NON ENTRY for the FALL SEASON and Defining GRATITUDE CONTEST

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 MY NON ENTRY (I am hosting the contest!)  ACTIVERAIN DEFINING GRATITUDE AND GOALS CONTEST

 

FALL SEASON---Defining Gratitude  (Sally's Story for the November Contest)

I have a 3 year old grandson, and one more grandson due the first week in December.  It took ten years for my daughter to have a child and frankly, we all didn’t think she would bear any children at all.

Miracles happen, and I truly believe that if I let go of the things I have no control of, then mysterious things ….most likely positive ones…will happen in its wake. In other words, I do live by the following:   

 

I do NOT have control over anyone or anything else in this world,

EXCEPT……MYSELF.

GRATEFULLiving by those words, I concentrate on my thoughts…each and every day. (Especially if those thoughts are negative I process it. i.e. WHY I am thinking that way??)  If I am ‘thinking’ that others ‘should do this or that’ then my thoughts are the need to control over others.  (KEY WORD HERE IS “SHOULD”)

Every human being is different…therefore, everyone has different thoughts. I will act on those thoughts and ultimately the end result is either a negative or positive one.  I HAVE CONTROL OVER ME (ONLY) AND CHOOSE to live by being aware of those thoughts.

Going back to my POSITIVE =  GRATITUDE  AND THEN,

   GRATITUDE + A PLAN = GOAL.

The day I found out I would be a Gramma is the day that my daughter called me crying (of course I couldn’t understand her at first and she had to repeat herself twice) to let mom know….she is pregnant! 

After 10 years of letting go and accepting that I may not be a Gramma I find out I WOULD INDEED BE A GRAMMA.  Brayden came on September 20, 2011 and not only that, Baby Levi will be in here in a few short weeks!

Prior to that miraculous day, I had ‘adopted’ Kelan, Bob Stewart’s son, as my Grandson and have been celebrating his birthday and Christmas since 2007. Bob always sends me a video with Kelan opening his presents and I have watched him grow from baby Kelan until present.  A fine young lad indeed!  Just so you all know, the celebrations haven’t stopped …and won’t stop.  Even if I am a Gramma of 2 of my own grandsons…I am still celebrating as if I have 3.

WHY??

You see, I am soo grateful for Bob and his family allowing me into their family and to be “Gramma Sally in Hawaii”. That empty void …that space in my heart that was waiting to be filled as a Gramma, is a gift that keeps on giving, by Bob and his family and even the love of his life Erin. I continue to honor what I have and the miracles that fill my life since.  Yes, MIRACLES do happen starting with kindness…and gratitude. 

We all can create a plan from a simple act of kindness, (something that we are immensely grateful for) and then a plan turns into a goal.  The miracles that follow, the successes that follows (the rewards experienced within or even in the form of grandchildren)  can turn ones whole life around. 

  

Gratitude in our Fall Season;

There is no rhyme or reason.

Gratitude is what one feels

And clearly cannot conceal…

For it begins…

From deep within.

                                                                       ……….Sally

 

 

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Wow Sally, I had no idea of any of this. I can see how you could be grateful for such a special gift.

Oct 31, 2014 03:16 PM #1
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Bill Roberts
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Sally, Nice to see you blogging again.

Yes, miracles do happen. I'm glad to see your family growing.

I've long since stopped worrying about what others " should" do.

Bill Roberts

 

Oct 31, 2014 10:58 PM #2
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Sharon Parisi
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Sally, I'm thrilled to hear the news of the coming birth of your second (third) grandson.  I love that you 'adopted' Kelan.  Bob Stewart is a special dad.

Nov 01, 2014 01:38 AM #3
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GOALS you ask?  It's the gift that keeps on giving....and I keep on giving back to Bob, Kelan and Erin!  I also get cards back from Kelan too!  Where do they go?  In my keepsake box for GRANDCHILDREN!  Something like this changes ones whole life around.

Nov 01, 2014 05:04 AM #4
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Sally my entry into your contest will also be about a grandchild.  My gorgeous granddaughter Elizabeth born on July 13 of this year and has rocked my world ever since :)

Nov 01, 2014 07:59 AM #5
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Diana Dahlberg
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Sally ... thanks for this great story ... you definitely have alot to be grateful for.  I'll be entering the contest and am hoping to get that done this week!

Nov 01, 2014 04:12 PM #6
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Gita Bantwal
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Sally, You do have a lot to be grateful for. Thank you for sharing .

Nov 01, 2014 08:48 PM #7
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Kathleen Daniels
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Sally,  Like you, I've let go of being a grandma.  My one and only son is 34 and still single. I've accepted the fact it just many not be in the Divine Plan.  I focus on the gratitude I have for having my son who still rocks my world. Kids, family, start to have an even deeper meaning as we get older.

Nov 02, 2014 12:50 AM #8
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Jon Kolsky
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman ~ I am not a grandparent yet, but I hear it's a blast... I can see why you have a lot of gratitude, and your grandchildren are absolutely beautiful...

Nov 02, 2014 08:20 AM #9
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I don't have children of my own and have developed close relationships with the children of my relatives and friends.  I know how much those fill-in relationships mean.

Nov 02, 2014 11:53 AM #10
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Sally, we can never have too many grandchildren!  I've adopted a few myself.  And sweet story!

Nov 03, 2014 01:13 AM #11
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Nancy Laswick
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Thanks for sharing your story Sally and I love the photo of your grandson Brayden, well done.

Nov 05, 2014 04:03 PM #12
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Patricia Feager
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Sally,

Truly you are blessed. There is no greater gift than the miracle of birth.

I am wishing you and your family many blessings, good health, continued growth and many happy reasons to get together.

Nov 05, 2014 08:05 PM #13
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Ann Hayden
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman ,

You are a truly wonderful person!  Being a grandma is the best!  I have a four year old grandson and cannot image life without this beautiful gift from God.  He too is a miracle child in a different way- but none the less a miracle!

Great post by the way!!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Nov 05, 2014 09:04 PM #14
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Lisa Friedman
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Sally, I am so happy that you have realized your dream of being a Gramma - and what a sweet story of being Bob's child's unofficial Gramma as well. Happiness all around!

Nov 10, 2014 02:18 AM #15
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Great story Sally! Congratulations on all the wonderful babies you enjoy now.

Nov 13, 2014 09:04 AM #16
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I am leaving in exactly 2 weeks for Baby Levi's birth!  I am so excited ....and of course I got an extra trip to see Brayden too!  I relish in the love of my grandson....and now to be two!  I have already sent out Christmas Boxes for Kelan and one for Bob and Erin.  THIS...is the epitomy of an 'extended family'....the gratitude lives on....and on.

Nov 19, 2014 12:17 AM #17
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Even though Kelan hasn't met you yet he absolutely knows he has a grandma Sally is Hawaii that loves him.

Erin and I can't wait to give you a big hug for how great you've been over the years. I'm so happy for your daughter Sally. And just on the verge of your next grand baby. You must be so happy!! Safe travels to CA.

Nov 24, 2014 04:13 AM #18
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Sally, I am thrilled and Happy for your being a Grand Parent. We are wondering the same thing about our daughter, since she just turned 36, and we're not grandparents yet.

Nov 29, 2014 06:55 AM #19
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Congratulations Sally. Once you "became" a Grandma for Kelan, I believe that helped unlock you becoming a Grandma for your daughter's children.

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