It is amazing what The Universe delivers to us, just when we need it. I came across this in my email on a day when I more than needed to hear it. Even on those days when you don’t feel like it, fake it til you make it!! It is truly amazing the impact we have on those around us!! We can accomplish so much more with a joyous attitude and happy heart!! Before you know it, people will be surrounding you, asking you how you do it! Keep a song in your heart all the time and it will play out a happy melody all day long!! I am sure right about now, those closest to me are asking themselves if I have a fever or if I have been roofied…but I swear each day, I too, am going to “fake it til I make it”. (Insert whistling here) with love, Christy
Just Think, you’re not here by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else- you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfull his special purpose for this generation.
I purchased a calendar the other day and inside it was the above message, which was written by DaySpring Co-founder Roy Lessin. Thought I would share, it seemed appropriate for today’s positive message.
Saying thankful prayers for more than enough,
Well Christmas came and went, and with it came the great blessings of many Lego sets. Superheros with 304 pieces….helicopters with ONLY 297 pieces….what’s a mom to do?? Be blessed and try not to get overwhelmed, its just a 3-D puzzle with picture directions made for a 5 year old to be able to figure out!! I also learned that my son is very capable of putting these things together himself, I on many occasions stepped away for a breather, and found when I returned he had completed several steps on his own. Warning, he will take them apart! Try not to pull out the last head on your hair when you look up, 15 minutes after creating this masterpiece, to find that it is in a gazillion pieces in the floor!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t take back a moment of the time it gave my son and I to spend together and learn!! I was talking to a couple if the mom’s in my son’s class, and they had the same feelings, I thought seriously about starting a support group! We were sympathizing, swapping ideas and tips, and I even learned the internet has instructions for most sets! Anyway this lead me to thinking, I had always thought Lego’s was a guy thing. That it was something for Dads and sons to do with their hands while spending quality time together. I wonder when the fulcrum tipped? Or had it always been the moms that did it? Seems more and more in our mixed up world, that the roles change, everyone is just doing whatever it takes to get by in our hurried up world. Most families have both parents working, one or two jobs. We hardly have time to have dinner together, let alone anything extra. Not sure what we will do when homework is added to the mix. I guess we will build that bridge when we come to it…thanks Lego…I think.
“The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy” – address at 16th street Baptist church May 5, 1963
WARNING: If you are a passionate animal lover, DO NOT READ THIS POST. Animals were harmed in this post! Not intentionally of course, but when you live in the country, things happen beyond your control!!
A few weeks ago, my sons girlfriend came to visit. She lives an hour away and sometimes just needs some of “moms food” lol. It was dark as she made her way to our house. It is very known that in our tiny town this time of year, if you are on the road, you WILL share it with the deer. About 10 minutes away from her estimated arrival time, my phone rings. “Mom, can you come get me???” Of course I panic and am grabbing my keys as I’m asking “Where are you??!!” She made it to the local Walmart parking lot before all her antifreeze leaked out and her car began to overheat. Attack of the deer had struck (literally) once again. So, after my husband braved driving her car to the local garage (of course it was closed, but thank goodness for knowing “everyone” when living in a tiny town) we took her to our house for her to fill her tummy on some meatball stew and headed for her home…which is two hours round trip…on a school/work night…did I mention my strict schedule through the week with five kids (sigh)?? Anyway, on the way with my husband driving and the two teens in back, we conversed about the things teens usually talk about. Latest social media news, part time job statuses, etc. Out of nowhere we were surrounded by blue lights. While pulling over trying to figure out what on earth we did wrong, they flew past us like the world was on fire. Of course, that goes into a completely different conversation that I will not divulge, but about a mile up on a straight stretch of interstate we could see all the lights surrounding a minivan. It did not appear to be an accident, but while we were trying to figure out what happened, our car made a huge jolt and we became air born. Looking like a scene from the Dukes of Hazzard our car landed back on all four wheels (or on its rims, at that point I wasn’t sure) leaving me horrified as to what had just occurred. I was now wearing my coffee and everything (except us) that was securely attached was now all over the car. My husband calmly says “Oh, thats why they are there”. The blue lights were checking on the minivan that had struck a deer…..that was still lying in the middle of the interstate….that WE just ran over!! Thankfully we had no damage. The minivan, not so lucky. As we rode out the next few minutes in silence trying to recover, my husband quietly says “Man, that thing came out of nowhere!?” My son nonchalantly replied “Of course it did. The dead deer not moving in the middle of the highway came right out of nowhere.” We erupted into hysterics. It was the moment of relief we needed. Bumps in the road are going to happen. Mr Newton’s Law proves that. While most days I spend wishing his law would have attached to the bottom of his apple and kept moving right on up through the atmosphere….it didn’t. What goes up, is sure to come down. My husband describes it like this: “Life is like a scale. There is a constant struggle to find the balance.” My version goes more like this: You never know when your teeter is gonna totter so you better be ready. While me may not be able to predict what cards life is going to deal us, we DO have a choice in how we play them. Sometimes we have a hand of Aces. Other times we have to bluff it till we make it. Either way it is our CHOICE how we handle the bump in the road. After $296 for a new radiator our “bump” was resolved. Was that money that a young college student had to spare? No, but we handled it. She was not injured and THAT is something you can’t put a price on.
