Today was a very emotional day from the moment I woke up. Lately I have been reflecting on my life….that happens more and more as I get older.
March 14 is an anniversary of a tragic moment in my life that happened 43 years ago when I was in college. I’m not getting into that since it’s not the reason for this blog and I really don’t want this to be a bummer and sad blog.
The reason I’m writing is to share about a person (my adopted mother) that had an incredible impact on my life. I was adopted at the age of fourteen and will be forever grateful to have had her in my life. If you’ve read my other blogs you will know what I mean. Today at the grocery store my checkout lady looked and acted just like my mother and I started to cry. I miss her so much and miss talking to her. We lost my mother to cancer and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.
When we are young we take are parents for granted. I want to include an article that was written about my adopted parents. This will show what awesome people they were and how they helped people.
Volume 32, Number 8 August 2002 Gasts honored for volunteerism
With over 25 years of dedicated service, it is no wonder Bob and Marge Gast from Warsaw, Ind., have been named the Territorial Volunteer Family. What they have done to serve others through The Salvation Army could fill volumes, but here’s a glance.
Marge is a past advisory board member and a long-standing women’s auxiliary member. Both she and her husband work tirelessly on fundraising projects, including the auxiliary’s annual fruit and nut sale and the soup and pie luncheon. They have been instrumental in starting an auxiliary children’s fashion show and luncheon which raises funds to buy school clothes and shoes for underprivileged children. The Gasts also regularly purchase food and prepare the meal for the youth program on Wednesday nights. During the holidays, they’re on kettle duty, help with the Angel Tree and league of mercy.
They also serve their community by helping with senior center activities, and Bob heads up organization of Mobile Meals delivery through the Rotary Club. While they’re active in their own church, they support special events at the corps and Marge regularly attends the corps’ women’s Bible study.
The Army salutes you, Bob and Marge, for your Christian witness, commitment and service!
I thank God everyday for bringing this beautiful family into my life. The article didn’t mention that they had 4 children and then adopted three of us…..that’s because they thought of us as their children……not once did we EVER feel different because we were adopted. The same goes for their 4 biological children. We were brothers and sisters from the day we were adopted. I am a very lucky person! Cherish your family and have a great day!
Wondering…….How Did I Get To The Back Nine So Soon?
The following is an email I received from a friend and it has a strong message. It completely articulates my feelings exactly. I couldn’t have said any better.
You know … Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is… The back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise…How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting gray…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change…Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so…now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s over. A new adventure will begin! Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime.
So, if you’re not on the back nine yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY
Remember “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
This morning I was walking by dogs and was thinking about what to blog about today. It was such a beautiful cool morning and I was giving gratitude for my life. I realized that everything I was being grateful for was that The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things.
I’m grateful for my husband that works hard everyday, how he loves me unconditionally, my daughter that I am so proud to be her mother, my parents that adopted me in my teen years and gave me a wonderful life, my brothers and sisters, my puppies that give me such great joy. These are just a few….I could list so many more.
We all take so many things for granted everyday and realize it too late. If we just sit back and take the time to give gratitude for what you have in your life, it will make you smile. I feel so much better when I give thanks for the things in my life everyday.
Tell someone in your life that you are grateful for them sharing your life. Just watch them smile. You’ll see The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things!Make this a habit and it can change your life and bring more happiness.
Take Time To See The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things
If you aren’t already giving gratitude, start now! You’ll see how you’re outlook everyday becomes more positive. If something negative happens in your life, do your best to see the good in it. For example: My daughter this past winter wrecked our Explorer in a bad winter storm. I had told her not to drive and she thought she would be OK in such a large vehicle. Well, she was wrong! It completely totaled the car. What I was grateful for, of course was the fact she was not injured. What I was really grateful for, was that she was not in her car, because she probably would have been hurt badly if not killed. Our car was just a car…..when you put things in perspective it changes everything!
I would love it if you commented and shared what you are grateful for…….
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. God Bless! Remember….The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things!