Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Post on Guilt and HOPE

So.... lately I've been struggling. On June 27th, 2011 THIS HAPPENED . Next month will be the two year 'anniversary'  if you can really call it that. I read the post above, and I see such hope. Such peace. It was my Father in Heaven, and possibly a little bit of the pain meds talking ? !  Things have changed again, and right now, I'm dealing with guilt. You see, when I wrote the post on things being upside down and inside out, I had hope. Now , coming up on two years, I am trying to begin to accept the fact that this isn't going to get better. Not physically at least. The excruciating pain is still there. Even with medications, more injections, talks of surgery and spinal cord stimulators etc, the pain is still there. It seems that it is going to be with me for the rest of my life. So, I believe it is time to come to grips with it, and accept it.

The guilt is overwhelming me at this point. I woke up this morning... feeling the guilt just hitting me. Then I remembered another point in my life when I was feeling this way. I hurried to my computer and I pulled up THIS POST and was amazed at how much my Father in Heaven had helped me at that time. I decided to start re-reading 'Heaven is Here' by Stephanie Nielsen, a book that has inspired me to no end! I decided to immerse myself in Scripture Study. I decided to snuggle my kids super hard today! I remembered... that I had hope. Life isn't the same. It's NEVER going to be the same. But I'm going to be ok. Guilt sucks. Pain sucks. Life can suck sometimes. But I can't lose my hope. I can't worry myself to death. I need to live. I need to be thankful. I am blessed.

Is there anyone else out there dealing with guilt or loss of hope or trials? I'm sure there is.... we are here on this earth to be tried.... Wanna share your story or some trinkets of hope with me???

Love, JL~

A Picture of Hope to share with you:

Our resident cardinal couple Norm and Ethel are the proud parents of five beautiful babies! Their nest was kept safe in a bush by our dining room window during the tornado last week. Two huge ginormous pine trees were ripped out of the ground, pulling the power to our home and so much other damage... but this precious little nest of babies was kept safe. Hope!!!!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Helping Children to not be Afraid in times of Natural Disaster

As I sit watching the news coverage of the tragic tornado that ripped thru Oklahoma, I can't help but wonder, are the children scared? Are the angels there, holding them so they are not afraid? How do we as parents protect our children and help them to feel safe?

As I prayed, I remembered an article from the Ensign that greatly helped me, as we were going thru a particularly rough time as a family, with close loved ones passing away, chronic illnesses and more. I wanted to share this article with you as a reminder. Please pray for those in Oklahoma. Pray for those all over the world who may be scared. Pray for the precious children.

Happy Parenting, Safe Parenting, Love, JL~

Saturday, May 18, 2013

An Amazing Resource for Scripture Study !

Shannon at The Red Headed Hostess is amazingly talented. She has created a great resource and study guide for learning how to study your Scriptures and marking them. Something that I am now personally working on with my kiddos! She has given me permission to share the link with everyone! Please enjoy!!!!
Happy Parenting! Love, JL~

Sunday, May 5, 2013

May Family Network Challenge- To The MOMS!!

The Challenge:

With phones, ipads and cameras all around us, there are plenty of opportunities to snap a quick picture of our children every day. How many times are YOU in the photo? The goal is to get in the photo, post on your blog and Facebook OR share on Instagram or Twitter and hash tag your photo with #CapturingMotherhood! Create. Play. Get in the moment, create the memory, capture and share! Life is short. Enjoy it, show & share it especially with our little ones. A Big Thanks to Shannon over at Bella Bean Photography for letting us join in on the fun she started on Instagram. Every Mom should be captured a little more!
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