The Therapeutic Hill

Mike and my mother and I left our home at 7;00 am as deliberate yesterday morning. We arrived within the small city of Augusta, Kansas simply earlier than 10:00 am. My mother and pop each grew up there. As a child, we made many street journeys there to go to my grandparents, so making that journey introduced again plenty of nice reminiscences.

We went to the restaurant the place we might be inviting these to return be a part of us for lunch after the grave aspect service for my cousin, Anna Lee.

On the restaurant, we arrange a small desk with footage of Anna Lee and photograph albums and some of her favourite issues, then we went to the cemetery.

We had no pastor or clergyman of any sort scheduled to be on the service. Anna Lee hadn’t lived in Augusta in a very very long time so we didn’t actually know who to ask to talk on the service. Her mother and father are buried there and it was her want to be buried by them. We determined that we might deal with a small service on our personal. We did one thing comparable when my grandma handed away about 10 years in the past, however we did have an in depth good friend of hers converse that was used to talking and we knew that he would have simply the correct phrases to say.

Yesterday, I used to be the one talking. I don’t actually understand how that landed in my lap, nevertheless it did. I knew what I needed to say and hoped that it will all simply come out of my mouth with out having to put in writing something down. It did.

I talked slightly bit about what I knew personally of Anna’s life whereas I used to be rising up and I talked about a couple of issues that I had found about her over these previous couple of months. Then I learn a poem that I had present in some private issues of Anna Lee’s. I felt prefer it should have had numerous which means to her because of the different issues that I discovered within the pocket book together with it.

I used to be completely happy to have her issues to have the ability to undergo.

Right here is the poem.


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“There’s a hill on the prairie. I’ve been there. I’m going again there typically in my thoughts. It provides me peace and power.

I stand alone on the aspect of the hill and really feel the solar like a heat embrace, the wind gently sweeps my hair because it does the tall grasses. I develop into part of the prairie.

I discover simply the proper spot to take a seat, among the many weathered flint rocks and wildflowers. Remnants of the previous, great thing about in the present day.

My spots is simply excessive sufficient on the hill to see for miles to the north and east and west. There’s nothing between me and the horizon however grass and timber and nature. I’m full of a kaleidoscope of feelings. It’s each exhilarating and scary to be so alone, a rush of freedom, a way of awe. I’m one with Nature, I’m one with God, I’m one.

My spot is low sufficient that I can really feel the hill behind and beside me. To welcome and luxury her misplaced youngster, Mom Nature wraps the hill round me like her heat scarf and I keep in mind why I’ve come. I say out loud, thought quietly, “I’m house now, please make all of it higher.”

Slowly, all of my feelings flip to vapor and are gently blown away. I sit, an empty vessel. I’m not a spouse, not a daughter, nor a mom, nor a good friend. I merely am. Alone on the prairie, I’m solely me. I’m a lady, interval.

Softly the prairie seeps into me and my ideas drift to the previous and the ladies who have been part of this earlier than. They collect spherical me, robust faces, gently eyes, and I’m crammed with their spirit. A spirit that endures.

Instantly I’m not only a lady, I really feel their power inside me and I stand, my face to the sky, by way of tears and a smile, I shout, “I’m all Ladies and I’m Robust.” My physique tingles with energy and my coronary heart overflows with freedom and braveness. I flip again to the faces of my sisters, they’re shifting away, however they, too, are smiling. 

I sit again down and weep with pleasure and gratitude for my renewal. I breathe deeply, permitting this new power to solidify inside me.”

Linda Hepburn, her husband Ed and their sons, Travis and Tanner, reside in Benton, Kansas. They arrive the ranch all year long to hunt, fish, work on four-H tasks, and benefit from the prairie.


After studying the poem, I requested different individuals if that they had any tales to share or something that they needed to say, and two women did converse they usually had nice tales of Anna Lee and I used to be so glad that they determined to share them.

Another person advised that everybody share how they knew Anna Lee and it was a good way for everybody to start out speaking and sharing tales and reacquainting with each other.

We ended with the Lord’s Prayer and invited everybody to lunch. It was a day that I used to be not wanting ahead to in any respect and it ended up being a very good day sharing tales.

We have been again on the street after lunch and at our home by four:30.

Our daughter Anne is on the town so a gaggle of us went out to dinner for her birthday final night time. Her birthday is definitely subsequent weekend, however I’m a agency believer in having a birthday month!

Mike and I have been wanting ahead to the night and determined to show it into date night time.

We put the highest down on the automotive and headed out for our drive to the Plaza. We have been having dinner at Brio and it’s one among our favourite spots to have a drink and other people watch. They’ve these three small tables by the window and I’m all the time excited if one is accessible. One was open!

We had simply sufficient time to unwind with a glass of wine and speak concerning the day earlier than the birthday celebration.

It was nice to have dinner with Anne and her household.

Anne and two of her associates within the entrance of the image and beside Anne is her husband, Cortney and their two youngsters. Child quantity three for them is due subsequent month!


Cortney’s mother and father, Mike and me and Cortney’s sister together with her husband. They’ve an cute infant yr previous woman, however I feel she is hiding behind her mother on her dads lap!

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Date night time was nice too.

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I wasn’t positive how I used to be going to get my steps in yesterday, so I had determined to only get in as many as I might thoughout the day.

I used to be prepared early within the morning, so I took my espresso outdoors with the canine and walked round the home a couple of occasions.

Through the day I made acutely aware efforts to tempo as an alternative of stand nonetheless. Loopy, proper?

Mike and I parked as distant from the restaurant for dinner as we might, then obtained in a superb quantity of steps earlier than dinner.

After dinner, we took a good longer path to our automotive. He’s such a superb sport!

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Once we obtained house, I nonetheless had about 1,000 steps to go and it was virtually eleven:00 pm. I took Tucker out for a late night time stroll and we obtained them achieved!

I tracked my meals as greatest as I might yesterday, however I might have made higher decisions. My thoughts wasn’t actually on meals decisions I suppose.

I simply guessed on lunch and dinner SmartPoints. I do know what I have to do for the remainder of the week to remain on monitor and really feel good.

Listed here are yesterday’s eats….

Comfortable Sunday!

Breakfast – four SP

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A very nasty Quest Protein Bar that I grabbed at a fuel station on our drive. It tasted like Cookie Dough flavored chalk, however I used to be hungry, so I ate it anyway, together with a Banana.

Lunch – 20 SP

No Image. Let’s be trustworthy. My thoughts was elsewhere.

I ordered the Hen Fajita Taco Salad. I ordered it with no cheese and no bitter cream. It got here with cheese and bitter cream. I scooped them off and didn’t eat the yummy tortilla bowl that it was served in, however I did have two beers and some chips and guac.

Dinner – 25 SP

My solely meals image for yesterday!

Salmon Salad at Brio and Wine.

I order this similar salad virtually each time we eat right here. I utterly forgot to say “no fried onions”, so I ate most of them.

It had been an extended day and I simply needed to eat dinner.

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Day by day SmartPoints Complete = forty nine

2017 Objectives
Make time every week to Meal Plan
Drink one hundred ounces of water every day
Train 5 days every week
Eat three meals and one snack day by day
FOUR one hundred Mile Strolling Challenges this yr! (This aim has modified just a little now that I’ve this fabulous Fitbit.)

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“love the life you reside, reside the life you’re keen on”

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