Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Inaugural Speech Fact


The longest inaugural speech was given by William H. Harrison, and was 8,445 words long; the shortest by George Washington, was just 135 words long.

Click on these links to read: George Washington's Second Inaugural Address

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Annoyed With My Husband

I have to be honest with you; I do get annoyed with my husband sometimes.  There are moments that he makes no sense to me.  

Something that seems so obvious to me is totally foreign to him.

At these moments I find myself getting impatient and wanting to lash out in unkind way such as sharp words or looks on my face that show my displeasure.

This is when I have to make a serious choice.
I can either chose to be forgiving and patient or rude and nasty.

I have learned that I can be assertive with my needs and concerns without being offensive or defensive.

For example, this morning we were leaving the motel in Story City, Iowa.  After 8 weeks in northern Wisconsin, we were ready to head home to our camper we left in southern Missouri.  It had been a long night on the road yesterday.  There was the huge snow storm in the north and the roads had been icy.  My husband had to really concentrate to keep us safe in such hazardous conditions.

We finally stopped in Story City, Iowa at a Comfort Inn around midnight.  Some of the kids woke up when we entered the motel room, ready to have fun.  Shae was exhausted from the intense driving conditions and just wanted to shower and go to bed.

Kids woke up ready to play at the motel How rational that is, I am not sure.  Six kids in one motel room, after a long drive, isn't exactly the atmosphere for quiet!

Some kids fell right back to sleep, while others were ready to party!

I'm not sure what time it was when we were all finally asleep, but I am thinking it was close to 2am.

We had to get up early to get on the road.  Shae, my husband, had to do some work on his laptop before we headed out.  The kids and I ate the continental breakfast while he worked.  Then, we brought him food to the room so he could finish the work.

I noticed he seemed grouchy and short tempered.  His eyes looked red and his forehead creased.  He had a headache, and a pretty good one from the looks of it.

Now, as we were loading up and trying to get going in the frigid temperatures, Shae kept making mistakes.  He put the diaper bag on top of the DVD player.  He asked Cody to do something that just didn't make sense to any of us and then Shae was grumpy about it! He didn't seem to be thinking through leaving the motel room in an efficient manner like he usually does.

At this point, I was tempted to say something about him needing to settle down.  Can you imagine how that would have gone over?!  That comment would have just made him angrier!  Thank goodness I didn't do that.

Instead, I chose to be patient and understanding.  I did pull the DVD player out from under the diaper bag.  I reminded him of a better way to take care of the chore that he had wanted Cody to do that didn't make sense.

I chose to remember that his head hurt and he needed an understanding wife more than a nagging woman.

I don't always make the right choice.  Sometimes I am not as understanding as I should be.  I am learning though.

There is a balance between not letting someone be unnecessarily rude to us and doing as the bible says "Love covers a multitude of sin".

Being sick or wore out does not give us right to be rude or unloving to those we love the most.  Yet, I believe that we need to be understanding and loving when someone we love and care about is hurting or in a weak state.

Shae is driving right now.  His head feels a little better.  His eyes are still red and puffy but he says the ibuprofin helped.  I am trying to keep the kids from yelling in the back seat.  They are not yelling angry, just having lots of fun.  I am trying to teach them to love their father and respect him.  They can show their love and respect by caring that he has a headache.  This attitude is taught to children, it does not always come naturally.

Our response to our husbands are watched closely and mimicked by our children and those around us.  If the kids see us impatient and disrespectful to their father, they will be.  They see if we roll our eyes or walk away frustrated.

It is the hard path to chose to be loving, although it gets easier and easier the more I chose it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Letting Go of Certain Relationships

I find myself to be extremely relationship driven.  

Sometimes to the point of suffering and feeling extreme rejection.  

As a woman, mother, child of God, I desire positive relationships with those around me.  

Yet, at what cost?  

I have to always remind myself that my relationship to God, my husband, and then my children come first.  Those are the most important.  Next comes other family and believers in Christ.

Next is everyone else.

There are some relationships that need to end. 

I grieve for those just as I believe God does for those that reject a relationship with Him.

I will pray for those that reject and persecute me for who I am and who I am not.

But I must not compromise who God has made me.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who Am I?

The longer I am a wife and mother, the farther away I get from the person I used to be.  But, society makes it seem like this is a bad thing.  I look back to who I was before my husband and children and I don't want to go back to those days.  Over the past 19 years I have become a better person; kinder and gentler, more thoughtful and caring.  I have become stronger in spirit and body, yet weaker in the sense of realizing my limitations in knowledge and wisdom. Farragut State Park Idaho
My parents planted seeds of goodness, kindness, hard working, and love.  Yet, it has taken many years for tthose seeds to grow – and still have much more to mature.
There is so much in this world I do not know and never will.  But, as a woman, mother, and wife, I finally feel like I am getting the hang of this.  I find that things I once didn't have an answer for, I am able to handle quickly and decisively. 

