I was wondering what will I write about today and as always my mind drifted to the busyness of life. I started thinking about the kids and laundry and all the things that need ‘doing.’ As I was thinking about it I was struck by how content I am feeling. Now I know that can sometimes be a fleeting feeling, but right now I really am content. My life is not at all what I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong life is not perfect but it is good. I don’t live in my dream house (actually not even my own home but that is a story for another day), I weigh more than I want to, my hair is starting to gray and I wonder if I should color it. I know those aren’t real struggles but they are little nagging things that can try to disrupt my contentment.
Dave and I have had our share of ups and downs, but there is still hope in the hard times. We seem to have passed through some of those tougher years and are now standing on the other side. We had about 6 really hard years. There was a long period of time when I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel I had to just trust there was light there. Then there was just the faintest glimmer of light which has grown over the last few years. Even in what seemed like our darkest moments there was always hope.
We had some serious financial struggles, Dave was downsized twice, went back to school, started over, worked two jobs. We had two miscarriages, dealt with minor health issues. I could go on but that is not what I really want to write about.
In the midst of all those struggles there were so many blessings, we had friends and family pray for us, care for us and love us. We had three wonderful blessings added to our family. Joshua now five, Joel is three and Hannah is one.

My day may be filled with, diapers, laundry, little arguments to adjudicate, laundry, phonics, math, laundry, faces that need wiping, shoes that need tying did I mention laundry…but my life is still rich beyond measuring.

…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:11-13
Those words were written by Paul and I do not claim to have totally arrived to where he was at when he wrote those words but I am on a journey there and am getting closer. I can do everything through Him who strengthens me, the Him is Jesus. Which for me means I can handle whatever comes good or bad, hard or easy, because of Christ.

Here are some of my greatest blessings.

This next picture is old but I love it and Dave is definitely a blessing to me. I need to get some more updated pictures of him. We are always the ones with the camera.

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