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Count down to Christmas- Counting our blessings
November 5, 2005
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December is my most difficult month. My dearest Grandma left us for the beyond in December, about 6 years ago. But as kids, we always spent some part of Dec.with her and I still miss her. I have sulked and cried throughout these years.

Apart from that, I always have anxiety attackes at the fear of the unknown year. But this year, I want to snap out of it. I want to come out and celebrate the end of a year and hope for an even better year. And I met Sini here who agrees we need to celebrate. I will let her tell her own story. But, everyone is welcome to join in the counting. I will begin from January. Feel free to take it from the begining, the middle or the end.

Enjoy!

November 5, 2005
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January 2005:

I owed about £2500 pounds on fees for my LLM. I still had miles to go on my doctorate thesis. I was broke. And I was tired all the time so was not being able to work as many hours to keep up with paying the debt.

BUT,
* I had my adorable sister visiting me so i had some member of my family with me.
*My friends were all so sweet to me forcing me to enjoy the new year.

* My housemate wo was a pain sometimes, nagged me so much that to have my peace, i went to the hospital. My doctor detected just in time that my iron level was so far gone that she needed drastic measures to save me. I also found out I had low blood pressure and learnt what I can do to help myself. But for these measures, i don't know where I would have been. I am grateful to be alive and I do consider it a blessing.

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November 5, 2005
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Great thread!

I have had an incredible year. Much joy, much pain, some health issues, some healing, made new friends, my heart has been healed from past break-ups and emotions, more trust, making use of FAITH, my sons are awesome, my time with my parents is good, learning all new things, many, many, many blessings, new direction, new beginnings, a lighter heart. But I cannot beleive it is almost Christmas again!! I ususally begin playing Christmas music in Oct!! But have not this year, but am looking forward to my family being together.

November 5, 2005
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Well, this has been a difficult year; but there has been much joy as well. My baby sister is due to deliver her first baby a week before Christmas, and babies are such a blessing. My divorce is now final, and although the ex is behaving badly, I have learned to let go and let God (most of the time). My mother has learned that her situation is unbearable (living with my dad post-stroke), and she has found a medication that helps her cope and makes her much easier for all of us to get along with. My son is on the road to recovery, and my daughter has learned to adjust to our new family structure. I have many blessings to count...

November 7, 2005
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February 2005:
I had to return to Italy from UK to finish my doctorate. I had to send my sister off back home. The cost of shipping, shopping for little sista and family as well as paying all bills (pre and post) before leaving left me penniless. On 31st January, I left UK for Italy. At the airport, I couldn't afford the £60 it cost for excess baggage. But I had my friend there and he paid for me.

In Italy, I couldn't afford a place of my own till end of the month. A family offered me a place to stay. It was just the couch and my stuff was all over the place but i had a roof nonetheless. Huge blessing!!

November 11, 2005
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March 2005, i have finished paying off all the fees. It was a hard and rough road but God has been faithful.

My brother is not getting any better and with all my pain and worry, I have to be strong for my mom and the rest of the family. It is a truly difficult walk to walk. BUT, I have a cloud of witnesses and bended on the knees of their hearts, they bear me up in prayer.

At this point, my prayer was for enough strength to survive each day- the grace i received was enough to last me days.

November 11, 2005
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I've had a good year. I have healed a lot from past emotional trauma. A lot of baggage was removed from me. I lost weight spiritually, if that makes any sense to y'all. My daughter just celebrated another birthday, and I am always thankful for that because she was stillborn when I gave birth to her. I learned to set major goals for myself. I went back to school to earn my degree, and on Nov. 5th I got the job I went thru the wringer to get (prison guard). So I feel joyful, peaceful, and blessed!

November 14, 2005
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Ohh, regret, I see it a good time as any to count our blessings.

Ive just been worrying a lot. Anyway, I have made some progress in assertiveness! I liked to peel this extra skin that was wearing heavy on me. There are more to come but the important thing is I enjoyed the process and the outcome.

November 16, 2005
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Thanks for my mosquito nets. Yesterday there was an attack by them. Reminds me to get screens in two more windows before any other expenses. Thank God for providing.

November 16, 2005
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Hmmm, quitoes huh? I dread them. Happy to know you are protected.

My brother messaged me asking me to call him on friday. I ignored as we never get anywhere on the fon- me always suspecting he is trying to con me and he frustrated at my lack of trust for him. I called my parents and learnt my brother had finally given his life to Christ. And this had apparently been going on for abt 2 months. He has given up his negativity.

Finally, after the counselling sessions and all-Does God give Christmas presents? Because I feel this is one big early xmas gift. For the first time in nearly 6 years, i heard both my parents laugh as they used to before this nightmare began.

Thank you Lord!

