Tidbits from daily life

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind since school has started, but here are a few things that have been happening:

* My husband and I are in a bible study with some of our friends, Sacred Marriage, and it is so refreshing to be in a room filled with people who are married and want to be married.  🙂

* Without babysitting 2 little ones, and now being in a routine with school, I have a lot more time to just be with the kids uninterrupted.

* In the craziness of work, higher education, school and kid schedules, date nights are wonderful! 🙂

* I began reading “Undaunted, The Josh McDowell Story” and while it is a difficult read so far, I have high hopes of it being a great book!

* I am looking forward to going to see “Unbroken” after Christmas.  If you have not read it yet…read it!!!!

* Minnie Driver may be the best actress ever…I am watching “Return to Zero” as I type and it is incredibly well made.  For those of you who don’t know about the movie, it is about a couple whose baby was stillborn.  It is based on a true story.  I haven’t seen this issue portrayed since ER did an episode on it.  They depicted it very well, also.  Amazingly, in the ER episode “Midnight” the situation was almost identical to mine…even down to the baby’s name.

* My kids ran their first mud race and it was awesome!!!!

That’s all the updates for now!

Enjoy the weekend!

Sweet Blessings

I know I keep saying this, but God is bigger.  Corny as it may sound if life is going to throw us lemons, God is the ultimate lemonade maker.  I pray that blessings pour out of the struggles that everyone is going through.  It won’t take away the pain, but may show the purpose for the pain.  Or at the very least, which is still amazingly great, we know He is with us through the pain.

Yesterday was Joshua’s birthday.  It is a tough time of year for me.  It is also a wonderful time of year for me.  I miss my little guy terribly, but I love Christmas.  Conflicting emotions.  My husband, the best one ever, took my kids out for a “secret mission” yesterday and they came back bearing gifts of balloons, ice cream and cards.  (The ice cream set me off on my emotion eating, which I had been controlling so well…but I digress).  It was the perfect gesture.  I cherish my family…I truly couldn’t be more blessed by them!

In the midst of sadness sometimes it is hard to find the joy…God allowed them to make the joy very apparent yesterday and I am thankful for that.

My heart still aches for my family and friends who are in so much pain right now, but it also sings with the joy of God’s blessings that I don’t want to miss through the tears.

Wedding Dresses

Yes, I am already married, no I do not need a wedding dress.  😉  I do, however, enjoy watching wedding shows while I torture myself on the elliptical in the wee hours of the morning.

I guess it makes me old, or maybe just old fashioned, but the latest wedding dress fad seems to be the see through bodice  Now, there are extreme wedding dresses in terms of immodesty, with super low cuts back and front, but the see through thing is in a league of its own.  I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I thought that weddings included grandparents and great aunts and uncles…and fathers!  My goodness!  If my grandparents saw me in a see through wedding dress, they might not be speaking to me anymore.  And I think it would be safe to say my dad would not have walked me down the aisle.

It is a small wonder marriages don’t last today.  If the bride is willing to show that much of herself…(and some of these go down to just about “there” ) to the whole world, when it should be sacred for her husband on her wedding day…wow, blows my mind.

I hear the arguments now.  No I am not saying everyone who wears a see through gown will get divorced.  I wish that on no one.  And yes, I realize most of us show off that much at the beach or pool in our bathing suits.  I guess the see through wedding dress just irks me.

What are your thoughts?

Just Life

Our world has been spinning at high speed lately.  I feel like we are always at high speed and then more things go into our schedule, but they are all good things.  We are moving quickly, but we are doing it together (for the most part) and praising God for the blessings!  🙂

For my husband, MBA classes have begun.  How he is able to work full time and be an awesome daddy on top of going to school full time blows my mind, but he does it.  It adds a little extra chaos to all of us, but he surely bears the brunt of the load.

For me, on a personal level, my eating and working out too a hiatus this summer, so I am back on my strict schedule of working out and eating somewhat right.  😉  Teaching and taxi driving has been put back in motion as well.

The kids are back to school (at home) and each have 1 sport activity as well as a church activity they attend each week.  By Friday they are just as tired as my husband and I.  They are still mourning the loss of their Riley cat.  My oldest was the most outwardly sad in the beginning, has recovered quite well and talks about all the pets he will have when he is big.  My daughter, who was the most attached, holds it all in.  This concerns me a little bit.  She will say things on occasion that let us know she is still thinking of Riley.  She is trying to bond with the other cat now, which is kind of a cute thing to watch.  My youngest, who is my old soul, was the one who went to Stormy right after Riley died to let her know what happened.  He still misses her.  He is also concerned that about Stormy’s buddy being gone.  We can’t sure if he is more sad for himself or Stormy.

So, nothing drastic in our world.  We count our blessings for that.  We seem to be surrounded by friends who are suffering and we know we should thank God for our blessings as often as we pray for their lives to be mended.

 

7.22.13

Proverbs 20:6-7

Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?  The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
 
 
 
Marriage:  
 
Marriage used to be sacred, used to be taken seriously, used to be forever.  It should be.  It is called to be.  It isn’t anymore.
 
