How Great Thou Art

“O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed”

Several Weeks ago I was sitting on my porch watching a storm roll through.  It was the night before John-John’s anniversary and I was feeling a little sad.  Totally understandable, and I just let the feelings be felt so that I can move past them.


Michael & Suz

Then I got a text.  It was my younger brother Michael.  He wanted to know if I was in good standing with the Catholic Church.  Looking around, I was convinced that someone was watching me enjoy a bottle of Pinot Noir by myself on my porch. It’s an Irish thing…

Yep.  I Do.

Yep. I Do.

Realizing that there were no spies, I responded – Sure, I was.  Why?  He responded good, since his daughter, Christine Claire (or CC as I call her), wants to know if I would be her godmother. I sat on my porch and tears welled in my eyes.  Just when you feel a little down, something unexpected comes along and lifts you right back up.

It was the quickest YES I had ever given.  I went to bed feeling very full of love.

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking about what I can do to impart my vast depths of life experiences on CC as she gets older.  Well, maybe not all of my experiences.  I’ll save the good stories when we can enjoy a glass of wine together 🙂

Lindsay & Suz

Lindsay & Suz

I think about all of the struggles, heartbreak and happiness that have been in my life. I think about all of the people that have come, and gone.  Some stayed a while, others only a short visit.  I think about all of the times when I was afraid.  The times when I was fearless.  The times when I was a klutz or just a ditz.  So many experiences.

As I sit here getting ready to stand up before God and my family to vow to always protect, love and care for this sweet child, I also wanted to share with this beautiful little being a few lessons that I’ve learned along the way.

So True.

So True.

  1. Smile.  It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.  So not only is it easier, it just makes you and everyone else around you FEEL better.   And, it will show off your dimples 🙂  Regardless of how I felt when I was sick, I promised myself that I would always smile.  And if you ever need inspiration, turn on Tony Bennett.
  2. Surround yourself Friends from all walks of life.  If your friends are unique, they will challenge you to be the best version of yourself.  I rely on different friends for different things, but I need every single one of them.
  3. Nap- As you know, Aunt Suzy is a BIG fan of naps.  If you are tired, it’s okay to rest.  Rest your mind.  Rest your body.  Rest your soul.  Everything will still be where you left it when you wake it.  And if it’s not, oh well.
  4. Ask for Help- As the strong, independent woman you are going to be when you grow up, remember that it’s okay to ask for help.  It doesn’t make you weak, rather, it shows your strength when you acknowledge that you can’t do it all.  This was my toughest lesson as I was recovering.  What I realized is that it’s okay to depend on other people.  The good ones won’t let you down.
  5. Accessorize- An outfit is never, ever complete without a great pair of shoes.  And, buy lots of them.  We’ll discuss this in more detail when you get your allowance.
  6. Buy yourself flowers.  I bought myself a dozen orange roses yesterday (my favs) because they just make me happy.  I received dozens of flower deliveries in the hospital, and they brightened up my room, my day, my recovery.  Now, I make it a point to buy them- all the time.
  7. Remember how BLESSED you are.  Everyone has bad days, weeks or months.  Get up every day and fight.  Someone always has it worse than you, so keep your chin up.   If Aunt Suzy can kick GBS’s butt, you can get through anything.
  8. Keep your heart open.  You never know where you are going to find love.  So, if you have an open heart, love will find you.

Christine Claire & Suz

Christine Claire & Suz

Christine Claire!

Christine Claire!

It’s amazing that in just 5 shorts months, I have learned to love CC as if I have known her my entire life.  I know that she is loved, by extension, by all of you who love me.  So, on this day of her Baptism, please keep Christine Claire and me in your prayers.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee.  How great thou art! How great thou art!

Off to Church I go.

Thank you for joining me on my journey,

CC’s Godmother (AKA Suz)

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