Just a "zebra" trying my best to live life to the fullest with EDS and POTS...and loving the ride.

Five For Friday 9/2/11

Written by Katie. Posted in Five For Friday

Spread the love


1.  Medical Stuff:

  • 1 Day of PT
  • 2 Days of Home Rehab
  • Had a Dr. Rosen appointment.  Theme:  Continuing to learn to manage because life is not fair.  Simple as that.

2.  Sunday we had a BBQ at my parents to celebrate my brother being home. The Herners, Uncle Steve, and a few of Andy’s friends came over to share good food, lots of love, and lots of laughs.


3.    SPARTAN football season is officially here!  The way Brad has been acting, you’d think we won the lottery.  He is definitely like a kid on Christmas.

Tony and Brad hanging out during the first game of the season (post tailgating).


4.  My Aunt Laurie sent me this, knowing I was struggling with some things.  Great food for thought, and very relevant to my life right now.

The Cocoon and the Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly, that he brought home.

 One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the cocoon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making  progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further. The man decided to help the butterfly in it’s struggle. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon…and the butterfly emerged easily.

 As the butterfly emerged, the man was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body which would contract and the butterfly would be able to fly.

But neither happened!

In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It never was able to fly.

 What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle were required for the butterfly to be able to fly. The butterfly must push it’s way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening, can the butterfly’s wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life.  If  God allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.

And we could never fly.


5.  So I have a big announcement to make.  It may not seem that big but it is HUGE to me.  Ready?

I will be going back to teaching pre-kindergarten and kindergarten on Tuesday.  Lots of emotions going on inside of me about this.  Excitement.  Nervousness.  Fear.  Happiness.  Pride.  Gratitude.  Freaking out.  Appreciation.  I know in my heart that if I hadn’t had the struggles I experienced this year, I would not be in the process of “flying” back to my job.  I will dedicate a post to how this decision came about real soon.   For now, it’s bedtime for me since I will be spending the day setting up my classroom tomorrow.  Classroom?  Did I just type that?

Yup and it feels pretty amazing.

Tags: , , , ,