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This morning I found out a friend from high school was put on hospice. Breast cancer. My age. Three small children. She has been strong. She has had faith. She has stayed happy. She's losing the fight.

Then my girl came home from preschool and told me she needs to take money to school. Not to buy a sucker. Because two little girls in her school are sick. And need medicine. That will make their hair fall out.

So I ran four miles. I kept turning up the music. Kept speeding up the treadmill. Trying not to think anymore.

This song came on. And I couldn't help but think.

Today I am thankful. Not because it's November. Just because. So thankful. For everything. Good and bad.


  1. absolutely heartbreaking. really makes you appreciate all you have.

  2. I'm so sorry about your friend. I'll keep her and the 2 little girls in my thoughts. Loss certainly reminds us of all that we have.

  3. That really puts things into perspective! I just found your blog and I absolutely love it! Thanks for the great post and I LOVE that song!

  4. Oh, wow - how sad. We'll be praying for all of them. Thank you for a very timely reminder of all we have to be thankful for.

  5. So very sorry to hear about your friend. Cancer is such an awful disease! That is incredibly sad. Thanks for reminding us the reasons we have to be thankful!

  6. So incredibly sad. I'll be thinking of them and say a prayer.

  7. Wow. Cancer really does suck. Flat. Out. Sucks. Praying for you friend and the 2 little girls in your daughters class!

  8. Serious goosebumps from this post, very sad for all of the girls and their families/communities.

    I assure you I had this comment in my head before I watched the video: We spend alot of time planning, working and hoping for good lives and before we notice, they can slip out of our control. That's why it's important to let go every day, and watch the clouds for a 10 minute spell. At the end of the day, those are the most meaningful moments.

  9. Very sad. As a cancer survivor I appreciate all I have and I pray for all the people who are fighting the illness.

  10. Wow, makes you just want to hug your kids and not let go. So sorry to hear about your friend and the two little girls. But I know how you feel about just being grateful.

  11. So sorry to hear your load of challenging news. Often we are reminded to appreciate our normalcy in challengening ways.

    I have been listening to a song (repeatedly) lately. Living Prayer (Allison Krauss & Union Station) I find myself singing it over and over while I run. Perhaps a bit of wanting to feel as though I am being that Living Prayer I am to be.

    I hope you can find strength in those few distracted moments...and Him! (major virtual *hugs*)

  12. It is good to count our blessings...God's blessings to your friend and her family.

  13. But how in the heck did I miss this one?!?!?!

    Praying for you and your friend. Tears streaming down my face.

    reality check for the day/week/month ..... and "not because it's November".

  14. oh my heart breaks for them and sometimes running it out is what it takes for me to find some peace


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