Bon Voyage!

Season’s Greetings!!! Yup, it’s that time of year again…and today for some reason, I’m feeling rather “chipper”. I have my Christmas Music playing in the background [Mariah Carey’s -Holiday station on Pandora is fantastic!] and I’m smiling really hard while drinking hot cocoa as I’m typing this…well, that’s a bit of exaggeration but you get the picture, right? I’m in a good mood. Sooo……how was your Thanksgiving Holiday? Mine was great after I had to change my plans. Let me explain…..The night before Thanksgiving my 11 year old daughter who is a planner extraordinaire, asked me what our Thanksgiving plans were. My response was short and sweet…..”Church and hopefully back home to do nothing, just like I did last year”. (I had already been daydreaming about me laying on my couch, in my comfy pj’s, fuzzy socks in front on the TV, with a large cup of coffee)…..Her response to me was….”You’re such a loner AND you choose to be that way”…..Geesh! God bless these grown doggone children!! Argh! I wanted to give her my sermon on how I’m quite comfortable in my own skin and that my personality type thrives off of being “alone”….but something told me not to go

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I read this on my Instagram feed the other day: Whether you pushed me or pulled me, drained me or fueled me, loved me or left me,  hurt me or helped me, you are a part of my growth and no kidding, I am thankful! Good stuff, right? The reality is we don’t always get what we want. [Boo-hoo-hoo!] Growing up is full of growing pains. We fall, we trip, we hurt, we cry, we move on….There are also growth spurts in which we thrive, we learn, we feel good about where we are in our lives and we progress forward.  Let’s face it.  One day we’re kids, the next teenagers, and then adults. It happens fast. Growth doesn’t stop. Good or Bad. Look at a flower garden. Full of beauty but unless, properly maintained also full of weeds. Both Grow. As we are closing in on 2016, I asked myself if I had to title this chapter in my life, what would it be called? I think “Growing Up Reese” is properly fitting. Truth is, I had a lot of growing up to do this year. I was so immature in a lot of areas. To be very transparent,

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Same God. 

Life has a funny way of revealing itself. Right now I’m sitting in an ICU watching my Mom. She is laying on a hospital bed, on a ventilator with several other contraptions surrounding her. One of my Aunts friends just came to visit her. I hadn’t met her before but as we were talking, I found out that she herself is waiting for a heart transplant. Another lady who came to see her on yesterday told me she is a double breast cancer survivor and just wanted to stop by and say Hi. Another a brain cancer survivor…another & another..& another..I just sit in this hospital seat for hours, in the quiet with my Adult Coloring Book…”thinking” & “listening”.  Same God. On the way up to the hospital today, I called one of my best friends. Today marks the one year anniversary of her beloved son’s death. He was only in his 20’s & her precious jewel. I’ve always told her she was the best Mother I know. She has a love for her son, that I admired & dreamed of. Today, we talked, we encouraged each other, we cried & we both came to the same conclusion. Same God.

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