I don't feel I have lost myself in being a wife and mother, in fact, I have found the best me, the best parts of my inmost being have come out and hopefully, over time, the bad will be totally gone.

Finding fulfillment in my daily life, in who I am today, not who I once was, or who I am apart from my husband and children, is so important - in fact vital to my existence.  It is who I am now, today that matters.  I am a woman; strong and sure; smart and talented; wise yet humble.  I am at my best when I am fulfilling my daily life and walking in joy within my home.
Sheri sits on bull in chutes at ranch in Texas

Finding "ourselves" can be the best adventure ever.  There is such freedom in being who God made you to be.  God is a fun God and has great plans for us.  

I had a blast being "me" as I sat on a bull at a ranch in Texas!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Am Running For President!

My kids think I am hilarious. 

Mom as President!?

You should have seen their faces when I made the announcement. I had to repeat myself a few times. Then, after all of the shock and awe, my husband just shook his head and smiled.

As much as we giggle when we talk about my latest escapade...I do have a sense of seriousness. I feel our country is lacking in a basic knowledge of our government, judicial practices, world politics, and the political process of our country.

It starts with my admission of ignorance. I am 37 years old and do not know enough about our government and nation. Yet, I feel it is my duty to get educated.

So, I say let's join together on this mission of wisdom. We can join hands as a nation, not under a political party, but as citizens of the United States of America, and learn as much as we can about our government.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I Can't Believe How Hairy I Am!

I decided to go to the bath house for a shower. I usually shower in our camper. People have offered for me to use their home for a shower, when we stay with them, but I tell them very politely, no thank you. I don't expect them to pack up their shower stuff and take one in my camper! My camper is my home. I shower in my home just like you do yours. But, I just decided I wanted harder water pressure and thought I would head for the shower house.

Well, the water pressure wasn't much better. I kind of got grossed out when I saw hair on the floor, and it wasn't mine. I decided I am going to clean the shower house this week. But anyways, I am so excited! I not only washed my hair, but my body, too! Then, I shaved not only under my arms but my legs, too. Now, not only around my ankles, but all the way up.....yes, past my knees even.....up to the top! Hold on now, I even washed my body with soap.

I know, you are jealous. To not only wash my hair and body, but to even shave my underarms and legs all in one shower! I am so lucky! (Actually, I don't believe in luck.) 

Those of you who have babies can totally relate. 
Those of you who have lots of kids can identify with what I am saying. 
Those of you who have a baby, and lots of kids, and live in a camper, are looking at your legs right now thinking how you wish you could do what I did today!

I don't think my family even recognized me!
Wow, the wonders of soap, water, and a razor. I feel like a new woman. 

Oh, by the way, I didn't use a man razor. I used one made for women! 
That was a treat. Although, I think my husband used it on his neck recently.
I'll not dwell on that!

I am going to go climb in my bed now and feel the soft sheets on my not so hairy legs.

Good night!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Frustration Cycle

So often I react.  Instead of responding, I react to the situation.  That happened today.  One child hurt the other.  I scolded the aggressor, which wasn't wrong, but I did it in the wrong tone of voice.  I noticed the one that got hurt saw my frustration and began to get frustrated.  

I knew I needed to use a nicer tone, firm, but not frustrated.  I needed to set the example of forgiveness and gentleness when wronged.  I know it is ok to have emotion.  I don't like seeing any of my children hurt.  But, my reaction needs to be different.

I wonder how often we react to things instead of respond.  Something to think about....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pt. 2 I've Never Been So Hairy in my Life!

Why did I never think of this?  I guess I should have a long time ago.  

You see, it's not that I want to be hairy.  I don't think it is attractive to have long hair on my legs and under my arms.  It's just that I don't have much free time anymore.  I can't seem to do it all, so my hairy legs get the short end of the stick.

Now that baby is one year old, I hope to have a little bit more time to tend to other things besides him as well as my other five children.  My husband isn’t sick anymore and he seems to be helping with the children more than he used to, so hopefully I will have more time. 

I was at my mother's house camping in her driveway recently and she brought out this electric razor to show Hanna.  She can use it in the shower or out.  What a great idea?!

Last weekend I went to the grocery store and bought an electric razor.  It works great!  I sat on the bed and shaved both legs without water or soap.  I just ran it up my legs and done!

