I HAVE never missed my mum as much as I have since I become one myself.
I think of her often and I can now finally appreciate the magnitude of the love she would have had for my brother and I. That all mothers have for their children.
I lost my mum when I was 5 years old.
It was war torn Ethiopia in the midst of a famine in 1995. Our mum knew she couldn't give my twin and I a chance at life, so she made the decision to put us in an orphanage. Flash forward a year spent in that orphanage and we had a new adopted family in Australia and we were thriving. And safe.
Life is funny in that it will only give you the battles and challenges that you are equipped to handle. Even if in some moments you don't feel like you are strong enough - you are. Believe me 💪🏽
I miss my mum so much and I feel a pain and emptiness that may never leave my heart, but I can see now, when I look at Harper, that my mum would have loved me and giving us up would have been the most powerful act of love possible.
It has taken me 28 years to truly believe that 🙏🏽❤️ #sundaynightthoughts #amotherslove
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A man returns from the doctor and tells his wife that the doctor has told him he has only 24 hours to live. Given this prognosis, the man asks his wife for sex. Naturally, she agrees, and they make love. About six hours later, the husband goes to his wife and says, "Honey,you know I now have only 18 hours to live. Could we please do it one more time?" Of course, the wife agrees, and they do it again. Later, as the man gets into bed, he looks at his watch and realizes that he now has only 8 hours left. He touches his wife shoulder, and asks, "Honey, please...just one more time." She says, "Of course, Dear," and they make love for the third time. After this session, the wife rolls over and falls asleep. The man, however, worried about his impending death, tosses and turns, until he's down to 4 more hours. He taps his wife, who rouses. "Honey, I have only 4 more hours. Do you think we could..." At this point the wife sits up and says, "Listen, I have to get up in the morning. You don't!"..
It's been two weeks today since Lisa left us for a better place and I have to say we have found it harder than we ever could have imagined. I stupidly thought there would be a feeling of relief that Lisa was no longer in pain. Of course we wanted Lisa's pain to end, we prayed that God would take her and let her be at peace, we just never ever imagined what it would be like for us when Lisa was no longer with us.
I used to think it would be nice to have a normal life, whatever that is, I didn't realise that our normal would never be the same again. At night time I wished we could all sleep in our own beds without the constant worry of Lisa choking in her sleep, I never would have guessed when Lisa passed nighttime would be the hardest. I find myself going into her room for no reason, I sit on her bed and look around, nothing has been moved, we turned her salt rock lamp on when we brought it home from hospital and it's stayed on since. I sleep with Lisa's Adele tee shirt on my pillow, it was given to her by Vicky, a beautiful nurse in the Palliative Care Ward. Lisa wore it over her PJ's the day it was given to her, I remember thinking how much she must have thought of it as Lisa was a fashion queen, she would never have worn a tee shirt over her clothes. Peter sleeps with a hug pillow Lisa was sent when she was having chemo. Something tells me these two items aren't going anywhere fast.
Steven, Marianne and Ava are doing ok. Like Peter and I they'll have tough days. Ava is obsessed with the Stars, she knows that Lisa is one of those stars watching over her. There are times she's not so strong, she'll tell us she doesn't want Lisa in heaven, she wants her back with us, it's so hard to hear but it's to be expected, she's been through so much for her young age.
I get constant flashbacks to the last week or two of Lisa's life, Lisa's excruciating pain, the decisions made, when they were made and how they were made, did we make the right decisions at the right time? The most frequent question I ask myself is could I have done better as her Mum / carer, and if I'm honest the answer is yes. As Lisa's condition deteriorated the level of care she required increased, our mother / daughter relationship definitely struggled. Instead of watching Housewives of where ever with Lisa I was thinking about (and dreading) the next cyclazine injection we had to give in her bottom. Lisa could handle pain like a champ, needles didn't bother her at all but this one was horrific, it was hard to find a soft area to inject and it burned so badly as it went in. Lisa would scream at times and cry with the pain.
