnosis was confirmed she offered her time to further discuss solutions for my most pervasive symptoms.   During my follow-up appointment she suggested we discuss the top three symptoms I was experiencing and strategize how best to address them.  She sweetly explained there were many pharmaceutical aides which she would be willing to prescribe to assist me in getting the hormones back in order; however, I felt very confident, I sheepishly explained, that I really only wanted to discuss one invasive menopausal matter.

It was really quite simple….

“How do I address the feeling of wanting to punch everyone in the face?”

 

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After a healthy giggle my appointment ended shortly thereafter.

In all seriousness,

 in typical fashion, I had already sought out a fun solution to the situation I currently found myself and my good-natured Doctor gave her stamp of approval to simply try it out!

I’d discovered that how you react to menopause will depend on many things but a negative attitude is never recommended.  And so I decided to embrace the roller-coaster of emotions which accompany the “M” word and prescribed my own healthy way of strapping in for the hot-flash-ridden ride!

BOXING!!!

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My first gloves from Level Red boxing!

There’s a fairly new form of exercise being embraced in our local community, Level Red Boxing and after some personal investigating I was able to confirm that yes, at Level Red Boxing, they trust menopausal woman with a pair of their own boxing gloves!!

 

I’ve been boxing for a few months now but noticed the positive affects almost immediately!  The extra fluff is almost all gone and now; when those unusual roller-coaster of emotions arise, I have the perfect way to release them positively!

And the unexpected bonus with Level Red Boxing has been: when you’re looking to celebrate the great results you’ve had – they let you bring friends with you to add to the fun! 

 

hugs n’ blessings for all those seeking positive solutions to the unusual-ness of life!

*and an extra hug n’ blessing for my wonderful sister who pulled together a fun-filled video of a very special boxing birthday celebration, my mom for being the most enthusiastic brow-wiping cheerleader, and Nicole who is the BEST. INSTRUCTOR. EVER!

 

“A joyful heart is good medicine…”

Proverbs 17:22

humble confidence.

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My godson & I went to the movies together today!

Tom and I have been friends since I was 12 years old.  And when he decided to join the  Catholic faith several years ago, both Cuppycake and I were honored to be asked by him to be his Godparents.

 

Many, many, many, (maybe not THAT many) years ago, when we first met, we’d go to the snack-shack together during the 7th inning stretch of the baseball games, of which Tom was the local high-school bat boy for.  Tom loved the ice cream sandwiches and I always got the foot-long green-apple gum rope.

Instead of baseball, Tom and I now enjoy going to the movies together; even though we still have differing opinions on the snacks!  Tom insists on the need for popcorn…even when we attend a morning matinee or he’s forgotten to wear his dentures, while I prefer to stick with red swedish fish or bit-o-honey’s.

No matter the activity…we still make great snack-mates!

One thing we both can agree upon is we equally enjoy watching the 13 million trailers that play prior to the start of the movie!  And this is when we oft times map out ‘which movie will be next’ to be put on our calendars.  There are some, that Tom is SO excited to be released, that I receive weekly countdown reminders!

Today’s movie was a prime example.

As a matter of fact, Tom was SO EXCITED about this movie’s release – we not ONLY needed to be there on opening day – but it was equally as important to be at the FIRST showing.

 

We both LOVED the movie!

We both left the theatre smiling with our hearts full.

We wanted to tell all our other friends, Catholic and non, to GO SEE THIS MOVIE!

So it was no wonder,  I came home to immediately tippity-tap-type this post to tell YOU all the same.

Looking for the trailer to link to this post (viewed above) I quickly discovered several disturbing attacks against the movie.

But I won’t even get into that!

And all I could think to myself was..

“OH, COME ON!”

I’m glad I didn’t know about all the drama being stirred-up regarding the making of the movie prior to viewing it.

I’m glad I knew nothing about the Director’s political opinions or association.

But I’m especially glad I went with one of my good friends; who although he is mentally handicapped was wise enough to know – that the consistent message the Pope preaches, to all those willing to listen, is about God’s love.

The Pope challenges us all, at the end of the movie, to always share two important items with those we meet: a smile and humor.

And Tom and I did just that today…accompanied by a bucket of popcorn and a bag of swedish-fish gently tucked in our hands.

 

hugs n’ blessings to all those willing to share a smile and laughter at the drama of the day!