November 16, 2005
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I am grateful for my sobriety, for my son, my husband. For my family going to Hawaii together, following the loss of my mom just two months ago. I am grateful that I have hung onto my no contact of exbf, and my feet are back on the right road. I am grateful for my home, my freedom, all that is mine to enjoy. I am grateful for my Lord and Savior, my Father in Heaven, for His Holy Spirit living within me connecting my very soul to His. For all this and more, I give thanks.

Please pray for my son to struggle less in school and be happy more. Please also pray for my husband who is constantly out on the road. And please pray for me to be released from the bondage of smoking tomorrow, on the Great American Smokeout. It was Mom's last wish for me.

May God bless and keep you all this day.

Love, Lass

November 16, 2005
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*Regret*, so glad for you, the fees, your brother, your parents...

*Lass*, you seem to have it together except for the smoking, I can pray for that. I hear Mark Twain stopped smoking and said it was easy: he stopped 40 times!

Thank God for watching over me these days when Im in my most ungrateful mood.

My blessing is coming back to the board for some solace and find my messages were responded. God bless!

November 16, 2005
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I am thankful for friends and loved ones who are so supportive and wise in my time of trial. I am blessed to have a relationship with Jesus that provides me strength on a daily basis!

November 17, 2005
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I woke up with a good song on my mind-and i began singing at 6:30 this am. That is always a sign of inner peace for me and i am so thankful that in the midst of all the deadlines, i still have my balance. Thank God.

November 20, 2005
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I was with bros and sis this weekend and the nostalgia didn't kill me for seeing all the things I grew up with shared among their houses. It wasn't easy but I figured it's material stuff that doesn't fit into my little house but will forever fit and stay in my heart.

We had a real nostalgia night with my 12/13 y.o. godchild who tried all the needle, high heel shoes I hated to wear and some of the ball gowns and night outfits. She's starting to have parties. She looked like a real lady and felt so great to see that the outfits were becoming on her despite her little chubby parts. My sister and I felt bad looking bad 20-25 yrs ago but great looking at the years ahead for our girl. Tks God.

November 21, 2005
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It is hard to consider this a blessing but:

My bf met another woman and decided he likes her. He spent the nite in her house although they did not have sex. And I believe him. However, this was teh man that i was ready to change my life plan for and amazing how this has helped me to see clearly. I thank God for the blessings that come in different forms to us. Some come in joy, others in pain but through it all, there is a purpose and I am grateful.

November 21, 2005
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'Some come in joy, others in pain, but through it all, there is a purpose and I am grateful'

I would have to echo regrets words here.

It's been one heck of a year for me!!

I could never in a million years have envisaged all that has transpired.

I am grateful to be standing here, fairly sure that I would rather have gone through it all, and survived, than to never have experienced that startling depth and breadth of emotion...

~love charlie~XX

November 21, 2005
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I survived the year, despite all of the hardships and fear and pain, and have come out of it more aware and loving myself. I was beaten down emotionally, and have picked myself up, and can show my best face for my little girl on Christmas Morning rather than being a puddle of shame and saddness and self doubt. I can feel glad for her and not sad for my losses. FOr that reason alone, it's been an incredible, amazing, inspiring blessing of a year.

November 21, 2005
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For today Im grateful I was told Im a bunch of good things by a friend. So I will keep in mind that these were God given and therefore cannot be taken away by hardship, betrayal, whathaveyou!

I can continue to use these qualities to help my friends too because the more I dig into them the more of it comes out. Tk God!

November 21, 2005
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I am thankful for God's presence in my life. For Him to be my best friend, helping my in all my trials and hardships. I am grateful for my health, intelligence, beauty.

For working on my own healing and recovery, facing the truth and not being in denial about it. I was courageous, truthful, down to earth and He recompensated me for my faith in Him.

Even tho I will be spending another Christmas by myself this year, yet I am not sad or depressed for I know He is beside me, comforting me and planning everything for me.

~Ras~

November 22, 2005
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Im grateful for the blessings in my family which give the strength for each to pursue their ideals and face their issues.

Thank God that Im here facing my issues and have the support to do so.

November 23, 2005
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Today, I am grateful to God for the strength to deal with all the pain in my body. He alone can provide this kind of comfort and I do not take it for granted!

November 23, 2005
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Thank you God for my work and my rest. Thanks for the bills I could pay. Thanks for the neighbors who are nice and the not so fast pace of this town.

November 25, 2005
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I am grateful to God that i am stronger today than I was yesterday.

November 28, 2005
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I have a peace that eluded me these past 7 days. Every break up is hard but when you have a limited or no support network (physical), it can be traumatic. I am grateful that I am rising up from the pits. Thank you Lord Jesus!

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