Archive | November, 2011

Thanksgiving Day 2011 – Gratitude

24 Nov
 Quote of the Day:
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice” — Meister Eckhart

There’s so much research showing the extraordinary benefits of sharing thanks and appreciation. But, we don’t even need those statistics to know how it feels in our hearts so here it goes!

Happy Thanksgiving to my dear family and wonderful friends!  As this day has approached, I became more and more thoughtful about how much I have to be thankful for this year. Throughout my life challenges this year, I have come to realize that I am EQUALLY grateful for those joyful moments as well as my harsh life-changing experiences. Maybe even more so for the tough times as each of those battles have helped me grow in so many ways. I know in my heart the miracle of April 7th was a true GIFT to me from God for which I will forever be grateful.


These last 7+ months have been a whirlwind of ups and downs for me and my family. The tornado has hit, it has landed now and all the pieces are all over the place. Throughout it all, our family and so many friends have been there for us.  We are blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing network of friends who made it possible for us to get where we are today.  We could not have done it without you all. Please know that your support and love made a difference in our lives and you have touched our hearts. I can only hope that I have expressed my love and gratitude to all of you and that each of you knows how deeply those feelings lay in my soul.


There are a few people I especially want to give thanks to. In no particular order of thanks at all, I want to send my heart-felt gratitude to my brother, Bobby Maldonado and my amazing friends, Laura Boderck, Kami Schmedding, Jill Bernhardt, Lisa Smith, Felicia Viera, Micki Karrer, and Susie Hotelling. These selfless, amazing people put their own families aside to help mine when we hit bottom those first 30 days while I was in the hospital and then after I came home.  They came into my home and first and foremost, made sure my children maintained a consistent and normal life as much as possible. For this, I am especially gratefulJ. Each in their own way, they organized, cleaned, cooked, communicated my status, setup meal deliveries from other friends, grocery shopped, managed my kids activities, took me to my appointments and simply put helped run my household when I could not. This allowed Maurice to focus on me and make sure I got the care I needed in the hospital. Particularly important to me personally, my very special friend, Stacy Dunnett, has continued to help me get physically and mentally stronger throughout the last few months. I went from being barely able to walk down a stair step, to walking, to spinning, to running and now I am gradually regaining my strength and coordination enough to dance again. Her incredible spirit and energy has continued to keep me motivated and I continue to make so much progress. You will ALL always have a very special place in our hearts and we will forever be grateful for you all! 


Be grateful for all that comes your way, appreciate your life today and live it the best you know how to.  Wishing that your Thanksgiving Day be filled with many blessings, love and joy in your heart!


With love and deep gratitude,