Contributing Editor: Bambi Pate-Powell
Well, now that the holidays are over, time to reflect. How many of you spent hundreds of dollars on gifts and toys for your loved ones, only to see them hardly touched after the “Magic of Christmas morning?” Well, I think that our society has really taken away from the joy and wonder of Christmas and made it a materialistic holiday that no one really looks forward to at all. For example, Thanksgiving day was a family event where everyone over ate, laid around on the couch and enjoyed the day. Now it has become a family huddle to map out your Black Friday assault on the stores. Then for the next month, it is go, go, shop, spend. Makes you wonder how many children really know what Christmas is all about. Think about all the good everyone could do if they put that much effort into helping their neighbors, their kids school, teaching their kids that what you get for gifts really are not what Christmas is all about. All it does today is bring out the ugly in people. Maybe we should all take a good look at where we as people are heading. The direction is not good! Contributing Editor- Scott
“I’m so optimistic, I’d go after Moby Dick in a rowboat and take the tartar sauce with me” — Zig Ziglar
We all have wants. I would love to have a house with 7 bedrooms (one for everyone to have their own and a spare) and 6 bathrooms (four of our five children are girls. Enough said.) and it be paid for. I would love to have my dream job of a general physician that carries an old fashioned black bag and makes house calls. Heck, while Im at it, I would LOVE to have a housekeeper, chef, part time nanny, personal trainer, chauffeur (I better stop myself!) just to name a few on the top of my want list. But down here in realityville as I call it, I do not have any of those. I am your average working mom that has to schedule a time to shave my legs and lets not even talk about my roots. My house plants get their roots covered more than me. My husband is a simple man. He is my grounding wire. We are truly as opposite as night and day. He never gets bent out of shape, remains positive in any situation and still doesn’t have me convinced that at some point he wasn’t a ninja in some foreign land. He’s got mad organization skills that can have the whole house in shape while Im still trying to find where I put my glasses. One of my favorite things he says is “It fits the need”. No matter what we are doing we look first to see if it fits the need….not the want. Its it difficult when we have four girls arguing over one bathroom every morning. Its difficult when there is not one place I can go for five minuets to have my own time out and not hear someone else’s voice. Difficult when I pray every day our work car with 250,000 miles makes that hour long trek just one more time. There are a lot of things I “want”. My husband does too, but we know that there are responsibilities that come along with obtaining our “wants”. He reminds me that everything we want isn’t everything we need. By sharing that bathroom each day, our girls are learning to be patient, take turns, share and work with what you have. If they really want to learn a lesson, they will get up a little earlier to start the day and get their bathroom turn first. As your Southern Granny says “The early bird catches the worm”. How often do we focus on what we want instead of what we HAVE? How much would I miss if I had that “big enough” house and all the extras to go with it? In realityville I don’t need any of those things. I already have the housekeeper, chef, nanny, personal trainer, and the chauffeur. She’s also a wife and mom. She fits the need. That she, is ME. Yes, there are things that I THINK would make my life more simple, but I am grateful for my husband and the ability to manage what I have already. It fits the need. I will be thankful for what I have TODAY.
Contributing Editor: Bambi Pate-Powell