So I finally feel like it is time that I got personal.  I started this blog as a way to allow me to have an outlet about the things I love, but also to do life with you. What I mean by that is to share some of my life blessings and struggles, in the hopes to help you feel that you are not alone if you are going through similar life events.Screen Shot 2017-06-18 at 9.31.34 PM

I have two beautiful girls, Arielle who is almost seven, and Willow who just turned two.  My husband, Mike, works as a production supervisor for a food factory and needless to say we don’t get to see him very much (he works crazy weird hours).  However, we know these hours are only a temporary thing. In the mean time we are always trying to find ways to spend time together but also keep our home life as normal as possible, which hasn’t been easy. I have found in this transition the most important thing to have is not just a strong support system with family and close friends but also a close relationship with Christ. He is the one that NEVER lets me down. He is the one who will ALWAYS answer when I call. If it wasn’t for my faith in Him, I’m not sure that I could have made it as far as I have. Christ is the foundation of our lives and with Him at the forefront we can get through anything.

I’m also very lucky to have the friends that I have. I met one of my best friends not to long ago in my department at work. We had an instant bond and I never thought I would ever be so close to someone like I have been this woman. Jennifer also has a similar situation where her husband works long hours all while she works and comes home to care for her precious three year old Silas (while pregnant). There have been many nights… almost every night, where we talk and comfort each other when we are struggling just with the stresses of everyday life while our husbands are out providing for our families. I have found that in these moments it is almost crucial to have a family member or close friend that you can lean on. And if you have more than one… even better! We are not meant to go through life alone. God plants people in our life for a reason, so instead of questioning why they were put in your life, just go with it! Allow them in! Be vulnerable. God wants us to be able to have those people to lean on while on this Earth. Our significant others may not be able to be around all the time, or you maybe single, whatever the situation maybe allow God to bless you with those people who can help do life beside you.

I have my family to thank as well. My mom gets calls from me daily, asking for advice and asking “literally how did you do this mom?” Of course she laughs and usually tells me “I don’t know honey, I just did.” I look at her and think if she could survive raising four girls all while her and my step-dad worked then I can survive. But I want to tell you that its OK to feel like you aren’t going to survive. Life gets so overwhelming sometimes and we get so caught up in the here and now that we just know we are going to drown. This is where my dad has come in. When I have those moments I call my dad and all I have to say is “dad pray for me please” and right then and there he does it.  Sometimes I get aggravated when I ask him “dad, why is this happening to US, why not someone else!?” and he usually pulls out a verse. In reality that is where I should always be turning to is God’s word. Thats where every answer is. God’s word is what truly will guide us in the right direction when we are clueless. It’s also what will give us comfort when we are in doubt or when we feel like we are drowning.

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So I will leave you with this, always remember this verse: James 1: 2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Lets persevere and get through life together.

Have a great week!

2 thoughts on “Warning…this is personal

  1. Carol…you are an amazing wife and mother. In the short time I was down there…I saw you busting your butt at work then trying to make it home in enough time to spend family time with Mike and the girls before he went to work (all while being sick). You’re mom is right…you don’t know how you do it…you just do. I’m proud of how supportive you are to your family and your faith…no matter how difficult your current situation is (even if it’s temporary).

    Love you…even from way up here! 😉

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