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A Happy Heart

It’s 8:24 in the evening and I’m sitting on our soft, amazing couch in our living room, the sounds of ambient new age music flooding from iTunes radio and cutting through the quiet.  I’ve got a heart wide open and full of love and joy tonight, and I really wanted to get it all out and share it with all of you.

I know I didn’t blog last night, but I have a good reason!  After the events and drama-trauma of the week, I was just exhausted and in dire need of a night out.  On the first Friday of every month, my dear girlfriends here in my tiny little town all get together for dinner and drinks and to share and hug and cry and laugh and be together.  These women illuminate my heart from within, and I am so grateful that they are a part of my lives.  Some of them were unable to be there, either for their own illnesses or the illnesses of loved ones.  But those of us who went laughed and loved and had a wonderful time.  It turned out to be a late birthday party for me as well, with gifts of amazing books and perfume and a gorgeous little purse mine for the taking.  I came home exhausted and spent the rest of the evening in my husband’s arms, laughing and enjoying a relaxing last few moments before 12:00 midnight ended one day and began another.  I figured that you’d not begrudge me this wonderful evening away from the Blogosphere to get my love on with some of the most amazing people I know.  Thanks for the night off, Internet.  And thanks to everyone who made my night so wonderful.  I love you guys so much!

Spent the day today doing various errands, including stopping by the U.S. Post Office to express ship my scarf for the 2011 Special Olympics.  I got it finished literally at the last second, and I am thrilled with how it turned out.  I didn’t know about this program until just very recently, so I didn’t have much time to get a scarf ready and out the door.  I’m astonished that I made it on time!  Here are a few shots of the scarf, including one of my very favorite model showing it off:

Making that scarf felt so good, and I truly hope it brings warmth and joy to an amazing athlete, and that he or she has a wonderful experience in the games this year.  The Special Olympics’ motto is absolutely beautiful, and so unbelievably fitting given the events of late, both in my life and the lives of the two other people close to my heart who are suffering from cancer – “Let me win.  But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”  Powerful and beautiful.

One of my friends who is battling cancer is the husband of a dear, dear friend.  She’s like a second part of my heart.  Ever have one of those amazing friendships where when you see that person, or hug that person, or laugh endlessly with that person, you feel it inside you?  A visceral, physical feeling.  That’s how I feel about this one particular woman.  She and her family have been through so much.  Anyway, we stopped by tonight and brought them dinner.  Rachael Ray I am not, but it felt so good to do this.  If only buttery chicken and white rice and French bread could bring healing.  Please continue to keep this family, as well as the family of my other beautiful friend, in your hearts and prayers.

My husband and daughter are currently dancing and laughing and enjoying themselves with their friends at the citywide Girl Scout Father/Daughter Costume Ball.  I got to stay for just a moment…a mere few seconds to snap a few blurry photos and say hello and get amazing hugs from some of my daughter’s Brownie sisters.  The joy in that room was palpable, families and friends all laughing and enjoying one another.  It’s moments like these that light me up from within.  I came home to see photos of the other girls and their fathers on Facebook, and to text messages from my husband, who’s keeping me updated from the dance floor.  At last report, the girls are getting ready to sing some karaoke!  Makes my heart happy to know that they are having such a wonderful time tonight.

I feel a lot of love tonight.  And joy.  And I just wanted to share that with you, Internet.  So grateful for the people in my life who love me and who I feel so blessed to share this journey with.  Thank you for being a part of that.

Oh…and my surgery is scheduled for March 24th.  Still in “bring it” mode.  Still not a lick scared.  Still ready to move on and heal.


  1. Jen, So nice to read you are in High spirits and also got to spend an evening doing just for yourself! Last night was a Blast and I’m looking forward to the next time. So glad you enjoyed your little Party! I had to laugh when you drove by and hollered “Love you” at the top of your lungs!!! Reminded me of your kinda loud comment in Austins, something about Man—-s!.. I almost wet my pants I was laughing so hard! You are just too much! It was a great night for sure! Thanks for inviting the old gal out for a night of fun!

    This whole day WAS a bit Electrifying Wasn’t it?? So much hustling and Bustling from next door all day! The Girls were so excited! Greg looked so cute in his costume too! Nick picked out Dinner for him Mom and they snuggled on the couch and watched a Harry Potter Movie! How sweet for them! I got MY husband back from his 5:30am Bus trip at 3pm and we peeked from the windows as everyone left for “The Ball”. We spent the evening eating junk food and enjoying each others company! It has been a nice weekend so far! Sunday is the only day of the week we get to sleep in together!Looking forward to it! 😉

    Thanks for the daily Blog! It is MY new continuing story that I look for every day! Hope your Sunday is Happy! <3 Mom V

  2. PS.Love the scarf! Very Cute and I am sure you Athlete will love it!
    Your cute little Model was a perfect choice too!:-) Mom V

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