If we are Facebook friends, it’s no secret that I really really dislike winters here in Michigan – and that dislike seems to get worse each year. It’s also no secret that Florida is one of my favorite places and that a couple years ago I started talking about moving down there once my son graduates high school.
This year I was blessed to get to spend three weeks in the sunshine state! It really solidified my decision that I would be moving to Florida in a couple years (my son is currently at the end of his 10th grade year). It was so hard having to come back to Michigan after such an incredible three weeks in Florida. But I was also ready because I missed my son and my family. As crazy (in a good way) as my family is, I missed them more than I was willing to admit – especially considering I had lived for the last year, three hours away from everyone (that’s a whole nother post for another day).
So I came back to Michigan knowing that I needed to start planning. After all a couple years isn’t that long and a move to a different state takes some planning! But all of a sudden, in the matter of seconds and one phone call my whole life was turned upside down.
Life can change so quickly – the start of a crisis
On Monday, April 13th my 4 year old nephew Braylan was diagnosed with leukemia. It’s been a very rough up and down roller coaster ride over the last month. I never thought I could ever love a child more than I love my own son but all of this has made me realize how much I love not just Braylan but all my nieces and nephews. And how much I love my crazy sometimes dysfunctional family too!
I’ve been reminded through this journey how important family is and the support of family during rough patches. Look at this amazing picture…Braylan was so upset over losing his hair that my brother (his dad), my step dad and my brother-in-law all stepped up and shaved their heads to be like Bray Bray. The picture melts my heart – it’s sad but tells such an awesome story of love and support….
My heart has broken over and over the last month and I’ve experienced so many different emotions. While we don’t know what the future holds, the doctors are very optimistic (and I have faith that God will heal Bray Bray completely) that he’ll be in remission soon and will grow up to live a normal life.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and soul searching, this last month, about what I want from life. And one of the biggest decisions I came to is that I don’t want to move to another state – the thought of being that far away from my family on a permanent basis makes me sad! What I want is to be a snow bird – spend my winters in Florida and the rest of the time here in Michigan with all my crazy family around 🙂
I’ve thought about whether or not I’m making a decision to stay in Michigan because of what’s currently going on – yes, that’s part of it even though I wouldn’t be moving for a few years, but this whole experience has made me realize that I want to be around something that is very important to me – family. It seems sad that it’s taken a crisis for me to realize this, but I think a crisis can be a huge awakening and learning opportunity if we choose to look at it that way.
Having my own businesses (Tishia Saves Time & Faithful Bloggers) that are ran solely online, provides me the freedom to be able to make this a reality (becoming a snow bird) because I can work from anywhere as long as I have internet!
So I’m changing course and looking forward to where my ship will sail…here in Michigan!
How about you – care to share something you learned during a crisis?