It Began with a Mammogram

Completely unrelated picture, but so cute. Sunshine feeding the cows.

It began with a mammogram — yesterday that is.  The rest of the day was full of the unexpected and I was tempted to complain, then it occurred to me that each challenge also brought an upside.

Mammograms are not my favorite thing.  We all complain about them because of the discomfort.  But here’s the thing, it just doesn’t take that much time (or discomfort) to take good care of ourselves.  We older moms have lots of little people who depend on us, and it is our responsibility to be as healthy as we can be.

The upside was that the entire thing took 15 minutes; I kid you not.  I arrived at 9:05 (five minutes late), she took four images, and I was walking out the door by 9:20.  Not many things in my life are that efficient!

Since I was out of the house, I ran to the grocery store and loaded up.  I really dislike grocery shopping.  The quantity of food we buy take tons of time to deal with.  It’s not unusual for me to have two carts, so the process of loading and unloading it is time consuming.  Fortunately, Noah usually does the grocery shopping for me as his weekly contribution to the family, and I am thankful.

The upside was that I got some great deals and best of all (also unexpected)…Samuel was home to unload it all!

About two hours later I got a call from one of my sons (who shall remain nameless) who had locked  his keys in the car.  He was scheduled to pick Honeybee and Dimples up from school, so an entire chain of events kicked in.  First, I loaded up the kids at home, picked up my son, and got the girls before heading back home.  We searched the house for an extra key, but finally gave up and headed back to wait for AAA to arrive and break into the car.

The upside was spending an hour talking with my son while we waited for the locksmith to arrive.   The other completely amazing thing was that I arrived home to find that Honeybee and Sunshine had made dinner and cleaned the kitchen.  Can you believe it?  Sometimes I forget how competent Honeybee is because I don’t give her enough freedom to contribute.  I guess I just needed to get out of the way.

A new day has begun and rather than jump right into homeschooling, I had an hour long chat with a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, which brings me back to the beginning of this post.  Ladies, take care of yourselves.  If you aren’t old enough to need a mammogram, you still shouldn’t neglect your health.  Take it from a “mature mom”, you need all the energy and strength you can get to keep mothering little ones as you grow older, and hopefully wiser!

Have a great Wednesday friends, and watch for the upsides!

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Laurel
    December 8, 2010

    Great post. Thanks for the reminder to watch for the upsides!

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  2. Emily
    December 8, 2010

    My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in February at age 54- totally out of the blue, we have no family history and she's been having the healthiest last few years of her adult life. So glad she was careful about exams (she found her lump in a self-exam), and glad you are too!

    Show your son this blog post, maybe it'll help him feel better about himself… http://longonstaying.blogspot.com/2010/10/making-

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  3. Courtney
    December 8, 2010

    such great words…thank you!

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  4. Sweet Pea
    December 8, 2010

    Upside: I got on the elevator this afternoon with one other lady, and she pressed the button for her floor, which happened also to be mine. I exclaimed "Perfect!" She looked at me, smiled and said "Well, my day has been far from perfect; thanks for giving me something that was."

    I like that you wrote about upsides today 🙂

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  5. Joelle Holland
    December 8, 2010

    I love your thoughts about looking for the upside. I once heard a preacher say that he views irksome things as good problems==keys locked in the car? What a blessing to have a car to lock keys into, etc. Thanks for the reminder to look for the positives.

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  6. Christie
    December 9, 2010

    Well, it was HIGH time I found you – I heard there were two Bushel & A Peck's out there but I wasn't sure where you were…and well, here I am! http://keirajoy07.blogspot.com/

    Love your blog – love the name (wink!) and really, this particular post spoke to my heart. It is so easy to slide into negative thinking. Trying to stay positive is one of my own personal landslides. I try and try…but oh!

    Upside? I found this post and YOU! What a blessing!

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2010

      Christie, so nice to meet you! Thank you for leaving a comment and introducing yourself. Funny that both of our blogs are related to life as adoptive moms and lovers of Jesus. Now we can thoroughly confuse people who want to remember where they read a certain something, or want to tell a friend about our blogs. By the way, you children are darling 🙂

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  7. Heather
    December 9, 2010

    I recently found your blog after reading the article you wrote for Empowered to Connect. I am in love with what you write. I wish I knew someone like you who lived near me. At least I have the blog world to connect me to awesome moms like you. Thank you for writing this blog and for being candid and honest. I will be coming back to read often.

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    1. One Thankful Mom
      December 9, 2010

      Heather, I'm glad you found me too, and I hope you'll join in the discussions. We would love to hear from you. Just in a quick look at your blog, I can see that you are learning along with me.

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