New Beginnings and Blogging With Friends
One way or another, time keeps slipping right on by, seemingly at a faster pace than I recall it moving a mere five or 10 years ago. Funny how that happens with age. I suppose the move from winter to spring is always the biggest time changer for me, since it’s one of the only real seasonal shifts we get in this part of Texas. But no matter how I try, the days, months, weeks go by, and yet, it just seems like yesterday that all the big events happened. For this particular month, it’s the death of my mom, a mere six years ago on April 2nd. But I can remember the moment as if it happened just last week. Funny how the mind works. But rather than bog down in sadness, I remember how much my mom loved spring and how much she would love my Blog With Friends group, and all their lovely creations.
For this month, we’re talking spring, and as seems appropriate, new beginnings. From the buds on the trees to the new clothes I’m having to buy for the 5yo who has rapidly outgrown all the 4T clothes she fit in just two months ago, new beginnings are surrounding me. And clearly, I’m not the only one, as my fellow bloggers have come up with some genius creations this month. As for me, I’m going to pay tribute, rather than bury in sorrow, and encourage everyone to become an organ donor, the ultimate way to create a new beginning.
For the new beginnings of spring, five bloggers are presenting you with their ideas on how to fine-tune your spring. There’s a terrific recipe for a fruited lettuce wrap, yummy mojito recipe, tips on how to get healthy, and for all the fairy believers, how to create your own fairy garden, right in your own yard. See the links at the bottom of the post for these fabulous ideas from the beautiful Blog With Friends team!
And now…a new way for new beginnings!
My Organ Donor Backstory
When my mom was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis back in 2005, we had no idea what it was. Other than terminal. Because, at the time, no one had any treatment for it. Honestly, they still don’t. In fact, the only real “treatment” is a double lung transplant, which is one of the rarest of transplants that occur. You can probably guess why, seeing as how one transplanted organ is risky enough. When you’re close to someone in need of a transplant, you start to consider a lot of questions you might never have really allowed yourself to ponder before:
- How can I pray so hard for a transplant, when it likely means someone else had to die?
- Is organ transplant okay for Christians? Does God approve?
- Would I give up my own organ(s) if it meant saving a stranger’s life?
- Am I needlessly prolonging a life that should have already ended?
Yeah, sometimes I’m a little bit morbid, so I’m told. But those are the real truths that I found myself pondering in the very, very dark hours after my mom was diagnosed. Including many angry prayer sessions with God, as I attempted to understand why so many horrible peopled lived, while my mom was handed a death sentence. I’d love to tell you I made peace with answers to those questions, but I’ll let you be the judge:
- Prayer means belief. It doesn’t mean I’m wishing for someone to die; I’m just praying and hoping that if they and their family were also the generous, believing kind, my mom might earn a few more years.
- I can’t speak for all Christians, but pretty much all the ones I know personally think it’s okay. I have to believe that God gave us the brains and skills to learn how to do these amazing, wondrous things that allow transplants to even be a reality.
- Yes. Absolutely.
- Maybe. But how do I know what the expiration date is on anyone’s life?
Organ Donor 101
Amidst all the tragedy in the world, I still see hope. I see it when my friends announce they are pregnant, engaged, flying to Venice, sending a kid to college, celebrating losing 50 pounds. I see it when my daughters find a roly-poly, doodlebug in the yard and want to make it their pet. I see it when I see the rainbow, God’s ultimate light of hope. My mother died before a lung transplant match was found for her. It was a grueling five years for her, for her family and friends. And even though there are things I would change now if I had my Marty McFly DeLorean, I know without a shadow of a doubt, becoming an organ donor is a choice I will make over and over and over again.
Did you know…
- More than 123,000 men, women and children are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant?
- Thousands more need tissue and cornea transplants to return their mobility and sight.
- People of all ages and medical histories should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
- Donors are needed for all races and ethnic groups. Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic background.
- Organs and tissues that can be donated include: heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone, and heart valves.
- Want more? Visit United Network for Organ Sharing.
Pope Francis (who is rapidly becoming my favorite pope of all time!) said, “Organ donation is a testimony of love for our neighbor.” And since Jesus’ message seems to be, “Love everyone,” well, I think the pope is on to something.
Thank you for reading! If you want to learn more about organ donation, visit Donate Life America, where you can find a myriad of ways to get involved!
Now…ready for more ideas on how to create some new beginnings? Keep on reading!
New Beginnings for Spring – April Blog With Friends
Need some Pinterest-worthy projects for April? How about suggestions on food and beverage, staying healthy and letting your imagination loose? Check out the other bloggers in this month’s A Blog With Friends Project!
Fruited Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Light and refreshing lettuce wraps using fresh fruits and veggies of the spring season by Karen at Baking in a Tornado
Imagination Grows Here: How to Build a Fairy Garden by Rabia at The Lieber Family
Inch by Inch: 6 Tips for Getting Healthy by Lydia of Cluttered Genius
Spring Green Mojitos: A spring light refreshing green drink sure to put a spring in your step by Dawn at Spatulas on Parade