Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Lemonade Award

Jess, who is Connor's mom and the author of Connor's Song ( just gave me the Lemonade Award--for maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude in the face of challenges, as in "when life gives you lemons, you make..."

I'm not sure if an acceptance speech is really warranted here, but... Jeremy is at least as deserving (if not more so) of the Lemonade Award as I am. In real life, my first reaction to things not going as I have planned is to get upset and be grouchy, until I have time to process it and sort out my feelings. Jeremy is always right there with me. He is the one that takes my initial reaction--all the while having to deal with his own--and we talk about it, and in the talking figure out what we have to do to get through the situation. I've come to realize when the two of us stick together, we can handle a lot. Maybe even a game of dodge ball played with lemons.

So who are my Lemonade recipients?

Amy M., mom to Mighty Max
Amy R., mom to Ben
Rebecca A., mom to Nathan and Cameron
Sarah H., mom to Caleb
Catherine D., mom to Reuben and Callum
Liz M., mom to Kaitlyn, Quinn, and Angel Corinne
Lesley C., mom to Gabrielle, Olivia, Fleur, and Amelie
Crystal M., mom to Alex, Bailey, and Eva
Kim C., mom to Jonathan, Tyler, Cameron, and Christopher
Kristi S., mom to Gracie and Preston
Leslie K., mom to Katie
Lisa W., mom to Kennedy (+ two older brothers), and Grandma to Taylor
Shelly S., mom to Luke (+ three siblings)
Marty K., mom to Maya, Addy, and Teya
Corrie Y., mom to Peyton, Cy, Mary Catherine, and Tate
Kristi G., mom to Dylan and Jonah
Julie C., mom to Gabe and Kaia
Chris N., mom to Burke (+ two more boys on the way!)
Jennifer M., mom to Dylan and Angel Cedie

It's quite a long's all the moms I can think of who I know are dealing with difficult circumstances every day. And while not every word that comes out of their mouths or is typed on their blogs is a ray of sunshine, they are being honest and real. Most importantly, they are making it work. I have learned something from each and every one of you--thank you for sharing :)


Eva Nichole said...

AAWW That is so sweet, thank you VERY much!!
Crystal and Eva

The Claytons said...

So very sweet! I never expected to see my name on your blog when I went to come check on Evan and it made me feel so good inside to see that! Thank you very very much!


Amy, Mike and Ben Russo said...

Thanks Sarah! This could be the first award I've recieved in years... Thank you! So glad to have you and all our CHARGE friends in our life.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you both on "The Lemonade Award." The inner spirit of never giving up that burns so brightly in you two has clearly been passed on to Evan. What a happy, forward marching, little trooper you nurture everyday.
Love, Grandma Key

Miss N Cedie said...

Thank you very much. I am honored to be included on a list of such amazing, awe-inspiring phenominal moms such as yourself! It means so much to me.

Jennifer M

Connor's Mom said...

You are more than welcome to add us to your friends list!

I married a Jeremy too. Funny, huh?


Leslie, Arlin and Katie Kauffman said...

Thanks, Sarah! My relationship and friendship with you and all the other CHARGE moms helps me keep a positive outlook daily. I am so lucky to have all of you in my life!


Catherine said...

Ah thank you!!!!