Small town girl. Joins Navy. Sees the world. Flies in planes. Hunts submarines. Gets out of military and has 3 kids.


A compilation of stories and lessons learned

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blessings in Disguise

As the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaches, we all tend to use this season as a reminder to reflect on what we are truly thankful for in our lives.

Often the answers are obvious and universal:  family, food, and shelter.  The desires that unite all humans everywhere in every culture.

But what about the blessings that aren't so obvious?  The ones that come upon us as a camouflaged surprise?  The ones that we may not recognize as a blessing right away- or even for quite a while.  It may take many years until we can look back and really see what a blessing in disguise that it was.

The loss of a job-- only to have been given that opportunity to finally start up the career you've always dreamed of- not just the one you ended up in.

Your alarm not going off-- only to find that you avoided a horrible accident on the way to work.

A terrible break-up-- only to later find the person of your dreams- the one that you really should have been with all along.  The one that makes all of the heartaches along the journey completely worth it.

They are everywhere- big and small.  Any unpredicted, unplanned happenstance that you just don't know if you have the strength to survive- only to find you end in a much better place as a result.

My best blessing in disguise:  My little girl.  I already had two wonderful children which fulfilled our home completely.  Then one day I found out I was pregnant again.  (Still unsure how that happened??)  For a planner like myself- I did not know how to handle it.  I calculated everything in my life.  Now, I found myself having to re-write all of my future plans.  It took me many months to accept this.

And then my baby was born- and I suddenly couldn't remember life before her.  She is a beautiful butterfly that leaves a trail of happiness everywhere that she goes.  She lights up a room and touches hearts.  I could not imagine our family without this addition- our little blessing in disguise.

So for this holiday season ahead, I challenge you to try to embrace the hardships- even the little annoyances that we encounter on a daily basis. Try to trust that there is a plan for all of this somewhere.  Somewhere, it is really a blessing.


What are some of your blessings in disguise??


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9 comments:

  1. Beautiful post. I, for one, have had many blessings in disguise. Your post was a nice reminder. Thank-you.

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    1. Thank you so much! I think we all need a reminder every now and then! :)

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    2. I am amazed often at all the hidden blessings uncovered. Ironically, the most recent for me, was NOT having a third child. I was sad for a long time about our family feeling incomplete but then this year my 5th grader really needed me in a way that I could not have been available if we had a little one still at home.

      Just wanted to say hi, and let you know that I have given you Liebster Award. The info is on my blog. http://mypajamadays.com/2012/11/28/sometimes-we-just-need-an-award/

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    3. I am amazed often at all of the hidden blessing that are uncovered in my life. Funny how much I longed for a third child and yet, had I gotten my wish, I would not have been able to give my 5th grader the attention she needed this year. Great post!

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    4. It's funny how things always seem to work out as they should, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I forgot to tell you that I nominated you for the Liebster award today. Hugs.

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    1. Wow- well thank you!! I'll have to check it out. It's all a new world to me!

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  3. As you know, within this next month I'll be concluding my naval career and moving on to phenomenal changes, that I sure wouldn't have anticipated 4+ years ago. After shedding sweat, blood and tears during my enlistment never did I imagine that at the end I would have an amazing husband and the most perfect daughter so show for it. Even though I have endured much turmoil, ever step was just a little bit closer to my blessings in disguise. Thanks for the reminder :)

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    1. You ARE very blessed. And I could not be more proud. Thank you for your service.

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