I (sadly) often wonder how many brides and grooms go to the altar these days pledging to love and adore their spouse until death do they part, or someone better comes along.  I wonder if brides and grooms these days expect forever.  It is heartbreaking.  I expect forever, my friends expect forever, but forever isn’t always what occurs.  
 
So many of our friends now are experiencing the pain of affairs and divorce.  It is horrendous to watch and be up close and personal with.  There are so many pains in this world, but I cannot fathom facing one where you lose your best friend, the one who is supposed to carry you through the bad times or at least bear them with you.  God of course is ever present.  It is still so hard.
 
I blame the selfishness we as a people have acquired over the years.  So many horrible decisions are made in the here and the now.  “This feels good now, I should do it.  My kids, wife, family, friend, etc all come in second to how I am feeling.  It is all about me.  I should be able to do anything I want and not deal with the consequences.”  This way of thinking causes issues in marriages, in unplanned pregnancies, in drinking and driving, in drugs, in every sinful area of life.  I despise this way of thinking.  And I say that knowing I am not perfect and my thoughts are not perfect.
 
Whether or not you are a Bible believer (of course you know I am), the rules and laws of the Bible do prevent a lot of pain if they are followed.  And they don’t prevent a lot of fun as many tend to believe.  
 
I am thankful for my faithful husband.  I am more thankful for my faithful God!  And I pray all the time that my children may grow up caring for others over themselves and that they may spend eternity with their Holy God.
 

Wedding Day

Not mine.  My beautiful cousin’s.  I am overjoyed for her! I have the honor of being in her wedding party, so get to see her say “I Do” up close.  Of course it brings back memories to my wedding day.

11 years ago.  I can remember so much, which I am glad.  I tried to be diligent in remembering details of the day as I knew it would fly by.  My husband and I were the most calm people in the church that day.  It boggled my mind that anyone else would be nervous, for we certainly were not.  For me, I think calmness came because I knew that no matter what happened that day, at the end of it, I would be married to my best friend.  I know my parents had normal parent anxiety, but I now know why others were nervous.

Because I am nervous for my cousin.  Not because of her groom choice…they are completely in sync and a great pair.  But because I want everything to be perfect for her.  And it will be…because at the end of the day, no matter what happens, she will be married to her best friend.

This week brought on some personal concerns for the wedding… not wanting to let the bride down.  With training I have been eating more and building more muscle.  All that is fine, except that my dress is a bit more snug than it was in the past.  I have visions of it splitting open from being too tight.  I also have visions of my children disturbing the ceremony.  They are WAY excited to be spectators at the occasion and I am happy that they are allowed to come.  They even helped in choosing their special clothes for the day (which will be recycled for Easter as well…and many times after).  But…now they are all sick and coughing is the main culprit.  In a few hours we will see if my dress and my children make it through without causing a scene.

Regardless of my family, today is the day…their day  The day made for my cousin and her groom.  The day 2 wonderful people become one.  The day a new life for them starts.  The day where first memories of their lives together as husband and wife begins.  In a world where the sacrament of marriage has become less sacred, it makes me proud of them for standing together, promising forever and taking it seriously.

My prayer for them is the same as my prayer for marriages across the globe.  I pray that they may build their lives on God’s Word, that they may turn to Him and each other when times are hard, that they may not give up on each other, that they may back each other and that they may have a marriage that is a cord of three…one that will be a witness to all they meet.

Footprints and Bobbleheads

I thought I would take a break from my running posts, although I did run my first 8 miles yesterday.  🙂

Valentine’s Day has changed for us over the years.  Before children, my husband and I would go out in celebration of the day.  When the kids were just babies we would wait until after they went to bed and my husband would bring in food while I set up a faux fancy dining table.  But last year, we decided to take the kids out for Valentine’s Day and have a family evening.  It was so much fun that we will be making it our new tradition…and I love it!  This year the tradition continued.  We just took them to a movie, but it was so sweet for us all to be together.  It was evident that they felt special and included, as well…a family date!  🙂

Valentine’s Day also brings crafts when you have young children, so this year we found the best thing for Grandpa…paint your own bobbleheads!  Each kid painted his/her own bobblehead and then glued a picture of his/her face where it belonged.  I have to say, they were pretty funny!  Definitely keepers!  And then, for Mema and Bepa (grandma and grandpa) came a framed picture of the kids.  On the matting they left red footprints…this made a pretty big picture.  That one almost didn’t go out the door.  Their footprints made in a V were hearts and over the picture we put the quote “Sometimes people leave footprints on your heart.”  Many pictures were taken of that project before it was given away.

This week was not all about the kids, thought…we were able to drop them off at Mema and Bepa’s this weekend and enjoy an evening of skiing and outdoor hot tubs AND sleeping in the following morning.  It was nice to spend one on one time with my best friend.  My husband is amazing.  He seeks the Lord, he helps everyone he is able to, he is an incredible daddy, a hard worker, a good friend and he puts up with me!  He is one of the biggest blessings in my life.  Actually everyone mentioned in this post are amazing blessings, God most of all!

No matter what last week held for you, happiness and joy, or frustration and sadness, it is my hope that you seek the perfect joy from our Lord and Savior.  He doesn’t promise a perfect life, but He does promise to walk through it with you!