I couldn't believe how long a few of the hairs were!  Yikes!  But now I hope to keep the hair short.  It should be much easier now that I have my electric razor.  And by the way, I am not getting paid to say all of this.  Although if someone wants to pay me, I'll take the money!  He He

It is hard to shave well in the small camper shower.  The lighting isn’t the best so many hairs are missed.  Sometimes I shave outside with a bucket of water to rinse the razor.  Now, maybe I won’t have to do that.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

How Do I Get Patience?

I have heard so many people say, "Don't pray for patience.  Then God will give you hard times to make you more patient."  I know those people are joking, somewhat.  Still, I do pray for patience.  I believe that I have the Holy Spirit inside of me.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Self Control.  So, I believe that I have all the patience I can ever need right inside of me.  So, how do I get it out?  Prayer, choices, tapping into that deep sense of peace and patience, endurance and faithfulness.  I pray, "Lord, help me walk in the fruit the Spirit which you have placed inside of me."

Now, I'm sure everyone that I know would tell you I am a very patient person, yet not perfectly patient.  That is why I am writing about patience.  Lately, my patience has been running thin.  I don't seem to have the time to really answer the ones I love in the most loving way that I could.  I need to take more time for an appropriate response.  I know I have been short with my dear hubby.  I just need to get some major projects done before we can move in our camper again.  

Once I get that done, it will be better.......but what about today.  

Do I sacrifice today for tomorrow?  

What if there is no tomorrow?  

Or what if tomorrow is as crazy as today was?  

I need to remember that I will never have today again.  I know I got a lot done, but did I sacrifice the patience I needed to have for my loved ones for completing a project?

Yikes, I guess I am setting myself straight.....I will try to apply it to tomorrow....


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Time for Me?

solitude in the mountains - can we have it in our hearts - in the midst of turmoil?

I'm not sure what to write for this one.  

How do I find time for me?

I am at a point in my life where I am happy to be mom and wife.  I love to do a good job 

at both of these.  I find my joy and fulfillment in taking care of my husband and children.  

Yet, to be even better at it, I know I need to find a little time for myself.  It will help me to be rested and refreshed.  So, how on earth do I find the time?

I will give you a few examples:

I take a myself
I put the kids to bed and lay across my own bed and breathe deeply for five myself
I go myself
I get up a little before everyone else and myself

It doesn't have to be some huge outing that is so hard to accomplish that I never get to be "by myself".  I just take little moments here and there and enjoy the silence and then they all run in and I enjoy the chatter.  I don't get to go on shopping trips with girlfriends or a weekly date with my husband.  Yet, I find moments and times to be alone and with the many I love.

We all have a tendency to make things complicated.

Simplify.  How can you refresh right this minute and not live for the future moment you can do it?  Find ways in your life right now to be alone, let a moment of stillness be enough to restore your soul for hours.

This is good.  It works for me. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Do I Lose Myself?

It seems like I just don't have a bunch of time to be a woman.  
My time is torn between being a wife and a mother. 
I don't feel like I don't know who I am. 

I feel like I am being the best I can be by fulfilling my calling to be a wife and mother. 

That is who I am.  

That is who I will always be. 

I hope when I die that people will remember me as just that, a good wife and a good mother, maybe even a good friend.  

I don't remember who I used to be, but is that bad?  

I think I am a better person now.  I don't want to go back to who I was. 

I want to move forward and continually change and mold myself to who God wants me to be.

I know I must find time for little things; a woman's razor, a little make up, a sexy smile for my husband.  

I will try to find moments to remember that in being a mom and a wife I am all woman.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I Am A Woman -poem by Sheri

I am a woman and proud of it! 
I have always felt that people try to make our boys into girls. I think we should let our boys be boys. Let them run and be wild. Let them conquer the tree in the back yard. Let them make gross jokes, at appropriate times, and be strange.

What about our men? Are we trying to make them into women? Women want them to act like us, talk like us, be like us. Let our men be men!

But now, I think us women need to take womanhood back. I think society in general has tried for years to take away the most basics of a woman's character and identity. We have enough to deal with, much less trying to be something we are not. Let me tell you what women are....

We are strong
We are weak
We are right
-and we are wrong
We can do it
We need help
We see things that others don't
We feel things that others can't
We need
We provide
We love
We hate
We cry, weep, and mourn
We rejoice, leap for joy, and smile till our face hurts
We desire
We let go of the things we want
We put others first
We give and help and sacrifice
-until we can't anymore
We work hard at everything we do
We know how to enjoy our work
We get tired
We don't stop
We learn to rest
We learn to slow down
We can do it
We can't
We are women
We are special
We are amazing
We are life givers
We are created
-and We create
We are here and not leaving anytime soon....

Written by a Woman named Sheri