December 13, 2012


My youngest returned after three months in Guatemala on Monday. She is taking a gap year before college and went there to intern as a kindergarten teacher with children who not only don't have enough to eat, but who also live without running water, and sleep on a dirt floor in make shift homes at night. 

Seeing her walk through the gate at the airport nearly took my breath away. It brings tears to my eyes again now as I am so very proud of her courage at such a young age. A courage I didn't experience. Observing her personal growth since her return has been nothing but delicious. She has Guatemala all over her, and I have been enriched, and feel very blessed, by her tales.

And just as I suspected, she can't wait to go back after she works for a few months....

I love the above quote as it is so relate-able in all areas of our lives. Both times when my kids have been off on big trips alone like this, I could have so easily spiraled out of control with worry but most times was able to save myself by changing the channel and my thoughts.

Surprisingly I've enjoyed our empty nest more than I could have ever imagined, but it's so good to have them back in it again, at least for while.

I am writing this, having not purchased a single Christmas gift yet, and I'm thinking "How the hell am I going to pull this off?"

So I am choosing a different thought and that thought is...

"Relax. It's all going to work out!".

I hope I'm right.


  1. You are right, my dear. It always works out...just as it's meant to. I got chills all through reading this post. You must be so very proud of your girls. There's no better love on this earth than giving service. You are blessed. xo

  2. Thanks Cyn. You are always so amazingly supportive. She just told me another great quote in the car:

    "I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others" ~ Booker T.Washington

    Exactly.When we do things for ourselves just one person is happy. When we do something for others the happiest doubles or even quadruples.

  3. Beautiful. Amazing she is learning this so early in life. She's had a great mom as a role model.:) You are both blessed!

  4. Here's a quote I came across in my book research:

    "Stress is not what happens to us. It's our response TO what happens and response is something we can choose." Maureen Killoran

  5. Cheryl this is so true. I love reading things like this. Thank you for sharing it. Louise