About

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Welcome to my blog!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’m glad you’re here!

I’m a wife, a mom, an educator, and just an everyday kind of gal trying to live with peace, gratitude and joy.

 Life is quite the journey, isn’t it?

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Twists and turns and off-roading at any given time.  My life has certainly felt a little like off-roading these past few years.

Maybe you can relate.

My husband and I served together as pastors for 25 years.  That doesn’t mean my life has been full of sweet cherub choirs and praying all day (although there have been times when that might have been the best course of action for me)!  For certain, it has been a life full of blessings and challenges.

Sometimes, life gets bumpy and messy even inside the church.  Can I get an amen!

We are now at the start of a new adventure! We are setting out with a world of possibilities  ahead.  Who knows where it will take us.  But, I’m excited to see!

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How do you walk through life when life gets messy and complicated and you feel like you might should have just stayed in the house and pulled the shades?

My kids are my biggest treasure!

They have provided me with plenty of laughter and love.

 But not a single blessed one is of a compliant nature. Hmmmm. Well, that has left me scratching my head and counting to ten on more than one occasion over the last 20 years!

How could three little darlings test my very sanity and my self-confidence in one fell swoop?

And let’s throw in a hefty dose of homeschooling for good measure! That ought to make for some interesting days….

Oh, who am I kidding…..months and years!

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How do you walk through life when life gets messy and complicated and you feel like you might should have just stayed in the house and pulled the shades?

What do you do when a crisis of such magnitude hits your family with such force that the only thing you can do is cry rivers of tears and circle the wagons?

What do you do when all you want to do is flee instead of fight?

You have no warning and everything you know to be true burns to ashes in moments.  People can be cruel.

That is life.

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BUT

I also know that wonderful people are in our lives to become tangible expressions of love to us when that is what we really need the very most.

Without that, my journey would not be complete.

My journey is one of crises, hard days, things that won’t ever make sense, and days full of depression and anxiety stumbling through the shadowlands.

BUT,

then again, my journey would not be complete without the

miracles

peace

joy

gratitude

answered prayers

and regained faith.

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In the words of the country music singer Gary Allan,

“Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.”

And that is what I’ve come to believe deep down.

Life sometimes takes a turn through some ugly terrain and you can’t see around the bend but, if you just hang on a little longer, the road will smooth out and the view gets more beautifully breath-taking with time.

I often say some questions will never have answers. And even if they did, they wouldn’t be good enough.

So, I choose to focus on the BEAUTY that has come from the pain. My journey is learning how to live with peace and gratitude. We are all still here and together. The scars have become beautiful reminders of grace in the ugly.

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And we fiercely have each others’ backs in this family.

Nothing can take away the consequences that come from the ugly, selfish, horrible hard that one of my treasures had to endure for two and a half years alone and in silence from the hand of a trusted authority figure.  

There is nothing quite like betrayal by those you thought were friends…with life-altering ramifications. 

We still feel the reverberations from the shock waves of such betrayal and abuse. But, I stand in the middle of a miracle and watch as the broken is mended and the jagged pieces are lovingly put back together.

Not just slapped together, but carefully put together with such grace and divine creativity that all you can do is sit back and watch with a big ‘ole cheesy grin and a grateful heart.

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So, there you have it.

Perhaps you can relate in some way.

I’m not perfect.

I’m not super fancy.

But I love beautiful things…..as long as I can get a good deal! Lately, thrift stores are my ally and books are my escape.

God has been good and we even got a darn cute Bichon puppy in the mix (which we lovingly call our PTSD dog)! She is the fourth baby I will never have and has healed our hearts in ways I could never have imagined.

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I would love for you to follow me and share this blog with friends.  I imagine we can learn a lot together, you and me!

I look forward to sitting down and chatting on the porch. I don’t drink coffee but I’ll bring my chai.

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SO,

why don’t you stop on by and we’ll talk about life and how we can enjoy this beautiful ride.

 I certainly don’t have all the answers

but

life can be sweet and perhaps wisdom can even stop by.

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