Tuesday, March 27, 2012

When You're Up You're Up, and When You're Down You're Down

There are so many things you will learn about me as you follow me.  I am an out-there kind of person, a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of gal.  This at times hasn't always been a good thing, nevertheless, I am REAL.

My mama was a fun person.  She sang silly songs to us all the time.  As a pastor's wife and children's director of Sunday School, she taught us songs that most people had never heard of nor since have I heard again.

When  you're up, you're up,
And when you're down, you're down,
But when you're only half-way up,
You're neither up nor down.

I wish you could hear me now..

It was one of those fun songs where you stood up and down and half-way up and down:)

And there was another song..

I'm in, right out, right up, right down
Right happy all the time.
I'm in, right out, right up, right down
Right happy all the time.

Since Jesus Christ came in
And cleansed my heart from sin,
I'm in, right out, right up, right down
Right happy all the time:)

I guess you can imagine how the motions went with this one! Whew!  We'd had our exercise for the day.

Well, long story short, I wasn't happy all the time.  I was a "when you're up, you're up and when you're down your down!" 

I can remember my first trip to the "doctor" (psychologist) to find out "what is wrong."  I was 9 years old.  My life was lived on an emotional roller coaster that I will share more with you in future posts.  After many, many years of antidepressants, counseling, medications for panic attacks, job changes, etc., etc., etc., I finally crashed.  My medical doctor shook his head and said, "Bonnie, I don't know what to do with you."  He took me off my blood pressure medicine, antidepressant, antianxiety medication-BAM!  Cold Turkey! And I hit rock bottom.  I was physically ill...could not pull myself out of bed.  Throwing up sick, dizzy, chest pains, as an addict or alchoholic in detox. 

That was a Friday and I endured the weekend with my husband taking me to a different doctor on Monday.  I was put back on my medication and told to take the week off and wait for him to get me an appointment with yet another "doctor."  The dreaded...."shrink."

This was the turning point in my life-a good one!  I was diagnosed with Bi-polar depression Type II.  Can you believe I was grateful to find something-anything that made sense.  I had lived up and down with more downs than ups.  Oh, the ups were WONDERFUL, but I always knew I'd crash. 

It took six months to give the medication right.  I ask God for healing.  I believe for healing.  I believe in the power of the resurrection and the power of God to heal, but I also know that God gives wisdom to doctors.  For that I am grateful. 

Eight years later, I am normal.  Well, almost...hehehe!  There are still times when I know that something is going on. When I've pushed myself too much, tried to please people, and have not taken care of myself, I can go there in spite of myself.  This has been one of those weeks.

So, I read your posts and find my happy place, and lean hard on Jesus, and enjoy your wonderful creativity and surround myself with all the things I love.... like some of these!
 Don't you just love a sale!

A sweet, little corner in Cornerstone Treasures, my shop.

Memories from my teenager years of the 70's:)  (They weren't all so bad!)
My two girls
(the guys I will share later)

So thankful, that my days are more up now than down.  I've learned how to pace myself and thank God for the precious gifts that I am blessed with.

You, my friends, are included in that blessing. 



  1. A very heartfelt and honest post. I cannot imagine the road you have traveled, but so glad you have found a comfortable spot. I think we all have to find the things which comfort us most and hang on for dear life.

    Your daughters are beautiful. Hugs, Bonnie

  2. Bonnie: Thank you for sharing your story. There are probably alot of folks that you can help hearing that. I'm so glad you are feeling better and just look to those two beautiful girls when you need a little up time..Happy Tuesday..Judy


I love the friendships I have developed through blogging. Visit and comment and I'll be sure to drop by and talk to you.