At one time Ray and I had always held most of the big family events and reunions. We had what we called the Annual Pumpkin Festival at our home in NC. We had the usual fall games such as hay rides,(the kids were amazed at seeing cotton growing in a field) three legged races, a pumpkin cooking contest where everyone who wanted to enter brought a dish to enter into the contest. Kids bobbed for apples and drew faces on the pumpkins as a contest just for them and many other events that lasted until dark. Then we had a campfire and roasted hot dogs, marshmallows and Ray always told a really spooky story for the young ones. We had gold ribbons etc. for the ones who won all the different competitions. We enjoyed having close to one hundred guests at our house. My, I surely miss those days because I loved entertaining. I thank God for giving me all those wonderful times in my life.
So now, I see all the parties etc. when I view all the photo's my family posts on Facebook. I enjoy the many smiling faces and the young ones having fun, it makes my heart happy.
Multiple Sclerosis robs us of so many of life's pleasure's. It truly is a thief. And after many years and millions of dollars we are no closer in knowing what causes it. Before a cure will be found, we need to know what causes it in the first place. Until then, we all learn to adapt to what is, and try to find a way to live the best quality of life we can muster. On this point, I know I am so very blessed to have my awesome husband (Ray) who always makes each day as easy for me as possible. He has taken over everything here in our home that needs to be done and has learned to enjoy cooking and creating his own recipes. He just jumped in and started doing all these things and believe me I never take him and all he does for granted.
For the one's who have MS and still have young children, I want to tell you that I have the utmost respect for the way you deal with taking care of your children and participate in activities that you can, with them. You all inspire me as I read through my many groups of facebook. I keep all of you in my heart and prayers daily.
Also, like me many who have MS are also dealing with other illnesses. As for me, I have Spinal Stenosis that keeps me from doing many things because of the constant pain. Many of them also have fibromyalgia and so many other painful illnesses; but, you know what? All of us find that we are much stronger than we thought we could be. With the help of God, and sharing support and prayers for each other daily, we just keep on keeping on.
So yes indeed Multiple Sclerosis not only keeps us on the sidelines, some days it can even keep us in the locker room (home).
No matter whether a person has relapsing/remitting or SPMS or PPMS, we all know MS is no bed of roses because most roses have too darn many thorns!!!
But, we all live each day to the best of our ability and am thankful for each day God gives us. And, on that note, I know sadness does not come from God, so on those days I get my devotional out and fill my heart with God's word and it reminds me that I am a child of God and he will always lift me up when I am down.
Until next time, I pray that God will bless you and your family as he does mine.