Hi lovely ladies :D Today is pink Wednesday. And, what a wonderful Pink Wednesday it is! I'm not going to share a mani with you today. Today, I'm going to share a story with you all. I very rarely tell my mom's life story, but today I'm going to. Sometimes, it's not all about nail polish and manis. What I'm about to share with you is very personal and very emotional. It's very lengthy, so if you want to skip today's post I understand. So this won't be such a total loss if you read it in it's entirety, I do have some great news at the end :D
My mom has gone through so much in her life time. By God's grace she's still here with me today. You see, my mom is a survivor of domestic assualt that ended with a gunshot wound to her head. I was two weeks old at the time in the hospital with pnuemonia when this happened. I lived in the hospital for about a year, because there was no one to provide me with child care. My grandmother was going to two hospitals everyday to visit us both (my mom was an hour and a half away.) The doctors and nurses were aware of the situation. Keep in my mind this is 1972. In today's day, I don't think it would be allowed. I was told one of my uncles told her, "Please don't die!" Her response was "I'm not giving that man the satisfaction of dying." With God's grace she made it!
In 1980, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. She had to be sent away to a hospital while she was in treatment. I don't remember too much of this time. I do remember my siblings, extended family members, and I getting tested. I remember one visit and then being happy she was finally home. Again, by God's grace she is still with me today. Her attitude was, "Get me to where I need to be and let's do what needs to be done so I can get on living!"
In 2011, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. I went with her to get the results. We were not expecting to hear the diagnosis given. That day was a blur. I remember our family doctor telling us and me telling my mom everything was going to be ok. She said, "Yes, it is. I've survived this long and this much and I'm going to beat this too!"
My mom not once carried herself with a victim's mentality. She didn't feel sorry for herself. She's carried her head high and said, "There isn't anything I can't survive!" It's not luck that she's still here today. She's here because of God's loving grace and favor. I've shared all this, to say, today we were told my mom is cancer free! Every Dr appointment, every hospital visit, and nights I spent at her house were worth it, just to be told those words! I don't know how I made it home, with tears of joy streaming down my face as I was driving.
Heavenly Father, No matter what the circumstances are, I trust you're working behind the scenes. Thank you for the marked moments and divine opportunities in my life. I'm choosing today to keep my heart and mind focused on you're goodness, knowing that You are a rewarder of those who diligentky seek you. Amen
(thanks Pator Joel Osteen for today's prayer) I love reading his daily prayers :D
My mom is my hero. She's always told me there isn't anything in life I can't do and If I want something go after it. She's championed everything I've done and is one of my biggest supporters. No matter how old I get I'll always need my mom. I love you Mom!
Here's a song I'd like to share with you all about a 'Mother's Love'
Now, time to celebrate! Because I'm so happy I would like to do another Giveaway! This is going to be called my, 'Celebration Giveaway. I love giving gifts, so I'll be purchasing on my own the Zoya's True Collection along with the Fleck Effect Glazes! When I saw this collection I knew I was going to have it! Now you can too! WHOOP WHOOP! I have more exciting news to add to this but, I'm going to wait to announce that part :D I'm going to do something a little different this time. I'm going to include my facebook and twitter followers. It's also open internationally. You don't have to be a follower if you don't want to, but you have to email me something about yourself. In the subject line put "Minnie" or you can follow my blog, twitter, or facebook if you don't want to leave an email. Good luck and let's celebrate life!