A special welcome Jen from Midday Mornings! I’ve known Jen for several years and am grateful for her friendship and encouragement. As my editor, she held my hand when I first started blogging. She is an amazing mother and confidant and I hope you find as much wisdom from her writing as I have…
Our family’s story of infertility has taught us to be grateful even when life is overwhelming and discouraging.
As we raise our voice and share our experiences, we can help each other learn and grow from the pain and find the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Even when I was up to my elbows in diapers, laundry, and crying babies, I knew time was precious and I needed to treasure each moment.
The good Samaritan did not stop to consider how the man got himself into his predicament, nor did he assume he was suffering because of his own foolish decisions. He was kind simply because it mattered.
It seems like pure madness to think about wedding planning at the first of the year, but about this time last year, our oldest daughter got engaged. I learned a few tidbits of wisdom that I wish I had known from the get go. So, for all you parents that have a daughter’s wedding on the horizon – this one is for you.
These gaps represented, to me, the various traps or stumbling blocks we can fall captive to if we are not mindful as we move along in life.
I feel grateful for a Holiday that reminds me to show gratitude, but I wonder why is it that my appreciation for the good so easily blends into the background of my life rather than being the motivating and driving force.
The busier we become the less time we spend focusing on what will draw us closer to God.
When we make the assumption that we have more power and influence than we actually have, or that our family or friend is helpless to handle difficult situations on their own we take the responsibility away from them and open ourselves up to be overwhelmed.
At times I think my kids thought I was the meanest mom in the world, and I guess I am okay with that. They know I love them no matter what, but they also know that I want them to be the best they can be.
I don’t know what surprised me more, the fact that I enjoyed the time together, or that I didn’t have a heart attack in the process.
Are we sensitive enough to notice when one drop of poison might be destroying our attitude, fostering frustration, or giving way to ingratitude?It is being able to perceive the small changes and choosing how we will let it affect us.
As the sun first peaked over the skyline it offered a bright light to our journey, but nothing compared to what we could see from the top. Life is full of opportunities to seek after and pursue the things that matter the most to us.
In my journey of the last half a century I’ve learned a few things along the way. Some of those life lessons have come more easily than others, but one constant that I’ve come to understand is that we always have a choice.
Being a parent is just plain hard. There is no other way to say it. We love these little people with whom we are entrusted with all of our heart. Through them we can feel the most rewarding joy and the most wretched pain.