Thank you

May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Something kind of crazy happened

Over the course of the past 2 years

I met so many bloggers

But some started contacting me early on

And I’m not sure how

But we just became friends

Like some amazing gift that God gave me

Out of His Mercy and Love

For no other reason

Except He knew I needed them

 

These people have been instrumental in helping me through

Various roller coaster rides

I’d love to introduce you to them

First, John from Reversing Obesity has been a blessing

This is someone I actually met recently

Who quickly became a good real life friend

His podcast is so honest

So transparent

And his compassion is off the charts

I’ve hardly met anyone out there who understands

The serious mental and emotional difficulties that food addiction brings

Like he does

And I appreciate his insights and efforts to keep going

To never give up

And to keep fighting no matter what

 

Cindy from ย the Full of Light Blog

Has become a true friend

Somehow we began corresponding through email

And I think we both knew instantly God had just connected us for a reason

She is now a real life friend

And she AND her husband both reached out to me recently

At my lowest point

She has been calling, texting and checking on me

It’s just hard to believe

That I turned a computer on one day

And gained a family

Cindy is such a sweet blessing to my life

 

And now to ย Staci!

Staci from The Skinny On Staci

Has been with me from the BEGINNING

From over 400 pounds

She has read my blog faithfully

Even when I have not so faithfully read hers

She has commented and written me personally

On numerous occasions

She sends me poems and makes me laugh

I love her blog

I love her resilence

But recently she ALMOST DIED

YES….ALMOST DIED

And you know what???

I was so caught up in my own pity party

My own self absorbed issues with my depression

And my sadness over losing this man

That I failed to keep up with what was happening to Staci

I didn’t even know that THREE WEEKS AGO

She almost died from an ectopic pregnancy and was rushed to the hospital

She didn’t die….thankfully

But she blogged about that THREE WEEKS AGO and I missed it

She emailed to check on ME though

ME

How nuts is that??

She is the one who almost died and she’s checking on ME

I feel like such a LOSER

Like a horrible friend

I hate being so self absorbed that I miss what is happening

To the people around me

 

I have many other friends from my blog who don’t have blogs of their own

They write me all the time

Kerry is one of these individuals

She is a beautiful individual who always writes me words of wisdom

Prays for me

And I absolutely adore her

She is also quite talented and she illustrated the cutest children’s book

Which I own 3 copies of for each of my younger kiddos!

You can find it here

 

I wish I could list all the other people who have been so wonderful to me

And I plan in the future to make a bigger effort to do that

Because I want you to know how much I appreciate you

How much you’ve helped me

This is not just some one sided diary

This is like therapy

It’s motivational and inspirational FOR ME

Because of YOU

I wonder if I would have lost 229 pounds

Without the rest of you fighting this battle with me

I don’t think I would have

I think you’ve made the difference

And I thank God DAILY for your prescence in my life

 

One more person I’d like to introduce you to

Is brand new to my life

But in response to my recent post

About feeling unworthy of love

She linked me to her post

Which was so timely it was eerie

Beyond coincidence

But God’s intervention

Here it is

This woman from the blog

A Deliberate Life

Has fought the battle

She speaks bold truth

And I find her blog inspirational

I hope you do too!

 

Last but NEVER least

I want to thank you

The person reading this right now

Whether you leave a comment or not

You take time to listen

Will you ever know what that means to me?

How you have helped me just by caring?

For years I thought no one cared at all

Except God and my children and my brother

I felt so alone

And now I know

I’m not alone

We are never alone

But we have to open the door sometimes

(Or turn on the computer ๐Ÿ˜‰

And reach out to find the world that awaits us

 

Remember that I love you

That we can do this

And even in my darkest moments

I know this

There is hope ALWAYS

So even if my heart wants to cry out

FEAR

PAIN

DEPRESSION

SADNESS

I will instead only sing out

JESUS

Because I will run to His arms

Where the riches of His love will always be enough

Nothing compares to My Saviour’s embrace

The light of my world

Who has allowed all of YOU to shine through

And restart my heart

On more than one occasion

 

I have so much to be thankful for

YOU

My children

My family

My friends Patrick and Kayla who are taking care of my children for me

Amanda…my best friend for close ย to three decades

Who is taking care of me

And the mercy and hope God has given me

SO THANK YOU…..

THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU

 

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Staci May 10, 2013 at 4:54 am

Well good grief, Holly. I didn’t die, so get over it. And look on the bright side… if I had of died, you wouldn’t even have known it so you wouldn’t even be sad about it! HA! ๐Ÿ™‚
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chris May 10, 2013 at 6:15 am

I found you through your video of your weight loss. I was so inspired by your hard work and your self awareness. I still am. For people who used to bury their feelings under food, feeling is the scariest thing there is…but the more we do it, the better it gets. Hang in there. If it was right, it will happen..if not, there are others. Just Give God Time. Hugs.
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Cindy May 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Holly, it’s you that is the blessing to so many. Being a friend to you comes easily and naturally. I love you, girl!!!
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Kelliann May 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

<3 I didn't even know how to respond to your sadness yesterday. All I could do was pray and ask the Lord to enfold you in His Love and Peace. This is my earnest prayer for you, yesterday, today and always.
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Jayne May 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Holly it is still so encouraging to me to read your gut level honest blogs and it certainly gives me hope along my journey. I think so many of the things you put in words and I don’t know of many people in my world who really understand my relationship with food the way you do. I have been praying for you and trusting Jesus to see you through this season of your life. Love You Holly <3

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Faith May 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

I’ve been thinking about you since I read your post yesterday. I was unsure of what to say or how to even put into words the grief I feel for you but I’m so glad that you have people near and far helping you. Take their love and help and recognize that you deserve it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Beth May 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I am so happy to see your post today. I wasn’t sure when we would hear from you. SO glad you hopped on the plane to see Amanda. You are cared about by so many… some you don’t even know! I have never met you and am just a blog reader, but I hurt for you yesterday. Hugs to you and enjoy your weekend.

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LizInScotland May 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Oh Holly, I’ve been thinking of you all week. I am so very grateful for your blog. My journey is just beginning, and the inspiration I get from you is a huge part of my decision to change. Thank you xx

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Linda May 10, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Holly,
I am so glad to see your post today too. You are so appreciated and loved. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Linda xo

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Fee May 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I too, didn’t know how to respond to your post yesterday — But I’m so glad that you are feeling better and have realized that there so many people near and far that really care for you!

I wish you the best Holly!

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Tess May 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

You are so loved, soak it in!!! Hugs to you, dear! You are in my thoughts and prayers every day!

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Steelers6 May 11, 2013 at 12:00 am

Aw, that was a sweet post. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a good
thing you started blogging! Wow, who’d
a thunk all that could happen. Irl relation-
ships (having met online) as well as online
buddies sound like wonderful blessings.
I’ll bet it is a very common feeling to start a
blog & think nobody will read it. (I don’t have one,
but that would be my sentiment too.)

Happy Mother’s Day, Holly. I am proud
of you for being the best Mom you can be.
Chrissy XO

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suzanne May 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

I’m one of those people that reads and really isn’t sure of what to say sometimes. I do however send my prayers.
I am so glad that you’re with someone who is helping you to get through this. Now I’m sending you a huge “hug”
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