Friday, November 14, 2014

Let's Catch Up


Hi Momsters, I'm so glad to be back!  I haven't posted anything on this blog since April when I introduced the last Momster of the Month (MOM), Heather, and her fight against and awareness of Mesothelioma.  I will complete sharing her story with you, but first I'd like to catch everyone up with what's been going on for the last 7 months.  

My mom was my very first MOM I featured on this blog, and I shared her story of survival and how she beat the odds against Stage 4 breast cancer.  Shockingly, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in December 2013 and put up a good fight.  Unfortunately, to say the least, she lost that battle and moved to be with her Heavenly Father on September 19, 2014.  She was never a smoker, but grew up surrounded by family members who were...in the car, in the house, she couldn't escape it.  The assumption by doctors is that this diagnosis was completely unrelated from her breast cancer, since she had been cancer-free for a number of years, and most likely caused by her exposure to second-hand smoke.  

There will never be a day I do not miss her.  I know she is in Heaven waiting to greet me again with a giant hug, but that doesn't mean I don't ache for a hug from her now on Earth. I miss being able to call her whenever I need to hear her reassuring voice and encouraging wisdom, or to share something adorable my daughter did today.  She was my biggest supporter of Momster Mash, and I want to keep this going in order to support each and every one of you.  

Every mother.

Everywhere.

Every mother facing a battle I don't want them to face alone.  

Every mother with encouraging wisdom to share.

Every mother needing to feel that we ARE in this together, and we need constant support from one another and reminders that God is WITH us and FOR us in the midst of whatever battle we may be facing...big or small.  

In the midst of such deep sadness, I'm also experiencing great joy as we will be welcoming our second child, a boy, into our family very soon.  In April, just 3 months after my miscarriage, I was surprised to find out I was pregnant so soon!  I am so very grateful that it happened so quickly, as I was able to share this news with my mom and she was also able to find out we were having a son.  I even got to share the name we have chosen with her before her passing.  

Come April, life was crazy.  I was working more than usual, traveling often on weekends to visit my mom, dealing with first trimester nausea and exhaustion, and my husband took a new job working Monday-Friday in a town 5 hours away.  Oh, and we have a 2-year-old daughter. The blog definitely took a backseat to life's other demands, and I accidentally let my domain name subscription lapse.  Once I realized this, I had issues getting it all sorted out.  I'm no website techy whiz, just teaching myself as I go.  

I'm now almost 38 weeks pregnant and officially on maternity leave, work has calmed down for my hubby (for the time being, anyway), and it feels like the dust surrounding me after losing my mom here on on earth is settling a bit.  She would want me to keep this going.  She knew how much joy Momster Mash brought me, and I want to continue to fill other moms with joy and encouragement as well. 

Thank you for being a part of my ministry that is Momster Mash, and for helping me and my mission of what Momster Mash is all about..."A sisterhood of mothers, encouraging one another as we grow".  If you are an "old faithful" Momster, THANK YOU for sticking around, for being a part of this amazing sisterhood, and for spreading the love to others.  

If you are new to Momster Mash, WELCOME!  Please take a look around and see what this is all about. You can visit the MOMs tab above to familiarize yourself with previous Momsters of the Month.  I already have some amazing MOMs lined up to pick up where I left off, and I look forward to sharing their stories with you.  They are stories of triumph, heartache, joy and sadness...but these stories helped to shape the incredible women behind them, and these women have graciously offered to share their stories with you so that you may find one more arena for healing, one more person to connect with, one more avenue for healing after whatever it is you may be facing.

Life WILL throw us curve balls. 
NONE of us are immune to trouble and heartache.  

It's how we face those curve balls and learn to heal from the heartache that defines us.  

And we don't have to do this alone.

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