Monday, October 10, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 17

Better late than never, right!?  Today I was crazy busy playing with the kids, and Flower was home from school.  One of her friends stayed with us too!  We had fun, but this mama is tired!  

My highs and lows of the past year.

I'll start with the lows...I like ending on high notes!

Two definite lows were the 5th anniversary of my Grandmother's death, and the death of my Pa.  Both were equally as hard.  The first reminded me that life can be suddenly and tragically cut short, and that I should always take every opportunity to spend time with those I love.  The second reminded me that even when we see the inevitable end, it still is not easy, and no matter how much time we spend with those we love, it never seems enough.

One low was when Barb Wire Man was gone a lot.  His job kept him away for almost the entire week, and when he was home, he was sleeping, or had to leave soon.  I know some truck driving families who don't mind a bit when Daddy is gone...but we aren't that family.  I missed him so much, and so did the kids.  The only positive side was that it made us realize just how much we enjoy each other's company, friendship, and love.

Thankfully, there were many more high points!

Barb Wire Man has a great job, and he loves it....finally!  God really blessed him, with a boss who has the same views on family as he does, and a really, really cool truck.  Barb Wire Man has always wanted to drive a Peterbilt, and he is finally in one!

I was blessed to meet a wonderfully sweet lady at a park awhile back.  She invited me to visit her church, and I am so grateful she did.  We have found a church family where we feel welcomed, and I know we are right where God wants our family.

Little Man is potty-trained, need I say more!?

My Aggies beat Texas Tech.  (Had to throw that one in there!)

This Sunday, Flower was an acolyte at church for the first time!  My parents, and Barb Wire Man's parents came to watch her, and we were so proud.  I watched her as she walked down the church aisle to light the candles, and realized how grown up and mature she looks.  Daddy is going to have to buy a bigger gun to keep the boys at bay, I'm afraid.  My heart was so happy, I teared up a little!  The whole time I was reminded of the verse I pray over my children constantly: "I have no great joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth." (3 John 1:4)  She chose to participate in being an acolyte, because it was one way she could serve God, and be obedient to Him by helping her church.  I'm so very proud of her.

There will always be mountains, and there will always be valleys.  The question we must answer is how will we respond?  I've been through some major valleys in my life.  In fact, you could go so far as to call them chasms.  It would be so easy to just throw yourself down and shout "I GIVE UP!"

Instead, those valleys are a great time to stop, and really listen to God.  Instead of giving up, give it all up to God.  Because those are the times we learn how to really depend and rest on Him.  He loves us, and in the absolute worst times of our life He is there.  Attitude is everything.

I'll get off that soap box I occasionally pull out!  I pray each of you has a wonderful week!  Be blessed!

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes it might not seem like, but I think there are always more highs than lows in our life. Sometimes we just have to let go of the lows to see the highs. Great post!


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