The only way to cope was to somehow put up a wall, I knew she needed it, I knew it eased her nauseousness which was practically constant over the last few months but I also knew it was cruel, without the wall I couldn't have done it. If I could change anything regarding Lisa's cancer journey, I would have got more support for the last few months, I just wanted to be her Mum at that stage. I know a lot of people will say that's what a Mum does, they do what they have to do and for the most part I agree but there comes a stage when the care required is bigger than the parent and to continue in the role of full time carer is done so at a cost.
For anyone that is caring for a Terminally Ill family member, please make sure you know what support you are entitled to. If you have the opportunity to learn how to administer medicine, change subcuts, draining abdominal fluid and any other type of treatment needed, remember you will be doing so as long as required and the longer you do it the more painful and difficult it becomes as the family members condition deteriorates. My point is if there is someone amongst your family or friends that's better suited to do it and they want to do it, please please let them. As a Mum, Dad, brother, sister or whatever, there is so much more you can do for your family member, being there to hold their hand, showering them with love, listening to their fears and giving them comfortable reassurance. Every minute of every day is priceless, make use of every single one.
4 kids & a beach house on a rainy day. Please send babysitters and more wine. Meeting this chick at netball over 4 years ago was the best god damn thing that ever happened to me. People think we're sisters, and despite it being not true, I've certainly inherited a fourth sister through @abbgilmore. Genuine, loving, loyal super strong, and also a member of the mum-life-saggy-tittie-committee. What's there not to love?
When you don't set an alarm because you're relying on this one - who hasn't slept past 6.30am for her entire existence - to wake you up. And what does she do? Sleeps til 7.45am of course! Have a 5 hour photo shoot today with just me and the kids - wish me luck 🙄😬
After blood transfusions helped him recover from a motor cycle accident, Bruce was intent on giving back. Having just hit his 450th donation, we think it's safe to say Bruce has paid his dues! Chip away at your milestone, even if it's just for the celebratory cake! http://don8blood.com/2leNkce
Chicken makes a most affordable family meal. These sticky honey soy chicken drumsticks are fast to prepare, really easy to make, and absolutely delicious. In fact, it might be worth making a double quantity. Recipe at: http://www.lovefood.net.au/sticky-honey-soy-chicken-drumsticks
We have many passionate Hawks fans, but who is the ultimate fan? Tune in Saturday as we surprise a Hawks fan to become our #AudiFanoftheMatch in a special live pre-game show featuring players, exclusive interviews & more.
About 8:10am on 25/3/17, police from Holroyd Highway Patrol were performing speed enforcement on the Great Western Hwy at Propsect. Police detected a 58 year old male driving a blue HQ Monaro at 152km/h in the 80km/h zone. He was stopped and issued an infringement notice for exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h ($2350), his licence was suspended on the spot for 6 months and the registration on the vehicle cancelled for 3 months with the plates being confiscated.
Kim Rod saved to Australian 60s/70s childhood on Pinterest; "My mum would smear this all over my chest if I had a cold, and then put the heating pad over it with a soft towel.... Worked like magic❤" Yes, we always had Vicks VapoRub in the medicine chest as we were growing up and I used it on my kids too. My son had a bit of a wheezy chest and we would rub his chest and back with Vicks whenever he developed any symptoms. I don't think my daughter would use it on her children, preferring more modern methods and my son is now married to a doctor so I don't think they'll use it either. Photo shared from eBay
BOYCOTT CADBURYS - Sale now on... the shelves are stocked full, but the shoppers are just not buying these Halal Certified bars. One of our Members [MC] sent in this image and says... Looks like poor Cadbury are having a hard time selling there halal chocolates again. BOYCOTT HALAL says... Yes! Last year the prices got so low... that in the end they started to give them away... but shoppers just didn't want them at all.... See Proof in Top Comments below...