Exhale. Breathe.

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Last weekend I spent some time in Myrtle Beach, SC for a little bit of rest, relaxation and fun for my family.  This was my view for the extended weekend every morning, from the balcony of my bedroom.  I’ve never had a balcony from my bedroom and now I swear it is on my bucket list to ensure I have one at one point in my life.  It was absolutely divine waking up and sitting out in the crisp morning air with my chamomile tea and looking out over the lake.

It was complete bliss.

This trip was designed to help me hit the reset button.  After my father’s death, my Grave’s diagnosis, and then the past few months of working roughly 12 hour days on a project for a new client, I feel like I’ve been beat with a stick.  Spring break came at the perfect time because also at this time I learned:

the project I was working on was coming to an end and my participation was no longer needed

my most recent bloodwork showed my thyroid levels are normal

So now I’m on a mission to recuperate, finally take a bit of time to collect myself, catch up with loose ends, and enjoy my life and family.

It seems completely asanine that collecting myself and enjoying every moment is not the way I’ve been spending each day, but that is absolutely what has been happening.

So just in time for spring, an opportunity for renewal, I’m ready to renew myself.

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My Broken Thyroid

It has been a few months since I last posted.  Life has taken several unfortunate turns for me, but I know that my life is still blessed.  December included me accompanying my father to California to see his oldest brother who was dying.  This led to my dad being admitted for several days in the hospital in Pasadena.  Then coming back home to feel a bit better, but then fall into renal failure.  The holidays passed with him getting better in the hospital and admitted to a rehab center.  A few days after being there, he passed in his sleep.

Then a few days after his funeral, I started seeing an endocrinologist for bloodwork from December that indicated I had hyperthyroidism.  Months prior I had been experiencing extreme fatigue, weakness, hot flashes, and dizzy spells out of nowhere.  After more bloodwork and a radioactive iodine uptake test, I was diagnosed with Grave’s disease.

There is nothing wrong with my thyroid.  My body is just attacking it for no reason.

Grave’s disease is an autoimmune disorder.  I’m thinking it may have been triggered by either my last pregnancy or just stress.  There is a genetic component to it, but I unleashed the predisposition for it.  It will be something I have to manage for the rest of my life.  There is no cure for Grave’s, but I’m hoping to put it in remission some day.

I’m just starting this journey and the recent events have made me reevaluate life.  I don’t know too much about Grave’s.  I don’t know how much my life will be changed.  God has his plan.

Pray with me!

~Lani

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Stocking Stuffer Idea: WubbleX Floating Bubble Ball {sponsored post}

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IMG_3523bAs fans of the original Wubble ball, my family and I were excited to see how the WubbleX “anti-gravity” Wubble ball would fair.  The original Wubble ball is a different type of ball and my kids love to play with theirs.  I personally like the learning experiences you can get with them!  The WubbleX uses helium gas, but I wasn’t sure how it would be different from playing with a regular helium filled latex balloon!

The Size.  The WubbleX ball is about the size of an extra large balloon.  We were a little disappointed that it wasn’t the size of the huge Wubble ball!  However, after inflating it with the Wubble tank of helium, we realized it was pretty fun to play with!

Fun play! The WubbleX floats and lifts up with little effort, but comes back down easily to play with.  It was like playing with a floating ball, hence the “anti-gravity” feature!  This was similar to playing with a balloon that was losing it’s helium.  The main difference is that it does “float” very nicely.  So it definitely feels like it is defying gravity!  My kids enjoyed playing with and it lasted for several days with its “floating” ability.

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The Value. The WubbleX is great for the cost ($7.99), but keep in mind that you need to purchase a WubbleX can of helium as well ($7.99).

The Cons. You have to buy the WubbleX small tank of helium separately to use it.  In addition, one tank is for a one time use.  If you want to reinflate your WubbleX with fresh helium, you have to get another tank.

Final say…  Overall, my kids loved playing with the WubbleX.  They enjoyed it more than a regular latex helium balloon because it doesn’t get stuck in the ceiling or hover in a single spot.  You have to try it out yourself to fully understand how to it “floats”!   This is a great stocking stuffer that isn’t too expensive and should provide loads of fun for the kids!

Enjoy!

~Lani

Disclaimer:  I received a WubbleX sample in order to write this review.  The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.

 

 

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