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beauty, blessings, courage, crying, disappointment, fear, grace, kids, living for real, love, pain, parenting, perspective, prayer, real life / 06.01.2016

When friends struggle, it's common to say, "Let me know if there's anything I can do for you." We say that when we don't know what to do or say. I added to that recently, "Do you want me to come over? I can." She said yes and gave me a priceless gift and many lessons.     Thank you, my friend, for letting me walk this journey with you. Thank you for saying yes when I asked if you needed anything. You let me in to see your devastation. You welcomed my presence, even...

balanced life, crying, disappointment, fear, kids, living for real, marriage, pain, past, perspective / 05.11.2015

  My kids didn’t have school on Monday. My husband forgot the kids didn’t have school on Monday. I got mad at him for that horrible transgression. How could he have overlooked something I added to his calendar? Seriously! Have you ever heard of anything so awful?   We live and die by our calendars, and he misses about one out of every 300 things, so I really had no reason to be upset.   I was kinda rude to him when he left for work and I immediately felt guilty, so I...

acceptance, crying, disappointment, friendship, some things you keep, writing life / 27.07.2015

  The library had warned me that people don’t show up for book signings. The author before me brought in three people.   Being a bit of an eager beaver and blindly optimistic about my newly released memoir, I prepared for a standing room only crowd with paparazzi and reporters trampling one another in hopes of a better shot at me, sure that “best-selling author” was soon to be part of my bio.   Okay, I lie.   I figured one or two or zero people would show up, but I still prepared a speech...

addiction, crying, death, disappointment, fear, friendship, pain, repost, run / 08.07.2015

This post was first published on July 9, 2014. I am reposting in memory and honor of those involved. The accident happened one year ago today. I hate this day A best friend of a close friend’s daughter died suddenly yesterday in a ridiculous accident near our house that was not her fault. I haven’t stopped shaking since I heard the news and I didn’t even know the girl. My heart is broken for my young friend.   High school graduation was less than a month ago. Now a life of one...