Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Our lives

My first thought has been mulling around in my head since before Mother's Day.  I'm just going to say that I struggle with that day in general.  Is it nice that we take a day to honor our mothers? Yes, it is, BUT, I can't say that I enjoy the day.  It seems lately, that God has put some women in my life who are unable to have children, have had miscarriages or babies they have lost.  I will admit, when the pastor of our church told all the women (not just moms) to stand up so he could pray for all us, I cried for the women I knew who hurt on this day.  I don't know why God chose me to be a mom, there are so many women who would do it better than I do, but He did.  I am thankful for that, but it doesn't diminish how I hurt for other women.  So, next year as you are celebrating a mom, remember those ladies whom God has seen fit to be single or married with no children, and pray that He will give them peace and joy as they seek His will for them in the path He has chosen for them.

Next.  Speaking of children.  Update on Miss E.  She is now 2.5 years old.  She is the spitting image of her dad and acts like him also.  I already see the engineering brain coming out and her memory is uncanny.  If you tell her something, you better follow through because she will remind you.  We have to keep her occupied, she does not like to be bored.  I think reading books is her favorite pastime.  She grabs her tool box and likes to "help" dad with the shed that he is building, however she takes very good care of her dolls and stuffed animals.  Those things are finally receiving names, instead of dog, kitty, baby, etc.   We bought a piano recently for me, (it's so nice) and she puts on her tutu/ruffled skirt and dances while I play.  She did get two things from me......a short temper and I learned last night, while spending time with some friends, how bossy she can be to other kids. Yikes.  She is a joy to us and keeps us very busy.

Mr. E is extremely busy at work.  You would think that with oil prices not being the greatest that things would slow down, but it is just the opposite.  His boss has a lot of confidence in him, so he is put on many projects and committees to figure out different problems.  The better the worker, the more work you get!  The man never stops and is also taking on lots of projects at home.  He's such a great guy, taking care of "his girls" well.

I am still just trying to keep up with both Mr. E and Miss E. Between the two of them I never have a dull moment.  Life is about to change again with the addition of new little one, so I am gearing up for that change.  Otherwise, things don't change much for me.

We found a church that we have been able to plug into. It is a smaller church and I am enjoying it. I had forgotten how nice it is to really know the people that you go to church with.  It has been such a blessing to have like minded people in our lives who have been helping to sharpen us spiritually.  It has felt like being part of a true church family again.

There is a mini update on us, it is time to really begin the day.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

It is Well

I'll begin by saying last year was a tough one for me.  I can't necessarily put my finger on it, but I know that spiritually, it was a desert season for me.  There were lots of personal changes too.  Moving again, thankfully only a few blocks from our rental home, total remodel of the purchased home, adjusting to life with a two year old. (I think as they grow, it is a constant adjustment!) Some traveling thrown in there, medical issues with some family members, changing churches, and altogether too many changes and too much chaos for someone who likes order and everything going to HER plan.

Late in the year, I finally realized that instead of focusing on everything happening around me, I should be focusing on the Lord.  I know, duh, but I'm not a quick learner.  At the beginning of this year, the Lord reminded me of one of my favorites hymns.  It is Well with My Soul.  I have been listening to the Tyler Dodds, Songs for the Church, version of it for the past couple of weeks, non-stop.  (You can find it on ITunes.) It has really helped me focus, understanding that no matter what is going on around me, whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well with my soul.  Nothing else matters.  I get so caught up in fixing, what I deem is an issue or a problem, that I sometimes miss what the Lord may be trying to teach me or show me, in the refining process of making me more like Him.  I expect obedience and submission from my daughter, and He expects it from me also.  I'm no different than a child, because that's who I am, His child.

I am going to try to keep this phrase in the forefront of my mind throughout this year.  I know for certain that it will be a crazy one again, it's already proven to be one!  :)