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If it weren't for what matters most...

If it weren’t for what matters most, I probably would say life sucks!

I know that I’m blessed even though six of my family members were removed from this country;
I know that I’m blessed even though the US Embassy denied my petition to have my parents come back here in the US;
I know that I’m blessed even though we haven’t had made a deposit in for almost a year now;
I know that I’m blessed even though we’ve lost half of our savings and 401K;
I know that I’m blessed even though my Dad’s pretty sick and Mom’s not feeling well either;
I know that I’m blessed even though hospital bills keep piling up;
I know that I’m blessed even though I feel like yelling the F word;
I know that I’m blessed even though there are those who does not like me;
I know that I’m blessed even though my real estate property taxes costs more than my health insurance premiums;
I know that I’m blessed even though the house sidings are being broken-in my birds;
I know that I’m blessed even though I have gained over 10 pounds this summer!

I know that I’m blessed because I have a husband that loves me more than anything – anyone in the world!
I know that I’m blessed because I have four loving children who remind me that God loves me;
I know that I’m blessed because I have a family who help and support each other;
I know that I'm blessed because we have saved for the rainy days;
I know that I'm blessed because opportunities do come;
I know that I’m blessed because there are loved ones who sent me for a mani-pedi;
I know that I’m blessed because a day-at-a-spa is just a few days away;
I know that I’m blessed because I have friends who support me;
I know that I’m blessed because I hear music around me;
I know that I’m blessed because there’s love, faith and hope;
I know that I’m blessed because I can be me …

I’m sure times have been tough;
It seems like challenges will never end;
It seems like everything is clouded;
It seems like life’s half-empty – or worse – empty!

I know that there’s always hope, as long as I believe…

Photo from Bella Mia Jewelry.

A necklace has brought peace in time of despair.
A necklace beautifully crafted by Marla of Bella Mia Jewelry ;
A necklace I will treasure for the rest of my life.
A necklace worth sharing…

I met Marla through;
We have been there for each other – through good times and bad times.
This necklace is for all of us.
Just treat it with care because it was crafted with love and care;

Sharing this necklace means so much to me.
This community has given me so much
and I can only give back by sharing a piece of me;
Let this necklace travel to all the corners of the world
Where has touched and made someone smile.

The first two people I would love to share this with are Emily and Cooper;
And from them, I ask them to pass it along one person a week.
And in this circle, we post our gratitude for what Motherhood has done for us!
If you haven't visited theMotherhood join in and see what's in this amazing community,
and join the Traveling Motherhood necklace circle!.
Keep smiling=)


  1. Yes..there is always hope! Despite our circumstances, we always have that hope in the Lord!!

  2. You are one beautiful blessed woman. And a wonderful blogging friend.
    Keep your chin up JenJen. You always have such a wonderful outlook on life!


  3. Tanks for that hope and reminder of all I am blessed with....You are a blessing.....

  4. I love how you choose the 'half-full' way of looking at things... and that, in itself, is a blessing, too! :)

  5. God's promise of being joyful is what He willed for His children. To choose to be that way despite what circumstances are going on around us, is not just an emotion but that is His gift. Your post just revealed that from your heart. Blessings to you...

  6. Jen, I keep you in my thoughts daily. I hope you have a great week :)


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