Trials and Perseverance

I am absolutely CERTAIN something nutso will happen soon!  Until then, here’s another request…

“…[I’ve] lost so many important people in [my] life, maybe write how [I’ve] dealt.”

I thought this would be a difficult topic to write about, but when I started thinking about it, I realized that it wasn’t that difficult at all!

First, I’ll explain the “trials”.  Between the ages of 10 and 17 my mother, both grandmothers, my grandfather, and two uncles died.  It took me a little while to realize that this wasn’t a normal occurrence in a young person’s life.  Heck, I know people, who are my age now, that STILL haven’t lost that many people.  Add in losing my father and aunt at age 28 and you’re up to date…

This leaves me with three family members left in my life that I grew up talking to and knowing.  A sister, an aunt, and a cousin.

How I was able to deal is the question.  

It all goes back to ONE statement.  Lucky for me, it was said after my mother died when I was 10, (which was the first of the string of family loss).  This set me up for all the OTHER deaths as well.  

We’ll get back to that in a minute.  😉

I was brought up in church learning about God.  God is everything, and we can do NOTHING without Him.  He makes the rules; not us.  His plan; not ours.  These things were drilled into my head from as young as I can remember.  I’m not sure if I was told or if I concluded myself, but I also have always believed that it’s not my place to question God.

Knowing this was my upbringing and way of thinking we can get back to the “how” question.

My mother died in a car accident in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving 1993.  My sister was home with me, and my father was out on a hunting trip.  We woke up that morning and mom hadn’t come home.  Where was she??  

Then, the phone rang.

It’s all kind of a whirlwind in my head after that.  A family friend came and picked us up to take us to our grandmothers.  Someone else went to the mountain to get my father. I remember everyone was upset and I just sat on my grandmothers couch waiting for my daddy. (I was always “Daddy’s little girl”.)  

When he got there I ran outside, and he hugged me.  He had been crying.

I don’t remember at what exact point I asked, but the BIG question came out:  “Why did mom die and our aunt (who had been in the car with her) had not?”

THIS is the statement I said set me up for the rest of my life: 
*****My father said, “Your aunt still has a little baby that needs her.  You and your sister are big enough to go on without your mom.  Her (my mom) work on Earth is done, and now she will go to work for God in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Remember my church upbringing? First, I don’t argue with God.  Second, His plan; not ours. Third, Who can argue with that??!?

It took me many years to realize that THIS was why I was able to make it through my teenage years “somewhat normal”.  (lol)  Once I realized it, I did go back and thank my father for those AWESOME words.  He was very thankful I did. (Aren’t we all afraid we are messing our kids up, and NEED those words of confirmation??)

So, I guess the answer to the question is GOD!!!  😉  Bet you didn’t see that coming.  God worked through my daddy, and He got ME through.  I could not be more appreciative.  

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Death is only hard for the living. It does not hurt God’s feelings to bring His children home, and the people who go to be with God are WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better off! We are never sad for the person who dies; we are sad for ourselves, because we know we will miss them. We need to take comfort that God knows what He’s doing and that we don’t need to know. 🙂 How much simpler is life if we just let go and live!!! Trust.***

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Rainy Days

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I love rainy days.  (It’s a good thing, too, because we have been having a LOT of them, lately.)  Soft rain, hard rain, heavy rain, windy rain, steady rain, or stormy rain; I love rain!

Speaking of stormy rain…  I have, recently, found myself in multiple conversations with people regarding God and storms.  In my Bible readings over the past year, I have found that it seems God does travel quite a bit in storm clouds.  🙂  

Maybe THIS is why I have always LOVED rain, and I will take a thunderstorm any day(s) of the week!

They are comforting.  They are calming.  They help things grow.  My three year old tells me, EVERY TIME it rains now, that God makes it rain so the flowers can grow (this is something they have taught him at school and he is VERY eager to share the things he learns).  Rain, also, cleans things…washes the dirt RIGHT off…

See where I am going with this?? 

If we will let Him, GOD will wash OUR dirt away.  It doesn’t matter how dirty we think we are; no job is too tough for Him!  HE will leave us calm and comforted and DEFINITELY with growth.

So…  I believe it’s safe to say…  GOD IS IN THE CLOUDSS!!!!  😉  Watch for Him; talk to Him.  Be comforted, and know that He is always with us when we need Him.  All we have to do is ASK.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7***

I know the lessons haven’t been very CRAZY lately, but I’m SURE something exciting will happen SOON!  😉

Every Day a Holiday

I believe I absolutely LOVE this blog!!

Go ahead and laugh- but one of my favorite things about being married is that I have someone to celebrate with 24/7. My Husband is constantly reminding me of how blessed we are and how beautiful life is. The Word tells us that because we have life in Him, we can find joy and celebrate! Because of this we can make light of our struggles and find a reason to celebrate daily. Since getting married last August I feel as though my Husband and I celebrate something everyday. Our celebrations vary from making a fun dinner together at home, going out to get ice cream together, dancing anywhere & everywhere together (literally, we are that couple), or just goofing around constantly. Life is a celebration and together every day is a holiday. Today I want to encourage you to find a way to make your day a holiday. Do something…

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True Story: My Life

“A day in your life threw your eyes… How do you accomplish everything that you do and still remain somewhat ‘normal’…”

That was it! The only response. So, now you have to read it!

