Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tears of Happiness...

I've always been a crier, I'm sure it has been the source of a lot of aggravation and embarrassment to my family over the years. If I felt the need to cry, I couldn't stop myself, as a child and even as an adult.

I found myself sitting in the living room this morning crying. 
I've cried a lot of tears in the last several years, usually from great sadness, fear, uncertainty, frustration, anger, resentment, hatred-there aren't enough words to cover the emotions I've had.

Today I know for sure that my tears were happy tears, grateful tears, hopeful tears, proud tears-again I've run out of words.

The Maven is starting her new job, no, her new career today! She's working again! The fact that she will be earning money almost seems like a bonus. She will be working in a field that she is passionate about and has experience in. She will fulfill a lifelong dream of helping other people find their way in the world. How many of us get that chance?

I think back a year and remember where we were one month after brain surgery. Over-coming that challenge in itself is a big enough accomplishment in life, but this girl, this young woman, has had so many years of so many obstacles and roadblocks. Physically, mentally, emotionally. She has met every one of these uphill battles head on and soldiered on no matter what! No matter what! That's why I cry today because SHE has done this. Yes, she has had a lot of support from family, friends, doctors, but in the end it comes down to her, the strong, resilient, optimistic person she is. A lot of people would have given up. There have been times I wanted to give up, but saw that she was fighting and therefore I would fight too. That's what we do in this family, when one can't do it anymore, one of us takes over for awhile and inspires the other to step back into the battle.

I've known a lot of warriors in my life and have drawn inspiration from them, but this girl, this woman, is the one who inspires me the most with her beautiful smile and her determination to stand up and go for it!

Thank you to all our family and friends for being such a source of support and encouragement. My blogging friends are so special because most of us have never met, yet you have all been so encouraging, understanding, joyful, whatever the occasion calls for. Thank you.

And thank you for letting me talk this out.


Decor To Adore said...

And now I'm crying! So happy for one and all. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so very proud of your daughter. What a very special day this is and most of us may think we know what it took to get to this point, but YOU are the one who truly knows. She gets her determination from you. I am so very happy you have shared this with us - your blogging family. Love and best wishes!

Razmataz said...

The Maven is awesome. She's fought hard since her surgery and now is moving on to help people in their lives. You have to live through stuff to get the gist of peoples struggles. She will excel. Wish her my best. Stop crying now and start drinking champagne.

rottrover said...

Congrats, Maven, on this most recent accomplishment Good luck in your new venture!!

Lisa and the rotties

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, we are all so happy for her and I know you are a very proud Mama! You GO GIRL! Wishing her the very best in this new job! Sweet hugs, Diane

Angela said...

Tears of joy are the best tears to have! Congratulations to the Maven for her new job and career path. It sounds exciting to start out on a new adventure like that! Prayers for continued healing and blessings.


Mr. Connor said...

Long hard struggle but with all pitching in it was a goal realized. YEAH ~ to all ! ! !

the cape on the corner said...

what a great post about the maven. wishing her the best in her new career!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I have happy tears too!
This is such an inspiring and wonderful post... Well, I'm just so proud of The Maven. That has been a long hard road for her and here she is-- she can look back and say
and then do a Snoopy Dance! :)
Yay Mom! for all the
'Atta Girls and Hi-fives'

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This is a beautiful post and I know where your heart is. I am so happy for The Maven. She has come so far and I know how grateful you are. Happy tears are always the best!

Edilma Weissmueller said...

The strength the Maven has comes as a result of two strong parents, tears and all. Unsong hearoes too, big brother and lovely sister in law and their super support.From over here lots of prayers for
the whole bunch.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Such a wonderful, happy post! So happy for your daughter...she HAS been a warrior!

Mullin Avenue Workshop said...

This is lovely, Ann.
Brenda :)

Kit said...

Oh that is so wonderful! You both have been an inspiration, to what a family should do when struck with something bad happening. I hope she continues to do well and you keep crying for the happy times now. :) Kit