Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Les is definitely More

I opened my computer to see a beautiful picture of my mom, beaming.  Wow, I thought.  I need to write on my blog about her (an act that I have been putting off since my first post).  Why am I so scared to be a blogger?  It's weird to me that I have this much self consciousness about blogging.  I guess it's because I am putting myself out there for the world to see and judge-- and I won't be with you in person to win you over another way if you hate my writing!  But you know what?  Writing will keep me sharp, smart,  and alert while I'm home being a momma.

So.....forget all that doubting crap!  I'm writing today.  All about my momma and her battle.  She has been fighting for years, this Multiple Sclerosis disease.  I have to admit that in the beginning I was in denial that she even had MS.  She was as active and sassy as ever all those years ago in Chicago when her eye sight went out in one of her eyes and was told that she had MS.  Staying busy always, my mom barely let us know that MS was affecting her in any way.  We didn't treat her ANY differently, nor did she change much about her life. Swinging the tennis racket constantly and dancing around the room to her favorite eagles, carpenters, and james taylor songs were all common practice in her life.    It wasn't until recently--4 years ago?-- that she started to slow down physically.  As a daughter it is hard to see your mom who loves life and shows it through activity and movement, struggle to find the strength to continue doing it.  Ugggg.  She started having my dad, the most active man EVER, be her doubles partner.  She would hit her famous and continuously frustrating slice shots to the opponents (usually my siblings and I) while my dad just ran round to every shot that she couldn't reach form her very stationary spot on the court.  It was actually quite the duo.  

Slowly, my mom's MS has progressed to the point that she really can't walk well at all.  While I know it kills her, tennis is most definitely out of the question now.  

Courtney. Everyone has problems. 

You're right!  Let me tell you how amazingly resilient my mom is.  Although she doesn't do her coordinated yet very uncomfortable (to us kids) hip thrusts while dancing to "Get Down On It" anymore, my mom is still the kind, loving, full of life, spiritual lady that made her the unbelievable mom that she was for me back then and continues to be now.  Along with her many Christ-like qualities, there is something that just draws people to her.  Like a bird to the open sky, we just love the feeling of being around her.  And I really just can't get enough.  

This is not a story of sadness, but rather an example of a woman who bares what life gives her with a smile and some lovins.  And really just inspires us all.  

This Saturday we will be walking in the 2013 MS Walk in Salt Lake City.  Meet us there at 8 @ the Gateway and let's walk proud for team 'Les is More'!



  1. This made me cry. She seriously is such an amazing example. Also, I went through the same thing (worrying about what other people think of my blog) and it took me a few months to get over it.. I finally got to a point where I didn't care, and I'm sure there are plentyyyy of people who make fun of it, but if you love it and you want to document your life then who the heck cares! By the way, you're a real good writer sis :)

  2. Katie! Thank you! I seriously appreciate you reading and commenting. YOU, missy, are a reason why I have been scared to write... You have such a perfect blog! :) Also, how did you get the cute design for your blog? I have no clue!

    1. Not even!! Haha but thank you :) I actually had this girl do it for me.. She is a little pricy, but she's good. If you just want something generic and simple I can help you out a bit! But if you would like her to do it her blog is ryleeblake.blogspot.com. Just let me know!!

  3. You are great writer Court! I always think its interesting to see the voice that people have when they write versus their personality. I am excited to get to know you as a writer as well! I love your sweet mom and I can only imagine how hard it is to see her loose abilities that used to come second nature to her. Luckily her personality is stellar and she has a strong will. Love you!

  4. Linds, thank you so much! I agree it is so fun to hear the different writers voices when reading blogs. I need to follow you girl! Love you too!! :)

  5. Your blog is awesome Court! Keep up on it :) I love this about your mom. I only met her once but she definitely was fun and outgoing just like you described. Good luck on Saturday!

  6. Keep writing, Courtney! Your mom is an amazing woman, and she raised a great daughter!

  7. So beautiful Courtney... thrilled you shouted out your Mom's brave journey! What an amazing soul! Keep up the writing.