This has been quite a year for Mike, Rainier and me. But in spite of some tough times, there have been some powerful and wonderful lessons I’ve learned. I’m a strong believer that you can find goodness in every situation – all you have to do is look for it.

As we begin this New Year, I’d like to give you a little encouragement. One of my favorite stories about Benjamin Franklin is when he went to visit Cotton Mather, a Puritan preacher. Cotton invited Benjamin to see his library. As they were headed into the library, Cotton called out to Benjamin to ‘stoop.’ Benjamin didn’t understand what Cotton was calling out to him and ended up bumping his head. There was a lesson he learned in that moment, and later even shared it with Cotton’s son.

You know, if Benjamin had just stopped for a minute and called out to Cotton to clarify what he said before he leaned in, he could have avoided bumping his head. How many times do we stay the course on things without being sure of what it is that someone, or something, is calling to us?

As we begin this New Year I would encourage you to take that extra second to listen to what it is that is calling to you. Is it a person, your heart, the Lord, a doctor – even your pet?

In 2016 I was blessed in every situation where I stopped to confirm the encouragement or direction that I should take, stopping for that extra moment to be sure and listen closely before I leaned in. I learned some incredible lessons from Mike, Rainier, my friends, the Lord…the list could go on. One incredible lesson was in beginning to share with you my personal journey. I received quite a bit of encouragement and support from Mike, Rainier and the Lord, and I’m so glad I did it. And it all started with a little voice in my heart. I am so grateful that I chose to listen, then lean in and share with you this journey – I’ve received support and encouragement beyond what I could have ever imagined. Thank you so much.

As we begin 2017, what is it that you should stop and take some time to listen to before you lean in? Whether it’s big or small, if you listen carefully before you do, I can assure you the lessons and blessings will be beyond what you might imagine.

Happy New Year!

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It’s been a little bit since I checked in with y’all…I’m sorry about the wait. Candidly, the last few weeks have been a little more difficult than I was prepared for them to be. As I sit down to write, I am finding myself trying to fight off some tears.

One of the most difficult things that happened recently is that we lost some friends and one of them quite suddenly. It’s nothing that you can ever be prepared for, and it always hurts. As I have searched for goodness in all of this, I am finding myself so grateful for folks that we’ve built such wonderful friendships with and who have touched us so deeply. When you really stop and think about it, I’m so blessed.

However, I’ve also had some hard days with my health. You know the doctor, insurance and pharmacy in my opinion are all part of our team and are supposed to work together with us – but quite simply put, that hasn’t been happening. At the very least, can’t they just return a call?

I find it so frustrating. I’ve had a few days where I’ve been concerned about leaving the house and then I worry that I’m a burden for Mike and Rainier. However, that’s not how they’ve responded – they’ve just leaned in to love me. How great is that? I have days where I feel like I’m a problem, but that comes from me, not them.

This week is the anniversary of my first seizure and here I am writing to you and just a few weeks short of the longest period of time I’ve been without a seizure. It’s amazing to experience the power of love and prayer isn’t it? And I am blessed to have a lot of both!

As we move into this wonderful Christmas season, I ask you to think about that. Who should you reach out to and in your own way, just let them know they are on your mind or heart? Who can you just say a quick prayer for? You don’t even have to let them know. Who can you hold the door for? Who can you just smile at? You have no idea how much someone will appreciate the smallest of acts.

To all of you – thank you for taking the time to check in over here and follow my journey. Thank you for every note, hug, thought and prayer. In spite of all of my challenges, losses and episodes, I’m blessed. Aren’t you too?

Most of you know I’m a huge fan of James Corden and his Carpool Karaoke so I thought I would close today with his Christmas Carpool Karaoke ride. It sums up so well what’s on my heart. Dear Mike and Rainier, all I want for Christmas is you! Well, and a Karaoke ride with James in 2017.  Merry Christmas, Friends – and remember that regardless of how tough things can be, there is always something to celebrate.

 

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