Staying Happy

(Taken in the park near my house)

Thursday we got a foot of snow. A FOOT. It shattered the previous record of about 7". I do not live in a place known for snow, but this snow was amazing. Blissful. I loved every minute of it.

Work was cancelled Friday because of the super-snow/slush turning into ice overnight Thursday, so put it together with having President's Day off tomorrow and I got an unplanned 4-day weekend. That was a welcome gift that I really needed.

Saturday I spent the day with a friend from church. She and I both graduated from the same university and we took a day trip down there to watch the mens basketball game. Her nephew is the coaches assistant and was able to get us floor seats. I sat next to two former players (who were both players when I was still in college a few years ago) and got introduced to them. They are friends of the family. One of them spent multiple Thanksgivings and Christmases with her family because he doesn't have any here (he was found in Africa and moved here to play). It was so crazy to see this 7 foot tall African come up and hug my friend who is 5'1" and ask her if she brought him cookies. LOL. The game was amazing. Game winning shot with 1.3 seconds left.

Today started off with a 90 minute massage. I haven't been in over a month due to schedule conflicts, so I was really looking forward to feeling loose again. I spent the rest of the day out in the country with some of my favorite people. Many of you prayed for them back in September. Their son was born with an undiagnosed heart condition and almost died. He is 5 months old now and full of life! They are preparing for his second open heart surgery next month. They are the epitome of strength. I have learned a lot from them. They continue to show me what true friendship is like and what it means to be a loving family.

Even with all of these amazing things, I am finding myself fighting to stay happy. I'm fighting to not let the darkness take me and run. I need this to pass so I can feel strong again.


Just Be Real said...
February 14, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Oh wow Lily you shared so many positive things in this post and at the same time I certainly can understand the struggle with "remaining happy." It is like a constant dark cloud that hangs over our lives as we deal with our journey. I do believe it will get better, as we do. Dear, one despite that, I am so glad that you were able to have an extended weekend and meet up with a friend from church also.

The pictures are awesome!


Madison said...
February 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Keep up the fight.

Grace said...
February 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Sweet Lily, It sounds like you did so much to stay strong and "in the light". I know you have the strength to make it. Enjoy the snow!
Take care, Gracie

Bernie said...
February 15, 2010 at 2:04 AM

Lily, you truly are an inspiration, even though you are fighting depression you still put yourself out there to enjoy a massage, enjoy your friends and find love and happiness in the health of a are a true blessing and I am proud to have met you in blogland.
May God hold you in the palm of his hand as you make your way through the darkness.....:-) Hugs

Being Me said...
February 15, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Keep looking for the positive.
Be happy.


sarah said...
February 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

I'm jealous about that snow. I live in Canada...nothing. Ok a few flakes...then poof...their gone. ☺ Enjoy it though.

I hear you about fighting to be stay happy. I've felt that too...praying for you...Stay strong day at a time..sarah