Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's D-Day

Today is the day I have been dreading for months. For those of you that have been reading my Story this may recall that we have been in a lawsuit with a company my husband and I franchised over 20 years ago. It has been a long battle, one that has taken nearly all the wind out of our sails.

I thought I would wake up today with gloom and fear in my heart. You of right 10:12 a.m., with a 5:00 p.m. deadline looming...we don't have the money to pay for our settlement.

We just don't.

It's not because we haven't tried.
Goodness knows we have spent countless hours and many sleepless nights trying to figure out how we were gonna do this.

Last night was our 15th annual Halloween Harvest Dinner with my Mom at her home.

This was last years table!!

This is  a well loved tradition in the Ackman household!! It started when Jacks was 3 and Em was 6's something we look forward to every year.

Last night...we were all gathered around the table...tummies full of potroast, potatoes and pumpkin pie.  I sat there listening and watching as my family joked and laughed with one another. A feeling of complete peace washed over me. I mean there we were...on the eve of what we had come to call D-Day...and instead of wallowing in our misery we were laughing. I mean laughing so hard tears ran down our face.

 I looked from Jacks to Grams and Roger to Dave and Emma. All I could think about was how much this dear family of mine had been through in the past year. Sooo much sadness and heartbreak and struggles and trials. Days and nights of worrying and praying and pleading. Disappointments and fear.

And as I thought about all that... there was MY sweet, little family laughing and loving and enjoying one another. 

I could this be?? I never, ever dreamed we would be here...ever....again. I mean I was so down, girls this past year that I never thought I would be up again. I never thought my kids would make good choices again. I never thought we were gonna make it through. I never thought we could be so happy again that we could laugh as tears rolled down our cheeks.

But we did.
And we are.
And we have learned so much.

To meet defiantly; face courageously.

This is what DARE means, girls. And let me tell you...I am meeting this day and the rest of my life with courage.

 I refuse to let anyone take my Spirit away from me again.


I DARE to forgive and forget.
I DARE to laugh in the face of fear.
I DARE to love with my whole heart.
I DARE to pray.
I DARE to give my life to my Savior.
I DARE to Do it Anyway.

Last night, as I was sitting around that table...I realized that yes, these people can take our money, our home, our cars....but they can't have my family. They can't have my unwavering faith in my Lord Jesus Christ. They can't have my Spirit. 

I win.
They lose.

“It's daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here.” 
― Luci SwindollI Married Adventure

Dare to Live a Life full of courage and purpose, Girls!!!


  1. Oh, Les. I'm here for you . . . If you need me, my friend. I'm praying for you. I'm thinking of you. And I know that you will make it, with each other. Thinking of you. Hugs.

  2. Your attitude and outlook is really amazing and inspiring. At the end of the day, family IS what matters. I'm thinking of you, praying for you and hoping that your sweet family keeps on laughing. Love ya Les. :)

  3. You ARE a brave girl - through and through. You have everything you need! I'm praying for you all.

  4. Love this post, Les! I miss you and that fun family of yours. You are in our prayers!!!

  5. "Last night, as I was sitting around that table...I realized that yes, these people can take our money, our home, our cars....but they can't have my family. They can't have my unwavering faith in my Lord Jesus Christ. They can't have my Spirit.

    I win.
    They lose."

    Leslie, this is such a powerful way to end your post! WOnderful, wonderful, wonderful. I hope that you will hold onto this as you get more information about how all this ends.

  6. I love this. Bless you Friend! xoxoxo

  7. I believe with all my heart that the Lord will provide a way, just hold onto Him and your family,
    I send you blessings,

  8. You are so brave! Best of luck with everything Leslie!

  9. Exactly.... Great quote.....wise words....strength of heart.... *


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