Last week I was in Washington, DC for a memorial event honoring all fallen police officers in 2005.  With the extreme emotion involved in the event, I didn’t find much energy to post any journal entries.  I did, however, find highlights during the trip that are worth sharing:  the President took a picture with my family and held Madelynn, my mother-in-law and I received beautiful medals of valor for Shawn’s supreme sacrifice, and I met some very strong and courageous widows facing similar challenges that I have experienced with the loss of my husband. 

After Washington DC, my mother-in-law and I traveled with my children to visit some of her relatives.  I enjoyed meeting Shawn’s extended family. 

I have so many blessings in this curse of tragedy.  A new friend gave me a “Thankfulness Journal” to use during my travels to Washington, DC.  In one short week, I began to see the many things for which I have to be thankful.  These are a few of the things I listed in my new journal:

  • Good neighbors
  • Jordan falling on his foot and not breaking it
  • Madelynn taking good naps
  • Five great years of marriage to Shawn
  • My family
  • Sisters and a brother who let me ramble
  • Old friends and new friends who let me ramble
  • My relationship with a God who always listens
  • Basic blessings: food, clothes, a comfy bed
  • My children
  • Flowers from the police department on the 12th of every month
  • My health
  • All the men and women who gave their lives in the line of duty
  • Meeting the President of the United States
  • French toast
  • Drinking water
  • A trip to see the ocean
  • Hot showers
  • All the people who help me
  • Shawn’s cousins who helped me with the kids’ bathtime and bedtime
  • My mother-in-law’s companionship in Boston
  • New opportunities
  • Going for a walk with my mom
  • Listening to Jordan’s favorite song, “The Muffin Man”
  • Getting a big, “Mmmm-maaaa” kiss from Madelynn
  • Treating myself to flavored coffee
  • Treating myself just because
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