When Things Don’t Go Right…

When Things Don’t Go Right…

Have you had one of those days, or weeks or even years when things don’t go right?  What is “right” anyway? 

You may make plans or have an idea in your mind of how things in your life are going to be a certain way, you know life has a way of throwing you a curve.  You can ask yourself why, but I find it is better to ask myself what.  What can I do in this situation to make the best of it, to embrace it and find those pearls of good.  

So…even though I would like to be home and curl up in my own bed each night, I am up in Maryland.  The wonderful thing about blogging is that I can write most anywhere.

The bad thing about blogging?  You need your computer.  You need the internet.  I have had spotty internet on my computer for the last several days.  Multiple trips to the Apple store and hours on the phone with Apple has only helped slightly.  My daughter is moving to a new home on Friday.  I hope the new ISP and new modem/router will do the trick.  If not, I guess I will be back to the Apple store.  Until then, this is all you get from Celebrate and Decorate.  

Try to look for the blessings in any situation.  I am getting to spend more time and make wonderful memories with these three.  My daughter joined the Army last year and that commitment means family has to support that soldier and her family in any way we can.  Who wouldn’t want to spend time with these sillies anyway?

Last night we carved pumpkins, something I haven’t done in years and years.  How the girls’ eyes sparkled as they saw their glowing jack o’ lanterns come to life!

Being in Maryland instead of Florida this time of year means getting to really experience the beautiful fall leaves.  I have missed that since moving to Florida.  What do you enjoy the most about this time of year? 

Perhaps I am not home with this display, but those sweet hand carved jack o’lanterns are so very special this year.  Have you experienced a time in your life when you were thrown a curve?  How did you handle it?  I am trying to make the best of an unexpected situation and wake up each day with gratitude in my heart and mind.  So, when things don’t go right for you, I hope you can find the good about your situation and focus on that!

Remember to be kind and understanding.  You never know what someone else is going through!  You can do this!  


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  1. Savor the moments, Chloe. Your daughter must truly be grateful for your support. Being in the service is hard on families (and thank you to your daughter for her service!). I think it’s great that you’re with your girls in the best of Fall. Little kids LOVE Halloween. Who knows, you may even see some winter snow while you’re there with the weather pattern!

  2. We are a military family. My husband retired more than 20 years ago but those years of service are foundational in forming our family. Part of that was the support we regularly received was as we visited parents and equally importantly they visited us! No matter where we lived which included global moves and deployments. they were part of not just significant events but of our daily life too. It was sad to hear families talk about not seeing family and how they never came to them. A loss fro all.

    Thank you that you are there for your daughter and her nuclear family.


  3. Chloe, I’ve been thinking of you since we had exchanged emails on our family issues that require us to be far from home. Wishing you all the best. Surgery followed by being (as expected) in the ICU went as well as we could hope. Now on the long road to recovery. On this Halloween, I’m counting blessings like it was Thanksgiving.

  4. Yes we do. I can’t use my new phone until I physically transfer all of my photos and contacts. For about a week, this cannot be done from my house. Showed my young techie friend at a meeting and it worked. Came home. Didn’t work.
    Thank your daughter for her service to this country. What cuties.
    Be thankful you are in MD. It’s about 95 here today.

  5. Cherish the time with family. I’m sure your daughter loves having you there.

    With my health I’ve been in and out. Now being able to do the things I can I don’t take one moment for granted.


  6. Chloe I came to you blog to respond to the message you left on my Instagram and it’s so nice to meet you. I enjoyed reading your post and seeing your lovely daughter and grandkids. I’m not sure you got my message since it sounds like your having tech issues. But If my thanksgiving tablescape needs to be ready by Monday unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to participate in your blog links party. Just because of the short time span. This weekend we’ve got friends in town and unfortunately I would need more time to put a table together. But it is something I love to do. Maybe another time. Enjoy your time with your family. Many blessings to you
    Leslie aka Gwen Moss

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