Daily Encourgement, Life in General

All Saints Day

In honor of All Saints Day, here are the Eight Beatitudes as a reminder of how to attain happiness. I hope you all have a blessed day.

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven
  2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
  3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
  4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
  5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  6. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
  8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Lord, make us all instruments of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, let us sow pardon; where there is doubt, let us show faith; where there is despair, let us have hope; where there is darkness, replace it with light; and where there is sadness, replace it with hope. I pray that we can especially offer love to all, forgiveness where needed, and mercy to all in our paths today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Anything Goes, Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Wifehood

The Woman God Created

God perfectly describes how He created a woman to be in Proverbs 31. I know a few women in my ‘circle’ who have many, if not most, of these qualities. I pray every day that I can have these qualities as well. God bless woman everywhere ♥

mom

Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood

Love is…….

Every day, hour, even every minute, there is something in our lives that we should be thankful for. Love is the best thing we can do for anyone.

love-is-patient

Life in General, Wifehood

Memories and A Tree

There’s a tree out in the back yard that never has been broken by the wind, and the reason it’s still standing is it’s strong enough to bend — Tanya Tucker

An oldie but a goodie…..

A song from back in my childhood….dead give away to my age 🙂 Ah, but the song brings back good memories. A great song, one that I would sit and replay 100 times or more.

Where I live, I have a long drive to get to town to do any shopping, doctor’s visits, visiting my in-laws, etc. etc. All the many years ago when we bought our current, the one thing I look forward to seeing during every drive into town is (has always been) a big, beautiful tree on the side of the road — even my children know it’s my favorite tree! I have pictures of it, but don’t want to go through my photos at this point. I’ve watched that tree change over the years, but every year I’ve watched in bloom in the springtime. Like me, that tree has aged (although it is older than me!). Like me, that tree has matured over the years. Like me, that tree has hung tough through the storms that have occurred in the past nine years.

When I drive by that tree I am awestruck by the sheer beauty, the unwavering strength, and and its’ ability to withstand all the storms it has endured. The tree reminds me much of my own journey. My husband and I are still going after all of our hardships, ups and downs. We have come through the storms. Like that tree, I pray that our marriage will continue to grow and thrive.

 

Life in General

Kids or Puppies….2 or 4 Legged Little Things To Be Loved

My husband and I talked about this.

After our last round with a puppy, we decided on no more animals,

but…….

I stopped at a garage sale the other day and magnets (otherwise known as puppies) drew his attention. He brought one over to me as I was looking through some baby clothes for my nephew. She was the cutest little brown puppy and my first response was….

“No, your dad will be mad if we bring that dog home.”

“Oh Mom, please..we can take him to papa’s so he can train him. Papa won’t care because we can train her into a hunting dog.”

“Uh-uh….no way. Your dad will be mad. We already said no more animals.” But she was so soft and furry and brown…… “Well, maybe papa would like a hunting dog…”

Needless to say, we ended up bringing the little snuggle bunny home…

and….

Yes! My husband and I argued over it for 3 days!

But…..

She has a home now. I made her a bed out of jean pieces sewn together like a pillowcase and stuffed with some scrap stuffing — got the idea from my father-in-law 😉

Today, I took her in for her shots and she did wonderfully. I also bought her a pink and orange collar 🙂

The kids haven’t been able to leave her alone. She is loved ♥

ruthie

Life in General

To The Boy I Used to Love

Yes, that may sound weird, but it’s a good one.

I promise.

Many years ago (okay by some standards maybe not many –18 to be exact) I dated a young man and we proceeded to have two children together. We made somewhat of a life together –as much as we could anyway, we were only 17 and 18 when we had our first child. We were young, selfish, immature…you know, just teenagers. We didn’t know anything, but we thought we knew it all. Eventually, we parted ways due to many reasons I’m sure, but mainly because…..well, who the heck knows? As I said, we didn’t know anything, but we thought we knew it all. So, four years and two kids later, we broke up and went our separate ways.

Whatever it was, I have never regretted it because we got two beautiful, wonderful children out of it. I loved him as much as my young heart allowed.

Since then, we moved on. We grew up, made lives for ourselves, got married, and had more children. He’s no longer a boy, but a man. A man with heartaches. A man with life experience. A man that has loved someone deeply. A man with joy in his life.

And I am no longer a girl, but a woman. A woman with heartaches. A woman with life experience. A woman that loves someone deeply. A woman with joy in my life. We both have overcome obstacles. We both have experienced triumphs and failures.

However, despite what happened back then between us, I don’t wish ill on him. We have two children together and for that reason he will always hold a special place in my heart. Have I been angry with him over the years? Well, of course, I have. Could things have been different over the years between us, different in a way that we could actually communicate about our children? Most definitely. Has the road that we’ve been on (raising those two children in two different homes as in he and I split up not the boys split up) been rough? That’s a resounding yes! Could we both be more forgiving, more respectful, show more kindness to one another? Absolutely. Will it ever happen that way? I honestly don’t know.

I really can’t even explain the kind of relationship we have now other than it’s one in which we very seldom communicate.

But regardless of the lack of communication, we still have two children together. Through them, I have learned of some heartache he has endured. As I said, we both got married and had more children. A few years ago, the same month that one of my children was born, his wife passed away. And now, just a month or so ago, one of the children he and his deceased wife had together got diagnosed with cancer. These two pieces of information broke my heart, seriously broke my heart. I cried for days, weeks even. I still cry. But, this isn’t about me. It’s about what I would like him to know.

So, without further ado……

I want him to know that I am truly sorry for the loss of his wife. As far as I could tell, she made him happy, but she also loved our two boys with an honest heart…the heart of a mother way before she became a mother to her own children. She accepted our boys with a open heart, a ready smile, and a warm embrace. For that I will always be thankful.

I also want to say that my prayers are with his little boy as well as the rest of the family. My family says prayers for all of them every night before we tuck the kids into bed. God bless their family.