This past week there was a comment left on the blog from one of my sweet readers. She had suffered a bad break of her ankle and found out really fast how much we take things for granted. Being mobile and being able to go and do for herself came crashing down with one small accident.

Most of you have read that my daughter has left Alaska and is heading home for the winter. In order for her to bring her car from Juneau, she had to go by ferry to Washington State. That leg of the trip was at least 3 days long. She finally made it to Seattle and called me because she wasn’t feeling well. I encouraged her to go to an after-hours clinic and they were afraid that she was trying to pass a gallstone. She ended up having to stay in the hospital overnight and is having a couple of tests run before they will determine if they will let her leave.

Like my reader, it was not something that was in the plans for her trip. And, like my reader, her life was brought to a grinding stop all at once. This event has left me feeling helpless but also so grateful for so many things.

I am very grateful that she has her friend, Andy, with her and that she is not alone. I am very grateful that she didn’t get really bad sick while she was on the ferry and instead it waited until she reached a large city where she could get good healthcare. I am grateful that the hospital is being very thorough before letting her leave.

Taking our health, and the health of our loved ones for granted is something that most of us do daily. We truly don’t give it a second thought until something happens. A fall can result in a break that takes away our mobility. A diagnosis can rob us of our sense of well being. A surgery can knock us out of work and have a huge impact on our finances.

November is right around the corner and that is the month that we all stop and start to think about all of the things that we are thankful for. Today I am asking each one of you to take a few minutes and think about your health. Do NOT think about what is going wrong with our health. Instead, start at the top of your head and move down thinking about all of the many things that are going right with us and what we should be grateful for. Don’t forget about the internal parts that you can’t see such as your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, and your veins and arteries. You are a walking miracle and today we want to thank our dear Lord for breathing life into us.

I hope that Ashleigh will be released from the hospital today but I would appreciate everyone saying a quick prayer for her. That would truly be amazing!!!

Have A Blessed Day!

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68 Comments

  1. Without our health we are nothing. It has an impact on everything we do and can certainly bring our lives to a standstill. I hope your daughter is better soon and able to get home to you all quickly x

    • Tania Reply

      I agree, Jill! Until you are sick we sometimes take our health for granted.

  2. Saying a prayer for your daughter and hope she feels better soon and ready to take on her new adventure x

  3. Will definitely be praying for your daughter and for you. It is true that we suffer when they suffer. I also got a lot from your other suggested post, climbing your mountain. What an encouragement

    • Tania Reply

      It is so hard to see our children sick. Suffer is a good analogy.

  4. hope she feels better soon, having been is a similar situation I appreciate you message very much

  5. Praying for Ashleigh now. Nothing worse for a moma than to have a sick child and not be near them. I pray god holds both of you in his arms today.

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Connie! It was hard for her to be so far away.

  6. Praying for your daughter. Really needed this today. Sometimes I get so busy taking care of others…I forget me. Praying for a quick recovery for her and she makes it home safe and soon. Have a good week.

    • Tania Reply

      I stayed in bed this morning a went over my entire body this morning thanking the Lord for each part!

  7. Cheryl peffer Reply

    Nothing worse than being sick away from home. Prayers for her recovery.

  8. Christina Kuehn Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with your daughter 🙏🏻

  9. Praying Ashleigh’s way! This is more than words, I assure u I will be praying. Way to go…being thankful for all the positives. Please keep us posted.

  10. Marilyn S. Reply

    LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” ~ Psalms 30:2 – this is my prayer of healing and comfort for your family . All of his promises are yes and amen.

  11. Donna Wood Reply

    You are so right….our health is something we just seem to take for granted. Praying for your sweet Ashleigh…..for healing, AND for safe travels home.

  12. Kelly Shipps Reply

    Praying for you and Ashleigh. It’s hard on a mama to be away from their children especially when they’re in the hospital.

  13. Gratitude is powerful. Glad your daughter is moving home and that she’ll get there healthy, even though it’s later than expected. 😊

  14. Asking Our Lord to surround Ashleigh with the white light of His healing love and Divine protection!

  15. dietrologia1 Reply

    Gratitude is a most replenishing activity! Sending prayers and positive thoughts your daughter’s way.

  16. Dana Buckingham Reply

    I can certainly identify with the reader with the broken ankle as I also broke mine about 10 months ago. It was a very bad break and I had to have surgery and got a plate and screws. It did bring our lives to a screeching halt but we had help from friends and our small group. My husband was a real trooper through it all. I hope your daughter gets the help she needs. I said a prayer for her and for you, Tania. Have a blessed Sunday!

  17. Sue Epling Reply

    Lifting Ashleigh and her medical team in prayer, Father wrap your arms around her and give her comfort.

