The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

santa-book-graphicsfairy004rd2“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

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Birthday Fun and Family

Hello everyone,

It’s Friday and that just so happens to be my favorite day of the week! How has your week been so far? Hopefully, it has been as amazing as mine.

Although I love Fridays, yesterday was probably my favorite day of the year. You may be wondering why. Well, yesterday was my birthday and it was awesome. I had a business class in the morning but, I was able to spend the rest of the day with the people I care and love. Since it was my birthday, my family and I decided to go out to a restaurant for dinner. We went pretty late, around nine, and so there was barely anyone there. After we ate, my mom surprised me with a cake that she somehow managed to hide from me all day. I have no idea how I didn’t notice it; we live in the same house and we drove their together in the same car. After she brought the cake, everyone decided to sing happy birthday and let me tell you, there is a reason why no one in my family has ever gotten a record deal. They were all singing the same song yet it sounded like each person was singing a different song but, regardless of all that, I loved it. My birthday dinner was a little chaotic and it wasn’t anything fancy but, it was an awesome birthday and I loved every second of it.

Since I was talking about family, I’d like to share this quote that I found.

“You aren’t wealthy until you have something money can’t buy” –Garth Brooks

This quote reminds me of my family. I could have a million dollars but, without my family, I would never be happy. On the other hand, I could have absolutely nothing but as long as I have my family, I would feel like the richest person alive. The amount of love you can get from a family member is priceless; no amount of money can buy you that kind of love. It is unconditional love. You fight, argue and annoy one another but, at the end of the day, you know you have them. They are always there for you when no one else is and that is why I feel like the richest person alive. I am very thankful that I have such an amazing family.

Anyways, that’s all from me today. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend.

-Silent Storm-

Family Life

Good afternoon peeps,

I think more than ever I’m realizing how quick Tuesday’s are coming. I can’t believe it’s October tomorrow! My life win this week actually comes from a life win of my family member. Around the end of last August, right around when I was starting this Creative Writing class, we admitted my cousin to a drug rehabilitation due to his addiction to crystal meth and heroine. He has been in and out of our lives for the past 10 years, in and out of prison, in and out of jobs due to his addiction. It has been an extremely overwhelming experience for all of us, financially and emotionally. He attends both Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous  because they go hand and hand in his case. He is also receiving counseling for the first time in his life, which has been too far overdue. This past Sunday night, he asked me and my sister along to watch him receive his 30 days sober chip at Alcoholics Anonymous. Although, technically he has been clean and sober for 46 days now! We are extremely proud of his recovery and where his mindset is today. Even though we are proud, I can see he has a  very long journey ahead of him and it’s going to take a lot of work to get him to a steady place. He made a speech that night that made me and my sister well up in the eyes. He mentioned how the first time in his life he is thinking clearly. It was also his daughter’s 6th birthday this weekend and he mentioned how this is the first time he’s seen her smile and actually felt joy from that. He admitted to some pretty scary things he’s done in his past but I know for a fact that that’s no longer the way he wants to live. Going to that meeting opened my eyes entirely. There was this community who treated each other as family, who understood entirely what they were going through. I choose to speak on this because it is no longer a sad story, he has turned that around entirely. All we can do is be supportive and pray for his strength. He needs us more than ever right now. Please keep him in your prayers.

What was your life win this week?

Until next time,

Daniella 🙂