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The Prodigal Daughter has returned -- lessons from the bathroom

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The last few weeks have been INSANELY busy!!! I am currently in the middle of the process to adopt a 13 year old girl (yes, she IS a teenager -- and yes, I am doing it voluntarily.... perhaps I should seek counseling - LOL!!!), my roommate had her knee replaced and has needed me as a caregiver, I have a HUGE landscaping project that was started last summer and I am finally wrapping up, and then I ended up with a plumbing issue that required me to gut and rebuild not JUST the shower in the master bathroom, but ALSO the tub surround and plumbing in the guest bathroom.

Needless to say, it has been one HAIRY ride!!! I have been putting in 12 - 14 hours a day until my "bones" (I have rheumatoid arthritis) are screaming so loudly you can hear them 2 states over. I only have one thing to say -- thank GOD for good meds!!!!! And I don't use the Big Guy's name without heavy consideration ;) However, the process has been transformative -- and not just for the bathrooms :)

I learned how easy it is to slip when it comes to eating properly AND how much my body hates it when I do. I have also learned that all of the exercise I have been doing over the last few months has been WORTH IT!!!! If it were not for starting this journey back in January, I would have never had the physical stamina to complete what I did. Granted, I had a great handyman who did 70% of it and my sissy also helped, but MAN!!!!! The remodeling project has been ALL stuff I have never done before! I learned SO much!!!

I will be posting another blog later filled with some of the antics of the bathrooms, my roommates recovery, and the "lovely" process of trying to get a young girl out of a terrible life and onto a road where her life has joy, beauty, purpose, and meaning.

Thanks to everyone who sent me lots of encouragement and support while I was gone. And thanks to those of you who missed me.

I missed all of you more than you could possibly know. It is funny how we have built a community here -- all without ever "meeting" face-to-face. I have some of the most amazing friends that I have met here on SP. You humble me and inspire me EVERY day -- even when I am "cyber-absent" :)
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    Hello TANJAT88. This is Freshbeginnings, but I couldn't get into my old account and I am in my 50's and started over with a new name, but keep running into people who were in the group you were a part of in 2014 and it keeps making me smile.

    More than one of us went away and are now back starting over during the past month or two.

    Wondering how you are doing.

    Wondering if the adoption is in place now.

    Wondering if you need Sparkpeople again like I did.
    1682 days ago
    If it isn't one thing, it's ten others! emoticon Glad you are back and I hope things settle down for you soon.
    2324 days ago
    emoticon It's so wonderful to "see" you again. It is a wonderful thing you are doing for the teen and although I'm sure it will have trials and tribulations - it will also contain joy and a satisfaction like no other.

    2324 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4300142
    I am so glad you are back! Hurray! Glad everything is going well with you. emoticon
    2324 days ago
    So glad you're back. That girl is blessed to have someone like you in her life! You've been missed!
    2324 days ago
  • SALAM4545
    So glad you are back, I missed you. I've been sending up prayers for your adoption process, and also that your daughter is able to transcend the rough start she got in life. Personally, I can't wait to see your reports on starting life with her. I've had a bit of a rough patch with the nutrition choices myself, so I appreciate how easy it is to slip into bad habits, but you are back and soon it will get easier (I hope).
    2324 days ago
  • no profile photo TRAVELGO
    Good luck with everything!
    2325 days ago
    Thank God there are people like you who are willing to adopt an older child. Most people want the cute, cuddly babies. Bless you.
    2325 days ago
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