Thursday, January 13, 2011

A couple of things...

First of all, thank you for praying for my friend, Joanne Heim.  All I know this morning is that she is resting in ICU and her family is just in wait mode. She still desperately needs your prayers. Many of you have asked how to stay updated on her progress. My best suggestions are to keep checking Joanne's blog, Janna's blog, or if you use Twitter, you can follow her husband: tobenheim He's updating when he can.

It seems almost impossible to not let Joanne's situation give perspective to our daily lives.

Hug your kids.

Kiss your husband.

Apologize when you're wrong.

Say "I Love You". And say it often.

Focus on the things that really matter. (Note to self: A perfectly clean house, other people's bad behavior, blog templates and the iPhone 4 don't qualify as things that really matter).

I think you guys can take it from here...

16 comments:

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I like your new blog template :-)

Thanks for the iron-sharpening words, friend.

Lauren said...

Praying, Mere!!!!!

Michelle said...

I was just thinking about perspective, actually. You make a good point!

This past week has been extremely stressful for me - exam week! Um, but not for me ... my daughter. Her LACK of stress is what has ME stressed, though. Ugh!

Anyway, I've had a short fuse with everyone lately because of this, and I'm ashamed. Your friend's tragic situation has put things in perspective.

Today's a great day to start focusing on what really matters in our lives - our family and friends. Each day we're blessed with is a gift. We are never promised tomorrow. Oh, this reminds me of my favorite quote:

"Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift ...
That's why it's called the present!"

Your friend and her family remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Sitesx6 said...

Love your new blog look.

Still praying for Joanne. I just kept thinking the same thing all day yesterday(even before I read your blog) FRAGILE FRAGILE FRAGILE. Life is so precious and fragile.

I still can't get it through my head, how a young, fit, mom has a stroke. She woke up - had a normal morning, and in a matter of seconds her whole life changed.

I want to live my life so I have no regrets. I want to have fun, smile, laugh, feel joy, not stress about the dumb things. I want to enjoy my kids and their laughter and silly ways. I want to play with them more. Her situation has caused me to want change and think of ways to start living differently.

Still praying.....
Kelly in Michigan

Katrina said...

I love your words, such great truth in them! I will do those things. I'm praying for your dear friend Joanne, for her husband, her family, and those that need her in her life.
I'm loving your new blog lay-out.

Angela said...

Loving this blog look!

Carpool Queen said...

Within a few hours of hearing the news, I had said some words to some people that needed to be said.

My perspective has certainly been righted this week.

Amber said...

Can't get her off of my mind. I've been praying and will continue to do so...
Praying for your peace, too, as her friend.

(P.S. Love your new layout.. *smile*)

Kendra said...

You are so right, Meredith. So, so right. Life is so fragile. I have prayed several times today for her. Praying for one of God's miracles for her and her family!

Kecia said...

I've been praying for Joanne. It is very sobering.
(I like your new blog look, too)

jeanie@mageditor.blogspot.com said...

I really like your new blog look! I love the second pair of feet. I have a picture of my Maggie's feet that are very similar. She has size 10 NARROW feet with the longest toes. Absolutely lovely to me.
I have thought of Joanne so many times today. You really hit the nail on the head with your "one word"...FRAGILE. Oh life is so fragile and we act as if we are immune to that fragility (not speaking for Joanne....just my own self). Anyway...I'm praying Joanne has a full recovery. She is just such a breath of fresh air.

*carrie* said...

I've been praying, Mer. I even broke my Thursday blog rule to check out the updates.

Mama Voss said...

yes, a kiss, a hug and apology (something that I needed to hear this morning) are the important parts of life.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Yes and amen!

Wow-ee!! I see Jackie's little button down there! :)

dawn said...

Your blog is lookin' awesome!

I have been praying for Joanne. I don't even know what to say.

Jennifer said...

Hi Meredith....

I was going to send an email but I was having trouble with it for some reason. Anyway....thank you for your comment. I am praying for their family and of course Joanne....and will continue.
I really like your new blog look....very fresh and inviting.
Take care
Jennifer