• March 23, 2009

    It’s true. and as long as they don’t take away our internet we are going to be okay.

  • Janae
    March 23, 2009

    You know, it’s amazing how much our female predecessors inspire us.  When I read this post, I thought of my own grandmother and mother, and how much those words mean for them and to me.

    My grandma is going in to be tested tomorrow, and there’s a chance she may have cancer, so I guess I’m really feeling this way right now.

    Persevere, right?

    After we cry for a little while.

  • March 23, 2009

    This is so true.

  • March 23, 2009

    What a great thought!  We are strong…we will get through and come out on the other side…laughing, so I hope!! 

    Hang in there!  I’m right there with you barely hanging on!!

  • March 23, 2009

    She’s right, you know.  smile

    Hey, bizarro question - Don’t suppose you know where your grandma was living at the time or where the Rainier Lumber Mill was located?  Just asking, because my grandpa’s uncle had a sawmill that he and Grandma met at, and my grandpa later had his own sawmill just down the street from their house.  Tough times back then - Grandma raised 4 boys while all living in a modified chicken coop.

  • March 23, 2009

    Just hang in there, Leslie.  I think you’re much braver than you give yourself credit for.

  • March 23, 2009

    You know, L, 4 years ago I would have NEVER called myself a strong woman.  I never dreamed I had it in my to survive and come back from a stroke and then get my family through my baby girl’s cancer.  I’m not saying I did it right or that I even did it well…but we got through it.  And there’s nothing that you can’t dig deep and find the strength to do. It’s there, trust yourself.

  • March 23, 2009

    Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing that. Hmmm… influential smile Wonderful, Mrs. F…

  • March 23, 2009

    Sticking together & rocking on thru life is what its all about babe.

    What an awesome story!.

    Rock on.

  • March 23, 2009

    oh how i loves you, lady.

  • March 24, 2009

    {pumps fist}

  • March 24, 2009

    How amazing that you have your Grandmother’s memoirs to go back to. I think we could all learn quite a bit from them!

  • March 25, 2009

    Dawn’s comment cracks me UP!

    This is a great post.  I’ve been stressed and trying to be “solid” for my guy (despite some hormonal “issues” that make me want to cry / scream / sob / hit - just depends on the hour).

    My husband is a financial planner. Nuf said? Needless to say he is stressed, about us clearly but also about his clients who are terrified. As I listen to him and watch as he alters our planning, I get scared. He’s not optimistic, to put it gently.

    Good thing I trust him so completely. My post that is up right now is a scary one about the economy and I’ve been thinking all day what else to write to get it off the front page, but I’m still sitting here…

  • March 26, 2009

    I often times think about the crapload of stuff my grandmother (and mother) had to deal with and that alone is reason enough to pretty much stop all my whining.

    Then, I’m like…they raised me and holy crap, and they had no internets…and I’m like, phew, glad I’m not them smile

  • March 26, 2009

    Ugh, the times they are tough. Having been through my own tough times in the past I am proud to say I made it through. And maybe now is an equally tough time, but perhaps I am stronger so I am weathering the storm better than I have in the past. I also love looking back at the tough times and paying tribute to the people who helped me through them. My tribe. It changes a bit over time, but there is always a tribe, and I truly believe they are there for a reason. We need them to help us through the tough times and they also need us. We are not ships alone at sea. This is what our tribes remind us.

  • March 28, 2009

    Wow, great post. I love how you mix the past with the present; love the retelling of your family’s story and a glimpse back in time.

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