  18. I pray our dear Lord Jesus Christ heals Ashleigh quickly. I’m praying for you too Tania. I bet you want to hop on the first flight out there.

  19. Prayers Ashleigh is soon feeling much better & safely home with you & Joe. 🙏🏻

  20. I hope your daughter recovers soon. It’s hard to be away from your child when they are ill even when they’re grown. Blessings and prayers to you and your family. By the way, enjoyed your new makeup video. I saved it and just watched last night. You are so funny!!

  21. Thank you, Tania, for this wonderful post. I am grateful for good health and I took time today to realize how very lucky I am for that. Wishing your daughter a quick recovery and a safe journey back to you.

  22. This is so true. My husband broke his ankle a few weeks ago. Oh, it could have been so much worse!! A fall onto the concrete garage floor about 6 feet up. So I thank God for just a broken ankle, but things like this do make you appreciate life and good health. I am praying for your daughter. It is so hard to be far from our children when they need us!

  23. Julie Thompson Reply

    Prayers for your daughter to be well. My husband and I have both had health scares this year,but we are doing well now,thanks be to God. Your message today is one we all need to heed. Good health is truly a gift from our Father. Thanks for the reminder to thank Him for our miracle bodies!

  24. Gwen Ewing Reply

    A prayer for your daughter. Also a prayer for a reader who broke her ankle!

  25. just read this and even though late, i am still sending prayers your way. health and safe travels for your daughter!

  26. Prayers for Ashley’s quick recovery and her safe trip home. God bless all of you.

  27. Maggie Fieger Reply

    Prayers that they discover what is wrong with Ashleigh quickly and she feels better, and hugs tomyou, Mama, as I’m sure knowing that she is in the hospital without you is hard.

  28. Beth Buurstra Reply

    Tania, saying prayers for your daughter and her safe return! I was the one that sent you a picture of your daughter’s apartment when we were docked in Alaska on our cruise in August 2017. I too can relate to the reader that broke her ankle and the turmoil it can cause to your everyday life. I am not elderly, I am still in my 50s and have run 1/2 marathons in the last 7 years. March 5, 2018 I had a life changing event. The following was written on my FB 4 weeks later. As a result of this, I see everyday differently than before. I thank God everyday for the privilege to enjoy each day, for the ability to put my feet on the floor, go to work, and to cuddle with my husband at night.

    Four weeks ago, my life as I knew it drastically changed. Chest pains at work brought me to Metro Hospital. A day of tests found nothing. They were releasing me to go home in the afternoon when I presented stroke symptoms. More tests finally resulted in finding an aortic dissection. Metro is not equipped for this type of surgery so I was transferred to Spectrum downtown for emergency open heart surgery lasting over 7 hours. Surgery went well repairing the dissection and replacing a valve. A week after surgery I suffered a setback and found myself on a ventilator for another three days. I spent two weeks in ICU and another week in a regular room. I was finally sent home to have 24/7 care. This has been a truly humbling experience. I need help with everything from bathing and walking. Most of you know that I am a very active and independent person so this is very challenging. I don’t post all of this for your pity or sympathy. I just want people to realize how quickly things can change. It might not be a heart condition, but it could be an accident or a cancer diagnosis. I am thankful that God isn’t finished with me yet! So many circumstances, if handled differently, would have been a different outcome. This Easter season has me reflecting on the great gift we were given in the death and resurrection of Christ and the promise of eternal life. Be sure you know where your health is at and where your heart is at with your relationship with God. Words can’t describe and thank the many friends that have helped so far on this journey. Prayers by friends, family and even strangers have brought me to where I am now. This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. Dean has been my hero thru this as he cares for me and I love him all the more for that. I continue to ask for prayers as I continue on this path of recovery.

    May Ashleigh and you feel God’s presence thru this time. Hugs to all!

    • Tania Reply

      Oh my goodness! How scary all of this had to have been, Beth. It would truly be humbling to have to rely on help from others to do everything. I am thankful that they found the issue in time and that you are on the mend.

  29. Melesa Garrison Reply

    Tania, I just saw this post. I sure hope that your daughter is feeling better. I will be praying for a speedy recovery and that she will be home soon. It’s crazy how long it takes to recover from a broken bone. Thank you Gwen for your prayers! I’m still in PT, have a hitch in my get-a-long, but thankful!

    • Tania Reply

      I am glad to hear that you are doing so well in the healing process. It is hard to keep a good girl down!

  30. Debbie Smith Reply

    Happy to hear your daughter is healing!! I just saw this post. Our daughter in law is an emergency room nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle (the large trauma hospital there and it is also near the ferry terminal). Your daughter would be in no better place if she was at Harborview! Praying for the remainder of the trip home – for journey mercies and angelic care!

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