Miraculum's Journal, 25 May 2019

I had a wonderful talk with Andrea, one of my former stepdaughters last evening! I helped her father raise her and her two older siblings from the time she was 4 years old until she moved out at age 19. She's 38 years old now. I had been in touch with her sister, Lisa, who is 39 now.

Andrea and I hadn't spoken since 2002, when my marriage to her father fell apart. We were officially married until April 2003 but had separated in January 2002. His parents and the children all knew about the other woman, but he'd apparently told his father and children that we were divorced already. (His mother was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.)

Both of the girls have told me that, now that they're grown up, they understand a lot better about what a challenge it was for me to take on a ready-made family, and Lisa had thanked me "for all the life lessons" I'd taught her. Andrea described many "little" things that I taught her that made her the woman she is today. We reminisced about Christmas times, the time I brought her and her sister to NYC when they were in their mid teens and showed them everything. (We had a great time!) We were both really choked up!

I caught Andrea up on some family health history that she never knew relevant to some stuff she's going through now. It turns out that the LCHF/keto WOE may really be a help to her! So, I've sent her an introductory book by Maria Emmerich and links to Drs. Fung, Berry, and Eenfeldt.

I won't go into all the details but suffice to say that I tried my best and fell short a lot. Nevertheless, despite my anger and frustration with their father and the kids' behavior, my stepchildren benefited from having me in their lives every day from April 1985 to August 2000. The children's father, my ex-husband, died in November 2016. However, at least three of us have lived to see that, on balance, my time with them was worthwhile. Maybe he came to see that, too. Who knows?

When times are really difficult, and we're in the midst of it all, we really can't discern what good might come of what we are sincerely trying to do for others. It just goes to show how true it is, that God only allows evil so that a greater good can come of it.

I count myself so blessed to be able to say, "I did a good thing for them, and it has not gone unappreciated." Dearest Lord, thank You for this tremendous blessing! Amen!

Diet Calendar Entries for 25 May 2019:
1673 kcal Fat: 111.07g | Prot: 42.33g | Carb: 132.41g.   Breakfast: Water, Harris Teeter Heavy Cream, Safeway Stevia, Coffee (Brewed From Grounds). Lunch: Trader Joe's Hass Avocado, Nuttzo Nuttzo. Dinner: Beef and Broccoli. Snacks/Other: Dove Original Chocolate with Vanilla Ice Cream Bars. more...
4340 kcal Activities & Exercise: Grocery Shopping - 1 hour and 30 minutes, Driving - 2 hours and 45 minutes, Cleaning - 3 hours, Resting - 3 hours and 45 minutes, Watching TV/Computer - 4 hours, Sleeping - 6 hours, Reading - 3 hours. more...

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That is nice. It is great to hear you got that feedback. So easy to doubt ourselves. I think all parents whether step or not think they would do better with a redo. But it is all part of life and learning 
25 May 19 by member: liv001

     
 

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