Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Before starting this post I patted myself on the back because I have completed one whole week of the blog-tember challenge and look forward the rest of the weeks to come.
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September 9:  prompt is to write a letter to sixteen-year-old you. Any advice or funny stories?

This was a little harder then I had expected because of the kidney disease my memory isn't quite what it used to be so here we go.

Dear 16 year-old Lily,

16 is such an awesome age.  You finally get to get your license but if you let your permit expire you'll end up getting it a lot later then you expect so get on to taking you behind the wheel test.  

Ok, so I know you are smart and you have a pretty good head on your shoulders but I have to tell you something, You don't know EVERYTHING.  You think you know a lot and admit you don't know everything but you sometimes act like you know everything.  In reality though, you don't and it's okay,  it is not a big deal, you're only 16.  

You know how Vivian and Lizzy keep inviting you to church?  A church that is not a Catholic church?  Well, you should go with them and see how you like it but go with an open mind not with prejudice, you might end up liking it.  God may just be calling, don't ignore him or turn your back on him you're not as close to him as you think and you don't really know him as well as you think.  Know that Jesus loves you!  

You're going to be walking to art class one day and you will trip ripping your pants right where you're knee is.  You'll look around and think no one saw you but one person who walks in the class after you did.  He'll ask if you are ok, you'll want to pretend like nothing happened but it did so just laugh and say yes.  Don't be embarrassed  just laugh it off, it will be pretty funny.

Another funny thing you, Lana and Ariel are going to be walking to lunch and Lana will trip and pretend she blacked out.  Don't laugh at her and tell her just to say the truth.  Just play along, she will be embarrassed enough, don't make it worse.

Now, you will experience a loss of a new but good friend.  You'll end up not going to prom.  You'll mourn their death and be okay but your childhood friend her best friend, needs you.  Be there for her even when she pushes you away.

Continue to work hard at school and continue to be active with extra curricular activities.  Get Ariel involved because she wants to be she just doesn't know it yet.  Oh, and when things don't work out quite like you planned, it is okay, just be flexible and keep moving ahead.  

Finally, drink your medicine!  I know you don't feel anything with the kidneys, you feel fine but you do have kidney disease and yes, you are right God will take care of you but you have to trust him.  I know you are not ready for a transplant, tell your doctors.  Let your doctors know why, have them educate you and tell you everything you can possibly know so that if you do need to get the transplant  now or in the future you'll be prepared enough to deal with it and it won't come down on you like a ton of bricks all at once.  Don't be scared.


So, enjoy and take life one day at a time.


I think I got the important stuff out.  16 year-old me and 28 year-old me are still a tad bit the same with a few positive and mature changes.  I wish I had pictures but they are about 2 hrs away from me.  I may update this post after I have some photos in hand.  I don't look much different.  I sometimes feel as though I am aging much slower then some of my fellow classmates.  I don't mind it.

Thank for stopping by.

I hope you have a fantastic day


  1. What a wonderful post Lily! I'm so sorry you have to deal with kidney problems honey, it's not fair. Awful things only seem to happen to really lovely people. My Grammy used to tell me that God never lets us face anything we can't handle and I know she was right. Bless you for being such a lovely person and I love your blog, sending you heaps of hugs Lily xx

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment it put a smile on my face.

  2. Loved how you shared your truths with us - both the funny & sobering ones! Oh, & I love how you incorporated your blog's title into that last sentence - there's a life lesson right there in that. =)

    1. Awesome, i am glad you like it Bess.

      God Bless