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Summer is officially over for my kids this year as they returned to school last week. We now only have two kids in public school; my son, a sophomore and my daughter, a seventh grader.

This summer seems to have flown by, more so this year than in any other. Of course, this summer was also the most unusual summer we’ve ever had.I’m praying my kids have a great year, that it will be better than last year.

I’m also praying I don’t wind up stuffing a pair of my son’s stinky socks in my daughter’s mouth and duck taping her to the wall.

I’m not kidding.

She started the EXCLAMATION POINT (as my husband calls it) last month for the first time. She’s not been her normal sweet self. She thinks her big brother, Tyler, jinxed her, because right after he told her that “it is going to be funny when you start your period, Faith. You will probably freak out, and you know your life will be over right? It’s all down hill after that”  it happens.

Siblings.

Maybe he did jinx her.

Late that night, she slowly walks out of the bathroom in the hotel, with a wide eyed look and says, “Mom…I think I started my period.”

“What?!”

Sure enough.  It called for a late night trip to Wal-Mart, during which, I made a tearful call to my mom because my baby is growing up. I was really hoping I’d have at least another year before this happened.

The next day, she wanted to go swimming as it was her last day in Florida.

“Oh my God, I have to put that WHERE?! Tyler was right, my life is OVER!”

She decided to forgo the swimming. Here begins the life of a teenage drama queen.

But I digress….I pray my sweet children (Noooo, they are NOT really pod persons from the planet Mars!) have a wonderful year at school, that they become leaders (for GOOD) and not followers. Please be good, children. Please.

I don’t normally post stuff about this subject, but when I saw this on Pinterest, I couldn’t resist, especially after some recent uncalled for drama. This has nothing to do with looks, but a whole lot to do with personality, behavior and intentions.

I often wonder what my husband was thinking when he married his ex. I chalk it up to being young and stupid.

Today marks thirteen years that my husband and I have been married, and as a couple, we couldn’t be happier! But it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses; we had some very hard years together. Actually, you could say our marriage has never been easy since we’ve had to deal with circumstances and issues most married people do not. There were two really really bad years though:

In 2004/05, I nearly left him because I was having a hard time dealing with the rough side of being a custodial step-mom (it was not the kids fault, but the parents). When he started having medical problems, I decided to stand by my man, through the good times and bad. Little did I know that the bad were just starting.

In 2007, he nearly left me after almost two really bad years…until he realized I was dealing with an almost disabling level of depression that had me reluctant to leave my house. I tried to hide from the world, and he refused to let me. He stood by me and pulled me out of my funk.

Since then, we’ve not had any major issues. Sure, we’ve struggled financially, we’ve fought, as all married couples do…but by the Grace of God, we are once again HAPPY and blessed to have each other. We are the happiest we’ve ever been since the day we said our vows. We have truly become best friends, and I can honestly say I love him more today than I did the day I married him.

If more people would stick it out, during the hard times and sick times, there would not be so much divorce. Too many people are willing to run at the first sign of trouble. I’m glad we chose to take our vows seriously and stay together during the good times and bad, during sickness and health…until death parts us (which will hopefully be a hundred years down the road…we plan to make it in the Guinness World Records as oldest living married couple).

One of our elders at church complimented us recently about how well we were handling the trials we are going through now, how he has seen other people who have went through similar circumstances and let their marriage fall apart. We looked at each other…looked at him…and each said, “We’re best friends. We love each other. And God’s got this.”

My husband and I know that the hard years is what prepared us for this year. We are stronger than ever and we will handle anything thrown our way. We will overcome. With God on our side, who can be against us?

Happy Anniversary to the funniest and most loving man I know, my best friend, my lover, my confidant, my hero, my protector, my provider, my husband, Rick! You will always have my heart! I can’t wait to spend the next fifty one hundred plus years by your side!

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