Thursday, July 28, 2011

Debt Limit Feud is Ridiculous

This is ridiculous. Our politicians are toying with the entire world economy. I doubt there is any really good reason to not come to some compromise. It is not about Republican or Democrat, it is about the people.
I propose that they do not get a pay check until they fix this problem. I bet they would have a resolution tonight.

Choice to Lay Down Our Lives

Sheri and kids climb a sand dune to video her husband and son riding ATVs
It is a moment by moment choice to lay down my life for my family.

I am called by God to be a wife and mother and so I take that calling seriously.  The love that I have inside for my children is such a deep love, one that can only come from the heart of God. 

            I knew it was real love when I even loved their cry,
            I even loved their poopy diapers.

In our travels I miss out on a lot of activities that once I would have enjoyed.  I don't always get to kayak across the lake or down the river.  I don't always get to four wheel for hours to a hidden meadow and spend time alone with my dear husband.

But, instead I get to climb the smaller boulders with my wee ones.  I get the privilege to watch them when they splash in the water or hike down the shorter trail.
Pregnant Sheri plays on the beach with her kids while others kayak the big ocean waves
Reality is that I don't miss out on a thing, in fact, I have such a wonderful time when all my children and husband can do activities together. 

We don't miss out on anything.

I still get to spend wonderful time with my hubby, maybe not on a weekend getaway, but in the morning when we sit outside the camper, reading our bibles together, sipping coffee as we sit at the base of a mountain or by a glimmering lake.
Sheri and Shae enjoy the views in Ridgway Colorado

Put the kids to bed on time and dear Shae and I get to snuggle in bed, too exhausted to go anywhere, and watch a movie or read a book together. 

No, I don't miss out on anything by giving up my rights or my "old" desires....I have gained a much better life, just like Jesus promised I would.
The whole family have a great time at Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado

Monday, July 25, 2011

Caretaker part 1

I don't want to draw attention to myself.  I wasn't the one in pain.  Shae needed all the attention.  It was about him.  I don't need pity or want to seem selfish, yet I must bring up that the caretaker of an ill or elderly person has many needs.

It is hard to see a loved one in so much pain.  I watched him struggle day after day.  I remembered the hope I had for our life.  I had hope of happiness and good times; a young couple ready to take on all life brought to us.  Yet, the last thing we expected was Trigeminal Neuralgia.

In sickness and in health.

beauty in harsh conditions
Could our marriage survive this?

Can you believe that my love for my hurting spouse actually grew ever day?  It did.  And, I hope to share with you, over the next months, exactly how we both over came the horrendous disorder.

I learned to find little things in every day to be thankful for. There was much to feel sad or let down about and those feelings are valid.  It is a matter of not focusing on those feelings for too long and instead remember the small blessings in every day.

Who Do They Say That I Am?

Let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Do I glorify God in my home?

Do I glorify God with my mouth when my children are naughty?

Does grace and love flow from my lips?

I am happy to say it does. My love for God overflows out of my heart to my husband and children. 

I can only hope that my children will rise up and call me blessed as Proverbs 31 says.

I am not perfect in this area and do have room for improvement.

Are you a blessing? Will they say that about you?

If you aren't sure, ask God to help you.