Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

May 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm (positive thinking, Survivor, Uncategorized) (, , , )

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My dad had been sick ever since I could remember.

As a girl, I helped care for my dad while mom worked. This taught me responsibility as well as compassion. As a result, my dream job would have been as a paramedic. There was a height and weight restriction for the job, I was devastated to learn I did not meet the requirements. After caring for my dad,I decided I wanted to pursue a career in health care. I find my job very rewarding.

When my husband and I married, we thought we would grow old together. We dreamed of buying our first home,having children,envisioned a life traveling when we retired someday. We imagined being proud grandparents to our son Levi’s children. My life had taken a different direction.

My husband died in 1990 from complications from diabetes. Single parenthood presented many challenges. I was mom and dad both, sole provider of my family of two, and learning my income was cut in half. I learned creative ways to cut costs to make ends meet. Levi and I had many hardships and difficulties,but we survived them all. I raised him from childhood through his teens-no easy feat.

My life was forever changed again in July 2007 when my son set out on sunny sunday morning to float the river with his friends. By that evening, Levi was fighting for his life. he was involved in a tragic car accident. After 5 days and countless prayers later,God stood with me as the machines were turned off. With the love a support of family and fiends, I am moving forward in my life. 

We never know what tomorrow holds, we face difficult challenges everyday. I learned how to turn the lemons in my life into lemonade. I had to realize the deaths of both my husband and my son did not mean it was the death of me as well. 

Life is short,enjoy the beauty of each new day,hug your kids extra tight,let them know how much you love them, you are proud of them, take the time to go on a bike ride,hiking,fishing,making a back yard fort and camp for the night. They become lasing and treasured memories. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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