You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words, that matter. Nicholas Sparks - The Rescue

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Many Blessings

When I stop to think about this I think about what a friend of mine said one day.  She said something along the lines of this: If I weighed all my blessing and all my trials, the blessings would definitely outweigh the trials. Of course, it’s been many years and this may not be exactly accurate, but the meaning is still there.

So, I think about my blessings and there are too many to name. 

I have been blessed by God and have been given two amazingly wonderful children.  I can always count on them for a laugh and wonderful entertainment.  The dances and songs lighten the mood like nothing else can.  

Most people only get to say that have one set of parents.  I have been fortunate enough to be given two.  

My mama and daddy have instilled from the beginning of my life the motto of working hard and doing your best no matter what life throws at you.  They taught me to appreciate good food, great music and laughter.

My mom and dad have been with me through this second part of my life. They have helped me raise my kids and stood by me through the pain even when others said they shouldn’t.  

My BFF….what can I say. She probably knows more about me than anyone. I can tell her anything and not fear ridicule.  She listens to me rant, laughs with me, cries with me and helps me forget.  I feel like I have known her forever, I only wish I had.  

My job, though not always a piece of cake, is a blessing. In a time when many people don’t have a job, I am thankful that I do.

Really, I am beyond blessed. I have more than anyone could want.  Do I have a ton of money? No. Do I have a ton of friends? No.  But do I have what I need? Of course I do.  

What are your blessings? I am sure they outweigh your trials.  And just remember…if given the choice between your trials and someone else’s you would surely choose your own.  Your blessings are yours, don’t take them for granted.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Family Christmas Parties

Don’t you just love them?

Here I was sitting at my aunt’s house waiting on the party to start.  My sister's somehow managed to weasel their way out of this event (one was working, one left early, the other may not have even known).  Relatives I see once a year are coming in and out the door with their kiddos.  (I unfortunately am missing mine as they are MIA this week).  

Everyone is catching up and, thanks to the invention of facebook this doesn’t take long.  The conversation takes a turn that I wasn’t expecting….couponing.  Really? At our Christmas party.  As I text my BFF to kill me and save me from myself the day turns to prayer and food and the couponing stories are over.  I am now thinking this is something I should look into though.  

But….the conversation after dinner takes another unsuspecting turn.  My parents, along with the other more mature adults in the room, start talking about all those people who they know who have had heart attacks, lost limbs, or met Jesus this past year.  I start giggling uncontrollably and my cousin, who I love dearly looks at me and tells me to hush.  I reply that I can’t as I am picturing us in 20 to 30 years having the same kinds of conversations as they are while my kids and grandkids sit back and laugh at us.  

What a great circle of life. J  Christmas parties… you have some great stories?