Let’s break it up into three parts, shall we??

Part One: “A day in your life threw your eyes…”

Wake up 4:30am (when my husband’s alarm goes off). Sometimes I roll over and go back to sleep; sometimes I get up, and I go talk to him while he gets ready to head out. Sometimes I can’t get back to sleep so I read or blog. 😉

My alarm goes off at 7:00am. I may, or I may not get up. 😉 The kids are usually in my room by 7:30am. Baby snuggle buddies are the BEST!! This, of course, makes it even HARDER to get out of bed…

On a normal day we get up, shower, eat, and get school lunch ready. Then, we drop the Big Man at school. The baby and I then run errands, clean, or lay around. 🙂 It all just depends on what needs to be done and how I feel that day.

We go to school pick up, and then we head home (or to the Botanical Gardens, park or beach). More playing is usually involved.

We start fixing dinner before Daddy gets home, so it’s ready when Daddy gets here (this is on an ideal day…not EVERY day).

Daddy comes home; we eat; we hang out for a while. Then, it’s bath and bed for the boys. The old folks (the husband and I) may stay up for a LITTLE while to hang out, but normally we head to bed shortly after the boys to watch TV there… We are often asleep by 10ish. I know it’s sad, but we are getting old!!!

Add a couple church visits in there a couple times a week… A ship visit, if we are lucky, on duty days; the boys LOVE that. And as I explained in a previous blog, Saturdays are becoming Bass Pro Shop days. 🙂

Part Two: “How do you accomplish everything that you do…”

It’s nothing special. Just, having fun with the kids; TRYING to keep the house decent; loving my family. 🙂 If it means I have to mow the grass, take out the trash, host 10 extra kids, or paint the house myself to make them happen, THEN SO BE IT!!!! 🙂

I guess the real QUESTION was how do I get everything done though… I usually don’t. 🙂 I do what I can, and I leave the rest for tomorrow.

(Goes along nicely! http://beyondblessedblog.com/2013/05/31/a-little-jesus/)

Part Three: “…and still remain somewhat ‘normal’…”

We really enjoy getting out and having fun. I do my best to make sure we have time to do that. I love my babies and my Sailor. Ship duty is a real bummer after, having him on land for 3 1/2 years, so we HAVE to make the best out of the time we have. 🙂

I remain “somewhat ‘normal'” because these are all things I WANT to do. It goes back to previous blogs about CHOOSING to make your life happy and joy-filled. I don’t ALWAYS want to take out the trash and mow the grass, but if it means when Daddy gets home he gets more time to play with the boys, or if it means we get to go out and do something fun together, it’s WELL worth it!!!

I prioritize what my main goals are, (to go to the beach, or to go to the movies with ALL my boys) and then I figure out the steps to get that goal. I don’t look at them as chores; I look at them as stepping stones to my fun time!!

If you are focusing on the ultimate happy goal; the in between stuff is a lot less taxing. 😉 Therefore, it leaves you “somewhat ‘normal'”. (As opposed to being annoyed with the in between, because you can’t see the ultimate happy goal. Thus, leaving you crazy and/or aggravated.)

I’ve begun to rant so I must go now. 🙂

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Work hard, but also, PLAY HARD!! There has to be BOTH. Also, be sure to use your work and play time WISELY. 😉 ***

Now, I’m off to finish cleaning and shampoo the carpets, (so when the husband gets home tomorrow we can have a fun-filled THREE DAY weekend without worrying about the junk). 😉

What to Blog about??

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I have nothing to say!!!  Can you believe it!!!  Maybe it’s because I talked to my sister for 2 1/2  hours today, and I am all talked out??  

Nah….

I read, somewhere on here, that every once in a while I should ask YOU what YOU want to read about???

This worries me a bit, but here goes!!  The floor is open!!!

 

It’s the Golden RULE; it’s not the Golden YOU, YOU, YOU

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I was doing a little trim painting around the house and started thinking.  I know, I know; I will be careful.

I often hear people talk about the reason they don’t do things for others being that others don’t do nice things for them.  

Let’s ponder this…

~Matthew 7:12- “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”~

Nowhere in there does it say, “Do to others as they do to you”.  

How did we come to this way of thinking??

 Just imagine what the world would be like if more of us treated people how we wanted to be treated (presumably with respect and kindness), instead of treating them with the disregard others have shown us in the past.  

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: we need to treat others how we WANT to be treated, not how we have BEEN treated. Unless it’s nice.***

Thank you and have a nice day.  😉

Hope

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Due to yesterdays events I have decided to postpone my initial post for today. Instead I want to talk about one word. Hope. Disastrous events like yesterday’s tornadoes in Moore remind me of this one word. Hope.

 We have hope for what the Lord will do in and through such tragic events.
We find hope in the fact that the community comes together.
We find hope knowing there is a new tomorrow.
We have hope that the Lord will heal the hurt.
We hope that those who are no longer with us are dancing with Jesus.
We have hope in the blessings to come.
We find hope in His coming Promise.

 What is your hope in? Things of this earth? Or in the Promise of the Lord? The tornadoes and damage from yesterday are devastating. But the man in the video below says it better than I could myself. “The…

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